Firefighter: Rock Island Illinois Deadline: July 7, 2017


Deadline: July 7, 2017

Salary: $50,200.00 – $74,171.00 Annually

Job Description:


Under direct supervision of a Lieutenant and/or other supervisory personnel; protects life and property; controls and extinguishes fires; provides emergency medical services at the advanced life support (ALS) level; identifies special operations incidents and performs initial actions; participates in a program of fire prevention and public education; operates and maintains apparatus and equipment; and participates in training to increase job knowledge and proficiency.

Examples of Duties

  • Responds to emergency calls for service.
  • Rescues victims from occupancies filled with heat, smoke, and toxic gases.
  • Depending on type of fire, leads out hose lines with the appropriate nozzle, places the line properly, and directs the stream onto the fire.
  • Positions and climbs ladders to gain access to upper levels of a building for rescue, search, ventilation, etc.
  • Creates openings in buildings for entry and/or ventilation using manual and/or mechanically operated tools. Breaches walls, floors, and ceilings to gain access to areas involved by fire using manual and/or mechanically operated tools.
  • Protects property from water and smoke damage by utilizing salvage covers and smoke ejectors.
  • Performs overhaul and clean-up operations by locating hidden fires to prevent rekindle and removing fire debris after fire is extinguished.
  • Communicates by utilizing two-way radios.
  • Drives fire department apparatus and operates equipment. Maintains department apparatus, equipment, buildings, and grounds.
  • Renders emergency medical care at the advanced life support (ALS) level by following standing medical orders, policies, and procedures set forth by the EMS System Medical Director.
  • Performs extrications from vehicles using manual and/or mechanically operated tools.
  • Identifies a special operations incident (i.e. hazardous materials and technical rescue) and assists with initial actions based on level of training.
  • Assists the police department when requested.
  • Participates in fire prevention and public education activities.
  • Participates in training in current methods and techniques for firefighting, vehicle extrication, and special operations. Participates in continuing education and/or training to maintain Paramedic licensure.
  • Prepares reports (i.e. patient care, fire, or inspection reports) that are clear, accurate, and complete.
  • Follows all safety regulations, policies, and procedures. Reports all unsafe conditions and acts to supervisor. Reports all accidents and/or injuries to supervisor immediately. Follows recognized safe work practices.
  • May serve as acting Fire Lieutenant as required.
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Typical Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be 21 years of age by date of hire, and under 35 years of age by the date of written examination. Age limitation is imposed by State statute; exceptions are made for individuals with prior municipal fire experience (Refer to Public Act 098-0760).
  • Requires high school diploma or general education degree (GED). See also Certifications and Licenses for additional requirements.
  • Requires possession of an EMT-Paramedic License upon appointment.
  • Requires possession of, or the ability to obtain, a Non-CDL Class “B” vehicle operator’s license.
  • Requires the ability to obtain Basic Operations Firefighter certification within eighteen (18) months of appointment.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write clear, concise, and complete reports and correspondence on a routine basis. Ability to effectively present information to and respond to questions of a general nature. Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish desirable but not required.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to recognize hazardous situations and to act quickly, calmly, and decisively in emergencies and under stress.
  • To successfully perform the duties of this position, the incumbent must also possess the following skills and abilities:
  • Retain and effectively use geographic knowledge concerning the community and the surrounding vicinity.
  • Individual must function well as a team member as well as work independently. Individual must be able to tolerate and function effectively under stress, be able to work in a paramilitary environment, and accept constructive criticism in a mature fashion. Individual must be able to maintain confidentiality in the performance of one’s duties.

Supplemental Information

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often required to stand, sometimes for long periods of time. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel, such as in the use of various medical equipment; reach with hands and arms, such as in handling hoses and other firefighting equipment, sometimes for prolonged periods of time; climb or balance on stairs and ladders; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while fighting fires and/or assisting in search and rescues; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee is often required to sit while completing reports or driving an ambulance or fire apparatus. The employee must routinely perform tasks while wearing 60 pounds of turnout gear with self-contained breathing apparatus, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds (various firefighting and EMS equipment), often lift and/or move up to 100 pounds (hoses and ladders) as part of a team, and often lift and/or move more than 100 pounds (injured or sick people or items creating obstacles) as part of a team. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The employee must be available and present for work as scheduled; reasonable expectation to be available for call out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The employee must perform all functions of the job safely and efficiently, at all times, in compliance with all safety regulations and policies so as to provide for the safety and welfare of the employee, their co-workers, and the public.

Applicants must have completed a Firefighter application by required deadline to be eligible to take the written test.

Fire Fighter Testing Information Packet

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

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