Firefighter/EMT: Cudahy Wisconsin Deadline: April 22, 2019

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Deadline: April 22, 2019

Salary: $18.93 – $24.80 Hourly

Job Description:

Under the general guidance and direction of the Fire Chief, Battalion Chief, Lieutenant and/or Acting Officer, a Firefighter/EMT is responsible for fire suppression, hazardous material response, rescue operations, emergency medical services, fire inspection, and vehicle and fire station maintenance.

Shift Hours:
7:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.;  Twenty-four (24) hours on duty followed by forty-eight (48) hours off duty; Generally working fifty-six (56) hours per week; Additional time as the job dictates; Subject to emergency call in.

Battalion Chief, Lieutenant or Acting Officer.

Firefighters may act as Acting Officers in the absence of a Platoon Officer.  The Acting Officer will assume command and will have the authority of the Lieutenant.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • A Firefighter-EMT has responsibility for the apparatus and for safely transporting apparatus and firefighters to and from fires and other situations.  Performs duties as a Fire Department Driver/Operator.
  • Operates and performs preventative maintenance and checks on all Fire Department Stations, apparatus, equipment, tools and all other Fire Department property.
  • Responds to alarms as a member of a firefighting company and performs a variety of fire ground functions as the situation demands.
  • Responds as a member of a medical team to bring basic or advanced emergency medical care to the citizens of the community.
  • Prepares written reports and maintains records under supervision of a Battalion Chief, Lieutenant or Acting Officer.
  • Participates in daily training exercises and classroom lectures.
  • Performs duties as a Certified Firefighter-EMT according to criteria and standards set forth by the Department when assigned.
  • Responsible for cleanliness of station and maintenance of apparatus, tools, equipment and all other Fire Department property.
  • Conducts demonstrations, tours and public speeches on fire safety, fire prevention, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, first-aid, CPR and other subjects to the public.
  • Performs/conducts fire inspections in various occupancies in the City when assigned. 
  • Regular, punctual and prompt attendance as required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Prerequisite Requirements:
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.

Citizen of the United States.

High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) Certificate, or a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED).

All certification and licensing is required at the time of hire unless otherwise specified. 

Obtain and retain a valid Wisconsin driver’s license with a good driving record throughout employment.

Wisconsin or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) License, Paramedic preferred.

Wisconsin Fire Fighter I Certification (NFPA-1001).

Wisconsin Fire Fighter II Certification (NFPA-1001).

Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  1. Ability to effectively and tactfully communicate both orally and in writing with supervisors, peers and the public.
  2. Understand and follow work rules, policies, procedures, directives and Suggested Operating Guidelines.
  3. Ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
  4. Ability to read, write and organize grammatically correct written reports and oral reports.
  5. Mathematics skills including addition and subtraction.
  6. Knowledge of national, state, and local laws and fire/safety codes.
  7. Knowledge of fire protection systems, water supply, building construction, direct fire and rescue operations, disasters, fire control and extinguishment of combustible and flammable materials.
  8. Skills in firefighting, EMT, fire inspection, fire scene command, public relations, patient care, code enforcement, property maintenance, equipment maintenance and facility maintenance.
  9. Fire Department administration.
  10. Good driving skills and driving record.
  11. Knowledge of Incident Command System, arson investigation and hazardous materials.
  12. Effective leadership and public speaking skills.
  13. Maintain confidentiality of Department and City matters.
  14. Analytical and problem solving skills including while under pressure or in dangerous situations.
  15. Ability to comprehend and follow instructions.
  16. Ability to analyze options and make sound decisions including while under pressure or in a dangerous situation within policy limits.
  17. Time management skills.
  18. Employee must be free of any medical or emotional condition that would adversely impact performance of duties.

Tools and Equipment Used:

  • Computer, calculator, copier, fax machine and two-way radio.
  • Camera and measuring devices.
  • Power tools, hand tools, chain saws, shovels, brooms, ladders, exhaust fans and generators.
  • Car, fire apparatus and ambulance.
  • Patient restraints, first aid equipment, oxygen, electronics test equipment, general medical equipment and patient lifting devices.
  • Breathing apparatus, protective toe footwear, hearing and eye protection, firefighting turnout clothing and hazardous chemical clothing.

Physical Demands of Position:
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. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to:

  • stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl
  • run, swim, grapple, climb, balance, bend, twist and reach
  • feel, talk and hear (normal range in normal office environment, corrected or uncorrected)
  • far vision acuity less than 20/40 binocular, corrected with glasses.  Far visual acuity less than 20/100 binocular for wearers of glasses, uncorrected.  No contacts.  Color vision peripheral vision.  Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate various pieces of equipment.
  • lift, carry, push/pull 100 pounds or more
  • smell
  • handle, grasp and finger:  fire hose, ladders, perform CPR, utilitize patient lifting devices, etc.

Physical Ability:

  1. Stamina – Vent a roof, pull charged hose line:  strip roof with tools; climb stairs with equipment; carry hose up multiple flights of stairs.
  2. Extent Flexibility – Roll/pull hose; remove ceiling with poles; push ladder to peak; reach out from ladder; chop with axe; extricate victim; overhaul burned building; remove building parts.
  3. Dynamic Flexibility – Chop with axe; pick up hose; advance hose; strip roof; perform CPR/chest compression.
  4. Static Strength – Carry hose; lift/carry victim/patient; move charged hose; lift ladder; move generator.
  5. Explosive Strength – Force entry with axe, battering ram; raise ladder; run up stairs with equipment; reach walls; pull advance hose; chop with axe to vent roof.
  6. Dynamic Strength – Climb ladders/stairs in full turn out with equipment; climb aerial ladder.
  7. Trunk Strength – Pull charged hose; perform CPR; pick up equipment at fire; hold hose on fire target; lift victim.
  8. Speed Limb Movement – Dodge debris; chop with axe;don SCBA; pump manual pump; exit burning building; operate/drive apparatus; operate aerial apparatus; perform CPR.
  9. Gross Body Coordination – Climb/descend ladder with victim; advance charged line while maintaining flow on target; walk across roof ridge; start/use power tools.
  10. Gross Body Equilibrium – Walk icy roof peak at night; carry patient down stairs; swing axe from ladder.
  11. Arm-Hand Steadiness – Take blood pressure/pulse; operate power tools; perform CPR; apply traction to limb/neck of victim; connect hose coupling.
  12. Manual Dexterity – Couple hoses; perform CPR; bandage patient; use tools/extraction equipment; use air bag ventilator; tie knots; use SCBA.
  13. Finger Dexterity – Maintain/operate SCBA equipment; bandage patient; remove object from patient airway with Magill forceps; tie knots; perform infant CPR.
  14. Near Vision – Patient assessment; read manuals/pump control panel.
  15. Far Vision – Drive to fire; visualization of fire conditions; see power lines for safe ladder placement; see addresses.
  16. Visual Color Discrimination – Determine fire status/hazards by smoke color; identify labels and placards; assess patient.
  17. Hearing – Hear call for help in burning building; hear fire crackle in dense smoke.
  18. Mobility – Advance hose line; climb ladder; search/rescue in building; move on roof; get on/off equipment.
  19. Effort – Chop/vent roof; overhaul burned buildings; advance charged line up stairs; climb stairs/ladder; use axe.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • Work is performed in an outside work place environment that is confined.
  • Exposure to extreme cold and normal or hot and normal temperature changes as well as humidity.
  • Contact with water or liquids.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud with exposure to loud noise with a minimum of 90 decibels and vibrations from tools, equipment, machinery, etc.
  • Exposure to hazardous conditions, such as mechanical, electrical, chemical, burns, explosives, heights, physical injury and fast moving vehicles.
  • Exposure to atmospheric conditions such as fumes, gases, noxious odors, dust and poor ventilation.
  • Exposure to blood borne pathogens, i.e. blood on self and clothing from EMS related calls.

The duties listed above are intended as illustrations of the various types of work performed by persons in this position.  This list is not all inclusive.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

All applications must be submitted online through the City of Cudahy website at  Click on the Job and City Bid Opportunities tab, double click on Job Opportunities.

Applications must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2019. Hiring date is anticipated to be in July.

Applications and questionnaire must be complete, thorough and submitted online.  Paper applications will not be accepted.

You may attach materials you wish to accompany your application.  We will accept attachments with the following extensions:  .doc, .docx, .jpeg, .pdf, .xls and .xlsx.

Formal application; rating of education and experience, job related test (State written examination) on Saturday, May 4th, 2019; oral interviews; thorough background investigation; medical exam including drug test and psychological assessment.

Veterans’ Preference Points:
Will be awarded in accordance with current State Statutes.  The DD214 form is required at the time of application.

Medical / Psychological Assessment:
Applicants are required to submit to and pass a medical examination, which includes drug testing, and a psychological assessment consistent with requirements of this position.

Residency is ‘open.’  No restrictions.

Collective Bargaining Agreement – Salary and Benefits:
Wages and benefits are determined by the current salary and fringe benefits for Firefighters in the Ordinance / Agreement between the City of Cudahy and Local #1801 International Association of Firefighters AFL-CIO.

Background Investigation:
All applicants will be fingerprinted and a record check made of local, state or federal authorities.  A conviction is not an automatic bar to employment.

Tobacco Usage:
All Cudahy Fire Department employees shall remain completely tobacco free as a condition of employment.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer according to the needs of the employer, the Department and the community.

Any willful misrepresentation in regard to any material fact shall be sufficient cause for exclusion from the selection process or for removal of name from the eligibility list or for discharge.


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


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