Firefighter/EMT: Janesville Wisconsin Deadline: September 3, 2017


Deadline: September 3, 2017

Salary: $43,360.00 Annually

Job Description:

The citizens of Janesville choose this community, not just as a place to live, but as a place to realize life’s opportunities. We strive to sustain a community culture where differences are recognized, understood, and appreciated. As such, the City of Janesville recognizes the importance of developing an environment where diversity is not merely accepted but embraced and celebrated. As public servants, we believe everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. To this end, we will diligently recruit and retain the most talented employees in an environment that fosters maximizing one’s potential. Therefore, we encourage individuals from all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to consider employment with the City of Janesville and serve the residents of “Wisconsin’s Park Place”.OBJECTIVE:
This position will perform work combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires and providing emergency medical and emergency rescue services to protect life and property. This position will perform hazardous tasks under emergency conditions, such as hazardous materials response, technical rescue, fire prevention, first aid, forcible entry, ambulatory services, and regulatory compliance awareness for the Fire Department. A Firefighter/EMT will attend in-service training sessions as ordered by the company officers and medical control in order to continuously update their knowledge and skills in suppression, prevention and emergency medical care.  Work also involves routine maintenance of Fire Department equipment, apparatus, quarters, and driving equipment when specifically assigned.

Reports to and works under the supervision of the Lieutenant, Fire Captain and Battalion Chief.  This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Essential Duties:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The job duties and responsibilities listed below are intended as illustrations of the various types of work and specific tasks performed in this position.  The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment of the position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Responds to Fire alarms and other EMS emergency calls as a member of an engine/truck company, ambulance crew or specialty unit.
  2. Performs a variety of technical and manual labor duties required to locate, control, ventilate and extinguish fires.
  3. Performs forcible entry operations to gain access into structures using a variety of tools.
  4. Pumps water to fire at designated pressures; monitors condition of motors and pumps during operations; make changes as necessary.
  5. Participates in post-fire salvage operations, such as removing and covering household articles, mopping floors, and cleaning debris, to prevent undue damage to property not involved in fire and/or emergency situations.
  6. Perform tasks to extricate individuals safely from wrecked vehicles, structures, earth cave?ins, etc. and administers first aid to injured persons.
  7. Performs search and rescue operations.
  8. May respond to emergency calls for specialized service (hazardous materials, confined spaces rescue, technical rescue, swift water and dive rescue).
  9. Performs general maintenance, service, cleaning, and upkeep of fire apparatus and auxiliary equipment and tools.
  10. Participates in pre-fire surveys, and fire prevention inspections of public places of assembly.
  11. Promotes fire safety education fire prevention, and maintains responsive public relations.
  12. Performs general maintenance work in the upkeep of fire station buildings and grounds.
  13. Provides emergency medical advanced life support services; coordinates with and supplements regional paramedic services; Assesses, treats and transports patients following appropriate scope of practice and approved protocols.
  14. Utilizes city computer system for record keeping and administrative job functions.
  15. Participates in a continuing program of drills, instruction, and training.
  16. Drives and operates a variety of fire equipment.


  1. Dons Personal Protective Equipment.
  2. Catches fire hydrants.
  3. Connects hoses and nozzles.
  4. Lays supply/attack lines.
  5. Uses visual, sensory, technical and judgmental criteria to locate fire sources.
  6. Carries, positions, raises, climbs portable and aerial ladders.
  7. Uses a variety of hand-held/powered equipment to locate, control, ventilate, and extinguish fires.
  8. Mechanically opens roofs, floors, walls, doors, windows and vents.
  9. Forces entry through locked doors.
  10. Places salvage covers.
  11. Removes water, smoke and heat from structures.
  12. Utilizes extrication tools (cutting/spreading, etc.).
  13. Utilizes cribbing.
  14. Locates and removes individuals and victims from fire and emergency situations.
  15. May utilize specialized equipment such as ropes, harnesses, boats and exposure suits.
  16. Performs daily inspections of required equipment.
  17. Maintains, cleans, services, inspects, inventories and loads firefighting and/or emergency medical equipment, tools, etc. on company apparatus.
  18. Performs immediate lifesaving procedures required by circumstances; stabilizes patients and readies them for transport to local emergency centers; administers intravenous injections and drugs; operates resuscitator and defibrillator; supplies back and neck supports and braces, bandages, and splints, as necessary.
  19. Ensures compliance with local and state codes, and nationally recognized good practices and standards.
  20. Becomes familiar with structures.
  21. Informs/educates the public of the benefits of sound fire prevention practices.
  22. Completes inspection reports.
  23. Delivers public fire education programs, tours, lectures, etc. as may be necessary to ensure public fire safety.
  24. Maintains, performs repairs and cleans assigned fire station quarters, apparatus rooms, grounds, etc.
  25. Drives and operates an ambulance as required.
  26. Sizes up scenes.
  27. Communicates by radio to other units.
  28. Completes triage as needed.
  29. Manages a scene until relieved of command.
  30. Completes written and verbal reports on patient care.
  31. Interacts appropriately with patients, families, police, co-workers.
  32. Completes patient care reports, NFIRS incident reports, work orders, hydrant reports, inspection forms, etc.
  33. Participates in company drills and department training as needed or required.


  1. Minimum 18 years of age.
  2. Must possess a High School Diploma or GED Equivalent.
  3. Possess a valid state-issued Driver’s License.
  4. Wisconsin Firefighter I & II certification.
  5. Possess a valid Wisconsin Certified Emergency Medical Technician-Basic license. **
  6. Possess a current Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Assessment Certificate.
  7. Be able to satisfactorily complete a water survival test.
  8. No felony convictions.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required of this position. 
A candidate for this position should have thorough knowledge of the following:

  1. Knowledge of and skill in applying firefighting, rescue and life saving techniques.
  2. Knowledge of/Ability to learn Janesville Fire and EMS geographical boundaries.
  3. Knowledge of and skill in applying emergency medical care to the appropriate level (PM or EMT-B).
  4. Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations and policies pertaining to fire prevention, fire suppression protection, hazardous materials, and emergency and disaster situations.

Skill in:

  1. Physical strength and agility skills and the ability to perform arduous tasks under strenuous and adverse conditions.

And ability to:

  1. Ability to perform work safely requiring good physical condition.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written form.
  3. Ability to work as part of a team or individually.
  4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental and City personnel, elected and appointed officials, members of intergovernmental agencies and the general public
  5. Ability to wear personal protective equipment.
  6. Ability to adapt to various situations.
  7. Ability to perform a variety of strenuous tasks on slippery, hazardous surfaces such as rooftops or from ladders.
  8. Ability to tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing work duties, performing physically demanding work in hot (up to 400 degrees F) and humid (up to 100% humidity) atmospheres while wearing equipment which significantly impairs body cooling mechanisms..
  9. Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and making critical decisions.
  10. Ability to cope with stressful situations firmly, courteously and tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others.
  11. Ability to work for long periods of time, requiring sustained physical activity and intense concentration.
  12. Ability to be exposed to, and handle, grotesque sights and smells associated with major traumatic injuries or burn injuries.
  13. Ability to learn and perform a wide variety of administrative, firefighting, rescue, and EMS duties, methods, and techniques.
  14. Ability to make rapid transitions from a near rest to near maximal exertion without a warm-up period.
  15. Ability to use both manual and mechanical power tools designed for the tasks required in the performance of duties.
  16. Ability to operate in areas of high noise, poor visibility, limited mobility, at heights, and in enclosed or confined spaces, all the while performing tasks demanding physical exertion and intense concentration.
  17. Ability to demonstrate individual initiative and pride in the department and profession.
  18. Ability to read and understand documents.
  19. Ability to learn the streets and numbering system in the city.
  20. Ability to use a computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties.
  21. Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
  22. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.

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

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