Firefighter/EMT or Paramedic
Deadline: Open Until Filled
Salary: $40,050.00-$62,397.00 Annually
Under occasional supervision, performs fire suppression duties and provides emergency medical treatment at the EMT or Paramedic level on assigned shift. Performs duties in accordance with all established policies, procedures and medical protocol. Maintains and prepares required records and reports. Participates in training, fire prevention and education programs as required. Reports to the Lieutenant.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Responds to emergency fire, medical, hazardous material, auto accident and other emergencies. Performs fire suppression duties to protect the lives and property of those in need of assistance. Responds to emergency medical calls, providing basic, intermediate and advanced life support treatment to patients as well as transportation to appropriate medical facilities. Obtains patient medical history if possible; assesses physical condition of patients and assists in making or makes decisions regarding proper courses of action. Performs such duties as CPR, splint application, immobilization of body, wound treatment, control of bleeding, monitoring and relaying of vital signs, sterile suctioning, and oxygen therapy; Paramedics also perform cardiac monitoring, medication calculation and administration, IV therapy, intubation, defibrillation, ECG monitoring and the management of cardiac arrest and severe trauma patients. Performs extrication of victims from wreckage as necessary.
Maintains radio communications with dispatch center, hospital personnel and other public safety agencies to receive and to transmit instructions involving patient care. Provides instructions to first responders and bystanders in the use of first aid equipment. Determines the need for back-up assistance.
Completes required records and forms documenting patient treatment.
Responds to requests for emergency rescue, hazardous materials spills, environmental emergencies, etc.
Performs all duties in accordance with established medical protocol, policies and procedures. Assists with the inspection and maintenance of emergency vehicles and the performing of daily supply and equipment inventory; restocks equipment in preparation for subsequent medical responses and shifts.
Participates in general fire prevention, public education and public relations efforts, including making presentations to various groups and conducting station tours.
Participates in employee training programs.
Provides leadership and instruction to new and/or subordinate fire personnel as assigned.
Keeps abreast of new technology, methods and regulations for equipment operations, fire prevention and suppression operations, EMS operations, etc.; attends meetings, conferences and continuing education classes as required and/or appropriate.
Remains on call 24 hours per day for emergencies. Prepares a variety of reports and records. Operates a vehicle, ambulance and fire engine, and operates/uses all fire suppression equipment, hand and power tools, self-contained breathing apparatus, generators, rescue equipment and protective gear, signaling devices, siren, camera, leak detectors, thermal imaging camera, heat detectors, extrication devices, life-saving/ life supporting equipment, medical instruments and supplies. Operates various office machines including a computer, two-way radio, telephone, etc.
ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Performs station maintenance duties, including housekeeping and minor repairs. Cleans equipment and vehicles.
Collects and properly disposes of hazardous waste materials.
Prepares pre-fire plans. Tests and maintains hydrants, pumps and hoses. Orders and inventories station supplies.
Performs related duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications and Standards Required
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to lawfully work in the U.S.
- hold a State of Florida Certificate of Compliance Fire Standards (FF I and II)
- State of Florida EMT or Paramedic Certification
- Current CPR Card EMTs and Paramedics
- Current ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification) for Paramedics
- EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operations Course) 16-hour certificate
- Valid Florida Driver’s License
- High School Diploma or GED
- FEMA ICS-100, 200, 700, 800 course completion certificates.
Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines and equipment including emergency vehicles, pumps, fire-fighting equipment, emergency medical equipment, computer, telephone/radio, etc. Must be able to exert up to twenty pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of those for sedentary work; must be able to remain on feet for periods of time, withstand uncomfortable and/or dangerous physical conditions at fire scenes, and perform manual tasks. Must be able to lift, position and/or carry weights of up to 100 pounds.
Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.
Interpersonal Communications: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. For Paramedics, includes giving instructions and/or direction to co- workers and receiving assignments and/or direction from supervisor.
Language Ability: Requires ability to read a variety of policy and procedure manuals, technical manuals, equipment manuals, maps, diagrams, etc. Requires the ability to prepare routine reports, fire reports, patient records, maintenance records, correspondence, etc. with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control and confidence.
Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; to deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Requires the ability to apply influence systems in crew leadership (Paramedics); to learn and understand relatively complex principles and techniques; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation. Must have the ability to comprehend and interpret received information.
Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow and give (Paramedics) verbal and written instructions; to teach employees. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical and/or professional languages including fire science, hydraulics, electrical, mechanics, medical, etc.
Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to add and subtract totals, to multiply and divide, to utilize mathematical formulas, to determine percentages and decimals and to determine time and weight. Must be able to use practical applications of algebra and geometry.
Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape, and visually read various information.
Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes using office and specialized machinery; to operate motor vehicles.
Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, keyboards, control knobs, buttons, switches, catches, medical instruments, fire suppression equipment, etc. Must have significant levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.
Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress when confronted with emergency, unusual or dangerous situations, or in situations in which working speed and sustained attention are make or break aspects of the job. The worker may be subject to danger or risk to a significant degree, or to tension as a regular, consistent part of the job.
Physical Communications: Requires the ability to talk and hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear).
Knowledge of Job: Has thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures and policies of the Fire Department as they pertain to the performance of duties of the Firefighter. Understands the role of the position in relation to entire City operations. Has considerable knowledge of the functions and interrelationships of City and other governmental agencies. Is knowledgeable in the laws, ordinances, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position. Has knowledge in the areas of fire science, hydraulics, emergency medical technology, medical reporting, mechanics, electrical, etc. Is able to drive and operate emergency vehicles with safety. Knows how to determine and ensure safety on fireground.
Has the ability to use independent judgment and discretion in critical situations such as response to fires, medical emergencies, and other natural and man-made emergency/disaster situations. Knows how to utilize various pieces of firefighting equipment and tools in a safe and efficient manner. Has comprehensive knowledge of first aid and basic (EMT) or advanced (Paramedics) life support methods and theories. Is skilled in administering first aid and CPR as needed, as well as other emergency medical treatments and assistance. Has knowledge of and skill in all techniques used by EMTs or Paramedics. Has knowledge of protocols and the appropriate use of same. Is knowledgeable of medical terminology as related to pre-hospital treatment and medicine, and is able to interpret and use legal terminology as required. Is able to recognize signs and symptoms of various illnesses and injuries. Is able to make sound, educated decisions that affect lives. Is physically able to fight fires and provide rescue and medical assistance at emergency scenes. Is able to perform duties under adverse environmental conditions such as excessive heat, cold, odors, smoke, fumes / toxic agents, wetness, noise, humidity, machinery hazards, violence, electric currents, violence and disease. Is able to perform according to standards despite working long hours and intense, exhausting schedules. Has knowledge of applicable occupational hazards and safety precautions. Has the ability to use independent judgment and discretion in various situations including the handling of emergency situations, making quick decisions, maintaining standards, and resolving problems. Is able to provide effective leadership and supervision to co-workers as assigned and provide effective technical training (Paramedics). Is able to take the initiative to complete the duties of the position without the need of direct supervision. Has the ability to plan, organize and prioritize daily assignments and work activities. Has the ability to learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency. Is able to read and interpret complex materials pertaining to the responsibilities of the job. Is able to assemble and analyze information and make written reports and records in a concise, clear and effective manner. Is able to communicate in a firm and tactful manner with various agencies, members of the public, and City departments and is persuasive in such communication. Knows how to make public presentations. Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations. Has knowledge of the use of computers for records maintenance.
Quality of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains high quality communication and interaction with internal and external entities with whom the position interacts.
Quantity of Work: Performs described Essential Functions and related assignments efficiently and effectively in order to produce quantity of work which consistently meets established standards and expectations
Dependability: Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work. Completes assigned work within deadlines in accordance with directives, policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Maintains accountability for assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.
Attendance: Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absenteeism and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and leave requests.
Initiative and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be accomplished, and initiates proper and acceptable action for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.
Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies issues or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to issues or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice where appropriate and researches issues, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.
Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with established policies or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation intra- and inter-departmentally.
Relationships with Others: Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors and co-workers for mutual benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among all employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships inter- and intra-departmentally, and with external entities with whom the position interacts. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints in order to established and maintain good will. Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image.
Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates expected time of completion of work elements and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends required meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules.
Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all established safety and housekeeping standards. Ensures such standards are not violated.
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.