Firefighter/EMT: South Milwaukee Wisconsin Deadline: September 14, 2018

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Deadline: September 14, 2018

Salary: $2,185.64 Biweekly

Job Description:


Under the direction of the Fire Captain and/or Shift Officer responsible for fire suppression, fire inspection, vehicle and fire station maintenance, hazardous material response, rescue operations, and emergency medical services.
7:00 A.M. – 7:00 A.M.; 56 hours per week (Generally); Additional time as the Job Dictates; Subject to emergency on-call.
Works under the general guidance and direction of the Fire Chief, Fire Captain, and Fire Lieutenant.


  • Operates and performs maintenance checks on all fire department vehicles and equipment.
  • Responds as a member of a medical team to bring basic or advanced emergency medical care to the citizens of the community.
  • Performs duties as a licensed/certified Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic according to criteria and standards set forth by department, Milwaukee County, and State of Wisconsin, when assigned.
  • Prepares written reports and maintains records under supervision of the shift officer.
  • Performs duties as a Fire Apparatus Driver and Pump Operator, when assigned.
  • Participates in daily training exercises and classroom lectures.
  • Participates in fire inspections in various occupancies in the city.
  • 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, CPR, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, first aid, and other subjects to the public.
  • Other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.


  1. High School diploma or equivalent.
  2. Associate Degree in Fire Technology, Fire Protection,Fire Science,Paramedicine or related field or sixty (60) post high school college-level credits in a related field (Official, certified transcripts required)
  3. Wisconsin or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) licensure–Proof of Licensure required. National Registry Paramedic Licensure preferred.
  4. Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License (or ability to obtain Wisconsin Driver’s License if applicant is licensed in another state) with good driving record.
  5. Wisconsin Firefighter I Certification or equivalent training. Training outside of Wisconsin must meet State of Wisconsin requirements.
  6. Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate or Card (issued within one year prior to October 9, 2018).
  7. Wisconsin Driver/Operator–Pumper Certification* or equivalent training is preferred. (Training from outside Wisconsin must meet the State of Wisconsin requirements.) *Candidates not possessing this certification upon appointment will be required to obtain it within 18 months.
  8. At least 18 years of age
  9. Able to work in the United States.
  1. Wisconsin Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Certification (NFPA-1002).
  1. Effective communication, oral and written, with supervisors, peers and public.
  2. Understanding and following work rules, policies, procedures, directives and Suggested Operating Guidelines.
  3. Read, write, perform basic math skills including addition and subtraction.
  4. Knowledge of national, state, and local laws and fire/safety codes.
  5. Organize, direct, and coordinate written and oral reports.
  6. Skilled in report writing, driving, use of computer, and two-way radio.
  7. Knowledge of fire protection systems, water supply, building construction, natural and man-made disasters, fire control and extinguishment, and combustible and flammable materials.
  • Computer, calculator, copy machine, fax machine, telephone and two-way radio.
  • Camera and measuring devices.
  • Power tools, hand tools, chain saws, shovels, brooms, ladders, exhaust fans and generators.
  • Car, fire apparatus, ambulance, and boat.
  • 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.
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 qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to:
  1. stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl
  2. run, swim, grapple, climb, balance, bend, twist, and reach
  3. feel, talk, and hear (normal range in normal office environment, corrected or uncorrected)
  4. far and near vision as follows: 20/40 in one eye and 20/100 in other eye, both uncorrected, or 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in other eye, both corrected. No contact lenses. Color vision and peripheral vision. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate various pieces of equipment
  5. lift, carry, push/pull 100 pounds or more
  6. smell
  7. handle, grasp and finger: fire hose, ladders, performing CPR, utilizing patient lifting devices, etc.
  • Stamina – ventilate a roof, pull charged hose line; strip roof with pike poles, climb stairs with equipment; carry hose up multiple flights.
  • Extent Flexibility – roll/pull hose; remove ceiling with pike poles; push ladder to peak; reach out from ladder; chop with an axe; extricate victim; overhaul burning building; remove building parts.
  • Dynamic Flexibility – chop with axe; pick up hose; advance hose; strip roof; do CPR/chest compressions.
  • Static Strength – carry hose; lift/carry victim/patient; move charged hose; lift ladder; move generator.
  • Explosive Strength – force entry with axe/battering ram; raise ladder; run up stairs with equipment; breach walls; pull/advance hose; chop with axe to vent roof.
  • Dynamic Strength – climb ladders/stairs in full turn out with equipment; climb aerial ladder.
  • Trunk Strength – pull charged hose; do CPR; pick up equipment at fire; hold hose on fire target; lift victim.
  • Spread Limb Movement – dodge debris; chop with axe; use mask; pump manual pump; exit burning building; operate tiller for aerial rig; do CPR; run/drive rig.
  • Gross Body Coordination – climb/descend ladder with victim; advance charged line while maintaining flow on target; walk across roof ridge; start/use power saw.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium – walk icy roof peak at night; carry patient down stairs; swing axe from ladder.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness – take BP/pulse; operate power tools; do CPR; apply traction to limb/neck of victim; connect hose couplings.
  • Manual Dexterity – couple hose; do CPR; bandage patient; use tools/extraction equipment; use air bag ventilator; tie knots; use SCBA.
  • Finger Dexterity – maintain/open SCBA equipment; bandage patient; remove object from patient airway with Magill forceps; tie knots; perform infant CPR.
  • Near Vision – patient assessment; read manuals/pump control panel.
  • Far Vision – drive to fires; visualization of fire condition; see power lines for safe ladder placement; see addresses.
  • Visual Color Discrimination – determine fire status/hazard by smoke color; identify highway placards; assess patient.
  • Hearing – hear call for help in burning building; hear fire crackle in dense smoke; hear BP.
  • Mobility – advance hose line; climb ladder; search/rescue in building; move on roof; slide down pole; get on/off equipment.
  • Effort – chop/ventilate roof; overhaul burned buildings; advance charged line up stairs; climb stairs/ladder; use axe.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work is performed in an outside work place environment that is confined.
  • Exposure to extreme cold and normal, or hot and normal temperature changes.
  • 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.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. 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.
Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview(s) and reference check; job related tests, including Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), may be required.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
This is a union, non-exempt position hired from the Firefighter Eligibility List.
All applicants will be required to submit to a stringent post-offer medical examination and psychological evaluation prior to appointment consistent with requirements of the position.
Applicants must be United States citizens. Residency is limited for fire personnel, per Sec. 66.0502, Wis. Stats.
Wage and benefits are determined by the terms of the South Milwaukee Firefighters Protective Association Local 1633 contract.
All appointees may be fingerprinted and a record check made of local, state, or federal authorities. A conviction is not an automatic bar to employment.
The City of South Milwaukee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Additional Information

Applicants may order the practice “CEB Candidate Orientation Guide” by clicking the following link:  The CEB Candidate Orientation Guide is a helpful tool to prepare for the exam and can be downloaded as a PDF file and saved or printed. Please read through the disclaimer on the order page in order to have a successful download.  Payments will be submitted through PayPal via an account or credit/debit card. Once payment is submitted, PayPal automatically redirects you back to the FPSI site where access to the download link will be located on the Order Details-Checkout Status page.  Applicants must pay close attention to ALL instructions on both FPSI and PayPal’s websites in order to access the instant download successfully!

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


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