Deadline: January 29, 2016
Salary: $43,787.00 Annually
Spotsylvania County Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management (FREM) is looking for Firefighter/Medics who have previously completed a FREM-approved recruit Firefighter academy and/or equivalent training. Applicants must have continually served as career Firefighters or Firefighter/Medics since graduating from the recruit academy. May consider breaks in service of less than twelve-months on an individual basis depending upon overall qualifications. Selected applicants will not be required to attend a FREM Recruit Academy, but may be required to attend orientation or bridge training. Our Department staffs 10 ALS engines, 10 ALS medic units, 1 EMS supervisor, and 2 Battalion Chiefs. Additionally, we also cross-staff 2 ladder trucks, 5 tankers, and 2 heavy rescue squads, as well as other specialty equipment. We provide fire suppression, emergency medical basic and advanced life support response and transport, technical rescue, dive team/water rescue, training services, emergency management, code enforcement, public fire education, fire investigations, and response to natural and man-made disasters. If you have what it takes to be a member of our growing team and have the desire to professionally serve our citizens and our community as a Firefighter/Medic, we have a place for you in our organization.
All current valid unexpired copies and/or transcripts of only the minimum qualification certification(s)/license(s) are required to be mailed, faxed or attached to your on-line employment application no later than Friday, January 29, 2016 by 11:59 p.m. Out of state applicants must provide current valid unexpired equivalent certification(s)/license(s) and/or transcripts with proof of reciprocity from the state issuing the certification(s)/license(s).
Preference may be given to Medic level providers who are already endorsed to practice at the intermediate or paramedic level by their Operational Medical Director in accordance with the guidelines established by a Regional EMS Council within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Performs skilled technical work operating ambulances and fire apparatus, rescuing victims, administering emergency medical care to patients during transport to medical facilities, responding to emergency/non-emergency calls, administering advanced/basic life support treatment and perform general firefighter duties; attends to various maintenance and custodial duties at the assigned station; responsible for performing in accordance with established emergency medical procedures and techniques, but must exercise considerable independent judgment in diagnosing a victim’s condition and in applying life sustaining medical care. Employee is subject to the normal hazards of emergency rescue and firefighter work. Reports to assigned station Lieutenant/Captain. This position is essential. Personnel occupying this position may be scheduled to work regardless of weather conditions and/or when general County offices are closed. Person(s) in this position will encounter sensitive information in the performance of their duties and is expected to maintain that information confidentially.
Special Duties & Responsibilities:
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Responds as a mobile medical unit attendant or driver to emergency calls for fire suppression, medical assistance, hazardous materials incidents, specialized rescue, multiple-casualty incidents, or other emergency situations; performs duties in accordance with all applicable laws, ordinances, policies, procedures, protocols, disaster response plans, and established chain of command; refers to policy manuals as needed.
Maintains a state of readiness/preparation for medical emergency response; checks/maintains stock of equipment and supplies on ambulances and in station; re-loads equipment and supplies following response to emergency calls; prepares apparatus for subsequent emergencies.
Assesses and evaluates situation at emergency scenes; surveys and secures scene, requesting additional assistance as necessary; determines mechanism of injury and equipment needed to effect rescue and initiation of treatment; recognizes need for hazardous material response personnel, calls for appropriate assistance, and handles patients exposed to hazardous materials per established protocols.
Assesses nature and severity of illness/injury and identifies life threatening problems; establishes and prioritizes medical procedures to be followed and determines need for additional assistance; performs patient triage; takes and records patient’s vital signs; performs physical examinations and obtains patient history.
Administers advance life support and basic life support care at emergency scene in accordance with established medical standards; restores and stabilizes heart rhythm on pulseless, non-breathing patients, using defibrillator as needed; monitors cardiac patients, using a defibulator; initiates intravenous fluids to administer medication or drugs or to replace fluids lacking in body; performs endotracheal intubation to open airways and ventilate patients; administers injections of medications and drugs, following established protocols; inflates pneumatic anti-shock garment on patient to improve blood circulation.
Observes, records, monitors, and reports to physician patient’s condition, reaction to drugs/treatments, and other significant incidents pertaining to patient’s condition.
Gains access to and moves patients, utilizing protective equipment; takes quickest route to patient in consideration of safety of patient and emergency personnel; supervises patient safety during extrication procedures; prepares patient for transport in accordance with approved treatment protocols; performs physical lifting techniques associated with moving patients between incident site, stretcher, or ambulance; transports patients to medical facilities.
Performs general firefighting and search/rescue functions; suppresses, controls and extinguishes fires; locates water supplies and utilizes fire hoses to direct water or chemicals onto fire; positions, raises, and climbs ladders of various heights to access upper levels of buildings and perform rescue operations; creates openings in buildings for entrance, ventilation, or salvage; ventilates smoke and gas from buildings; performs search, rescue, extrication of victims, and forcible entries; assists individuals from burning structures; responds to calls for lost individuals and participates in searches for missing persons.
Drives, maintains, and operates a variety of ambulances or fire vehicles/apparatus; performs driving functions in a safe and efficient manner under various conditions, including in day/night hours, in congested traffic, in adverse weather conditions, and in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits; determines best route to reach location of emergency calls.
Performs general inspection and maintenance tasks necessary to keep vehicles, equipment, buildings, quarters, and tools in operable condition, which may include inspecting/testing equipment, restocking medications/supplies, cleaning/sanitizing ambulance interior and equipment, replacing fluids, greasing equipment, replacing parts, washing/cleaning equipment, maintaining station grounds, or cleaning station/quarters; monitors equipment operations to maintain efficiency and safety; reports faulty equipment; maintains records of equipment testing/maintenance activities.
Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; takes appropriate measures to prevent disease transmission or exposure to bodily fluids.
Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, checklists, patient care reports, fire/EMS run reports, trauma/CPR audits, vehicle maintenance reports, testing/maintenance records, or other documents.
Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, checklists, maintenance records, training announcements, maps, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, protocols, medical books, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.
Maintains current manuals, policies/procedures, bulletins, or map books for reference and/or review.
Operates a computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data; utilizes word processing, spreadsheet, database, or other software programs.
Creates/maintains positive public relations with the general public; participates in civic events and appears before schools/community groups; makes presentations or provides information/education to the public regarding CPR, fire safety, fire prevention, and fire fighting; conducts tours of fire and EMS stations and fire and EMS vehicles.
Communicates via telephone and/or two-way radio; communicates effectively and coherently over radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications; provides information and assistance; takes and relays messages; responds to requests for service or assistance.
Communicates with supervisors, employees, volunteers, dispatchers, other departments, fire officials, law enforcement officials, medical personnel, property owners/occupants, victims, family members, utility companies, insurance companies, contractors, civic organizations, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
Maintains a current knowledge and awareness of applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures; maintains an awareness of new equipment, methods, procedures, and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; participates in physical fitness training programs and continuing education activities on topics such as emergency medical services, new/modified medical protocols, ambulance service and operation, fire suppression techniques, hazardous material containment, emergency rescue, equipment techniques, hydraulics, or street layout; attends shift meetings, workshops and seminars as appropriate.
Follows the department chain of command when communicating at different levels.
Minimum Training & Experience:
MINIMUM REQUIRED CERTIFICATION(S)/LICENSE(S)
• High School or GED • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
• Firefighter I • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
• Firefighter II • EMT-Paramedic or EMT-Intermediate
• Hazardous Material Operations • CPR
• Mayday Operations
• EVOC II and EVOC III
• Recruit Academy Certificate
• Have held in good standing (at minimum 3 years) a valid unexpired drivers’ license or recognized equivalent(s) with appropriate endorsement(s)
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Vocational/technical training in emergency medical technician and firefighting programs; supplemented by three (3) years previous experience and/or training in Emergency Medical Technician work and firefighting and completion of a previous recruit academy or equivalent as determined by FREM (applicants meeting requirements will not be required to complete recruit academy); or any equivalent combination of education/experience. Additionally, ability to successfully obtain and maintain all certifications contained within the County’s Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management Recruit Academy curriculum and EMT-I or EMT-P. Curriculum includes, but is not limited to: CPR, VDFP Firefighter I, VDFP Firefighter II, Virginia Hazardous Material Awareness/Operations, VDFP Mayday Awareness/Operations, VDFP Emergency Vehicle Operation Course II/III (EVOC), National Fire Academy Incident Command Systems (NFA ICS), VDFP Vehicle Rescue Operations, VDFP Rural Water Supply and ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800. Ability to successfully obtain and maintain an International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) or Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) certification within 12 months of employment and a Driver Pump Operator certification within 24 months of employment. The County subscribes to the current National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 1582, medical guidelines and applies these guidelines.
Conditions of employment are based on the successful completion of: 1.) post-offer pre-employment physical ability and written aptitude tests; 2.) post-offer pre-employment medical physical; 3.) driving record and criminal background checks; 4.) upon employment, compliance with the current Special Conditions of Employment for Public Safety Employee agreements (reimbursement and no tobacco products).
Should you be considered eligible, you will receive an invitation for the written aptitude test and the physical ability test. Applications of successful candidates may remain active for up to one (1) year without a re-test requirement, or unless otherwise exhausted. The appointing authority may select any candidate from among those active applications, regardless of their standing. Retention of active applications is not a guarantee or warranty of employment. Salary $43,879 (Entry). Salary $46,879 (after release as a FREM ALS provider). These salaries do not include FLSA regular scheduled overtime, non-regular scheduled overtime, or holiday pay.
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.
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