Firefighter/Paramedic: Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin Deadline: October 29, 2017

Firefighter/Paramedic

Deadline: October 29, 2017

Salary: $48,155.80 Annually

Job Description:

The Village of Pleasant Prairie provides both Fire and Rescue (EMS) service to the community of Pleasant Prairie and those areas identified in the mutual aid system. The Pleasant Prairie Fire & Rescue Department is comprised of full time, part time, and Paid on call personnel.

The position of Firemedic is a highly skilled and technical position within the Fire and Rescue Department. The primary responsibility of this position is providing rapid, effective and efficient emergency fire and rescue (medical) service within the area served by the fire and rescue department.

NATURE OF WORK

  •  General fire services work to combat and extinguish fires. At the scene of a fire emergency, the Firemedic provides the necessary skills to mitigate danger to life and property. This position is also responsible for the enforcement of state and local fire codes, provides public fire education, maintains stations, equipment, and vehicles assigned to the Fire & Rescue Department, and completes records and reports. The Firemedic also works to provide emergency medical care. At the scene of a medical emergency, the Firemedic usually provides the highest level of medical expertise and is responsible for the care of a victim from the emergency scene to the hospital setting. Duties of this position frequently involve an element of personal danger.
  •  The Firemedic must be able to act and exercise initiative and independent judgment at the emergency site while possibly under significant stress and hazardous conditions.
  •  The Firemedic is assigned to work shifts and stations. The Firemedic is also required to attend assigned training sessions and continuing education classes to ensure competencies.
  •  The Firemedic, while off duty, carries a paging device and can be called to respond to stations, fires, and emergency medical calls, as well as other emergencies.

CORE JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. Must be able to respond to fire, rescue, and other emergency calls within the Village and mutual aid district.
    2. Must be able to perform all fire and rescue related activities including knowledge and operation of all fire and rescue vehicles and equipment.
    3. Must be able to perform repair and/or routine maintenance of fire and rescue: vehicles, equipment, mechanical facilities of building(s), buildinginterior, exterior, and grounds.
    4. Must be able to render emergency medical assistance to the sick and injured.
    5. Must be able to perform to current accepted levels of pre hospital emergency care in the State of Wisconsin as an EMT Paramedic.
    6. Must be able to perform the written guidelines and procedures established by the Kenosha County EMS System-wide Standard Medical Protocols.
    7. Must join and maintain membership in the Kenosha County Specialized Response Teams – Hazardous Materials Team and comply with all of thecontinuing education and training requirements of said team.
    8. Must be able to comply with all Department policies and procedures.
    9. Must be able to write reports, and maintain records and daily logs.
    10. Must be able to make public presentations and interact with the community at various social events and outreach gatherings.
    11. Must be able to work with minimal supervision.
    12. Must be able to learn and use the techniques of firefighting and emergency medicine, and attend training classes to improve those skills.
    13. Must satisfactorily complete 100% of the scheduled Paramedic Continuing Education classes sponsored by the Department.
    14. Must be able to maintain a positive attitude towards the job and patients.
    15. Must have considerable knowledge of the response area.
    16. Must have the ability to operate both as a member of a team and independently at incidents of uncertain duration.
    17. Must have the ability to tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing duties. Must perform physically demanding work in hot(extreme temperatures), humidity (up to 100%), and atmospheres while wearing equipment which significantly impairs body cooling mechanisms.
    18. Must have the ability to work in wet, icy, or muddy areas.
    19. Must have the ability to recognize possible exposure to carcinogenic dusts such as asbestos, toxic substances such as hydrogen cyanide, acids,carbon monoxide, or organic solvents either through inhalation or skin contact, and take protective measures as required.
    20. Must have the ability to recognize possible exposure to infectious agents such as hepatitis B or HIV, hazardous conditions such as heights, depths, physical injury and fast moving vehicles, and exposure to atmospheric conditions such as fumes, gasses, noxious odors, dust, and poor ventilation,and take protective measures as required.
    21. Must be able to wear personal protective equipment that weighs approximately 50 pounds while performing various strenuous firefighting, rescue,and other related tasks.
    22. Must be able to face exposure to grotesque sights and smells associated with major trauma and burn victims.
    23. Must be able to make rapid transitions from rest to near maximal exertion without warm up periods.
    24. Must be able to operate in environments of high noise (up to 90 decibels), with vibrations from tools, equipment, machinery, etc., poor visibility,limited mobility, at heights, and in enclosed or confined spaces.
    25. Must be able to rely on senses of sight, hearing, smell, and touch to help determine the nature of the emergency, maintain personal safety, andmake critical decisions in a confused, chaotic, and potentially life threatening environment throughout the duration of the operation.
    26. Must be able to connect and disconnect hose couplings easily and quickly.
    27. Must be able to understand and carry out orders and assignments in both emergency and non-emergency situations
    28. Must have the ability to lift and carry a stretcher, with an adult patient weighing at least 150 pounds, up or down flights of stairs, with a minimumof one person to assist.
    29. Must be able to meet attendance requirements of the shift that requires employees to work during fire or rescue emergencies, Saturdays, Sundays,holidays, and callbacks.
    30. Must have the ability to cope with repeated trauma and loss of life.
    31. Must possess adequate maturity and life experience for the job, including reality based views of one’s own abilities.
    32. Must be able to operate emergency vehicles with due regard of speed, both day and night, or weather conditions.
    33. Must be able to respond immediately to emergency accident scenes, or fires in or adjacent to the assigned area.
    34. Must be able to remain at fire and accident scenes for extended periods of time, therefore, must have adequate bowel and bladder controls.
    35. Must be able to interpret and understand body language and be able to locate persons by the sound of their voice, movements, etc.
    36. Must be able to wear a respirator, SCBA and SABA.
    37. Must be able to demonstrate levels of empathy with others.
    38. Must have far visual acuity of at least 20/30 binocular corrected with contact lenses or spectacles. Far visual acuity uncorrected shall be at least20/100 binocular for wearers of hard contacts or spectacles.
    39. Must be able to come into contact with water or liquid.
    40. Must be able to perform related duties as required.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

    1.  An Associate’s Degree in the Fire Science(s) and/or Paramedicine is highly desirable.
    2.  Must hold and maintain a State of Wisconsin Paramedic license.
    3.  Must hold a minimum certification of Wisconsin Firefighter I or equivalent.
    4.  Must hold or attain the following Certifications:
      • Wisconsin Firefighter II within 12 months of hire date
      • Wisconsin Fire Driver Operator – Pumper within 12 months of hire date
      • Pleasant Prairie Fire & Rescue Motor Pump Operator within 12 months of hire date
      • Wisconsin Fire Driver Operator – Aerial within 24 months of hire date
    5.  American Heart Association:
      • CPR-Health Care Provider card
      • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) card
    6.  Must successfully complete the following training courses; pending class availability and review by the Chief:
      • Hazardous Materials Technician within 12 months of hire date
      • Rope Operations within 18 months of hire date
      • Confined Space Operations within 36 months of hire date
      • Trench Operations within 36 months of hire date
      • Structural Collapse Operations within 36 months of hire date
    7.  Current Wisconsin Driver’s License or equivalent.

JOB REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT

  1.  Must pass an entry level written examination.
  2.  Must have successfully completed the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).
  3.  Must pass a pre-employment background check.
  4.  Must pass a pre-employment psychological evaluation.
  5.  Must pass a pre-employment interview with members of the Police and Fire Commission.
  6.  Must successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination and drug screen.
  7.  Must live within and must maintain residency within the residency boundaries, which can be found within the collective bargaining agreement.
  8.  Must sign an agreement that they will not use smoking tobacco at any time either on or off duty and further agree they will not use chewingtobacco while on duty.
  9.  Essential job functions of this position require a significant amount of standing, walking, sitting, pushing, pulling, climbing, stooping, crouching,crawling, reaching, dragging, running, handling, grasping, fingering, grappling, balancing, bending/twisting, feeling, communicating, hearing, andlifting and carrying a range of weight 100 pounds or more.
  10.  Must not have been convicted of a felony.
  11.  May work up to 56 (average) hours throughout the week.
  12.  This person is subject to recall 24 hours a day.

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