Intern Firefighter: North Shore Fire Rescue Wisconsin Deadline: April 6, 2018

Intern Firefighter

Deadline: April 6, 2018

Job Description:

North Shore Fire/Rescue is accepting applications for the position of Intern Firefighter. This is an unpaid position. Intern Firefighters are expected to attend mandatory training and events as scheduled by the Department.  Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include:  High School Diploma, 18 years of age by due date of application, Certification as Wisconsin Firefighter I, Licensed as Emergency Medical Technician-Basic in the State of Wisconsin, a Valid Wisconsin Drivers License or ability to obtain one at time of appointment. Application Process:  Download an application packet via our website at  Completed applications must be returned to the North Shore Fire Department, 4401 W. River Lane, Brown Deer, 53223 no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 6, 2018. 

Please note:  Qualified candidates must successfully pass Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), oral interviews, background investigation, and medical examination and drug screen. 

North Shore Fire/Rescue provides fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay.


This job description is intended as an illustration of the various types of work performed at this rank. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related, a logical assignment of the position, or of an imminent nature.


The Intern Firefighter is responsible for participating in opportunities to enhance their education and skills in fire suppression, hazardous materials response, rescue operations, emergency medical services, fire inspection, and vehicle and fire station maintenance under the supervision of career members of the Department. The Intern Firefighter may also be used to provide support to administrative staff.

  1. Participates in responses to alarms as a ride-along. The Intern Firefighter also responds to major alarms to provide support functions including staffing of emergency incident rehabilitation and support of incident command functions.
  2. Participates in experiences to enhance career development and performs to criteria and standards set forth by the department.
  3. Prepares written reports as directed.
  4. Participates in training exercises and classroom lectures.
  5. Assists with cleanliness of station and maintenance of apparatus, tools, equipment and all other fire department property.
  6. Participates in demonstrations, tours, and public speeches on fire safety, fire prevention, CPR, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, first-aid, and other subjects to the public.
  7. Participates in fire inspections.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF POSITION: These physical demands are representative of demands that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform

essential functions.

  1. Standing, walking and sitting.
  2. Stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling.
  3. Running, swimming, grappling, climbing, balancing, bending, and twisting.
  4. Reaching, feeling, talking and hearing.
  5. 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. This applies to new employees.
  6. Lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling: 100 lbs or more.
  7. Handling, grasping and fingering: fire hose, ladders, performing CPR, utilizing patient lifting devices, etc.


  1. Stamina – vent a roof, pull charged hose line: strip roof w/ tools; climb stairs w/ equipment; carry hose up multiple flights.
  2. Extent Flexibility – Roll/pull hose; remove ceiling w/ poles; push ladder to peak; reach out from ladder; chop w/ axe; extricate victim; overhaul burned building; remove building parts.
  3. Dynamic Flexibility – Chop w/ axe; pick up hose; advance hose; strip roof; perform CPR/chest compression.
  4. Static Strength – Carry hose; lift/carry victim/patient; move charged hose; lift ladder; move generator.
  5. Explosive Strength – Force entry w/ axe battering ram; raise ladder; run up stairs w/ equipment; breach walls; pull advance hose; chop w/ axe to vent roof.
  6. Dynamic Strength – Climb ladders/stairs in full turn out w/ equipment; climb aerial ladder.
  7. Trunk Strength – Pull charged hose; perform CPR; pick up equipment at fire; hold hose on fire target; lift victim.
  1. Speed Limb Movement – Dodge debris; chop w/ axe; don SCBA; pump manual pump; exit burning building; operate/drive apparatus; operate aerial apparatus; perform CPR.
  2. Gross Body Coordination – Climb/descend ladder w/ victim; advance charged line while maintaining flow on target; walk across roof ridge; start/use power tools.
  3. Gross Body Equilibrium – Walk icy roof peak at night; carry patient down stairs; swing axe from ladder.
  4. Arm-Hand Steadiness – Take BP/pulse; operate power tools; perform CPR; apply traction to limb/neck of victim; connect hose couplings.
  5. Manual Dexterity – Couple hoses; perform CPR; bandage patient; use tools/extraction equipment; use air bag ventilator; tie knots; use SCBA.
  6. Finger Dexterity – Maintain/operate SCBA equipment; bandage patient; remove object from patient airway w/ Magill forceps; tie knots; perform infant CPR.
  7. Near Vision – Patient assessment; read manuals/pump control panel.
  8. Far Vision – Drive to fire; visualization of fire condition; see power lines for safe ladder placement; see addresses.
  9. Visual Color Discrimination – Determine fire status/hazards by smoke color; identify labels and placards; assess patient.
  10. Hearing – Hear call for help in burning building; hear fire crackle in dense smoke; hear BP.
  11. Mobility – Advance hose line; climb ladder; search/rescue in building; move on roof; get on/off equipment.
  12. Effort – Chop/vent roof; overhaul burned buildings; advance charged line up stairs; climb stairs/ladder; use axe.


  1. Outside workplace environment that is confined.
  2. Exposure to extreme cold, hot and normal temperatures.
  3. Contact with water or liquids.
  1. Exposure to loud noise with a minimum of 90 decibels and vibrations from tools, equipment, machinery, etc.
  2. Exposure to hazardous conditions such as; mechanical/electrical, chemical, burns, explosives, heights, physical injury, and fast-moving vehicles.
  3. Exposure to atmospheric conditions such as: fumes, gases, noxious odors, dust, and poor ventilation.
  4. Exposure to blood borne pathogens, i.e., blood on self and clothing from EMS related calls.


  1. Computer, telephone and two-way radio.
  2. Measuring devices.
  3. Power tools, hand tools, chain saws, shovels, brooms, ladders, air tools, exhaust fans, and generators.
  4. Car, fire apparatus, ambulance and boat.
  5. Patient restraints, first-aid equipment, oxygen, blood pressure equipment, defibrillator, test equipment, general medical equipment, and patient lifting devices.
  6. Breathing apparatus, steel tip boots, hearing and eye protection, firefighting turn-out clothing, and hazardous materials protective clothing.


  1. High school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Eligible to obtain a State of Wisconsin Driver’s License or such valid operator’s permit recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in Wisconsin at time of hire.
  3. State of Wisconsin Firefighter I Certification
  4. State of Wisconsin Emergency Medical Technician License


  1. Major life activities.
  2. Effective communication, oral and written, with supervisors, peers, and public.
  3. Understanding and following work rules, and Suggested Operating Procedures.
  4. Read, write, add, subtract, multiply and divide.
  5. Knowledge of national, state and local laws and fire/safety codes.
  6. Organize, direct and coordinate written and oral reports.
  7. Skills in report writing, computer usage, driving, and two-way radio usage.
  8. Knowledge of fire protection system, water supply, building construction, natural and man-made disasters, fire control and extinguishment, and combustible and flammable materials.
  9. Skills in firefighting, patient care and public relations.

MEDICAL: Applicants will be required to submit to a medical examination consistent with the requirements of the position, which will include drug testing, after an offer of employment and prior to appointment. This medical exam is designed to reveal any medical condition that might put the Firefighter at increased risk to self or others as a result of certain exposures or activities and to exhibit freedom from any physical, emotional or mental condition which adversely affects the performance of duties as a firefighter in the essential functions of employment, with reasonable accommodation.

TOBACCO USAGE: All North Shore Fire Department employees shall remain completely tobacco free as a condition of employment. However, a rare, occasional, infrequent use for a specific

special occasion will not be considered a violation of the Rules and Regulations. (The Department must remain candid in reports which it makes to the State of Wisconsin Employee Trust Funds regarding its knowledge of employee use of tobacco products, pursuant to Section 891.455, Wis. Stats.)

BENEFITS: Benefits are determined by the North Shore Fire Department Board of Directors.

For workers compensation and general liability purposes, Intern Firefighters will be considered “on duty” upon reporting to his/her assigned supervisor until such time in which the individual is relieved of duty.

BACKGROUND: All new appointees are subject to a background investigation that may include fingerprinting.

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