FIREFIGHTER – Ames, IA – Deadline 12/08/2014

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The City of Ames IA is looking to fill the position of Firefighter.

Examples of Essential Job Functions:

Prevents, suppresses and investigates fires and other hazardous situations; drives firefighting and other emergency vehicles safely; visually assesses the emergency scene and requests additional assistance when necessary; assesses condition of injured persons and frees, lifts, moves, or prepares them for transport in a safe manner; performs basic emergency medical services; lays hose, uses water streams and ladders, and ventilates to extinguish fires, operates and maintains firefighting equipment and tools; performs rescue activities; prepares for and responds to releases and potential releases of hazardous materials to minimize the extent of exposure or damage; uses and maintains personal protective equipment including SCBA; assists in on-site control including traffic control and calming of distraught persons; obtains and maintains certifications as required by department; attends and participates in ongoing training opportunities and drills; inspects residential and commercial buildings for fire hazards and reports tactical information and violations to officer for follow-up; investigates complaints of fire hazards, dangers or violations and accurately documents findings; communicates clearly and professionally with co-workers, superiors and the public; performs clean-up and salvage activities; maintains a safe and clean working/living environment; lives, works and interacts effectively with co-workers during 24 hour shift; prepares records and reports.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.

Other Job Functions: Provides educational programs for the public and conducts fire station tours; provides public outreach; participates in training of new firefighters.


Education and Experience: Successful completion of high school or G.E.D.

Licenses and Certificates: Valid driver’s license with the ability to obtain an Iowa driver’s license within three months of appointment and maintained for the duration of employment. Must obtain Firefighter I certification within one year of employment. Must currently hold, or obtain a valid State of Iowa Emergency Medical Responder (or higher) certification within 18 months of employment, and maintain this certification throughout the duration of employment in this position.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities Necessary to Perform Essential Functions: Knowledge of modern principles and practices of fire prevention, suppression, lifesaving, rescue, and public education; knowledge of the proper use and maintenance of firefighting equipment and supplies; knowledge of departmental rules, regulations and laws pertaining to fire prevention and safety; knowledge of city geography, fire hazards and firefighting resources such as personnel, equipment, water supply, and communications; knowledge of incident command system; working knowledge of math, physics and chemistry.

Skill in communicating in person, or by using e-mail, a telephone or two-way radio; skill in the operation of a variety of fire apparatus, tools and equipment; skill in the preparation of records and reports; skill in the use and maintenance of hand and power tools.

Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions; ability to perform functions independently or as a member of a team; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, superior officers, and the public; ability to present a positive attitude; ability to effectively communicate and deal courteously with customers and coworkers; ability to perform heavy physical labor under arduous conditions; ability to operate motor vehicles; ability to deal with victims of fires or hazardous materials accidents, and other distraught persons in a professional and sensitive manner.

 Supplemental Information:

Selection Process: Physical Ability Test will be administered on Saturday, December 20th.
Candidates who pass the physical ability test will be invited to take the written exam scheduled for Sunday, December 21st. A limited number of candidates will be invited to participate in phone interviews and Oral Boards. Participation may be limited to candidates possessing qualifications above the minimum. The scored oral board interview will count 100% as the Civil Service score.

To learn more about the physical ability testing requirements, please visit the fire department’s website at Physical Ability Testing Requirements. Select Our Government tab; choose Departments; select Fire; select How to Become an Ames Firefighter.

NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department in writing prior to the application deadline.

Physical Qualifications: Candidates must have the ability to perform strenuous physical tasks under difficult conditions. Vision requirements include color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to see both within arms’ reach and at distances greater than twenty feet in reduced visibility. Post job offer physical including drug screens required.

Residency Requirement: Within twelve months of employment, must live within an area bordered by
County Road S-27 on the east, Story and Boone County lines on the north and south, and State Highway 17 on the west. Communities intersected by the borderlines will be considered within the area.

E-Verify Process:
The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States
and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents as soon as possible after the job offer has been made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:




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