Under the general supervision of the Lieutenant, this position is responsible for performing entry level firefighting and providing paramedic level emergency medical care. This position entails combating, extinguishing and preventing fires; responding to and rendering aid during natural and manmade disasters; providing public education and training, and responding to and providing paramedic level treatment in medical emergencies. The position is designed to help the Towns Fire Department respond effectively to all emergencies.
Essential Functions of the Job: The listed examples may not include all duties performed by the person in this position. Duties may vary from time to time and are at the discretion of the Chief. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability.
Respond to request for emergency medical assistance in a department vehicle
Provide on-site care to patients of accidents, heart attacks, strokes and other medical and traumatic incidents
Respond to alarms of fire, medical and non-medical emergencies
Provide direct hands-on support to paramedics with transport ambulance provider
Remove person(s) from danger by extricating patients from vehicle accidents, prepare for transport to a hospital, and administer paramedic level life support to injured persons
Maintain inventory of drugs, narcotics and equipment daily to ensure proper control
Performs Advanced Life Support (ALS) level of service and provides other assistance as required
Performs duties as a certified Paramedic according to criteria and standards set forth by State requirements and the department
Completes emergency medical and fire training necessary to maintain certifications
Completes written and verbal reports on patient care
Administers medical drugs to ensure proper care and all required documentation
Participate in fire drills and attend classes in firefighting, emergency medicine, hazardous materials, fire containment methods and techniques, handling emergencies, fire inspection methods and standards and related subjects
Communicates in person, via telephone, and/or via two-way radio providing information and assistance or responding to requests for assistance
Responds to fire alarms, connects hose, holds nozzle and directs water streams
Forces entry of premises for firefighting, rescue and salvage operations, uses chemical fire extinguishers, bars, hooks, lines, and other equipment
Positions and climbs ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings
Performs salvage operations such as throwing covers, sweeping water and removing debris
Physically able to perform all duties wearing a complete set of protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus
Performs hazardous tasks, under emergency conditions, requiring extreme strenuous and physical labor, such as, bending, crouching, stooping, crawling, and climbing in buildings and close quarters for extended periods under some unfavorable climatic conditions of extreme heat, humidity, or freezing temperatures, and frequently lifting objects weighing 50 to 100 pounds
Performs duties in environments of dense smoke, extreme heat and fire
Participates in flow testing fire hydrants, which involves taking caps off hydrant and opening hydrant to check water flow
Performs general maintenance to fire department property including but not limited to cleaning walls and floors, washing and drying hoses, mowing yard, washing windows, and otherwise maintaining quarters
Perform such other duties as may from time to time be designated or required by the Chief
Required Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of fire prevention, federal, state and Town regulations, ordinances, and codes as applied to firefighting and prevention
Knowledge of geographic area of the Town
Knowledge of the techniques, procedures, practices and equipment used in Emergency medical assistance at the Paramedic level
Knowledge of firefighting equipment and its intended uses
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other Town employees, peers, subordinates, supervisors, and representatives of cooperating agencies and the public
Ability to operate and control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools and/or
materials requiring complex and rapid adjustments
Ability to operate heavy power tools including extrication equipment
Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
Ability to lift, carry, push and/or pull heavy objects and materials
Ability to wear heavy protective clothing for extended periods of time
Ability to climb ladders and perform firefighting and rescue operations from various heights including roofs
Ability to receive directions and effectively complete those directions
Ability to exercise good judgement in evaluating situations and recognize and mediate unsafe conditions or situations
Ability to apply rules and regulations as they relate to job duties
Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and other basic computer operations as well as the ability to learn software programs utilized by the department and town.
High School Diploma or equivalent required. Must possess a valid drivers license in the State of Tennessee with F Endorsement. Must possess State of Tennessee Firefighter I, or above certification. Must possess and maintain a valid State of Tennessee Emergency Medical Technician- Paramedic license. Must successfully complete within one (1) year of employment a Firefighter II certification issued by the State of TN Commission on Fire Fighting. Any equivalent combination of education and relevant experience may be considered.
The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable those with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, pollen, odors, chlorine gas, methane gas, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, fumes, hazardous materials, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, disease or pathogenic substances.
Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of color, sounds, depth, texture and visual cues or signals.
Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony or any misdemeanor that involved force, liquor, or drug laws. Applicants who have military service must possess an Honorable discharge.
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