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Position Purpose: Firefighter/AEMT have the responsibility to protecting life and property from hazards of fire. This protection is offered by applying fire suppression methods to control and stop property damage by saving lives and through rescue from fire or other hazardous environments and through safety inspections and public education to prevent fires or public health issues. Firefighter/AEMT’s respond to emergency calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the ill and injured and transports them to a medical facility as needed. Firefighter/AEMT assists with administrative and or managerial duties that may be assigned to them.
Reports to: Chief Officers.
1.Principal Responsibilities: Fire
Responds to fire alarms and works as a team to accomplish the goals and tasks of the department.
A. Selects, drags, carries and lifts hose and nozzle depending on the type of fire and correctly applies a stream of water or chemicals onto the fire.
B. Positions and climbs ladders to gain access to the upper levels of the buildings or to assist individuals from burning structures.
C. Creates openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance using an Axe, chisel, crowbar, power saw or other equipment.
D. Protects property from water and smoke by use of positive pressure ventilation, waterproof salvage covers or smoke ejectors.
E. Wears appropriate protective clothing and equipment to include self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) depending on potential hazards exposure.
F. Communicates with other personnel on scene using two-way radio system.
G. May act as Incident Commander at the fire scenes when officers or senior firefighters are not present
H. Administers fire aid and CPR to injured persons and those overcome by fire and smoke.
2. Principal Responsibilities: AEMT
Responds to emergency medical calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the ill and injured at the State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services AEMT level or at the level of service currently offered by the department.
A. Administers first aid and CPR to injured persons and those overcome by fire and smoke
B. When victims need extrication from entrapment, Firefighter/EMT assesses the extent of injury and gives emergency care and protection to the entrapped patient and uses the prescribed techniques and appliances for removing the victim safely as directed by standard or protocol.
C. Determines the nature and extent of illness or injury and establishes priority for required care.
D. Transports and continues to provide care to persons as needed.
E. Communicates with other personnel, patient and Hospital during transport. Using verbal and two-way radio.
F. Maintains proficiency based on established standards in both structural firefighting techniques and EMS protocols.
G. Is familiar with the uses of the ICS and NIMS system at all incidents responses.
H. Enforces Ems medical information privacy policies as established by rule or regulation.
3. Principal Responsibilities: Maintenance
Maintains Fire and Emergency medical service apparatus, quarters, building and grounds as part of a team.
A. Drives and operates firefighting and patient care vehicles and equipment.
B. Maintains vehicles and equipment in safe operational condition according to manufacturer’s instructions.
C. Performs assigned duties in maintaining apparatus, quarters, buildings and grounds.
D. Performs hose testing in accordance with NFPA standards.
4. Principal Responsibilities: Training
Attends regular and assigned training sessions to maintain and upgrade firefighting and emergency medical skills.
A. Actively participates in drills, demonstrations and courses in firefighting techniques, apparatus operation, hydraulics, pump operation, pump maintenance, emergency medical service techniques and other relevant training as assigned by staff or chief officers.
B. Assists others including but not limited to the department training officer to further enhance department training as a whole.
C. Act as a mentor to others and is willing to offer assistance with objective and creative techniques to enhance the abilities of others.
D. Assists the training officer as required in maintaining the department training program including but not limited to the training center, tape libraries and testing materials. Establishes training scenarios, protocols or other training methods or materials for department Fire or EMS training events as requested.
5. Principal Responsibilities: Administrative
Perform administrative duties as assigned by the administrative staff
A. Enter information on the department computers for reports, letters or documents.
B. Deliver items, apparatus and or equipment as directed by the administration in support of the department’s operation or administration.
C. Create reports as required (handwritten and computer).
D. Make contact with persons as directed in support of the department operation and administration.
E. Maintains a log of incoming and outgoing telephone messages and give to the appropriate individuals. Maintains or acts as a professional representative for the department involving any interface with the general public. Is courteous and professional at all times.
F. Maintains and completes all daily work logs and documenting activities and time spent on task
G. Reports status on routine and special assignments via electronic or verbal means.
6. Principal Responsibilities: Prevention
Conducts fire prevention inspections, pre-fire planning of buildings and public fire or EMS prevention education programs and activities
A. Inspects buildings for fire hazards and compliance with fire prevention ordinances or regulations.
B. Maintains documentation on inspections activities in the department database.
C. Issues inspection forms to building owners/occupants listing fire code violations to be corrected
D. Participates in pre-fire planning of target hazards within the jurisdiction.
E. Organizes, documents and presents public safety education as assigned or requested.
F. Completes forms and manages the Lifeline program, install new lifelines.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION.
Must have and maintain a valid Wisconsin Drivers license.
Must have and maintain AEMT License.
Must be firefighter level 1 State certified.
Must have or pass department CEVO class before driving fire department apparatus.
Must be able to operate a fire and emergency medical equipment and related apparatus. Must be able to exert over 200 pounds of force occasionally, up to 100 pounds of force frequently and up to 50 pounds of force constantly in the performance of fire suppression duties, to assist injured persons and to use emergency equipment and related fire apparatus. Physical demand requirements are for heavy work.
Vision: normal vision needed with or without correction. Requires both near and far acuity.
Hearing: Normal hearing. To do this work, the firefighter/AEMT must discriminate among similar sounds in environments with great deal of background noise.
Walking/mobility: Must be able to balance and steady one self and keep from falling. Must be capable of reaching (extend the arms or hands in any direction); handling (sizes, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with the hands); fingering (picking, pinching, or otherwise working with the finger); and feeling (perceiving attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature, or texture by means of receptors in the skin, particularly those in the fingertips).
Must be capable of applying a leg lock with either leg upon a ground ladder to provide a safe anchor when operating hose lines or performing rescue work. Can be anticipated to climb and work at elevated area such as aerial ladders, roofs, or steeples.
Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.
Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes receiving instructions, assignments and/or directions from supervisors.
Requires the ability to read technical and procedural manuals relating to fire suppression and EMS work; and must be able to read policy manuals and operating procedures. Requires the ability to prepare records and reports of fire response activities, vehicle maintenance reports, time sheets, injury reports and training records.
Requires the ability to apply rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic or schedule form.
Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and to remain calm when speaking with persons in distress.
Requires the ability to utilize complex mathematical formulas; to add and subtract totals; to multiply and divide.
Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of colors.
Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instruction. Must be adaptable to performing under high levels of stress while responding to persons in emergency situations and in providing life sustaining procedures.
Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken works) (Hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear.) Must be able to communicate via telephone.
Knowledge of Job:
Has general knowledge of the procedures, practices and protocols for providing fire prevention and suppression services and emergency medical services. Has general knowledge of the equipment and supplies used in fire suppression and in providing emergency medical services. Has general knowledge of the appropriate treatment/services to provide to persons in fire emergencies. Is able to respond to emergency calls; and perform of actions taken. Is able to remain calm in emergency situations and to effectively communicate and direct person at the scene of accidents/emergencies. Is able to understand and follow written and oral instructions. Is able to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Is able to establish effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.
Quality of Work:
Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains high quality communication and interactions within department and with victims, co-workers and the general public.
Quantity of Work:
Maintains effective and efficient output of all duties and responsibilities as required.
Attends work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to supervisor with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.
Initiative and Enthusiasm:
Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountability's. Strives to anticipate work to be done and initiates proper and acceptable direction for completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.
Exercises analytical judgment in area of responsibility. Identifies potential problems or situations before they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to problems or situations. Implements decision in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice and researches problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.
Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, I.E, Poor communications, variance with policy or procedures, et. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons within the department.
Relationships with others:
Shares knowledge with supervisors and staff for mutual and departmental benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among all department employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with department employees and managers in other departments, representatives from organizations, and the general public so as to maintain good will towards the department and project a good departmental image. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints from other departments and person in order to maintain good will within the district. Interacts effectively with fellow employees, Officers, victims, professionals and the general public.
Coordination of Work:
Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates expected time of completion of elements of work and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules. Completes daily, weekly and monthly tasks as outlined on department task lists or work schedule.
Safety and Housekeeping:
Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards established by the department and various regulatory agencies. Sees that the standards are not violated. Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.
Work schedule consists of daily, weekly, monthly, annually and any other duties deemed necessary to maintain department activities above and beyond responding to calls.
Example of scheduled hours:
Meeting and trainings are 3 hours
1st Monday MPO/Operators training
2nd Monday EMS training
3rd Monday Fire training
4th Monday Department Meetings
5th Monday Combination training