Performs a variety of highly technical and specialized tasks involving and/or related to fire suppression, emergency medical services, rescues, hazardous materials incidents, fire prevention, administration, and other assignments as required.
Supervision is provided by a Fire Captain, and in some cases, a chief officer.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service.
- Performs fire suppression functions including rescue, deploying and operating hose, ventilating roofs, performing salvage work during and after fires, and other related tasks associated with fire suppression.
- Administers emergency medical services to ill/injured persons consistent with the level authorized by the Texas Department of State Health Services certification, established medical protocols, and standard operating procedures.
- Follows established universal health precautions in the treatment and care of patients.
- Works indoors and outdoors, subject to extreme temperatures, inclement weather, hazardous conditions, and intermittent exposure to dust, fumes, and loud noise intensity.
- Maintains good standing with Medical Director.
- Passes all required tests administered by the Medical Director or his/her agents including annual protocol tests and card course assessments.
- Participates in physical fitness training per department policy.
- Conducts public education activities that may include citizens’ fire academy, birthday parties, block parties, station tours, etc.
- Assists in the development and presentation of training related to EMS, fire, and special operations.
- Learns streets and routes within the city and surrounding areas to include the location of medical facilities to ensure quick response times.
- Attends scheduled training necessary to maintain EMS certification, fire certification, and all other required certifications.
- Participates in the testing, cleaning, and maintenance of facilities, grounds, equipment, apparatus, and hydrants to ensure proper care and maintenance.
- Participates in and conducts pre-incident planning of high occupancy and commercial businesses to identify possible fire and life safety hazards.
- May be required to work shift and non-shift schedules including weekends, holidays, on-call, and extended hours in emergency, disaster, or other situations influenced by heavy workloads or staffing difficulties.
- Completes all routine paperwork and reports in a timely manner as required.
- Studies technical materials on equipment operation, fire suppression and fire prevention to improve or maintain an effective level of performance.
- May be assigned to a step-up of two ranks above current position or any acting assignment as deemed necessary by the Fire Chief. When assigned to a step-up or acting position, performs all duties and responsibilities of the role assigned.
- Regular and consistent attendance for the assigned work hours.
- Responds to requests and inquiries from the public, other department personnel, and other City departments.
- Orientation period is a full 12 months from date of hire.
- Performs as a responsible steward of the public trust and strives for excellence in public service, enhancing the quality of life for all.
- Acts in a civil, respectful manner at all times to management, co-workers, and others.
- Other duties as may be assigned.
- High School Diploma or GED certificate.
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- Valid Class C Driver's License, with clear driving record. Must have Texas Driver's License within 30 days of hire. Must possess a valid Texas Class B Exempt Driver’s License within six months of employment.
- Certification as a Basic Structural Firefighter through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
- Certification as an EMT-Basic or Paramedic through the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- Full-time employees must be certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a paramedic. Employees hired as an EMT will be required to attend and successfully complete a paramedic-training program, pass the National Registry Paramedic certification exam, maintain Paramedic certification with the Texas Department of State Health Services, and remain authorized to function as a paramedic by the Medical Director. An employee will be given six (6) months and/or three (3) attempts to pass the National Registry Paramedic certification exam upon successful completion of paramedic school.If the employee currently possesses a paramedic certification, he/she will be eligible to receive paramedic certification pay.
- This position requires the completion of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) core curriculum class IS 700, 800 ICS 100, and 200 upon employment or within six months of employment.
- Knowledge of emergency medical services and protocols
- Knowledge of fire prevention, suppression, and education methods, practices, and procedures for a variety of fire, hazardous materials response, and rescue operations
- Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations
- Skilled in effective oral and written communication
- Ability to stay current on all Texas Department of State Health Services continuing education requirements
- Ability to stay current on all Texas Commission on Fire Protection continuing education requirements
- Ability to complete all medical control requirements to perform at current EMS certification level
- Ability to maintain a satisfactory rating on annual performance evaluations
- Ability to pass written exam, physical agility, extensive background check, pre-employment drug screen, medical physical and psychological evaluation
- Ability to reason abstractly using mechanical concepts
- Ability to exercise sound judgement and rational thinking under stressful and/or dangerous circumstances
- Ability to evaluate various options and alternatives and choose an appropriate and reasonable course of action
- Proficient in the use of computers and related hardware and software
- Knowledge of safe work practices and procedures
- Knowledge and skill associated with operating specialized communication equipment
- Participate in physical fitness training per department policy
- Ability to interact with all levels of co-workers, management staff, citizens, and the public
- Ability to work overtime as needed
- Ability to follow departmental policy on attendance
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. This description is subject to modification as the needs and requirements of the position change.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
- Work is performed in office and field environments.
- May be subject to exposure to extreme temperatures, extreme weather conditions, hazardous chemicals, toxic fumes, unstable buildings and structures, air and water borne pathogens, infectious diseases, and extreme heat
- May be subject to wearing full protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus for extended periods to enter burning and smoke filled buildings.
- May be exposed to hostile, angry, or emotional citizens, patients, and business owners.
- Very high: Exerting over 100 pounds occasionally, 50-100 pounds frequently, or 20-50 pounds constantly.
- Equipment utilized includes personal computer, copier, mobile data computers, various specialized fire, rescue, and emergency medical response equipment, radio communications equipment, and department apparatus.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES REQUIRED:
Balancing Bending Carrying Climbing
Crawling Crouching Fine Dexterity Foot Controls
Handling Hearing Kneeling Lifting
Pushing/Pulling Reaching Sitting Standing
Talking Twisting Vision Walking
Exposure to hazardous materials, including biological
PRIMARY WORK ENVIRONMENT: Outdoors
SHIFT WORK: Yes
Performance will be evaluated based on core competencies and competencies associated with the specific job family.
Dependability and Consistency