GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
The primary mission of a firefighter is to proactively and effectively protect all citizens and visitors through prevention, inspection, education and ongoing training programs ensuring the safety of the communities we serve. Firefighters perform: general duty firefighting work involving combating and extinguishing fires; various types of rescue, hazmat response, and life support functions and related duties including transportation to hospitals; specialized duties under emergency conditions which frequently involve considerable personal hazard and weather conditions; and related work as required. A firefighter is subject to being called in at any time in cases of emergency.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Responds to emergency and non-emergency incidents including fires, medical, hazardous materials and technical rescue incidents.
- Controls and extinguishes fires using water and other extinguishing agents.
- Raises, lowers and climbs ground and aerial ladders and ventilate burning buildings.
- Operates hand and power tools in emergency and non-emergency situations including forcible entry, ventilation and extrication.
- Operates equipment to monitor atmospheric conditions.
- Removes persons from dangerous environments by individual or team methods.
- Participates in overhaul operations to ensure that fire is completely extinguished.
- Performs salvage operations such as placing salvage covers and removing water and debris.
- Transports severely injured or ill persons by ambulance from incident scenes to hospitals.
- Operates a variety of life support equipment relating to emergency medical services operations.
- Attends instructional and training sessions to learn and review policies, procedures, techniques and concepts.
- Assist in maintaining, testing and drying hose.
- Cleans and maintains firefighting apparatus, equipment, grounds and facilities; participate in test of equipment to ensure it's in working condition.
- Performs routine household duties; including cleaning and cooking.
- Inspects commercial and residential establishments for fire hazards; participate in fire prevention programs and activities.
- Performs routine maintenance on fire hydrants necessary to maintain such equipment in serviceable conditions.
- Prepares reports documenting responses to incidents, activities and other performances as required.
- Performs all other duties as assigned.
- Attends and participates in trainings as assigned or requested to stay abreast of innovations and new trends related to duties and responsibilities.
- Adheres to policies, procedures and programs within the Fire Department both orally and in writing.
- Prepares reports and related information as directed by Supervisor.
- Proofreads and edits a variety of documents.
- Exhibits high attention to detail and takes adequate time to review and tasks before proceeding.
- Assists with all customer service activities.
REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
- Must have a valid operator's license.
- Must be able to successfully pass a departmental criminal, civil and background investigation to the satisfaction of the department.
- Must have a valid CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) completed and on file by offer date.
- Must have 20/30 vision, corrected to 20/20.
- Must have registered with EMPCO, https://www.empco.net/testing/, and completed their firefighter written exam.
- An employee in this class, upon employment, will be required to enter into and successfully complete all necessary training, including in-service training with Ferndale Fire Department and other schools to which the employee may be assigned. All employees shall receive such further training as shall be deemed necessary by the Ferndale Fire Department or mandated by the State of Michigan or United States Government.
- A paramedic license valid in the State of Michigan.
- Firefighter I and II certificates from a State of Michigan certified Fire Academy.
- A valid State of Michigan Emergency Medical Services (a minimum of EMT) license.
- Preference will be given to those candidates who have a Paramedic License that is valid in the State of Michigan.
- Highest preference will be given to those candidates who possess all desired qualifications.
NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Reasonable knowledge of State and Local Laws and ordinances.
- Reasonable knowledge of the geography, streets and important locations in Ferndale.
- Reasonable knowledge of modern fire practices and procedures.
- Working knowledge of modern technological procedures and practices.
- Skill or ability to attain skill in the use of fire and emergency medical services equipment.
- Ability to quickly learn firefighting techniques, emergency
- medical care techniques, and the operation of all department apparatus and equipment.
- Ability to read and understand technical materials and rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
- Ability to effectually operate mechanical equipment, departmental vehicles and apparatus.
- Ability to analyze situations and adopt an effective course of action.
- Ability to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations.
- Ability to prepare accurate, written records and reports.
- Ability to demonstrate mental alertness and good powers of observation.
- Ability to maintain mood physical condition, strength and agility.
- Ability to understand and follow instructions, manage multiple tasks and work effectively under stress and with interruptions, within deadlines and with changes in work priority.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness with the public and other employees.