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Performs customary duties related to fire protection, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, and emergency management. Serves as the principal hands-on labor in providing department emergency and non-emergency services to the community.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Responds to fire incidents and conducts tasks including fire suppression, ventilation, salvage, and forcible entry;
- Responds to emergency medical incidents and serves as a member of the medical team;
- Drives and operates fire engine (ladder truck), pumper, and ambulance;
- Responds to water/ice rescue emergencies and serves as a member of the rescue team;
- Serves as Incident Commander until relieved;
- Inspects and performs routine maintenance of all fire equipment and tools;
- Inspects, cleans, and maintains department facilities and equipment;
- Coordinates incident scene safety and security with other law enforcement entities;
- Participates in fire and life safety inspections in accordance with Alaska State Fire Code;
- Responds to hazardous material incidents and assists in the identification, mitigation, and containment of hazardous material spills;
- Drafts pre-fire plans for review by Department administration;
- Follows and enforces all City and Department policies and operating procedures and applicable federal and state laws.
- Performs administrative tasks in support of Department administration;
- Instructs fire prevention classes to youth and adults from prepared lesson plans;
- Participates in required training and maintains professional certifications as required by the Department.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Working knowledge of fire-fighting equipment, methods, and techniques;
- Working knowledge of fire behavior, fire chemistry, and suppression agents;
- Working knowledge of the Alaska State Fire Code (preferred) or Uniform Fire Code;
- Basic knowledge of mechanical skills required to perform minor or preventive maintenance on Department vehicles;
- Demonstrable skills in using firefighting techniques, equipment and tools effectively;
- Demonstrable skills in using rescue techniques;
- Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions;
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the general public;
- Ability to pass a physical agility test, self-contained breathing apparatus and N-95 mask fit test; and receive medical clearance by the department physician.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
- Alaska Firefighter certification (or the equivalent) preferred;
- Alaska EMT certification (or the equivalent) preferred;
- Valid Alaska Driver’s License.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and meet physical demands satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee will frequently perform duties wearing of a self-contained breathing apparatus and firefighting turnout gear weighing approximately 45 pounds; often perform prolonged and arduous work under adverse conditions; frequently climb ladders and stairs, balance, stoop, crouch, crawl, and reach; frequently required to pull and push items weighing more than 50 pounds; sometimes required to lift and carry items weighing more than 50 pounds; often use hand tools and small electrical tools; and frequently scheduled to work a 24-hour work shift. In addition, the employee will periodically be required to serve on an on-call status when off-duty.
Work is performed in a busy setting with frequent interruptions. The noise level varies from moderate to extreme. The employee may be required to work in dangerous and stressful conditions to include making decisions and directing personnel and operations. The employee will frequently be subjected to electrical hazards, fire hazards, confined spaces, high and exposed places and unsafe conditions. Performing the job functions may result in frequent exposure to wet conditions, smoke, fumes, hazardous chemicals and materials, intense heat, extreme cold (air and water), poor lighting, moving mechanical parts and hazards associated with working in and near traffic.
City of Bethel benefits package.
Desirable Training and Experience:
- High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent;
- Experience in structural firefighting preferred;
- EMS/ALS Experience preferred.