Performs skilled work in the control, prevention and suppression of fires. Provide advanced life support medical care to the injured and/or ill and transport sick or injured persons to medical facilities. Responsible for responding to emergency situations and assisting in the control and resolution of the situation. Firefighter/Paramedic is usually the highest medical authority on a scene and as such, makes medical decisions based on standing orders, protocols and orders from the medical director.
Drives, operates and performs routine maintenance, on various fire apparatus. Operates and maintains medical equipment. Performs physically hazardous and mentally stressful tasks under adverse conditions. Participates in fire safety inspections; training, fire station and equipment maintenance, public education programs, and other public safety programs or projects as may be assigned.
Works under the general guidance and direction of the Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, and/or any officers within the department.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Respond to fires and emergency medical calls.
- Determine the nature and extent of the emergency and provide for response and deployment of adequate resources to properly handle the emergency.
- Provide assistance and administer appropriate basic, or advanced, levels of first aid treatment to ill or injured persons according to Mesa Country medical protocols and practices.
- Perform complex diagnostic and medical procedures including, but not limited to: intravenous cannulation, endotracheal intubation, recognition of cardiac arrhythmias and administration of various medications.
- Drive and operate fire apparatus, ambulance, or other specialized department vehicles.
- Rescue victims from fire, vehicles, drowning, accidents and other harmful conditions; performs duties in compliance with all lifesaving policies and procedures as they apply to the Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic.
- Suppress and extinguish fires; performs duties in compliance with all proper fire equipment and extinguishing procedures; calculate proper fire hose pressures; monitor fire suppression and rescue equipment.
- Operate and maintain various power tools such as, saws, ventilation fans, extrication devices and others.
- Lay hose lines, adjust water and pressure streams, place and climb ladders, ventilate buildings, rescue persons, place salvage covers and perform clean-up operations.
- Access, package, extricate and transport sick and injured patients from a variety of environments, including, but not limited to, burning buildings, wrecked vehicles, confined spaces, water, wilderness areas, and high and low angle areas.
- Prepare and maintain records and reports regarding fire alarms, emergency medical calls, fire prevention inspection, and public education activities and supplies.
- Perform maintenance and repair as needed on district assets.
- Communicate clearly using portable radios and digital communication devices from emergency scenes.
- Participate in training, drills and classes pertaining to firefighting, emergency medical practices, hazardous materials, special rescue techniques and other continuing education programs.
- Conduct fire safety inspections in public access buildings, interpret and apply appropriate codes, and secure code compliance.
- Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Thorough knowledge of modern fire suppression and prevention and emergency medical services principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment.
- Emergency service operations including both structural and wild-land fire suppression, hazardous materials response, emergency medical and associated services.
- Advanced principles of emergency medical service provision, first aid, life support and technical rescue.
- Medical terminology and appropriate utilization.
- Obtain or possess and maintain certification as an EMT-P, and be on protocols with Mesa County standards.
- Must maintain state and county mandated continuing education requirements and certifications.
- Familiarity with existing triage, treatment and patient transport protocols.
- In addition to basic life support (BLS) skills, must be proficient in advanced life support (ALS) skills including but not limited to IV therapy, cardiac monitoring, advanced airway control and a variety of medication therapies.
- Ability to handle high levels of personal stress and to maintain composure under a variety of adverse conditions, including verbal and physical abuse, witnessing death and critical injuries and experiencing risk of personal harm.
- Obtain or possess and maintain FF-I certification status.
- Operational characteristics of fire apparatus and equipment.
- Maintain physical conditioning necessary to perform efficiently in emergency situations; meet medical and physical agility standards as established.
- Learn the geography of the District, the location of important buildings and the street system.
- Participate in training drills; attend school and classes on firefighting, hydraulics, first aid and emergency medicine, fire equipment, and apparatus, and other classes associated with recognized fire fighter and EMT standards.
- Learn and apply technical information pertaining to firefighting.
- Assist in performing protective inspections of structures and businesses in the community for fire hazards and pre-incident surveys for tactical planning.
- Assist in conducting fire-safety education classes.
- Analyze and cope with a variety of emergency situations calmly but effectively and to react quickly to secure accurate and precise information on the location, extent, and nature of fires and emergency aid requests.
- Skill in the principles and techniques of customer relations skills; ability to deal diplomatically with irate, violent or frantic individuals; ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
- Ability to analytically observe, and objectively and clearly report routine and non-routine, emergency and non-emergency activities.
- Sustain heavy physical labor during periods of intense activity in emergency situations; to work at varying heights above grade.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and the general public; to work effectively as a team member.
- Service and operate all District equipment and apparatus.
- Perform necessary maintenance, testing and care of fire hoses, trucks, ladders, and auxiliary equipment and apparatus.
- Maintain necessary records and reports, incident forms, and daily shift operation logs, to accommodate needs of the district including computer data entry.
Must pass background check.
Must be physically able to fulfill the duties and responsibilities and pass an NFPA compliant physical examination.
Must possess and maintain valid Colorado driver’s license.
Must possess and maintain valid CPR certification.
Must possess and maintain valid NREMT Paramedic certification.
Must possess and maintain valid Colorado Paramedic certification.
Must acquire and maintain “on-protocol” status in Mesa County.
Must possess and maintain ACLS certification.
Must possess and maintain PALS certification.
Must acquire and maintain valid FF-I certification.
Must acquire and maintain Hazardous Materials Operations.
Must acquire and maintain current NWCG FFT2.
Must acquire and maintain current NIMS/ICS qualifications:
Must be willing to work shifts, weekends and holidays.
Office environment as well as EMS response, rural wild-land, and structural firefighting environment. Varied and inconsistent work hours. In addition, this job may involve the following environmental conditions:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work is performed primarily in office, vehicles, and outdoor settings, in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night shifts. Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations. Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, including smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils.
The individual occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in office settings, and loud at an emergency scene.
- Hazardous Materials such as, but not limited to; chemicals, blood and other body fluids, etcetera.
- Possible extensive travel and travel on rough terrain.
- A work environment that may include, but not be limited to; disruptive people, imminent danger and threatening situations.
A combination of Sedentary Office Work and Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently and/ up to 20 pounds of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
The following physical activities are very or extremely important in accomplishing the job's purpose and are performed on a daily basis: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to balance, sit, walk, twist, demonstrate manual dexterity, grasp, talk hear and see. The employee is regularly required to run, push, pull, stand, knell, stoop, stand reach, crawl, crouch, climb, and perform light and heavy lifting. The employee will be exposed to smoke, heat and a variety of weather conditions that may be, but not limited to hot, wet and cold. The employee is required to stay calm during stressful and possible life threatening situations.
- Shift Requirements
o (8) twenty-four hour shifts annual minimum