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1007 Company Officer

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GENERAL PURPOSE

  • Performs skilled work in the control, prevention and suppression of fires
  • Provides medical care and transportation of the sick and/or injured to appropriate medical facilities, within the scope of their training and certifications
  • Responsible for responding to emergency situations and assisting in the control and resolution of the situation
  • Drives, operates and performs routine maintenance, on various fire and EMS apparatus
  • Operates and maintains medical equipment
  • Performs physically hazardous and mentally stressful tasks under adverse conditions
  • Performs fire station maintenance, equipment maintenance
  • Participates in fire training, safety inspections, public education programs, other public safety programs and other programs or projects as may be assigned

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

  • Works under the general guidance and direction of the Fire Chief
  • Supervises Volunteers, Entry-Level Firefighters and Firefighters

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 levels of medical care to sick or injured persons according to Mesa Country medical protocols and practices
  • Drive and operate fire apparatus, ambulance, or other specialized department vehicles
  • Rescue victims from fire, vehicles, drowning, accidents and other harmful conditions
  • 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 equipment 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
  • Performs duties in compliance with all lifesaving policies and procedures as they apply to training, certifications and Mesa County Protocol

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Thorough knowledge of modern fire suppression and prevention and emergency medical services principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment
  • Emergency service operations including both structural and wildland 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
  • Geography and street layout of the fire district area
  • 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 firefighter and medical certification 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 be willing to work shifts, weekends and holidays
  • Must be physically able to fulfill the duties and responsibilities and pass an NFPA compliant physical examination
  • Must pass background check

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Must possess and maintain valid Colorado driver’s license
  • Must possess and maintain current Emergency Vehicle Operator Course compliance
  • Must possess and maintain valid CPR certification
  • must possess and maintain valid NREMT certification
  • Must possess and maintain valid Colorado State EMT certification with IV, or greater
    • if EMT-I or Paramedic must possess and maintain valid ACLS and PALS certifications
  • Must maintain on-protocol status as EMT or greater within Mesa County
  • Must possess and maintain valid FF-I certification
  • Must possess and maintain valid FF-II certification
  • Must possess and maintain Hazardous Materials Operations certification
  • Must possess and maintain current NWCG FFT2 certification
  • Must possess and maintain current Technical Rescue Technician certification
  • Must possess and maintain current NIMS/ICS qualifications
    • 700
    • 100
    • 200
    • 300
    • 400
    • 800

WORKING 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
  • Office environment as well as EMS response, rural wildland, and structural firefighting environment.
  • Varied and inconsistent work hours
  • 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, et cetera
  • Travel
  • A work environment that may include, but not be limited to; disruptive people, imminent danger and threatening situations

PHYSICAL CONDITIONS

  • 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

PAY SCALE

The hourly pay is between $20.83 and $25.83, dependent upon qualifications, for the fire station and incident response portion of the shift and between $1.56 and $2.58 for the on-call portion of the shift.