The rewards of being a firefighter are extensive. The work is exciting and challenging. Below is a summary of key components of the job.
Summary of Duties
- Responsible for all fire suppression duties necessary to save life and property. Combat, extinguish and/or prevent fires by rapidly and efficiently performing varied duties as required under emergency conditions (frequently involving considerable hazard).
- Provide emergency medical response and aid; perform rescue/extrication operations where necessary to prevent loss of life or further injury from any cause.
- Provide service assistance with respect to, but not restricted to the following: police, paramedics and public.
- Responsible for station maintenance and upkeep of firefighting equipment and fire department property.
- Responsible for upgrading and maintaining skills/knowledge and physical requirements to current standards.
- Perform duties in fire prevention, public education and communications as assigned.
- Responds to all emergency calls immediately, as directed.
- Drives and/or operates any vehicle or equipment as assigned.
- Performs a variety of rescue related duties to protect the public and lessen severity of injuries.
- Lays and connects hose; holds nozzles and directs high pressure water streams, raises; climbs and works from ladders, and uses or operates all equipment associated with the control and extinguishment of fire or other incidents.
- Wears self-contained breathing apparatus and full protective clothing while working in noxious and/or smoke filled environments.
- Ventilates buildings or areas to release heat, smoke, or fumes.
- Places salvage covers so as to protect property and prevent water damage.
- Performs overhaul operations in order to ensure that the fire has been completely extinguished.
- Drives, checks safety of immediate area, brings required medical equipment.
- Assesses situation/victim by taking medical history, visual and vital signs.
- Conducts appropriate intervention, including CPR, other first-aid as required.
- Assists paramedics - conveys information, lifts and carries heavy patients, etc.
- Manages crowd/by-standers/victim's relatives, etc.
- Performs a variety of rescue related duties to protect the public and lessen severity of injuries related to motor vehicle collisions, confined space entrapment, water hazards, industrial accidents, incidents involving hazardous materials, etc.
- Assesses and performs extrication of the victim's in motor vehicle collisions.
- Performs various maintenance duties to fire services apparatus, equipment and department property.
- Participates in departmental training programs to be proficient, knowledgeable and up to date with respect to equipment and procedures for fire fighting, medical and other emergencies.
- Participates in public relations projects involving visits, demonstrations, parades, etc., as directed.
- Assists with on the job training of other firefighter.
- Performs inspections and assessments related to fire prevention duties.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
To be a successful firefighter you must possess
- Motivation to serve
- Effective communication skills (written and verbal)
- Physical, mental, emotional health
- Ability to exercise sound judgment
- Strong sense of responsibility
- Ability to work as team member
- Honesty and integrity
- Problem-solving skills
- Strong work ethic
- Physically fit and able to perform sustained and intense physical effort
- Ability to work at heights and in confined spaces