This position performs fire fighting work in combating, extinguishing and preventing fires; provides emergency medical care to the sick and injured; and maintains and operates equipment and apparatus. Employees in this category may not exceed 120 hours worked in any given 28 day work cycle.
- Responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls such as medical emergencies, traumatic emergencies and motor vehicle accidents;
- Extinguishes, controls fires and protects property from smoke damage;
- Participates in training drills; attends school and departmental classes on fire fighting, hydraulics, first aid, fire equipment and apparatus construction and operation;
- Places equipment, lays and connects hose, operates high-capacity pumps and directs water streams; raises and climbs ladders; uses safety belts, lines and hooks;
- Attends required training programs; reads necessary manuals, books, etc.; practices skills and techniques; completes required proficiency tests; participates in regular classes on firefighting emergency medical techniques, rescue, equipment maintenance and related subjects;
- Responds as part of team when incident occurs; operates assigned equipment at fire scenes, involving laying and connecting hoses; holding nozzles and detecting fire streams; raising and climbing ladders; using chemical extinguishers, lines and other equipment;
- Serves as a Fire Apparatus Operator; drives Fire Apparatus to and from emergency calls;
- Provides emergency medical assistance at incidents;
- Creates an opening for gaining access to patients in peculiar situations and positions;
- Administers basic and advanced life support care, including defibrillation, drug therapy, intravenous therapy, controlling minor and major hemorrhage, oxygen therapy and CPR;
- Conducts community fire prevention, safety education and health awareness classes, demonstrations and tours; participants in other community awareness projects as required;
- Performs pre-fire planning of assigned establishments;
- Prepares and maintains forms, logs, records, reports and other correspondence;
- Performs other related duties as required.
Knowledge Required by the Position:
- Knowledge of City Fire Codes and related ordinances;
- Knowledge of State of Georgia and department standards and procedures;
- Knowledge of modern firefighting principals, practices and methods;
- Knowledge of firefighting equipment including personal protective equipment;
- Knowledge of hazard identification and correction including escape route planning;
- Knowledge of behavior and mechanics of various types of fire;
- Knowledge of the Incident Management System;
- Knowledge of principles of hydraulics applied to fire suppression;
- Knowledge of the street system and physical layout of the City;
- Knowledge of emergency care methods, techniques and equipment;
- Knowledge of and ability to perform basic and advanced life support care;
- Skill in operating heavy emergency equipment;
- Skill in the use of tools, equipment and apparatus to fight fires, rescue or provide emergency medical care;
- Skill in operating a computer;
- Skill in effective and efficient oral and written communication;
- Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions;
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with fellow employees and the public;
- Ability to perform duties in a safe and effective manner under stressful situations and conditions;
- Ability to perform fire prevention building inspections and building familiarization activities;
- Ability to perform heavy manual labor;
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with fellow employees and the public.
Work is assigned by the Sergeant in terms of Fire Department goals and objectives.
Guidelines include local, state and federal fire safety rules, laws, regulations, policies, procedures and standards.
Work requires analysis and judgment in accomplishing diversified duties. Work requires the exercise of independent thinking within the limits of guidelines, policies, standards, and precedents.
Scope and Effect:
The purpose of this position is to protect lives and property through fire suppression activities, provision of emergency medical care, fire prevention and safety activities and education. Successful performance results in increased public safety and decreased property loss.
: Contacts are typically with co-workers, other City departments, fire and emergency victims, utility companies, other emergency personnel and the general public.
Purpose of Contacts:
Contacts are typically to give and exchange information, resolve problems and provide services.
The work is typically performed while standing, walking, bending, crouching and stooping. The employee must frequently lift light and heavy objects, climb ladders, use tools and equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity and be able to distinguish between shades of color.
Most Firefighter work is performed in various indoor settings including living quarters and office areas. Varying work schedules are required. Hazardous tasks performed under emergency conditions may require strenuous exertion under such handicaps such as limited visibility, exposure to hazardous or toxic chemicals or gases, extremes in temperature, cramped surroundings and contact with death, emotional stress, trauma, contagious disease and terminal illnesses. Firefighters are also exposed to extreme heat, contaminated environments, emotionally upset people, noise, physical hazards from traffic, fire and falling objects and atmospheric conditions such as smoke, fumes, odors and gases. May be required to wear protective equipment such as: a hard hat, face and ear protection, breathing apparatus, fire protective leather gloves, boots, fire retardant clothing, and to utilize body substances isolation – including latex gloves, eye protection, pocket valve resuscitation masks, and bag valve masks.
Supervisory and Management Responsibility:
May be required to lead a team of firefighters in the absence of a higher ranking firefighter.
High School diploma or equivalent; Associate’s degree or two (2) years of firefighting and EMS coursework preferred; three (3) years of Fire and EMS experience; State of Georgia EMT-Paramedic Certification required; must posses a valid State of Georgia Class F Driver’s license, equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Submit completed application to:
Palmetto Fire Department
Attn: Chief Henry Argo
P.O. Box 570, Palmetto, GA 30268
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