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Volunteer Fire Fighter
Summary
Title:Volunteer Fire Fighter
ID:1000V
Department:Fire
Job Type:Volunteer
Posting End Date:09/09/2017
Description
CITY OF MELISSA, TEXAS - JOB DESCRIPTION
Position Title:  Volunteer Firefighter
Department:  Fire Department
Reports To:  Shift Captain

General Purpose:

Under direction of a supervisor or fire officer the firefighter responds to multiple incidents in an ever changing environment. Performs basic preventive maintenance on apparatus, equipment, facilities, and other city items. Takes part in prevention and public education activities as assigned by the Operations and Prevention Divisions. Performs other duties as assigned by step up officers and fire officers. May serve in a leadership capacity in the absence of the fire officer.

 
Examples of Duties:

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
  • Performs assigned services and activities within the Fire Department including all fire suppression, fire prevention, code enforcement, emergency medical services, and related functions and activities.
  • Abides by fire department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that equipment, safety clothing, apparatus, and supplies are specified, purchased, received, inspected, and distributed in an effective manner and consistent with City policy.
  • Works within the City’s Emergency Management Plan to perform incident response and mitigation under the direction of supervisory personnel
  • Develop and maintain lines of communication and cooperation within the fire department with supervisors and peers.
  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency incidents; utilize the incident command system to direct activities and communications in fire and/or emergency situations; take action to mitigate hazards and treat patients; make decisions affecting life and property under emergency circumstances; follow tactics and strategies as determined by the immediate supervisor.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of fire science and emergency medical services; incorporate new developments as appropriate.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Ensures all equipment and apparatus are properly inspected and maintained on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual schedule per Melissa Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures and other regulatory agencies which may govern firefighting, emergency medical, or special operations response.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
 
Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities are qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

1.  Education and Experience
        a.    High School Diploma or GED
        b.    No experience necessary
2.  License or Certificate
        a.    Minimum of State Firemen’s and Fire Marshall’s Firefighter I Certification (obtain within 6 months of hire date – comes with successful completion of the department orientation)
        b.    Minimum of NIMS 100, 200, 700, 701, 702, 703, 704, and 800 proof of training (within 6 months of hire date)
        c.    Class B Exempt Driver’s License (obtain within 6 months of the hire date)

 
Required Knowledge and Abilities

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
  • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of an emergency service program including fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services, disaster preparedness, hazardous materials response, and associated programs, services, and operations.
  • Fire science theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of emergency
  • service operations including fire suppression, fire prevention, fire investigation, emergency medical treatment and response, emergency medical protocols, apparatus preventative maintenance, facilities maintenance, public education, hazardous materials response, special rescue operations, and any other areas of response or assigned duties.
  • Department emergency medical protocols and their application.
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Problem solving techniques and methodology.
  • Melissa Fire Department approved protocols.
  • Melissa Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Local concerns and political issues.
  • Methods and techniques of public relations.
  • Methods and techniques of emergency medical response.
  • Operational characteristics of fire apparatus and equipment.
  • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation.
  • Public safety computer systems.

Ability to:
  • Participate in the management of comprehensive fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services, disaster preparedness, hazardous materials response, and associated programs, services, and operations.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Retain presence of mind and act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Operate and effectively use specialized fire tools and equipment including safety equipment and vehicles.
  • Operate modern office equipment and computers including applicable software applications; learn to effectively use a variety of departmental computer and computer related equipment.
  • Maintain contact and preserve good relations with the public; respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.
  • Work effectively with a variety of community groups.
  • Effectively present and communicate information/directions in one-on-one and small group situations to the general public and other employees of the organization.
  • Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.
  • Work irregular and on-call hours including weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Maintain in good standing with fire department’s medical control.
  • Maintain in good standing with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
  • Maintain ability to operate fire equipment per Texas Department of Public Safety.
  • Work and apply with in the incident command system and all industry safety standards.
  • Apply fire science theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of emergency service operations including fire suppression, fire prevention, fire investigation, emergency medical treatment and response, emergency medical protocols, apparatus preventative maintenance, facilities maintenance, public education, hazardous materials response, special rescue operations, and any other areas of response or assigned duties.
  • Apply Melissa Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures to fire department operations.
  • Apply Melissa Fire Department approved emergency medical protocols to emergency medical incidents.
  • Maintain compliance with all state and national regulatory organizations in order to perform the functions of this job and any other duties which are assigned.
  • Sign up on time and complete at least 6 – 12 hour shifts a month (4 weekends & 2 week days)
  • Successfully complete 100% of all EMS training
  • Attend two live fire drills a year
  • Attend 40% of the multi-company drills a quarter
  • Successfully complete 40% of all shift drills
Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Environment:
Work is performed in an ever changing environment with frequent travel to various locations to attend meetings and/or perform Department activities in responding to emergency scenes, disasters, or critical incidents; the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts; regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and wet and/or humid conditions; regularly works in high, precarious places; regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration; the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, the noise level is occasionally very loud due to sirens, etc; wear protective apparel including but not limited to; bunker coat, bunker pants, fire boots, fire helmet, fire hood, goggles, face protector, aprons, safety shoes, and self-contained breathing apparatus; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings; subject to mandatory call back at any time.

Physical:
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting and outside in an ever changing uncontrolled environment; walk, stand, or sit for prolonged periods of time; regularly stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; occasionally climb and balance; regularly push, pull, lift, and/or carry light to moderate weights; frequently lift and/or move moderate to heavy weights; perform arduous and prolonged tasks under adverse and dynamic conditions; regularly lift and/or move heavy weights; operate office equipment including use of computer keyboard; requires a sense of touch, finger dexterity, and gripping with hands and fingers; ability to speak and hear to exchange information; ability to operate
a vehicle to travel to various locations; ability to operate and use specialized vehicles and equipment.

Vision and Hearing:
See within the normal range of vision with or without correction; specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Hear within the normal audio range with or without correction.

 
The intent of this position description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbent in this position. Incumbent may not be required to perform all duties in this description and may be required to perform position-related tasks other than those specifically listed in this description.
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