Position Description

Firefighter Recruit
Location DeKalb County
Requisition ID 15003
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Fire & Rescue
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Salary Range:   $40,725 - $40,725

The purpose of this classification is to prevent, suppress and extinguish fires and to perform other related firefighting activities. Incumbents in this classification attend the fire academy.

Essential Functions:

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Attends training sessions as required to gain skills and knowledge regarding department operations, job performance, and policies, procedures, rules and regulations: reads professional literature and training materials; completes tests and skills assessments; obtains and maintains professional affiliations.

Responds to emergency calls for fire suppression, medical assistance, hazardous materials incidents, motor vehicle accidents, natural disasters, explosions, bomb threats, downed power lines, and other emergency situations:  responds to instructions from dispatcher; contacts appropriate related agencies as needed.

Provides protection of life and property: suppresses, controls and extinguishes fires; performs search, rescue, extrication of victims, and forcible entries; assists individuals from burning structures; establishes openings in buildings for entrance, ventilation, or salvage; ventilates smoke and gas from buildings; performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water, and removing debris; assists with cleanup activities; exercises control of emergency situations until relieved by a superior officer.

Responds to a variety of emergency calls requiring the administration of basic first aid and medical treatment.

Maintains a state of readiness/preparation for emergency response: checks/maintains stock of equipment and supplies on fire vehicles and in fire station; re-loads equipment and apparatus following response to emergency calls; assists in preparing apparatus for subsequent emergencies and in testing personal equipment, hoses/pumps, and other tools and apparatus; and ensures the emergency medical service equipment is properly stocked and operational.

Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge and awareness of applicable regulations, policies and procedures; maintains an awareness of new equipment, procedures, trends and advances in the profession; participates in physical fitness training, training drills and other continuing education activities; attends shift meetings, workshops and seminars as appropriate.

Performs general maintenance tasks necessary to keep vehicles, buildings, quarters, apparatus, equipment and tools in operable condition, which may include inspecting/testing equipment, replacing fluids, greasing equipment, replacing parts, washing/cleaning equipment, cleaning quarters, or grounds maintenance; monitors equipment operations to maintain efficiency and safety; reports faulty equipment for necessary maintenance work.

Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, or other documents.

Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.

Communicates with supervisor, other County departments and employees, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Operates or uses various equipment, power tools, hand tools, and supplies in order to complete work assignments: operates and maintains fire apparatus, hose lines, extrication tools, radios, lawn equipment, and other power or motorized equipment.

Operates a personal computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data, utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, Internet, e-mail, or other software; and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.

Additional Functions:

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School Diploma or GED required; previous work experience  preferred; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license; must obtain and maintain NPQ Firefighter II and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) certifications within 18 months in this classification.

Specific Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities: Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend, and apply all county or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.

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Physical Agility Test

The Written Test will be administered the week of December 13, 2021 and the Physical Agility Test will be administered the week of January 10, 2022

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