CITY OF MAITLAND
FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC I NON-EXEMPT

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee, and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

This is a highly technical and responsible position that requires a great deal of initiative and ability to perform specialized work. This position involves unusual and difficult work at a subordinate level. This position is located in the Fire Operations section of the Maitland Fire Department. Members of the classification will perform individually or as a member of a firefighting team and will participate in Fire Operations, and Public Service. Works under the general supervision of the Fire Chief, or assigned designee.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Work primary involves the protection of life and property, and frequently demands strenuous exertion under dangerous conditions where personal injury could occur, such as: fire, smoke, extreme heat and cold, heights, cramped spaces, toxic or irritant gases or chemicals, explosive situations, falling debris, water rescue, and exposure to communicable diseases.

Responds quickly to emergency and non-emergency alarms and performs according to training level and industry standards.

Operates fire and rescue apparatus.

Exhibits safe working habits and driving practices.

Maintains knowledge of city buildings and streets.

Prepares and enters reports relating to job.

Provides routine check of “vital signs” for the public.

Tests and maintains hydrants, hoses, vehicles, and auxiliary equipment.

Participates and engages in non-emergency company programs such as: pre-fire planning, public education and fire prevention.

Assumes and carries out duties and functions of a relief driver or engineer, as required.

Secures and maintains departmental issued equipment and clothing on a continuous basis.

Safely uses and operates all fire equipment, tools, and other items as necessary including the proper use and wear of safety clothing and accessories and self-contained breathing apparatus at emergency scenes.

Maintains certification and performs Emergency Medical Services and Rescue Services to the Paramedic, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), level as called upon by the public and prescribed by the City Medical Director.

Transports medical and trauma patients safely to area hospitals while providing indicated care.

Ensures readiness of assigned vehicle and equipment.

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:

Deals courteously and firmly with the public to establish and maintain good public relations.

Maintains a safety conscious attitude and projects this to fellow employees.

Participates in classroom and drill ground training exercises.

May function as a Field Internship Training (F.I.T) Paramedic Preceptor after one (1) year as an autonomous Paramedic.

Maintains cleanliness of station.

Performs other duties as assigned.

CRITICAL SKILLS AND EXPERTISE:

Members of this classification must have considerable working knowledge of fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical practices, hazardous materials mitigation, victim rescue practices; and municipal streets to include overall geography and properties, working knowledge of municipal water distribution, working knowledge/familiarity of the fire protection and extinguishing systems, and departmental policies and procedures.

This position requires a continuous verification of knowledge and skills required for effective work performance through classroom and drill ground training exercises.

Remains calm in tense situations.

Maintains physical fitness level as defined by department program.

Maintains knowledge of Maitland Fire Department Rules and Regulations, and Standard Operating Procedures.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:

Emergency medical equipment, fire apparatus, fire pumps, hoses, hydraulic and pneumatic extrication tools and other standard firefighting equipment, ladders, radio, pager, computers and phone.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here 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 the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk or hear; stand; walk; use hand to finger, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands or arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close

vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here 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 the essential functions.

Work is performed primarily in vehicular and outdoor settings, in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night shifts. Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations. Employee 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 employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes of airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electric shock, and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, except during certain firefighting and EMS activities when noise levels may be loud.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Must possess High School Diploma or equivalent as recognized by the State of Florida Department of Education.

Must hold current certification and licensing as Paramedic in accordance with the State of Florida, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

Must possess and maintain Advanced Cardiac Life Support(ACLS) certification through the American Heart Association as well as a BLS CPR certification.

Must possess and maintain a certificate of completion/ compliance, tenure from the State of Florida Minimum Standards for Firefighters.

Possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license in the capacity required by law for operators of emergency vehicles.

Must possess, or obtain shortly after hire, certificate of successful completion in an Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course (EVOC) or equivalent.

Employees in this position are required to pass the National Incident Management System (NIMS)

IS-700; IS-100; IS-200; within 90 days of employment, or from the date of taking the position.

Must meet all pre-employment requirements in accordance with state and department standards.