Fire Equipment Operator

DATE: 12-15-97

JOB TITLE: Fire Equipment Operator
DEPARTMENT: Fire
DIVISION: N/A

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Fire Chief

DIRECTION OF OTHERS: Part-time firefighters

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: High school diploma or GED equivalent. Firefighting experience required.

NATURE OF WORK: Protects life and property by performing firefighting,
emergency aid, hazardous materials, and fire prevention duties.

WORK PERFORMED/AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
I. Performs firefighting activities including driving fire apparatus, raising ladders, laying hoses, and performing fire combat, containment and extinguished tasks.
II. Performs emergency aid activities including administering first aid and providing other assistance as required.

III. Participates in fire training, attends classes in firefighting, emergency medical, hazardous materials, and related subjects.

IV. Operates radio and other communication equipment.

V. Search for and / or rescue victims at fire and accident sites under adverse or hazardous conditions.

VI. Performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water, and removing debris.

VII. Inspects buildings to ascertain fire code compliance.

VIII. Presents programs on fire safety to the general public.

IX. Performs maintenance on building, vehicles and equipment.

X. Performs other duties as assigned.

EXTENT AND TYPE OF INTERACTION WITH THE PUBLIC:
I. Written and oral communication with citizens, staff, designers, contractors, developers, and other local agencies.

II. Develops public understanding of work and activities of the department.

A. Advise and assist contractors, developers, designers, and the general public in matters relating to code requirements for building design an construction.
B. Follows up on citizen questions and requests for materials and information concerning construction and code requirements.
C. Maintains good relations with building contractors, developers, plumbers, and property owners in the course of reviewing plans, issuing permits and conducting inspections.

III. Provides fire safety information to the general public.

REQUIRED LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND REGISTRATIONS:
I. Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid Minnesota driver's license.
II. Must be a United States citizen.
III. Must be able to read and write the English language.
IV. Must be 18 years or older at the time of employment.
V. No felony convictions or disqualifying criminal histories within the past five years.
VI. Must meet the Applicant Screening Requirements that are included with the application packet.

EQUIPMENT AND TOOL OPERATION:
I. Individuals in this position will operate, but not be limited to, the following pieces equipment: emergency medical rescue unit, fire apparatus, fire pumps, hoses, standard firefighting equipment, ladders, first aid equipment, radio, pager, telephone, personal computer, copy machines, fax, and calculators.

WORKING HOURS AND CONDITIONS:
I. Hours may vary, but the work week will generally consist of 53 hours, and usually involves 24 hour shifts.. This is a non-exempt position.

II. All firefighters shall have a response requirement of 10 - 12 minutes, with the time measured from their residence to the station. All traffic regulations, including speed limits must be adhered to.
 

III. Office environment and construction job site activities, which may include walking, climbing, and bending, in a normal construction environment. This may include exposure to the natural elements, dust, insects, and conditions that could be hazardous or dangerous relative to construction sites. Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, include smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and high, precarious places. Occasionally is exposed to wet/or humid conditions, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands: This position requires an equal amount of time spent standing, walking, and sitting. Lifting, pushing/pulling, or carrying objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds is sometimes required, with a maximum of one hundred (100) pounds infrequently required. Climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, twisting, and bending are sometimes required. Repetitive movements of the hands are sometimes required. Audio, visual, and verbal functions are essential functions to performing this position. The majority of the workday is spent indoors.