To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Responds to fire, emergency medical, and hazardous situations; performs and participates in technical rescues including stabilizing, extrication, high angle, confined space, trench rescue, wilderness rescue, search and rescue, swift water rescue, and hazardous materials operations.
- Responds to alarms and assists in the suppression of fires including rescue, entry, ventilating, salvage work, and first response in emergency situations.
- Provides basic life support services; performs detailed subjective and objective patient assessments within established protocols, stabilization, and treatment; coordinates emergency care procedures with physician.
- Assists in maintaining fire apparatus, ambulances, and equipment and cleaning fire station and grounds; ensures that emergency vehicles are completely stocked and maintained in a safe and efficient operational condition; inspects, cleans, and maintains fire hose, pumps, hydrants, and related equipment.
- Participates in continuing training and instruction program by individual study of technical material and attendance at scheduled drills and classes.
- Conducts station tours and fire prevention demonstrations to the public.
- Participates on special teams as qualified and assigned.
- Participates in the Roanoke Valley Regional Fire Academy for recruits and physical agility testing.
- Responds to mutual aid calls in Roanoke County and Roanoke City for Fire/EMS.
- Takes inventory and stocks equipment.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Some knowledge of emergency medical techniques and procedures; some knowledge of firefighting techniques and procedures as applied to fire suppression; general knowledge of the street system and physical layout of the City; some knowledge of hazardous materials and accident extrication principles and technical rescue techniques; some knowledge of basic life support principles and techniques; ability to learn technical firefighting principles and techniques and principles of hydraulics as applied to fire suppression; ability to work at heights and in confined spaces; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to prepare detailed written and/or electronic reports; possession of physical endurance and agility; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with medical personnel, law enforcement personnel, academy recruits, other fire/ems agencies, businesses, associates, and the general public.
Education and Experience
High school diploma or GED, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
This work requires the regular exertion of up to 25 pounds of force, frequent exertion of up to 50 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 100 pounds of force; work regularly requires standing, walking, sitting, speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, reaching with hands and arms, tasting or smelling, pushing or pulling, lifting and repetitive motions; work has standard vision requirements; vocal communication is required for conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, using of measuring devices, assembly or fabrication of parts within arm’s length, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work regularly requires exposure to wet humid conditions (non-weather), exposure to fumes or airborne particles, exposure to outdoor weather conditions, exposure to the risk of electrical shock, exposure to vibration, wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus and exposure to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment, frequently requires working near moving mechanical parts, working in high, precarious places, exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals and exposure to extreme heat (non-weather) and occasionally requires exposure to extreme cold (non-weather) and working with explosives; work is generally in a loud noise location (e.g. grounds maintenance, heavy traffic).
Graduation from a recognized Fire Academy is required.
Possession of Firefighter I and II, Emergency Medical Technician – Basic, and Hazardous Materials Operation certifications upon hire.
Completion of ICS 100, 200, 700, 800, EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Course), Introduction to Technical Rescue Module I and II, and Vehicle Extrication Awareness and Operations training.
May require possession of, or ability to obtain, specific licenses and/or certifications depending on departmental assignment.
Must meet and maintain all department, State, and Federal training and education requirements for position.
Obtain a Virginia commercial driver's license permit, Class B or above, with airbrake endorsement within one year.
Valid driver's license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.