The Firefighter Paramedic is assigned to a rotating 24/48 hour shift. This individual responds to emergency calls as needed, performs preventive maintenance of equipment, and engages in proactive public education and prevention. This individual may be required to work in hazardous conditions. This individual shall work under the supervision of a Sergeant and/or Lieutenant.
SCHEDULE: The Firefighter Paramedic is assigned to a rotating 24/48 hour shift.
- Respond to fire alarms and other emergency calls, extinguishes or controls fires as a member of a team under the supervision of an officer.
- Select, drag, lift, and carries hose and nozzle depending on type of fire, and correctly applies a stream of water or chemical agent onto a fire.
- Positions and climbs ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings to assist individuals from burning buildings.
- Creates openings in building for ventilation or entrance, using ax, chisel, crowbar, power saw or other power equipment.
- Protects property from water and smoke by use of positive ventilation, waterproof salvage covers, and smoke ejectors.
- Administers first aid and CPR to injured persons and those overcome by fire and smoke.
- Communicates with superiors during emergencies.
- Wears appropriate protective clothing and equipment to include self-contained breathing apparatus depending on potential hazard exposure.
- Participates in pre-fire planning of target hazards within the jurisdiction.
- Performs assigned duties in maintaining apparatus, living quarters, buildings, equipment, grounds, and fire hydrants.
- Actively participates in department drills, demonstrations and courses in hydraulics, pump operations and firefighting techniques.
Education and Experience
- High School Diploma, or its equivalent.
- Valid Driver’s License, Class F.
- Certification as a State of Georgia Firefighter.
- Minimum State of Georgia or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician – EMT- Paramedic.
- Maintain certification as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician as set forth by Georgia Department of Human Resource
- Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- Certification as Basic Life Support Provider
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Comprehensive knowledge of operation, maintenance, and usage of all firefighting equipment utilized by the department.
- Comprehensive knowledge of modern techniques and standards related to all realms of emergency incident mitigation.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the rules, regulations, and standard operating guidelines of the Fairburn Fire Department.
- Thorough knowledge of the geography of the response area.
- Ability to obey the department issued rules & regulations and all policies and procedures of the City of Fairburn.
- Ability to write, speak effectively, and understand the English language.
- Ability to take responsibility for his/her own actions.
- Ability to perform Fire Prevention building inspections and building familiarization activities, such as pre-fire plans.
- Ability to conduct public education programs to various audiences.
- Ability to perform duties under stressful situations and conditions, along with maintaining the ability to perform assigned task in a safe manner.
- Comprehensive knowledge of computer operations.
- Mathematical development; must be able to multiply, divide, use fractions, and read graphs.
- Language development; must be able to read fire protection textbooks, write reports with proper grammar and speak correctly in public.
- Post secondary or technical college courses in firefighting are desirable.
- Thorough knowledge of the geography and response area.
- Have knowledge of the regulations and SOG’s regarding the Fairburn Fire Department.
- Knowledge of EMT-Paramedic skills and procedures including, but not limited to administering intravenous solutions, endotracheal intubation, drug administration and defibrillation.
- Administers emergency medical care consistent with the recognized scope of practice of the State of Georgia for their certification level.
- Performs accurate and complete physical assessments.
- Accurately reports information to Base Hospitals, and Physicians.
- Safely operates emergency vehicles in accordance with State and local Statues.
- Ability to utilize emergency medical equipment in a proficient manner, communicate concisely, clearly, and effectively in both written and verbal form.
- Establishes and maintains a cooperative working relationship with those contacted during work.
- Knowledge of the tactics, principles, practices, and procedures of basic firefighting, the incident command system, hazardous materials, and rescue response.
- Ability to analyze firefighting, hazardous materials incidents, and rescue situations and adopt effective courses of action.
- Knowledge of all applicable rules, regulations and operational procedures involved in fire and ambulance services.
- Ability to act in accordance with District, State and Federal laws, regulations, operational procedures, policies, and statutes.
Vision: Normal vision is needed with or without correction. Requires both near and far acuity.
Hearing: Normal hearing is needed. The position requires the firefighter to discriminate among similar sounds in environments with a great deal of background noise.
Lifting: The firefighter may be required to lift 100 pounds or more.
Walking and/or Mobility: Must be able to walk or crawl while carrying or lifting. Must be able to ascend and descend stairs and ladders. Must be able to balance and possess ability to steady oneself and keep from falling. Must be capable of reaching (extending the arms and hands in any direction). Handling (seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with hands). Fingering (picking, pinching, or otherwise working with fingers). Feeling (perceiving attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature, or texture by means of receptors of skin, particularly those of the fingertips). Must be capable of applying a leg lock with either leg upon a ground or aerial ladder to provide a safe position when operating hose lines or performing rescue work.