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Job Title: Fire Fighter/EMT


Job Summary: This position performs firefighting work in combating, extinguishing and preventing fires; provides emergency medical care to the sick and injured; maintains equipment and apparatus.


Major Duties:

  • Responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls such as medical emergencies, traumatic emergencies and motor vehicle accidents;
  • Extinguishes, controls fires and protects property from smoke damage;
  • Performs exterior and interior victim searches at fire and other emergencies;
  • Places equipment, lays and connects hose, operates high-capacity pumps and directs water streams; raises and climbs ladders; uses safety belts, lines and hooks;
  • Participates in training drills; attends school and departmental classes on fire fighting, hydraulics, first aid, fire equipment and apparatus construction and operation;
  • Inspects all assigned tools and equipment; services and operates department equipment and apparatus; performs necessary maintenance, testing and care of fire hoses, trucks, ladders and auxiliary equipment and apparatus;
  • Responds to hazardous materials incidents; provides necessary support activities; performs related work as required;
  • Responds as part of team when incident occurs; operates assigned equipment at fire scenes, involving laying and connecting hoses; holding nozzles and detecting fire streams; raising and climbing ladders; using chemical extinguishers, lines and other equipment;
  • Provides emergency medical assistance at incidents; determine the nature and extent of injury or illness; established priorities for providing emergency care;
  • Administers basic life support care, including bleeding control, automatic external defibrillation, intravenous therapy, oxygen therapy and CPR;
  • Conducts community fire prevention and safety education classes, demonstrations and tours; participants in other community awareness projects as required;
  • Completes various reports, plans and other documentation as necessary;
  • Attends required training programs; reads necessary manuals, books, etc.; practices skills and techniques; completes required proficiency tests; participates in regular classes on firefighting emergency medical techniques, rescue, equipment maintenance and related subjects;
  • Performs pre-fire planning of assigned establishments;
  • Serves as Fire Apparatus Operator; drives fire apparatus to and from emergency calls;
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge Required by the Position:

  • Knowledge of City Fire Codes and related ordinances;
  • Knowledge of State of Georgia and department standards and procedures;
  • Knowledge of modern firefighting principals, practices and methods;
  • Knowledge of firefighting equipment including personal protective equipment;
  • Knowledge of hazard identification and correction including escape route planning;
  • Knowledge of behavior and mechanics of various types of fire;
  • Knowledge of principles of hydraulics applied to fire suppression;
  • Knowledge of the Incident Management System;
  • Knowledge of the street system and physical layout of the City;
  • Knowledge of emergency care methods, techniques and equipment;
  • Knowledge of and ability to perform basic and advanced life support care;
  • Skill in operating heavy emergency equipment;
  • Skill in the use of tools, equipment and apparatus to fight fires, rescue or provide emergency medical care;
  • Skill in operating a computer;
  • Skill in effective and efficient oral and written communication;
  • Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions;
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with fellow employees and the public;
  • Ability to perform duties in a safe and effective manner under stressful situations and conditions;
  • Ability to perform fire prevention building inspections and building familiarization activities;
  • Ability to perform heavy manual labor;
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with fellow employees and the public.


Supervisory Controls:  Work is assigned by the Sergeant in terms of Fire Department goals and objectives. 


Guidelines:  Guidelines include local, state and federal fire safety rules, laws, regulations, policies, procedures and standards.


Complexity:  Work requires analysis and judgment in accomplishing diversified duties. Work requires the exercise of independent thinking within the limits of guidelines, policies, standards, and precedents.


Scope and Effect: The purpose of this position is to protect lives and property through fire suppression activities, provision of emergency medical care, fire prevention and safety activities and education.  Successful performance results in increased public safety and decreased property loss.


Personal Contacts: Contacts are typically with co-workers, utility companies, other City departments, fire and emergency victims, other emergency personnel and the general public.


Purpose of Contacts: Contacts are typically to give and exchange information, resolve problems and provide services.


Physical Demands: The work is typically performed while standing, walking, bending, crouching and stooping.  The employee must frequently lift light and heavy objects, climb ladders, use tools and equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity and be able to distinguish between shades of color.


Work Environment:  Most Firefighter work is performed in various indoor settings including living quarters and office areas. Varying work schedules are required. Hazardous tasks performed under emergency conditions may require strenuous exertion under such handicaps such as limited visibility, exposure to hazardous or toxic chemicals or gases, extremes in temperature, cramped surroundings and contact with death, emotional stress, trauma, contagious disease and terminal illnesses. Firefighters are also exposed to extreme heat, contaminated environments, emotionally upset people, noise, physical hazards from traffic, fire and falling objects and atmospheric conditions such as smoke, fumes, odors and gases. May be required to wear protective equipment such as: a hard hat, face and ear protection, breathing apparatus, fire protective leather gloves, boots, fire retardant clothing, and to utilize body substances isolation – including latex gloves, eye protection, pocket valve resuscitation masks, and bag valve masks.


Supervisory and Management Responsibility:  May be required to lead a team of firefighters in the absence of a higher ranking firefighter.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School diploma or equivalent; Associate’s degree or two (2) years of firefighting and EMS coursework preferred; two (2) years of Fire and EMS experience; State of Georgia EMT-Intermediate or Advanced Certification, NPQ Firefighter I, Haz Mat – Operations Level required; must possess a valid State of Georgia Class E or F Driver’s License; equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.


Benefits:   Health insurance for the employee is provided by the City. 


Submit completed application to:


Palmetto Fire Department

Attn: Chief Henry Argo

P.O. Box 190, Palmetto, GA 30268

Contact Number: 770-463-2990

Salary: $46,259

End Date for Applications: Until filled


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