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Firefighter/Driver Operator

Leavenworth County Fire District 1

111 E Kansas
Lansing, KS 66043

Position Summary

This is skilled fire fighting, emergency medical services and fire prevention work. Duties include: extinguishing and preventing fires to protect life and property. Work also involves maintenance of fire station equipment, apparatus, and quarters, and operating equipment. Fire fighting, fire apparatus pumping operations, technical rescue and emergency medical services work are the essential duties of this position. However, a major portion of time is spent practicing skills, studying methods, and in the maintenance of property and equipment. Work is usually performed in accordance with general supervision and written procedures, under the command of a superior officer, or more senior firefighter. Work is reviewed in progress and upon completion. For career personnel, this job is a typical 24 hour shift position. For volunteer personnel, this is an on call position.

Duties and Responsibilities

The following represent the essential duties of this position. Additional related duties may be performed as assigned.

• Responds to emergency EMS and fire/rescue calls, in accordance with standard practice guidelines, provides rescue and required basic emergency medical care. Drives and operates pumps and power elevated streams and ladders on fire apparatus.

• Operates cutting torches and saws, power jacks, and a variety of other rescue equipment and tools to disentangle trapped or endangered people, removes fire or accident victims to a safe location for the provision of emergency medical care.

• Inspects and maintains emergency equipment, radios.

• Responds to fire alarms and lays and connects hose, operates extinguishers, hose nozzles and directs fog and water streams, raises and climbs ladders, uses axes and similar power tools to ventilate buildings and expose hidden fire areas, participates in fire salvage and post-fire overhaul operations for property protection and preservation.

• Makes necessary adjustments or changes to operating equipment such as generators, foam units and similar equipment for performance as required for emergency operations.

• Checks engines daily and inspects pumping equipment, ignition, batteries, brakes, and other equipment to insure that the apparatus is in good working condition and reports defects, participates in the routine maintenance and basic mechanical repair of fire apparatus as directed.

• Firefighters in this position will be permitted as drivers of District apparatus’ in non-emergency conditions only.

• Decontaminates apparatus, equipment, and clothing exposed to potential airborne bloodborne diseases.

• Writes clear and concise reports.

• Demonstrates positive behavior in support of department and District policies, as well as the District’s mission, values, goals and objectives.

• Maintains a good level of overall fitness is physically capable and combat ready.

• Attends and participates in formal and phase intensive training and instruction sessions in firefighting methods, first aid and other Fire Department activities. This includes bi-monthly training sessions.

• Ability to wear a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), if physical agility has been certified

• Knowledge of the physical layout of the District, including fire hydrant and street locations.

Additional Examples of Work Performed

Performs general maintenance work in the upkeep of fire station buildings and grounds, cleans, waxes, polishes, and otherwise maintains assigned equipment and quarters; participates in a continuing program of training and instruction, including attendance at scheduled drills and classes.

Minimum Qualifications

• High school diploma or G.E.D.

• Kansas Certified as a Firefighter I and Firefighter II, meeting the requirements of NFPA 1001 – Professional Firefighter Qualifications.

• Certified according to the NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Competencies for a First Responder at the Operations Level.

• Possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the District’s insurance carrier.

• Must have current certification or licenses by an agency, recognized by the State of Kansas in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid.

• Knowledge of rescue and basic emergency medical principles, practices, and techniques.

• Knowledge of modern fire fighting principles, practices, and procedures, including hydraulics.

• Knowledge of the operating and maintenance requirements of the various types of apparatus and equipment used in fire fighting activities.

• Knowledge of building construction.

• Knowledge of fire alarm, fire sprinkler, and fire suppression systems.

• Ability to perform basic and routine mechanical work involved in maintaining fire apparatus, equipment and tools.

• Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper courses of action.

• Ability to establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, firefighters, other District employees and the public.

• Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

• Ability to maintain and/or improve knowledge, skills, and abilities, unassisted.

Physical Requirements

This is heavy physical work requiring the ability to lift, crawl, run, climb, etc. while wearing heavy protective gear weighing about 50 lbs.; ability to function in life/death situations relying on sight, hearing, smell and touch to make critical decisions while maintaining safety of others/self; ability to accept risk of bodily injury/death in performance of duties; ability to face exposure and take precautions against: carcinogenic dusts, toxic substances, infectious agents, and the visual/emotional shock of burn/trauma victims. This position requires the medical certification for use of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.

Physical strength and health to permit prolonged and strenuous work under adverse circumstances, including extreme heat and smoke. Must participate in physical fitness program and participate in and pass required agility test. Requires physical exertion to manually move, lift, carry or push extremely heavy objects. The ability to work in high or confined places, maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling.

* There are 2 classifications for firefighter, Support level and IDLH (Immediately dangerous to Life and Health) Entry.

* Support level are volunteer personnel that will NOT make entry into IDLH situations. This position requires that the firefighter pass the District’s annual support level DPAT (District Physical Agility Test).

* IDLH Entry level are personnel that will make entry into IDLH situations. These personnel will pass the Districts annual DPAT for entry level. All career and volunteers that fill in for career MUST pass this level. The firefighter will also be required to attend and maintain certification in the District’s annual SCBA confidence course, as well as the RIT course.

Special Requirements

Must carry a pager

Must be able to pass physical examination and drug testing before hiring

Background and Driver’s license check will be required

Duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. Omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change as the District’s needs and requirements of the job change.

Volunteer Category: Firefighter

We will train accepted applicants to the levels required within 1 year
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