This developmental position works under the direct supervision of a fire lieutenant or fire captain performing firefighting, technical rescue, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, fire prevention education, and other duties as assigned. A major portion of time is spent working towards mastery of firefighting and emergency medical knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Work is performed with latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and action to achieve and promote the City?s values of integrity, teamwork, service, vision, dedication, we care.
Essential Functions, Duties, and Responsibilities:
Performs and develops knowledge and skills supporting fire suppression, emergency medical, technical rescue, hazardous materials, fire prevention, life safety, and domestic preparedness programs - 50%.
Performs fire suppression, emergency medical, technical rescue, hazardous materials fire prevention, life safety, and domestic preparedness services for the community - 25%.
Performs inspections and maintains personal safety equipment, fire station fixed facilities, apparatus and vehicles, small tools and equipment - 25%.
Additional Examples of Work Performed
Operates city owned vehicles appropriately during both day and night, in emergency and non- emergency situations, in accordance with applicable state statutes. May respond to situations by driving in congested areas, encountering various road conditions or at a high rate of speed in a safe and lawful manner at all times.
Demonstrates understanding of the principles and practices of personal hygiene, exposure, infection control, and decontamination requirements for self and basic equipment.
Works to understand computer technology to document factual, accurate, objective, and complete incident narrative reports. Reports are clear, concise, mechanically correct, and completed on time.
Maintains a ?good? level of physical fitness as defined by the Cooper Institute in preparation to complete the essential job tasks illustrated in the physical requirements section. Meets NFPA 1582 medical requirements as determined by fire department physician.
Demonstrates positive employment behavior reflecting support for the governing body, city administrator, management team, and fire chief. Models the City of Lenexa and department mission, vision, and values.
This position is designated as an ?essential function? requiring the member to report to work on time in a variety of situations. Maintains department residency requirements within one- year of appointment, subject to emergency call-back.
Minimum Qualifications or Special Requirements
IFSAC certified firefighter I and II; hazardous materials first responder operations level; IAFF/IAFC candidate physical ability test certification (within one year of application submission date or at time of job offer); emergency medical technician certification with ability to attain Kansas Board of EMS EMT certification within one year of employment;
Education, Training, Certification, Licensure, and Registration Requirements
High school diploma or G.E.D. certificate, NIMS 100, 200, 700 within one year of employment; meets 30 minute residency requirement within one year of employment; valid driver?s license with insurable driving record.
Eighteen years of age at the time of employment.
Environment and Physical Factors
This is heavy, physical, firefighting work, which includes: performing fire-fighting tasks (e.g., hoseline operations, extensive crawling, lifting and carrying heavy objects, ventilating roofs, or walls using power or hand tools, forcible entry, etc.), rescue operations, and other emergency response actions under stressful conditions while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), including working in extremely hot or cold environments for prolonged periods.
Wearing SCBA, which includes a demand valve-type positive pressure face piece or HEPA filter masks, which require the ability to tolerate increased respiratory workloads.
Exposure to toxic fumes, irritants, particulates, biological (infectious) and non-biological hazards, and/or heated gases, despite the use of PPE including SCBA.
The climbing of 5 or more flights of stairs while wearing fire protective ensemble weighing at least 50 lb. or more and carrying equipment/tools weighing an additional 20 to 40 lb.
Wearing fire protective ensemble that is encapsulating and insulated. Wearing this clothing will result in significant fluid loss that frequently progresses to clinical dehydration and can elevate body core temperatures to levels exceeding 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
Searching, finding, and rescue-dragging or carrying victims ranging from newborns up to adults weighing over 200 lb. to safety despite hazardous conditions and low visibility.
Advancing water filled hoselines up to 2.5 inches in diameter from fire apparatus to occupancy/vehicle/object (approximately 200 ft.); can involve negotiating multiple flights of stairs, ladders, and/or other obstacles.
Climbing ladders operating from heights, walking and crawling in the dark along narrow and uneven surfaces, and operating in proximity to electrical power lines and/or other hazards.
Unpredictable emergency requirements for prolonged periods of extreme physical exertion without the benefit of warm-up, scheduled rest periods, meals, access to medication(s), or hydration.
Operating fire apparatus or other vehicles in an emergency mode with emergency lights and sirens while maintaining the ability to communicate or hear emergency tactical assignments through radio transmissions.
Critical, time-sensitive, complex problem solving during physical exertion in stressful, hazardous environments (including hot, dark, tightly enclosed spaces), further aggravated by fatigue, flashing lights, sirens, and other distractions.
Ability to communicate (give and comprehend verbal orders) while wearing PPE and SCBA under conditions of high background noise, poor visibility.
Functioning as an integral component of a team, where sudden incapacitation of a member can result in mission failure or in risk of injury or death of civilians or other team members.
This position requires the medical certification for use of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.
Associate degree in fire or emergency medical science or related field; Kansas Board of EMS paramedic/MICT certification.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work performed by employees assigned to this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. The City of Lenexa reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities of job descriptions to meet business and organizational needs as necessary. The job description is not a contract or guarantee of employment.