Position Detail:

Dothan Fire Department
281 E Burdeshaw Street
Dothan, AL 36303

Houston County

334-712-2586 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter
Last Filing Date:  April 30, 2018

Special Instructions:  



Candidate Testing Procedures
CPAT Orientation Guide
Paramedic Assignment Pay

This is entry level firefighting work in combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires and administering emergency medical treatment to the sick and injured in a pre-hospital setting.

Primary responsibility is for the protection of life and property through firefighting activities. Work may require performance of hazardous tasks under emergency conditions which may involve strenuous exertion under such handicaps as smoke and cramped surroundings. Most of the time is spent in supervised training, in inspection and maintenance of equipment, and in cleaning and maintaining quarters. Work is normally performed under close supervision in accordance with well-defined procedures and assignments. Assignments are received from departmental superiors both in emergency operations and at the station.

Examples of Duties:
Essential Job Functions
Performs firefighting, hazardous material mitigation, and search and rescue duties by responding to emergencies, conducting fire suppression, and operating equipment (ladders, hoses, apparatus, etc.).

Performs emergency medical services by responding to emergencies and providing basic and advanced life support to include assessment, treatment, and transport of patients, etc.

Participates in training programs by attending classes, participating in drills, simulations, and completing evaluations.

Studies and learns City geography.

Participates in physical training and conditioning programs.

Performs maintenance and minor repairs of fire station, grounds and equipment; performs safety checks and inspections on various pieces of equipment; checks fluids, filters and pressures on vehicles and apparatus; maintains supply inventory and makes requests for needed items; and performs general housekeeping functions within and around stations.

Participates in fire safety and prevention programs; makes presentations/teaches classes to the general public; conducts station tours; conducts pre-incident surveys and inspections and assists in developing pre-fire plans and drawing layouts of commercial structures.

Inspects and services fire hydrants; checks and records water pressure; inspects and maintains personal protective equipment.

Operates radio communication equipment.

Prepares reports regarding incidents; completes forms; enters run information into computer.

Assists in searching for evidence for investigative staff after fire incident; performs salvage and overhaul operations.

Must not pose a direct threat or significant risk of substantial harm to the safety or health of himself/herself or others.

Must be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with all safety laws and all of the City`s safety policies and rules and must be willing to report safety violations and potential safety violations to appropriate supervisory or management personnel.

Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such level as is determined by the City of Dothan.

Must be regularly available and willing to work at least 24 hour shifts or such other shifts/hours per day or week as the City determines are necessary or desirable to meet its operational needs.

Must be available and willing to work such overtime per day or per week as the City determines is necessary or desirable to meet its operational needs.

Must be available and willing to work such weekends and holidays as the City determines are necessary or desirable to meet its operational needs.

Must be available and willing to travel to such locations and with such frequency as the City determines is necessary or desirable to meet its operational needs.
Must perform duties onsite, except those job duties which are customarily or by their nature performed offsite (such as offsite work meetings with City customers, clients or citizens, making deliveries to designated destinations, traveling to field offices to meet with subordinates or conduct training, etc.)

Essential Job Functions ? Advanced EMT/Paramedic
Provides patient care to citizens in non-emergency and emergency situations.

Performs advanced life support and administers medications in accordance with Alabama Department of Public Health`s EMS Protocol Scope of Practice.

Completes patient care reports and enters information into the computer system.

Mentors EMT and/or paramedic students.

Inventory and account for all controlled substances each shift and submits monthly controlled substance log. (Paramedic Only)

Maintains weekly EMS supply inventory to include submitting weekly requests of needed items.

Important Job Functions:
May serve as a member of a special operations team.

May serve as Fire Sergeant Engineer in the absence of the same, to include operating fire apparatus and equipment and driving apparatus to incident scenes.

Reports administrative and/or operational problems to supervisor.

Reviews department memos to remain current on changing procedures and standard operating guidelines.

Maintains required certifications by attending training courses as needed.

Maintains communication with other shifts by exchanging information at every shift change.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:
Internal departmental policies and procedures.

Applicable state, federal and local ordinances, laws, rules and regulations.

City street system, hospital locations, fire hydrant locations and physical layout of the City.

Mechanical principles, operational techniques and application of firefighting and basic life support equipment.

Fire behavior, basic firefighting strategy and tactics and basics of hazardous materials operations.

Basic and advanced life support techniques.


Hazardous materials.

Fire prevention and safety procedures.

First aid and emergency medical care.

Record keeping, both manual and computer, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques.

Mathematical formulas used to calculate flow velocity, friction loss, gallons per minute, elevation, pump discharge pressure, nozzle reactions, additional water available, maximum lift and basic drug calculations.

Incident command system and chain of command used in the station and at all emergency situations.

Safe practices and procedures for performing essential functions of the job.

Assigned equipment required to perform the essential functions of the job to include operation and maintenance.

Computer operations required to perform the essential functions of the job.

Mental and Physical Ability to:
Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, and so forth.

Communicate orally and in writing with internal staff, citizens, and other departmental staff in order to give and receive information in a courteous manner.

Respond quickly to changing situations.

Deal with problems involving several variables in changing situations.

Follow oral and written instructions.

Write routine reports and correspondence.

Develop and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers.

Operate a motor vehicle.

Perform strenuous tasks under adverse conditions and in hazardous environments.

Report to duty station within 30 minutes of notification in case of emergency call out or when in standby situations.

Be regular and dependable in attendance.

While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; ascend and descend stairs, ladders, ramps, scaffolding, etc.; climb on and off equipment; maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching, or running on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces; work with little or no sleep; move about on hands and knees; bend body downward and forward, requiring full use of the lower extremities and back muscles; reach with hands and arms; speak and hear; use color, texture, sound, shape and odor perception; and push, pull and/or lift over 50 pounds frequently and over 100 pounds occasionally. Incumbent is required to use self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.) and protective clothing in specific situations, limiting or negating one`s sense of feel, smell hearing and sight.

Working Conditions:
Work is performed in a fire station and in the field exposing the employee to various outside atmospheric conditions; conditions such as adverse weather conditions, fumes, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases and poor ventilation that affect the respiratory system, eyes or the skin; possible bodily injury from moving mechanical parts of equipment, tools, or machinery, electrical shock, radiation, explosions, falling from high, exposed places, and/or toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee is exposed to sustained periods of exposure to non-weather related hot, cold and/or humid temperatures/conditions; open flames; hazardous diseases; and body fluids of victims. The employee is frequently exposed to volatile situations and imminent danger when performing the essential functions of the job.

Working time may require irregular hours, shift times, and/or on-call status.

The incumbent`s working conditions are typically very loud.
Graduation from a standard senior-high school or GED equivalent, recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE), and

Successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), in the state of Alabama, within the past six (6) months. NOTE: Must possess a valid Alabama Fire College Form (AFC Form 031).

Prefer: Current Certification as:
Alabama Fire Fighter I and II

Prefer: Currently Nationally Registered as:
Advanced - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

A completed employment application to include, but not limited to, detailed description of duties, month and year, and complete address on each job listed.

During the probationary period the Fire Fighter must:
Successfully complete the 360-hour Fire Fighter I/II Certification School
Complete and pass the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic course, to include National Registry
Complete required Hazardous Materials Training

Condition of Employment/Promotion/Transfer
The City of Dothan will administer a polygraph examination to anyone hired/promoted/transferred into the Fire Department. The examination, which will be administered by the Dothan Police Department, will be a question and answer test that covers areas of your background, including but not limited to completeness of your employment application, correctness of application, your involvement in criminal activity, such as thefts and domestic violence, drug and alcohol usage and participation in the distribution of illegal and legal prescription medications.
Necessary Special Requirements:
Possession of a valid operator driver`s license and an acceptable driving record (PBA09/10/01).

Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.

In an emergency and/or standby situation, an employee in this position must be able to report to his/her regular work station in a maximum of 30 minutes from the time of notification. (PBA 01/09/95)

Employees are required to submit to Drug and Alcohol testing in accordance with the City of Dothan policy which includes pre-employment and random tests for the duration of employment in this position. (PBA 08/13/12).

An applicant for this position is subject to various background investigations up to and including a criminal, credit, past employment, and reference checks. See City of Dothan`s Background Check/Investigation Policy.
Written examination for the position of Firefighter is scheduled for May 16, 2018. Email notification inviting you to self schedule your slot for the written exam will go out at a later date. You MUST self schedule your slot or you will not be allowed to test.

NOTE: An applicant on vacation is responsible for attending the examination on the date scheduled. An applicant falling under federally protected leave (i.e., FMLA, USERRA) is responsible for notifying the Personnel Department no later than the closing date by emailing jobs@dothan.org or calling (334) 615-3185.

No prior training or experience in the job of firefighter is assumed of candidates taking this test. The written examination is designed to assess your ability in the following areas:

Ability to Learn, Remember and Apply Information
Reading Comprehension
Firefighter Interest Questionnaire
Logic and Mathematical Reasoning
Situational Judgment

Once the exam begins the candidate is allowed two (2) hours, twenty (20) minutes to complete the examination. Once the examination begins, you will not be allowed to leave the room until you have completed the examination.

Please advise us on or before the closing date if you will need assistance and/or accommodation to take this examination by emailing jobs@dothan.org.

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Affirmative Action Employer

Starting Salary:  $34,632.00 Annually
Top Salary:   N/A
Contact:   City of Dothan, Personnel Department
126 North Saint Andrews Street

Dothan, AL 36303

Additional Department Details:

Annual Budget: $7,000,000.00
Population Served: 60,000
Number of Firefighters: N/A

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