Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
Under general supervision, to perform a variety of duties involved in responding to fire and other emergency calls for the protection of life, property and environment; to render medical aid and lifesaving assistance; to participate in fire prevention, public education, disaster preparedness, and training activities; to maintain and operate a variety of firefighting, emergency medical, and fire station equipment; and to perform a variety of related duties in a safe, efficient, and professional manner.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
The following tasks are typical for positions in this classification. Any single position may not perform all of these tasks and/or may perform similar related tasks not listed here:
1) Respond to fire and emergency alarms; perform all phases of fire suppression work; place fire hoses, set ladders, operate fire streams, ventilate and enter burning structures to extinguish fires and rescue victims; operate pneumatic and auxiliary equipment such as genera-tors or pumps; perform rescue, ventilation, overhaul, salvage and clean-up activities at fire scene.
2) Respond to emergency and non-emergency medical calls; determine and perform appropriate emergency medical interventions within guidelines of certification including to perform rapid defibrillation and place advanced airway in accordance with EMS protocols; transport patients to appropriate medical facility, communicating with medical staff via two way radio; write medical response reports as needed.
3) Respond to and performs skilled tasks at the scenes of emergency calls including: rescues, hazards identification, hazardous materials identification, radiological monitoring and spills, public assistance and service.
4) Perform tasks and duties relating to confined space rescue operations.
5) Perform station maintenance; clean and maintain station living quarters in an orderly condition; operate, inspect and maintain emergency apparatus, fire engine and other fire equipment; perform minor repairs inside and outside of facilities.
6) Operate, inspect and maintain emergency response equipment and vehicles; perform minor repairs on equipment and vehicles or report deficiencies to proper staff for other disposition; order necessary supplies; clean and maintain patient care compartment of emergency vehicles.
7) Participate in drills and training exercises including those related to fire fighting, emergency medical service, technical rescue, extrication, physical fitness and other related areas.
8) Facilitate and participate in public relations, disaster preparedness, fire/safety education, and fire prevention activities including school education programs, group activities, fire drills, and station tours.
9) Respond to hazardous material incidents; make recommendations regarding the storage, handling and use of flammable liquids and other hazardous materials.
10) Perform fire safety inspections of all types on commercial, public, and multiple occupancy dwellings; identify fire and life safety hazards; provide suggestions for correction and technical information as needed concerning fire code requirements; issue orders to comply with fire building codes; schedule re-inspections for verification of correction; submit reports as needed; assist in maintaining, organizing, and filing of inspection and re-inspection reports.
11) Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
12) Maintain records and logs of work completed and in-progress; prepare statistical and analytical reports as required; retrieve and enter information into computer system.
13) Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
14) Render emergency medical aid as a Paramedic with a Paramedic team consisting of a communicator and an attendant, examine victims, communicate vital medical data to medical personnel and administer medical treatment in accordance with established guidelines and the specific instruction of hospital medical personnel.
15) Perform primary and secondary physical assessment of ill or injured persons.
16) Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
17) Maintain an effective airway for patients with compromised breathing.
18) Operate defibrillation equipment.
19) Operate radio-telephone equipment and communicate medical information to base hospital medical personnel and others.
20) Operate and supervise the operation of the Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) ambulance.
21) Transport patients in accordance with San Diego County Emergency Medical Services protocol.
22) Supervise a non-certified paramedic assigned to the MICU.
23) Serve as a preceptor for paramedic and emergency medical technician trainees.
24) Assist in the maintenance and replenishment of medical equipment and drug supplies.
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience: One year of part-time or volunteer department experience or 6 months of full time employment with a municipal fire department is desirable.
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade and;
completion of a state accredited fire academy or the possession of a CSFM Firefighter 1 certificate.
Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid Class C California Driver`s License with a safe driving record. Incumbents must obtain a Firefighter endorsement and Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator 1A certification prior to completion of probation.
Possession of, or the ability to obtain prior to completion of probation, an appropriate, valid Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational Level certificate.
Possession of, an appropriate valid Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) license with the State of California and the ability to obtain prior to appointment current EMT-P accreditation with the County of San Diego EMS.
As a condition of continued employment, the Firefighter/Paramedic must maintain current li-cense as an EMT-P with the State of California and current EMT-P accreditation with the San Diego EMS office.
General principles and practices of fire suppression, fire prevention, and emergency medical response.
Procedures, techniques, methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in modern fire sup-pression, fire prevision, and emergency medical response.
Principles, methods and techniques used in confined space and rescue operations.
Proper operation, use and maintenance of fire suppression apparatus and emergency medi-cal equipment.
Proper hazardous materials handling techniques.
Appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
Geography of the City and water systems.
Basic mathematics and mechanical relationships.
Basic record keeping principles and practices.
Basic office procedures and methods including computer equipment and supporting word processing and spreadsheet applications.
Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations governing.
Basic and advance life support principles and procedures.
San Diego County Emergency Medical System (EMS) regulations.
Perform a variety of fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical response and technical rescue activities.
Read, understand and apply technical firefighting materials and concepts.
Select and properly administer first aid and medical treatment appropriate to the emergency.
Deal effectively with upset or emotional persons or patients.
Operate fire suppression apparatus and equipment.
Think and act quickly and calmly in emergency situations and stressful conditions.
Operate assigned vehicle, fire truck or ambulance safely in varying traffic and weather conditions observing legal and defensive driving practices.
Perform mechanical work involved in fire equipment operations.
Observe and follow safe fire fighting work practices.
Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.
Maintain accurate records and prepare reports.
Operate office equipment including computer equipment.
Work 24 hours shifts including during weekends and holidays.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
The physical demands herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential job functions.
Productivity: Incumbents must perform work in an efficient, effective and timely manner with minimal direction.
Mobility: Incumbents require mobility to walk, stand, run, climb, crawl, reach, and bend for prolonged periods at heights above the ground and below ground and in unlit areas wearing gear weighing in excess of fifty pounds; lift, push and pull objects weighing over 100 pounds; drive and operate fire suppression equipment and apparatus.
Vision: Vision sufficient to assess emergency situations and recommend effective courses of action.
Environment: Travel to emergency scenes and/or fire fighting incidents; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases. extreme heat, hazardous materials and biomedical hazards; work at heights on ladders; work with water.
Other Factors: Incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings, weekends and holidays.