Position Detail:

Janesville Fire Department
303 Milton Avenue
Janesville, WI 53545

Rock County

608-754-0322 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter/EMT
Last Filing Date:  September 13, 2019

Special Instructions:  



The citizens of Janesville choose this community, not just as a place to live, but as a place to realize life`s opportunities. We strive to sustain a community culture where differences are recognized, understood, and appreciated. As such, the City of Janesville recognizes the importance of developing an environment where diversity is not merely accepted but embraced and celebrated. As public servants, we believe everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. To this end, we will diligently recruit and retain the most talented employees in an environment that fosters maximizing one`s potential. Therefore, we encourage individuals from all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to consider employment with the City of Janesville and serve the residents of "Wisconsin`s Park Place".

This position will perform work combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires and providing emergency medical and emergency rescue services to protect life and property. This position will perform hazardous tasks under emergency conditions, such as hazardous materials response, technical rescue, fire prevention, first aid, forcible entry, ambulatory services, and regulatory compliance awareness for the Fire Department. A Firefighter/EMT will attend in-service training sessions as ordered by the company officers and medical control in order to continuously update their knowledge and skills in suppression, prevention and emergency medical care. Work also involves routine maintenance of Fire Department equipment, apparatus, quarters, and driving equipment when specifically assigned.

Reports to: This position reports directly to the Fire Lieutenant. Works under the general supervision of the Fire Captain and Battalion Chief.

Supervisory Responsibility: N/A

Has regular work contact with the Deputy Fire Chiefs, Fire Chief, Department and Division Heads, co-workers, City employees, and the general public.

Essential Duties:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The job duties and responsibilities listed below are intended as illustrations of the various types of work and specific tasks performed in this position. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Responds to Fire alarms and other EMS emergency calls as a member of an engine/truck company, ambulance crew, or specialty unit.
Performs a variety of technical and manual labor duties required to locate, control, ventilate, and extinguish fires.
Performs forcible entry operations to gain access into structures using a variety of tools.
Pumps water to fire at designated pressures; monitors condition of motors and pumps during operations; makes changes as necessary.
Participates in post-fire salvage operations, such as removing and covering household articles, mopping floors, and cleaning debris, to prevent undue damage to property not involved in fire and/or emergency situations.
Performs tasks to extricate individuals safely from wrecked vehicles, structures, earth cave?ins, etc. and administers first aid to injured persons.
Performs search and rescue operations.
May respond to emergency calls for specialized service (hazardous materials, confined spaces rescue, technical rescue, swift water and dive rescue).
Performs general maintenance, service, cleaning, and upkeep of fire apparatus and auxiliary equipment and tools.
Participates in pre-fire surveys, and fire prevention inspections of public places of assembly.
Promotes fire safety education fire prevention, and maintains responsive public relations.
Performs general maintenance work in the upkeep of fire station buildings and grounds.
Provides emergency medical advanced life support services; coordinates with and supplements regional paramedic services; assesses, treats and transports patients following appropriate scope of practice and approved protocols.
Utilizes city computer system for record keeping and administrative job functions.
Participates in a continuing program of drills, instruction, and training.
Drives and operates a variety of fire equipment.
Performs other special projects and duties as assigned or required during regular and non-work hours, including providing support as a part of any City response to essential or emergency operations.

Wears Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Connects appropriate fittings and hose to fire hydrants to establish a water supply.
Connects hoses and nozzles.
Lays supply/attack lines.
Uses visual, sensory, technical and judgmental criteria to locate fire sources.
Carries, positions, raises, climbs portable and aerial ladders.
Uses a variety of hand-held/powered equipment to locate, control, ventilate, and extinguish fires.
Mechanically opens roofs, floors, walls, doors, windows and vents.
Forces entry through locked doors.
Places salvage covers.
Removes water, smoke and heat from structures.
Utilizes extrication tools (cutting/spreading, etc.).
Utilizes cribbing in vehicle extractions and collapse situations.
Locates and removes individuals and victims from fire and emergency situations.
May utilize specialized equipment such as ropes, harnesses, boats and exposure suits.
Performs daily inspections of required equipment.
Maintains, cleans, services, inspects, inventories, and loads firefighting and/or emergency medical equipment, tools, etc. on company apparatus.
Performs immediate lifesaving procedures required by circumstances; stabilizes patients and readies them for transport to local emergency centers; administers intravenous injections and drugs; operates resuscitator and defibrillator; supplies back and neck supports and braces, bandages, and splints, as necessary.
Ensures compliance with local and state codes, and nationally recognized good practices and standards.
Becomes familiar with structures.
Informs/educates the public of the benefits of sound fire prevention practices.
Completes inspection reports.
Delivers public fire education programs, tours, lectures, etc. as may be necessary to ensure public fire safety.
Maintains, performs repairs and cleans assigned fire station quarters, apparatus rooms, grounds, etc.
Drives and operates an ambulance as required.
Sizes up scenes.
Communicates by radio to other units.
Completes triage as needed.
Manages a scene until relieved of command.
Completes written and verbal reports on patient care.
Interacts appropriately with patients, families, police, co-workers.
Completes patient care reports, NFIRS incident reports, work orders, hydrant reports, inspection forms, etc.
Participates in company drills and department training as needed or required.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required of this position.

Education and Experience

Minimum 18 years of age.
A High School diploma or equivalent is required
Possession of a valid state-issued Driver`s License.
Wisconsin Firefighter I & II certification at time of application is required.
Possession of a valid Wisconsin Certified Emergency Medical Technician-Basic license. **
Possession of a current Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Assessment Certificate at time of hire is required.
Be able to satisfactorily complete a water survival test.

Knowledge of:

Knowledge of and skill in applying firefighting, rescue and life saving techniques.
Knowledge of or ability to learn Janesville Fire and EMS geography and response areas.
Knowledge of and skill in applying emergency medical care to the appropriate level (PM or EMT-B).
Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations and policies pertaining to fire prevention, fire suppression protection, hazardous materials, and emergency and disaster situations.

Skill in:

Physical strength and agility skills and the ability to perform arduous tasks under strenuous and adverse conditions.
Effective interpersonal skills to appropriately interface with the public as a representative of the department and City and present oneself in a calm, knowledgeable, and trustful manner.
Skilled in applying firefighting techniques, life saving techniques, and emergency rescue procedures.
Considerable skill in the operation of fire equipment, tools, and apparatus.

Ability to:

Ability to perform work safely requiring good physical condition.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written form, and able to follow verbal and written instructions with minimal supervision.
Ability to work as part of a team or individually.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental and City personnel, elected and appointed officials, members of intergovernmental agencies and the general public
Ability to wear personal protective equipment.
Ability to adapt to various situations.
Ability to perform a variety of strenuous tasks on slippery, hazardous surfaces such as rooftops or from ladders.
Ability to tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing work duties, performing physically demanding work in hot (up to 400 degrees F) and humid (up to 100% humidity) atmospheres while wearing equipment which significantly impairs body cooling mechanisms.
Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and making critical decisions.
Ability to cope with stressful situations firmly, courteously and tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others.
Ability to work for long periods of time, requiring sustained physical activity and intense concentration.
Ability to be exposed to, and handle, grotesque sights and smells associated with major traumatic injuries or burn injuries.
Ability to learn and perform a wide variety of administrative, firefighting, rescue, and EMS duties, methods, and techniques.
Ability to make rapid transitions from a near rest to near maximal exertion without a warm-up period.
Ability to use both manual and mechanical power tools designed for the tasks required in the performance of duties.
Ability to operate in areas of high noise, poor visibility, limited mobility, at heights, and in enclosed or confined spaces, all the while performing tasks demanding physical exertion and intense concentration.
Ability to demonstrate individual initiative and pride in the department and profession.
Ability to read and understand documents.
Ability to learn the streets and numbering system in the city.
Ability to use a computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties.
Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.

Supplemental Information:
Tobacco Clause:
"As an applicant for employment, I agree that from my date of hire, I will not smoke, chew, or use any tobacco product(s) on or off duty during the entire tenure of my employment. If I choose to smoke, chew, or use any tobacco product(s) at any time during the entire tenure of my employment, I may be subject to dismissal for cause."

Per Local #580`s Labor Contract, (Article XXXIV ? Residency), employees must live within twenty-five (25) miles of Janesville city limits.

In the case of a genuine individual employee hardship, a permanent or temporary exception to the residency requirement may be granted in the sole discretion of the Chief, whose decision shall be final.

Recruit Academy:
New Hires will successfully complete a recruit academy (including swim test).

Probationary Period:
New Hires will complete an 18-month probationary period. (reference Local 580 Labor Contract Article XX ? Probationary Period).

Work Schedule
Attendance is required for a 24-hour shift schedule based on a 56-hour workweek.

Paramedic Status:
Firefighter/EMT-Paramedics will complete and maintain minimum requirements up to and including Firefighter II, ACLS re-certification every two years, a minimum of seven audit review sessions per year, and semi-annual ER and OR rotations.
Firefighter/EMT-Paramedics are appointed by the Chief.

**It is a condition of employment that new hires, if not hired with Paramedic training, may be assigned to begin training at the discretion of the City. Such new hires will be required to proceed with all necessary training to become Firefighter/EMT-Paramedics as positions are opened. Until required to proceed with paramedic training such new hires will be classed as Firefighters. Once so required, such new hires must promptly proceed to become Firefighter/EMT-Paramedics and then remain qualified and active as Firefighter/Paramedics or be terminated unless released as set forth in the contract between the City of Janesville and Local #580 (Article XXVIII ? Paramedics).

Firefighter/EMT-Paramedics will be subject to ongoing, periodic performance evaluations per established department policy and contract guidelines.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by any an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places, and with explosives. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electric shock, bloodborne pathogens, contact with persons who may have contiguous/communicable diseases, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration.

An individual in this position is frequently required to see/observe, talk/speak and listen/hear; sit, walk, stand and on occasion, may need to lift, carry, push or pull objects, more than 100 pounds. The employee is occasionally required to stand, stoop and climb or balance; use hands to finger, handle, grasp, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; taste or smell; repetitive arm, hand and eye movements are included. There is occasional twisting, kneeling, squatting, crawling, climbing, reaching and wrist turning. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate at the fire station and loud at an emergency scene. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of equipment. Employee is required to use cognitive ability to reason, analyze and verbalize thoughts and ideas.

The employee is frequently exposed to life-threatening situations.

The employee must be available and present for work as scheduled; be available for on-call emergency notifications and response when deemed necessary; and perform all functions of the job safely and efficiently at all times and in compliance with all safety regulations and policies for the safety and welfare of the employee, co-workers and the general public.

Motor vehicles, emergency medical aid unit, fire apparatus, fire pumps, hoses, ladders, first aid equipment, and other standard firefighting equipment. Personal protective equipment. Basic office equipment, including but not limited to personal computer, facsimile machines, copiers, cellular communications equipment and telephone. Basic tools and equipment necessary to perform job tasks and functions including but not limited to 2-way radios, mobile data terminal, and other simple tools.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position, or is responsive to the needs of the City of Janesville.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

The City of Janesville, Wisconsin is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Starting Salary:  $45,106.88/Year
Top Salary:   N/A
Contact:   City of Janesville Human Resources
18 North Jackson Street
PO Box 5005
Janesville, WI 53547

Additional Department Details:

Annual Budget: N/A
Population Served: 63,000
Number of Firefighters: N/A

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