The fundamental reason this classification exists is to protect life and property through firefighting and EMS activities often performed under conditions which require strenuous physical exertion. Major elements of a Firefighter?s work are the participation in code enforcement activities performed by fire companies, supervised drills, and training in firefighting and EMS skills. Some time is spent in special and routine maintenance of equipment and apparatus and routine care of buildings and grounds, as well as public education activities. Work at the fire station and scenes of fires, is normally performed under close supervision in accordance with well-defined procedures and is inspected in process and upon completion by a Fire Captain. Occasionally, employees in this class may be required to relieve an officer of higher rank and when so assigned, are responsible for the management of all company programs and the supervision of assigned fire companies and equipment at the scene of the fire until relieved of command by an officer of higher rank. Firefighters may be assigned to work on special assignments which call for special abilities and knowledge attained through experience and training.
? Lays and connects hose, holds nozzles and directs water streams, raises and climbs ladders and uses chemical extinguishers, bars, hooks, lines and other equipment at the scenes of fires;
? Performs salvage operations;
? Administers EMS to injured persons, frequently using advance techniques to restore cardio-pulmonary
? Participates in fire drills and attends classes in firefighting, EMS and related duties;
? Performs general maintenance work in the up-keep of the Fire Department property;
? Inspects building and premises for compliance with fire laws, checks on complaints and aids in the
investigation of arson cases;
? Inspects commercial and noncommercial buildings;
? Signs citations and gives testimony in court in connection with fire code enforcement activities;
? Organizes fire brigades and conducts fire drills in institutions and commercial establishments;
? Attends public gatherings to ensure observance of fire safety requirements;
? Participates in station radio tests;
? Conducts tours of station houses for scout, civic, and other interested groups;
? Operates Computer Aided Dispatch equipment;
? Demonstrates superior seamless customer service, integrity, and commitment to innovation, efficiency,
and fiscally responsible activity.
? May be required to manage and/or participate in committees either by volunteering or by assignment
by their supervisor.
? Participates in physical fitness activities to maintain physical conditioning to comply with medical and
physical fitness requirements;
? Timely use of all department electronic communication, i.e., Firehouse, Target Solutions, regularly check
DMFD email, etc.
? Maintains regular attendance and punctuality, according to department policies;
? Ability to follow and positively model support of DMFD?s Mission, Vision and Values.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
? Emergency medical methods and procedures.
? Firefighting principles and practices.
? Fire salvage and overhaul operations.
? Function effectively in emergency situations.
? Ability and willingness to learn a variety of methods and tasks in firefighting, fire prevention, and related
? Effectively and safely drive and/or operate the full range of fire apparatus and equipment utilized by the
? Ability to use self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and personal protective equipment (PPE)
clothing to prevent exposure to hazardous materials and infectious diseases.
? Ability to climb ladders and work at considerable heights.
? Ability to engage in moderate to strenuous activity, which may require long working hours under
physical and emotional stress.
? Ability to lift minimum weight as required by the Arizona Department of Transportation and Department
of Health Services.
? Ability to exercise a high degree of self-discipline.
? Ability to tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing job duties.
? Ability to bend and stoop repeatedly or continually over time to perform emergency medical services or
other job-related activities.
? Ability to select and apply appropriate emergency treatment and use specialized equipment, when
? Ability to understand and follow all safety procedures, policies, and practices.
? Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions promptly and accurately.
? Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of
? Ability to provide excellent customer service to both external and internal customers.
? Ability to function as an effective team member in both daily operations and activities, and during
? Must attend and/or satisfactorily complete the hours and subject matter of annual training required to maintain certifications of Emergency Medical Technician Basic or Paramedic certification.
? Some positions will require the performance of other essential and marginal functions depending upon work location, assignment, or shift.
? Some positions require the use of personal or District vehicles on District business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid driver?s license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for District business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized to drive a District vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage.