Under general supervision, responds to fires, medical emergencies, and other emergency and non-emergency situations, and takes appropriate action; performs various staff support assignments in addition to normal emergency response activities; performs related work as assigned.
This is the entry- and full working-level class in fire suppression, learning and performing all duties required to effectively respond to emergency fire suppression and basic life support medical situations. Incumbents may be assigned to a truck or engine, typically in three-person crews. This class is distinguished from Fire Apparatus Operator in that the latter class is fully qualified to operate any vehicles and apparatus in addition to performing all normal emergency response duties. This class also functions as a Paramedic, providing advanced life support emergency medical response.
Common duties include:
In a fire emergency, connects, develops, charges, and bleeds hose for handlines, booster lines, connecting water appliances, and supply lines connecting to hydrants and between engines;
Controls and extinguishes fires, and places water curtains using various size handlines, cellar distributors, and deck, ladder, and portable water monitors;
Connects foam eductors and applies foam and chemicals for fire suppression and control;
Places and secures various adapters, nozzles, and in-line controls, connections, and fittings;
Searches buildings and rescues victims;
Provides first responder medical emergency response at the basic and advanced life support levels, including initial patient and situation assessment, cardio pulmonary resuscitation, and trauma emergency medical care;
Uses various hand and power tools to obtain entry to buildings, free trapped accident victims, and provide ventilation;
Participates in specialized rescue operations, including aerial and underground situations, including the use of rigging and shoring;
Participates in various clean up, salvage, and overhaul operations;
Cleans, services, and ensures operational readiness of vehicles, apparatus, hoses, and equipment;
Participates in training and maintains/improves skills;
Participates in various staff support assignments including but not limited to: fire prevention, inspection, and hazardous hill and weed abatement programs, maintenance of inventory records, scheduled inspection of departmental equipment, and hydrant and fireflow testing;
Contains, removes, and decontaminates hazardous material spills;
Employs appropriate fire fighting and chemical safety apparel and equipment, including turnout gear, helmets, hoods, axe belt, and self-contained breathing apparatus;
Participates in maintenance of station and facilities;
Works with the community in a variety of educational, public relations, and service programs;
May serve in higher level classifications on a relief basis;
May direct other Firefighters in greater alarm fires; and
Performs related duties as assigned.
AT TIME OF APPLICATION:
Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
Valid California Paramedic License, National Registry Paramedic Certification Card, or be actively participating in a Paramedic Field Internship Program.
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Card of Completion issued no earlier than one (1) year from the recruitment filing deadline.
Successful Completion of the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) written exam completed no earlier than one (1) year from the recruitment filing deadline.
BY DATE OF APPOINTMENT, MUST POSSESS:
A valid California Paramedic license.
The core courses required to be an Alameda County accredited paramedic
Must be able to travel to various locations within and outside the City of Berkeley to meet the program needs and to fulfill job responsibilities. When driving on City business, the incumbent is required to maintain a valid California Class C or higher driver`s license as well as a satisfactory driving record, and must obtain Firefighter Endorsement prior to the completion of the Fire Academy.
Must be willing to maintain facial hair in such a way as to ensure proper fitting and operation of self-contained breathing apparatus. Must be willing to work shifts as structured in the Fire Department. Must possess strength and stamina sufficient to lift and carry equipment and patients weighing up to 150 pounds.
FIREFIGHTER - BY COMPLETION OF PROBATION:
Completion of the City of Berkeley Firefighter Taskbooks.
Successful completion of City of Berkeley Firefighter written and psychomotor examinations.
Certificates of completion for:
Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS-100), FEMA
National Incident Management Systems, An Introduction (IS-700.A), FEMA
Certificates of completion issued by the California Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) for the following courses or equivalents/replacements as determined by the OSFM:
FSTEP Low Angle Rope Rescue Operational
FSTEP Fire Fighter Survival
FSTEP Fire Control 3B
FSTEP Driver Operator 1A
FSTEP or NWCG S130
FSTEP or NWCG S131
FSTEP or NWCG S190
FSTEP Vehicle Extrication
CFSTES Firefighter I
CFSTES Firefighter II
SFT or National Wildfire Training Group (NWCG) Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290)
Knowledge and Abilities:
Basic principles and practices of fire suppression and prevention;
Basic principles and practices of emergency medical care at the basic and advanced life support levels ; and
Safety practices and precautions pertaining to the work.
Follow oral and written directions;
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work;
Maintain accurate records and prepare clear and concise reports, and other written materials; and
Remain calm, make sound decisions, and respond appropriately in emergency situations.