FIREFIGHTER

  • CITY OF WACO, TEXAS
  • Waco, Texas
  • May 11, 2021
Fire and EMS

Job Description

Firefighter City of Waco, TX 1 of 5 Firefighter Civil Service - Grade I 2003 Physical Type # 4 Safety Sensitive
Officer - Station Lieutenant/ Station Captain Fire - Emergency Operations 801 Non-Exempt

PRIMARY DUTY:
Under basic supervision, functions as a member of Waco Fire Department (WFD) firefighting team; performs skilled work in emergency response, fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, technical rescue, fire safety education and fire prevention.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge and skills. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Responds to emergency alarms and calls for service and performs fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical duties as required to control emergency incidents and protect lives and property; relays orders, instructions and information on emergency actions and follows orders under stressful conditions.
• Performs assigned duties within scope of authority and training and according to City of Waco and WFD policies and procedures; duties may vary according to job assignment and skill level.
• Establishes safe medical treatment area for the assessment, treatment, stabilization and transportation of patients according to WFD medical protocol and level of emergency medical certification.
• Participates in classes, drills and training to maintain and upgrade current physical fitness, firefighting, rescue and emergency medical skills; maintains WFD records and work logs.
• Inspects, cleans and maintains personal protective equipment and verifies that all emergency response equipment is in a proper state of readiness and available for immediate use.
• Maintains WFD facilities, vehicles, equipment, apparatus, tools and medical inventory; inspects, tests, evaluates and repairs equipment after use; performs minor repairs on apparatus, equipment and facilities; notifies supervisors of maintenance problems beyond the scope of authority or skills.
• Maintains fire station living quarters and grounds in clean and orderly condition.
• Provides fire safety and prevention training in the public schools and to other community groups.
• Continuously updates knowledge of City geography, traffic patterns, streets, landmarks, building locations and special hazards of designated facilities.
• Supports the relationship between the City of Waco and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work- related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
• Performs all the duties during the absence of the Fire Equipment Engineer.
• Works mandatory overtime as need.
• May be assigned to other divisions for temporary assistance.
• Maintain certification as required by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and the Texas Department on Fire Protection and the Texas Department of State Health Services.
• Must be able to read/write English.
• May be required to respond afterhours, including holidays and weekends, in the event of a departmental or City-wide emergency.
• May perform duties in the absence of the Fire Equipment Engineer.
• Performs other related and assigned duties as required.
• Driving is essential.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

Knowledge:

• City policies and procedures.
Firefighter City of Waco, TX 2 of 5
• Federal, state and City fire and life safety laws, rules, regulations, codes, practices and procedures governing emergency services.
• Medical protocols governing emergency medical treatment practices, principles and methods.
• Methods, practices and procedures for fire prevention, fire suppression, hazardous material responses, emergency medical services and rescue operations.
• Methods and techniques for handling hazardous materials.
• Traffic laws, ordinances and rules governing emergency vehicle operation.
• City geography, traffic patterns and the location of all streets, landmarks and buildings.
• Computers and specialized hardware and software for preparing reports and maintaining records.
• Safe work practices, occupational hazards and safety precautions.

Skill in:

• Providing fire suppression and rescue techniques under emergency conditions.
• Assessing emergency medical situations, providing medical treatment and stabilizing and transporting patients according to established medical protocols.
• Following safe firefighting practices and procedures and following orders under stressful conditions.
• Remaining alert at all times and reacting quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
• Recognizing the construction, contents and occupancy of buildings in order to apply appropriate fire suppression and rescue techniques.
• Performing maintenance and repair of firefighting vehicles, facilities and equipment.
• Operating and maintaining specialized computer and communications equipment.
• Preparing clear, comprehensive and accurate reports.
• Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers.
• Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.
• Must be able to effectively communicate during emergency conditions while using a hand held, base station, or mobile radio.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Must be 18 years old; High School Diploma required or Texas Education Agency equivalency certificate (GED) and twelve semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university required.

LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION:

• Must possess a valid Texas Driver's License. Class B license is required within one (1) year after becoming a certified firefighter.
• Certifications for Firefighter from Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic from Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are required at the time of hire.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands described here 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 the essential functions.
• All personnel must be able to meet the minimum requirements listed below.
• Per the Local Civil Service Rules, all personnel hired after May 2010 must meet all requirement of NFPA 1582, Chapter 6 even if they are more stringent than those listed below.
• The physical activities of this position include: o Climbing - Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. o Balancing - Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling and walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. o Stooping - Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. o Kneeling - Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees. o Crouching - Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine. o Crawling - Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
Firefighter City of Waco, TX 3 of 5 o Reaching - Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction. o Standing - Particularly for sustained periods of time. o Walking - Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another. o Pushing - Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward. o Pulling - Using upper extremities to exert force in order to drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion. o Lifting - Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles. o Finger Dexterity - Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling. o Grasping - Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm. o Feeling - Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips. o Talking - Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly. o Hearing - Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and to make the discriminations in sound. o Repetitive motion - Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
• The physical requirements of this position: o Very heavy work. Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
• The following personal protective equipment may be required and must be worn when required by the task being performed: o Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), bunker gear, helmet, gloves, eye protection, ear protection, face protection, traffic vests and proper footwear including leather fire boots, rubber bunker boots and station boots depending on the task being performed.
• The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception and field vision: o Vision of at least 20/100 correctable to 20/20 binocular. o The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes. o The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform an activity such as: operating machines and power saws, where the seeing job is at or within arm's reach; performs mechanical or skilled trade's tasks of a non-repetitive nature, such as carpenter, technicians, service people, plumbers, painters, mechanics, etc.
• The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position: o Work is performed primarily in an indoor setting or well-lit, temperature-controlled working environment. o The worker is subject to exposure to hazardous traffic conditions o The worker is subject to and required by State statute to be capable of wearing an SCBA; this includes a demand valve-type positive pressure face piece or HEPA filter masks, which requires the ability to tolerate increased respiratory workloads. o The worker is frequently subject to wearing personal protective ensembles and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), performing firefighting tasks (e.g., hose line operations, extensive crawling, lifting and carrying heavy objects, ventilating roofs or walls using power or hand tools, forcible entry), rescue operations and other emergency response actions under stressful conditions including working in extremely hot or cold environments for prolonged periods of time.
Firefighter City of Waco, TX 4 of 5 o The worker is frequently subject to exposures to toxic fumes, irritants, particulates, biological (infectious) and non-biological hazards and / or heated gases, despite the use of personal protective ensembles and SCBA. o The worker is frequently subject to climbing four or more flights of stairs while wearing a fire protective ensemble, including SCBA, weighing at least 50LB or more and carrying equipment / tools weighing an additional 20 - 40lbs. o The worker is frequently subject to wearing a fire protective ensemble, including SCBA, that is encapsulating and insulated, which will result in significant fluid loss that frequently progresses to clinical dehydration and can elevate core temperatures to levels exceeding 102.2°F. o The worker is frequently subject to wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA, searching, finding and rescue-dragging or carrying victims ranging from newborns to adults weighing over 200lbs to safety despite hazardous conditions and low visibility. o The worker is frequently subject to wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA, advancing water filled hose lines up to 2 ½" in diameter from fire apparatus to occupancy, [approximately 150 ft.], which can involve negotiating multiple flights of stairs, ladders and other obstacles. o The worker is frequently subject to wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA, climbing ladders, operating from heights, walking or crawling in the dark along narrow and uneven surfaces that might be wet or icy and operating in proximity to electrical power lines or other hazards. o The worker is frequently subject to unpredictable emergency requirements for prolonged periods of extreme physical exertion without benefit of warm-up, scheduled rest periods, meals, access to medication(s), or hydration. o The worker is frequently subject to operating fire apparatus or other vehicles in an emergency mode with emergency lights and sirens. o The worker is frequently subject to critical, time-sensitive, complex problem solving during physical exertion in stressful, hazardous environments, including hot, dark, tightly enclosed spaces that are further aggravated by fatigue flashing lights, sirens and other distractions. o The worker must have the ability to communicate (give and comprehend verbal orders) while wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA under conditions of high background noise, poor visibility and drenching from hose lines and/or fixed protection systems (sprinklers). o The worker is frequently subject to functioning as an integral component of a team, where sudden incapacitation of a member can result in mission failure or in risk of injury or death to civilians or other team members. o The worker must maintain a level of physical fitness to meet WFD Department standards.
This job description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required. City management has exclusive rights to alter this job description at any time without notice. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise.

Job Description Acknowledgement
Firefighter City of Waco, TX 5 of 5 I verify that I have received a copy of my job description by the signature below. As an employee of the City of Waco, I understand the duties and responsibilities assigned to me. Furthermore, I understand that the duties listed above are guidelines and will change over time, as necessary. From time to time, I understand that I may be asked to perform duties and handle responsibilities that are not specifically addressed in my job description.

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