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Employer: Arkansas City
Division: Fire/EMS
Job Title: Firefighter/Paramedic
Salary: $40646.00 Annually


Job Description:

FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC

(Fire/EMS  Department)

Duties of this full-time position include protecting life and property by engaging directly in firefighting, emergency care and fire prevention.  Maintains fire/EMS equipment, apparatus and facilities. Work may involve considerable physical exertion and hazards to health and safety.  Will be trained to participate in firefighting duties in rotation with EMS duties .

Must possess Kansas Certified Paramedic license and CPR certification at time of employment.   Candidates must possess a high school diploma/acceptable equivalent and a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record as determined by the employer.

The successful applicant must pass post-offer, pre-employment drug/alcohol screens along with physical capacity profile and background checks.

Beginning Annualized Base Range: $40,646 - $55,013

(Firefighter/Paramedics work 24 hour shifts.  Annualized compensation does not include Overtime and Premium Pay)

The City of Arkansas City provides an excellent benefits package including family health and dental insurance, life insurance and KP&F retirement benefits.

Applications accepted until position is filled.

EOE/ADA

 

CITY OF ARKANSAS CITY

FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC (FF/PARA) JOB DESCRIPTION

Department:               Fire/EMS                                                                                 Pay Range:  26F

Division:                       None                                                                                        Location:     Fire-EMS Department

FLSA:                             Hourly, 7(k) Exemption                                  

Work Shift:                  Generally 24 hour shifts/more possible                 

Work Status:               Full-Time

PCP Level:                    3 - Medium Work

KPERS:                          KPF Covered Position                                                                                                        

Residency:                   None

Response Time:         20 Min                                                                                                                                               

Cell Allowance:          Yes

 

City Manager Signature:          (On File)                                                                                    Date Approved:  1/24/2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Protects life and property by engaging directly in firefighting, emergency care, hazardous materials, and fire prevention.  Maintains fire/EMS equipment, apparatus, and facilities. Work may involve considerable physical exertion and hazards to health and safety.  This employee primarily reports to a Fire/Lieutenant then Fire/EMS Captain but, during an emergency incident, this employee engages in chain of command and reports to the incident commander or the designated sector commander.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general guidance and direction of the Fire/EMS Lieutenant.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Although not supervisory in nature, employee may assist to coordinate, instruct or supervise the work of new employees, as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Essential functions of the job may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Performs firefighting activities including driving fire apparatus, operating pumps and related equipment, laying hose, and performing fire combat, containment and extinguishment tasks.

  • Performs emergency aid activities such as administering basic and/or advanced life support and providing other assistance at fires, vehicle accidents, hazardous materials incidents and other emergency situations.

  • Participates in fire drills, attends classes in firefighting, emergency medical, hazardous materials, and related subjects.

  • Receives and relays fire calls and alarms.  Operates radio and other communication equipment.

  • Participates in the inspection of buildings, hydrants, and other structures in fire prevention programs.

  • Performs general maintenance work in the upkeep of facilities and equipment; cleans and washes walls and floors; cares for grounds around station; makes minor repairs; washes, hangs and dries hose; washes, cleans, polishes, maintains and tests apparatus and equipment.

  • Assists in developing plans for special assignments such as emergency preparedness, hazardous communications, training programs, firefighting, hazardous materials, and emergency aid activities.

  • Presents programs to the community on safety, medical, and fire prevention topics.

  • Performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water, and removing debris.

  • Maintains contact with general public, department officers and other City officials in the performance of fire department activities.

    NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Attends conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field; represents the City Fire/EMS department in a variety of local, county, state and other meetings.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

    REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Considerable knowledge of modern fire suppression and prevention and Emergency Medical Services principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment; considerable knowledge of basic and/or advanced life support techniques as demonstrated through Kansas Paramedic certification; considerable knowledge of building, electrical, mechanical and fire codes; considerable knowledge of inspection techniques; thorough knowledge of Arkansas City geography (i.e. streets; hydrants, buildings locations, etc.)

  • Skill in the operation of the tools and equipment listed below.

  • Ability to apply firefighting, emergency medical care, hazardous materials, and fire prevention techniques.

  • Ability to perform strenuous or peak physical effort during emergency, training or station maintenance activities for prolonged periods of time under conditions involving extreme heights, intense heat, cold or smoke.

  • Ability to act effectively in emergency and stressful situations; ability to follow verbal and written instructions; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the general public; ability to meet special requirements.

  • Considerable knowledge of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) incident command system.

  • Knowledge of fire protection methods and related City Ordinances.

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • High School diploma or acceptable equivalent.

  • Coursework in fire science or medical studies. College or university course work in medical studies, business, health administration, public administration or related field

  • Any combination of the above as determined appropriate by the employer.

CERTIFICATION(S) AND LICENSE(S)

  • Must possess or be able to obtain within one (1) year of employment a valid Class B Non-commercial driver’s license with a safe driving record as determined by the employer.

  • Must possess and maintain a current Kansas Paramedic license and CPR certification at time of employment.

    PRE- EMPLOYMENT TESTING

    Components of the following pre-employment testing will be conducted and successfully completed by the employee:

  • Criminal history background checks.

  • Physical Capacity Profile – Level 3.

  • Drug screen.

  • Alcohol testing.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT AND CONDITIONS

    The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Work is performed primarily in office, vehicle and outdoor settings, in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night shifts. Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations.  Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, including smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils.  The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in high precarious places, and occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, airborne particles, toxic/caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.  The noise level in office settings is normally quiet; in the work environment it is usually moderate, except during certain firefighting or EMS activities when noise levels may be loud to very loud.

    ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL FUNCTIONS

    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.

Must meet Level 3 in Department of Labor’s Dictionary of Titles – Medium Work exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly.

  • Performing fire-fighting tasks (e.g., hoseline 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 while wearing personal protective ensembles and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), including working in extremely hot or cold environments for prolonged time periods.

  • Wearing an SCBA, which includes a demand valve-type positive-pressure facepiece or HEPA filter masks, which requires the ability to tolerate increased respiratory workloads.

  • Exposure to toxic fumes, irritants, particulates, biological (infectious) and nonbiological hazards, and/or heated gases, despite the use of personal protective ensembles and SCBA.

  • Climbing five or more flights of stairs while wearing fire protective ensemble weighing at least 50 lb (22.6 kg) or more and carrying equipment/tools weighing an additional 20 to 40 lb (9 to 18 kg).

  • Wearing fire protective ensemble that is encapsulating and insulated, which will result in significant fluid loss that frequently progresses to clinical dehydration and can elevate core temperature to levels exceeding 102.2 degrees F.

  • Searching, finding, and rescue-dragging or carrying victims ranging newborns up to adults weighing over 200 lb (90kg) to safety despite hazardous conditions and low visibility.

  • Advancing water-filled hoselines up to 2 ½ in. (65 mm) in diameter from fire apparatus to occupancy [approximately 150 ft (50 m)], which can involve negotiating multiple flights of stairs, ladders, and other obstacles.

  • Climbing ladders, operating from heights, walking or crawling in the dark along narrow and uneven surfaces, and operating in proximity to electrical power lines and/or other hazards.

  • 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.

  • Critical, time-sensitive, complex problem solving during physical exertion in stressful, hazardous environments, including hot, dark, tightly enclosed spaces, that is further aggravated by fatigue, flashing lights, sirens, and other distractions.

  • 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 hoselines and/or fixed protection systems (sprinklers).

LIFTING

Maximum Force

None

Limited

(0-1 hour)

Occasional

(1-3 hours)

Frequent

(3-6 hours)

Constant

(6-8 hours)

Objects

01-10lbs.

(Sedentary)

 

 

 

 

x

Tools, fire-related equipment, EMS equipment, shop supplies, vehicle parts, office supplies and equipment, files, notebooks, laptop and papers.

11-20lbs.

(Light)

 

 

 

x

 

Tools, fire-related equipment, EMS equipment, shop supplies, vehicle parts, office supplies and equipment.

21-50lbs.

(Medium)

 

 

 

x

 

Tools, fire-related equipment, EMS equipment, shop supplies, vehicle parts, office equipment.

51-100lbs.

(Heavy)

 

 

x

 

 

EMS patients, shop equipment, tools, EMS and fire-related equipment, vehicle parts.

100 + lbs.

(Very Heavy)

 

 

x

 

 

EMS patients, shop equipment, tools, EMS and fire-related equipment, vehicle parts.

CARRYING

Maximum Force

None

Limited

(0-1 hour)

Occasional

(1-3 hours)

Frequent

(3-6 hours)

Constant

(6-8 hours)

Maximum Distance Carried

01-10lbs.

(Sedentary)

 

 

 

x

 

500 feet

11-20lbs.

(Light)

 

 

 

x

 

500 feet

21-50lbs.

(Medium)

 

 

 

x

 

500 feet

51-100lbs.

(Heavy)

 

 

 

x

 

500 feet

100 + lbs.

(Very Heavy)

 

 

x

 

 

200 feet

PUSHING/PULLING

Maximum Force

None

Limited

(0-1 hour)

Occasional

(1-3 hours)

Frequent

(3-6 hours)

Constant

(6-8 hours)

Maximum Distance Moved

01-10lbs.

(Sedentary)

 

 

x

 

 

Can be more than 50 feet

11-20lbs.

(Light)

 

 

x

 

 

Can be more than 50 feet

21-50lbs.

(Medium)

 

 

x

 

 

Can be more than 50 feet

51-100lbs.

(Heavy)

 

 

x

 

 

Up to 500 feet

100 + lbs.

(Very Heavy)

 

 

x

 

 

Up to 500 feet

REACHING

 

None

Limited

(0-1 hour)

Occasional

(1-3 hours)

Frequent

(3-6 hours)

Constant

(6-8 hours)

Comments

Total Reaching

 

 

 

 

x

 

Below waist

 

 

 

x

 

 

Waist to Shoulder

 

 

 

x

 

 

Overhead

 

 

x

 

 

 

OTHER PHYSICAL DEMANDS

 

None

Limited

(0-1 hour)

Occasional

(1-3 hours)

Frequent

(3-6 hours)

Constant

(6-8 hours)

Comments

Sitting

 

x

 

 

 

 

Standing

 

 

 

 

x

 

Walking

 

 

 

 

x

 

Climbing/Balancing (stairs, ladders, other)

 

 

x

 

 

This will be more when engaging in fire and EMS responses.

Operating Foot Controls

 

 

 

x

 

When driving

Rotation of head/neck

 

 

 

x

 

 

Flexion (head bend down & head bend back)

 

 

 

x

 

Bend down to look at documents and keyboard and on Fire and EMS responses.

Bending at the waist

 

 

 

x

 

 

Twisting at the waist

 

 

x

 

 

 

Kneeling

 

 

x

 

 

 

Crouching (squatting)

 

 

 

x

 

 

Crawling

 

 

x

 

 

This will be more when engaging in Fire response.

Lying down (back, side, front)

 

x

 

 

 

 

Handling/grasping

 

 

 

x

 

 

Forceful Gripping

 

 

x

 

 

 

Fine Finger Manipulation

 

 

 

x

 

 

Keyboarding/Mouse

 

 

 

x

 

 

Repetitive motion (multiple manipulation of same muscle group)

 

 

 

x

 

 

High Impact vibratory tools (bucking/riveting)

 

 

x

 

 

 

Low Impact vibratory tools (drilling/sanding)

 

 

x

 

 

 

SEEING

Near Acuity: Required

Far Acuity: Required

Depth Perception: Required

Field of Vision: Required

Color Discrimination:  Required

Note Colors: Full Spectrum

         

HEARING/TALKING

Co-workers and public (in person and telephone). Co-workers with facemask on at fire (environment can be loud).

MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, PARTS USED

Mobile Intensive Care Units, fire apparatus, motor vehicles, fire pumps, hoses, and other standard firefighting equipment, ladders, basic and/or advanced life support equipment, mobile radio, pager, boating and dragging equipment and extrication tools. Personal computer, monitor, computer software, keyboard and mouse.  Radio communication equipment. Fax, scanner, calculator, telephone, intercom, writing utensils and other office equipment. Shop tools and equipment including power tools; EMS equipment (including, but not limited to, cots, monitors, oxygen equipment, extrication equipment); firefighting equipment; rescue equipment; hazardous materials equipment, confined space equipment; water rescue equipment.

ENVIRONMENTAL/ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS

70% Inside

30% Outside

Temperature Extremes: All temperature extremes when outside

Noise Level:

Low:

Moderate: x

High: x (occasionally)

Vibration:  Present

Dust: Present

Odors:  Frequently Present

Fumes:  Frequently Present

Vapors:  Frequently Present

Mists: May be present

Gases: May be present

Chemicals:  May be present

Note Types: All types

Blood Borne Pathogens Present: May be present

                 

COGNITIVE & BEHAVIORAL CAPACITIES

 

Present

Comments:

 

Yes

 

No

Where appropriate: frequency or % of job

COMPREHENSION, REMEMBER & PLAN

 

 

 

Articulate and comprehend information in conversation.

X

 

Frequent basis

Read, comprehend, and use written materials.

X

 

Frequent basis

Use technology/instruments/tools & information systems.

X

 

Frequent basis

Remember spoken instructions.

X

 

Frequent basis

Remember written instructions.

X

 

Frequent basis

Remember visual instructions.

X

 

Frequent basis

Remember simple instructions.

X

 

Frequent basis

Remember detailed instructions.

X

 

Frequent basis

Perform repetitive or short-cycle work.

X

 

Frequent basis

Work under specific instructions.

X

 

Frequent basis

Completed complex tasks.

X

 

Frequent basis

 

 

 

 

ATTENTION & CONCENTRATION

 

 

 

Fine detail:  Regularly deals with data or things requiring attention to minute detail.

X

 

Frequent basis

Interruptions:  Requires quickly resumed attention after multiple interruptions, or ability to easily shift between tasks.

X

 

Frequent basis

Sustained Attention:  Requires unbroken lengthy attention to same/similar tasks.

X

 

Frequent basis

Multitasking:  Job requires ability to attend to more than one activity simultaneously such as typing while answering phones.

X

 

Frequent basis

Visual or aural distractions:  busy, noisy environment making focusing difficult.

X

 

Occasional basis

 

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION

 

 

 

Decision making:  Makes critical decisions potentially affecting costs to company or public safety.($ or lives)

X

 

Frequent

Planning:  Responsible for laying-out and planning sequence of work activity.

X

 

Frequent

Simple, repetitive, short-cycle tasks:  Must frequently

deal with boredom.

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

INFORMATION PROCESSING

 

 

 

Processes highly technical information:  reads, understands and uses complex or highly technical information or computation (calculus, etc.)      

X

 

Frequent

 

Present

Comments:

 

Yes

 

No

Where appropriate: frequency or % of job

Integrating Information: Obtains information (reads, hears) from multiple sources, then must be able to synthesize, integrate, and then utilize the information.

X

 

Frequent basis

High productivity or highly speeded work

Meets expectation for high level of output with little “down-time” between tasks.

X

 

Frequent basis

High level visual-spatial reasoning:  Processes information in graphic form.  Perceives 3 dimensional objects from 2 dimensional representations (drawings plans, etc.).

X

 

Occasional

 

 

 

 

ACADEMIC COMPETENCE

 

 

 

High School or equivalency

X

 

 

Competence beyond H.S.: AD or BD (circle 1)

 

x

 

Graduate level education needed.

How much?  What kind?

 

x

Paramedic Certification

 

 

 

 

PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS

 

 

 

Works alone:  must work independently, with little oversight or supervision and/or contact with others

X

 

Limited basis

Works in close proximity to others:  works in same physical area as others but interaction is either limited or not required.

X

 

Frequent

Frequent &/or extensive interaction with others, such as customers, public or peers (e.g. cashier, receptionist).

X

 

Frequent

Deals with people under adverse circumstances:  deal with people who are angry or confrontational, critiques work of others, gives “bad news” etc.

X

 

Frequent

Deals with people under pressure of time or numbers

X

 

Frequent

Teamwork:  Works as integral part of team, must cooperate with others, divide tasks, integrate output, and put team goals, ideas or plans before ones’ own.

X

 

Constant

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE

 

 

 

Maintain predictable and reliable attendance.

X

 

Constant basis

Be punctual.

X

 

Constant basis

Take rest periods at set times or only times determined by breaks in job responsibilities.

X

 

 

Only as conditions and circumstances allow.

Adjust to a flexible schedule of work days or shifts.

X

 

Limited basis

GENERAL COMMENTS

This job description is intended to identify and illustrate the kinds of duties that may be assigned.  It should not be interpreted as describing all of the duties that may ever be required or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments given.  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 Arkansas City is an At-Will employer



Vacancy Number: 201607

Open Date: 11/16/2016 12:00:00 AM
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