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Employer: City of Ottawa
Job Title: Firefighter/EMT-B
Salary: $13.89 Hourly

Job Description:

Position Title:           Firefighter/EMT-B

Department:             Fire

Position Summary: Duties of the Firefighter/EMT include protection of life and property by combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires, as well as providing EMT care where needed. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the supervising officer, but requires thorough individual understanding of firefighting methods and EMT duties.

How to Apply:            Complete On-Line Application at www.HRePartners.com.

Date Opened:             February 12, 2018

Date Closed:               March 11, 2018

Hours:                         24 Hour Shifts; 212 hours every 28 days/2756 hours per year.

Pay Range:                 Grade 10F      

          $13.89 -$20.13 per hour depending on qualifications.

Additional Starting Pay Incentives:

  • 2% Associate’s Degree
  • 4% Bachelor’s Degree
  • 7% Master’s Degree

Written Testing:        March 14, 2018 at 8:00am         Firehouse #1, 720 W. 2nd

Certifications:  In order to be admitted to testing every applicant MUST PROVIDE CURRENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION, PROOF OF CURRENT Kansas or National EMT Certification and FF I – FF II (IFSAC) or Proboard.  No exceptions will be made.

Automatic Disqualifiers:  Applicants who fail the written entrance examination are allowed to re-apply during the next recruitment process; however, applicants who fail the written entrance examination a total of two (2) times consecutively are not eligible to re-apply for a period of two (2) years from the date of the last examination attempt.

Applicants that are successful in the panel interview will proceed to a Chief’s interview.  If the applicant is not selected for hire, that applicant is not eligible for a Firefighter/EMT position with the City of Ottawa for a period of two (2) years from the date of the Chief’s interview.

Applicants selected for the one (1) year eligibility list will be contacted if a position opens within that one year time frame.  If an applicant is interested in a position at that time, they will be asked to come in for another Chief’s interview.  If the applicant is not successful after the Chief’s interview, that applicant will not be eligible for a Firefighter/EMT position for two (2) years from the date of the last Chief’s interview.

Residency Requirements: Regular part-time and regular full-time employees shall, within one year of date of hire, establish and maintain residency within Franklin County or within a driving distance of 35 miles of the Ottawa City Hall, AND within the state of Kansas.

Additional Information:  High School Diploma or GED is required.  Requires a valid Kansas driver’s license and insurable by the City’s insurance carrier.  Must possess and maintain throughout employment a Kansas or National EMT or higher certification and complete all other assigned trainings.

The City of Ottawa conducts background checks and drug screening on all potential candidates.

Anyone with a disability who needs a reasonable accommodation related to a selection process is requested to contact the Human Resources Department at 785-229-3634 at least two days prior to the scheduled test or interview.

The City of Ottawa is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.



Job Title                               Firefighter-EMT B

Department                          Fire

Reports To                           Fire Captain

FLSA Status                        Non-Exempt (eligible for overtime pay)

Salary Grade                       10F

Retirement                           KP&F

OSHA                                  Confined Space, Bloodborne Pathogens, Hazard Communication

Last Update                        April 2015                                              

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subject to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.


Duties of the Firefighter/EMT include protection of life and property by combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires, as well as providing EMS care where needed. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the supervising officer, but requires thorough individual understanding of firefighting methods and EMT duties.

Essential Job Functions

  • Receive and respond quickly to all calls for service.
  • Extinguish fires and respond to hazardous material emergencies.
  • Remove persons from danger and provide appropriate medical care; complying with established medical protocols.
  • Operate nozzles, hand fire extinguishers, hand tools, and other equipment as necessary to fight fires, affect rescue, and provide emergency medical care.
  • Perform maintenance on department building, apparatus, and tools to ensure cleanliness and proper working order.
  • Perform technical and specialty work in arson investigation, public education, building inspections, and related functions as time and training permits.
  • Participate in formal and phase-intensive training and instruction sessions in firefighting methods, basic life support, and other Fire Department activities.

Ancillary Job Functions

  • Comply with all City ordinances and policies, as well as federal laws, state laws and ordinances.
  • Assist other departments and perform other related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience – An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • EMT certification.
  • Firefighter 1 & 2 certification.
  • Some prior firefighting and/or emergency services experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities which may be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those commonly associated with this position.

  • Ability to perform specialized firefighting and supervisory duties, respond to emergencies, render aid to citizens, and utilize all firefighting equipment with a degree of skill.
  • Ability to cooperate with others and to accept the lines of authority.
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods, principles, and practices of modern firefighting.
  • Thorough knowledge of the geographies of the City of Ottawa.
  • Ability to acquire knowledge of modern firefighting methods, hydraulics, fire ground techniques, first aid, and related matters.
  • Ability to make technical and tactical decisions in high-priority situations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with other employees, City officials, business entities, and the general public.
  • Ability to effectively organize and prioritize work as well as concentrate on multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work under general supervision and make responsible decisions.
  • Ability to use good judgment and think quickly and rationally in difficult or stressful situations.

Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.

  • May be required to work in confined spaces, hazardous traffic conditions, or high/dangerous places.
  • May be exposed to wet/humid conditions, inclement outdoor weather, vibration, extreme temperatures, oils, airborne particles/fumes, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, potentially hazardous bodily fluids, or potentially hazardous or cancer-causing agents/chemicals.
  • May be required to wear a respirator.

Physical Abilities commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below 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 essential functions.

  • Must meet the requirements of the City’s physical examination for firefighters.
  • Must be able to pass the bi-annually required physical agility tests administered by the department.
  • Must be able to talk, hear, feel attributes of objects, grasp, push, stand, walk, drive, reach with hands/arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, balance, and operate mechanical equipment.
  • Must be able to have repetitive wrist/hand/finger movement and manual dexterity.
  • Must have precise hand-eye coordination, clarity of vision, three-dimensional vision, and ability to identify/distinguish colors.
  • Must be able to lift 100 or more pounds.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.


Vacancy Number: ott02122018-01

Open Date: 2/12/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 3/11/2018 11:59:59 PM