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Job Specification

FIRE FIGHTER


DEFINITION

During an assigned tour of duty, extinguishes fires; performs rescue
operations; aids in emergency situations involving hazardous or toxic
materials; administers emergency medical treatment; maintains all
related equipment, buildings and grounds; does related work.

NOTE:The examples of work for this title are for 
illustrative purposes only.  A particular position using this title may 
not perform all duties listed in this job specification.  
Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

NOTE: Appointments may be made to positions requiring 
bilingual skills.

05959 - Bilingual in Spanish and English
SPECIAL SKILL
Applicants must be able to read, write, speak, understand, or 
communicate in Spanish and English sufficiently to perform 
the duties of this position.


EXAMPLES OF WORK:

Attends daily roll call and briefing.

Extricates victims from entrapment.

Performs rescue operations such as searching for victims, 
identifying searched areas, and guiding or carrying victims.

Aids victims at scene of emergency by administering emergency 
medical treatment such as first aid, CPR or EMT treatment.

May request advice from hospital physician or emergency department.

Radios the dispatcher for additional help if needed.

Reports to the dispatcher the nature and extent of injuries to ensure
prompt medical care on arrival.

Prepares victims for transportation in an ambulance.

May be required to transport victims to hospital or other 
emergency treatment facility.

Loads and unloads equipment.

Selects best route to scene of emergency.

Drives and maneuvers fire apparatus for optimal firefighting position.

Maintains radio communications with emergency personnel 
and relays information to facilitate firefighting and rescue operations.

Identifies fire source and type and anticipates fire behavior.

Searches for indications of fire cause and protects this evidence 
for later scrutiny.

Interviews persons at scene of fire and writes down responses.

Shuts off utilities at fire scene.

Lays and connects hose to hydrants, standpipes, and intake 
and discharge valves.

Directs water stream at or as near as possible to source of 
fire or other target to extinguish fire or to cool given target, 
and to prevent ignition.

Transports tools, equipment, and/or people by specialized 
rope harnesses.

Performs preparatory operations for the delivery of water to 
discharge lines and determines required pump pressure to 
provide appropriate pressure.

Replaces and/or makes temporary repairs to damaged hoses 
and other apparatus.

Locates and exposes hidden structural fires.

Raises, lowers, positions and stabilizes straight ladders, 
aerial ladders or basket trucks.

Operates master stream appliance or deluge gun.

Operates portable generating equipment.

Identifies and removes, or provides special protection from, 
flammable or hazardous materials.

Removes or reinforces weakened structural parts.

Secures or covers openings created by fire or firefighters.

Removes water and pumps out flooded buildings and structures 
to prevent potential health and safety hazards and further 
structural damage.

Covers or removes petroleum products on roadway to reduce 
fire hazard and slippery road conditions.

Tours site and notes locations of firefighting resources, corridors,
exits, and hazardous materials.

Makes periodic inspections and issues citations to ensures 
compliance with safety regulations.

Maintains records and files.

Processes telephone and box alarms and determines nature 
of emergency, alarm box nearest the scene, and company 
responsibilities; records information.

Monitors radio frequencies and relays relevant information.

Maintains daily log of all house activities, such as time and 
nature of alarms, units responding, arrival and departure times, 
names of visitors, time and nature of phone calls, and time and 
nature of any unusual events.

Inspects and inventories equipment such as first aid supplies, 
foam supply, batteries, and hand tools, and prepares replacement 
or repair lists.

Promotes community fire prevention activities such as conducting 
and timing school fire drills, demonstrating apparatus at schools,
parades, and other community events, serves as resource person.

Explains firefighting activities and fire prevention practices.

Maintains and makes minor repairs to firehouse and grounds 
and performs typical household tasks.

Maintains apparatus, tools, equipment, and protective gear in 
proper working order and satisfactory condition.

Maintains and performs minor repairs on fire vehicles.

Checks all tools and equipment on fire apparatus at start of 
shift and on return to quarters from emergency.

Inspects and maintains air pack, hoses and other fire apparatus.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and information systems used by 
the agency, office, or related units.


REQUIREMENTS:

     EDUCATION:

Graduation from high school, vocational high school, or 
possession of an approved high school equivalency certificate.

     AGE:

Not less than 18 nor more than 35 years of age at the announced
closing date for filing applications for the position.  In determining 
maximum age eligibility of veterans, time spent in active military 
service during periods specified in the Department of Personnel 
laws and rules will be deducted from the attained age.  

     NOTE: When applicants have reached their 
35th birthday, they are considered to be over 35 years old.  
Age limits are based on the announced closing date for filing 
Department of Personnel applications.

     NOTE: In accordance with NJSA 40A:14-45, 
following is an exception to the 35 year age limit.

Applicants who are qualified firefighters having served in a 
volunteer fire company or force of the municipality for at least 
two (2) years preceding appointment may be not less than 21 
years of age, nor more than 40 years of age.

     CITIZENSHIP:

Must be a citizen of the United States.

     LICENSE:

Appointees must complete a firefighting training program 
approved by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, 
Division of Fire Safety, within the timeframe specified by the 
Appointing Authority.  Appointees are not permitted to participate 
in firefighting activities prior to completion of this training.

For some jurisdictions, once appointed, employees may be required
to successfully complete an approved Emergency Medical Technician
Program and maintain certification while employed as a Fire Fighter.

For some jurisdictions, once appointed, employees may be required
to successfully complete CPR training and maintain a certification from 
the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association while 
employed as a Fire Fighter.

Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in 
New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee 
mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.

     MEDICAL EXAMINATION:

As a prerequisite for appointment, appointees may be required 
to pass a thorough medical and psychiatric examination to be 
administered by the appointing authority. Any psychological, 
medical, or physical condition or defect which would prevent 
efficient performance of the duties of the position, cause the 
appointee to be a hazard to himself/herself or others, or 
become aggravated as a result of performance of these 
duties will be cause for rejection.


KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Ability to use and maintain firefighting equipment and to learn 
the theory necessary for effective firefighting and equipment 
operation, after a period of training.

Ability to apply basic techniques of fighting fires, after a period 
of training.

Ability to perform strenuous physical activities such as 
lifting heavy firefighting equipment, climbing standard and 
aerial ladders, lifting, and carrying people and equipment 
for rescue and salvage.

Ability to work under conditions of heavy physical exertion in 
extreme heat and dust, in high and confined areas and smoke 
filled spaces, and in all kinds of weather, and to maintain physical 
activity for prolonged periods of time.

Ability to understand and apply principles of emergency medical 
and first aid treatment after a period of training.

Ability to administer first aid, CPR and other emergency medical 
care, after a period of training.

Ability to prioritize emergency medical treatment needs, after 
a period of training.

Ability to understand and apply techniques used to administer
pulmonary and cardiac resuscitation, after a period of training.

Ability to understand and apply techniques used to administer 
oxygen, after a period of training.

Ability to apply appropriate emergency treatment depending 
on the patient's condition, after a period of training.

Ability to think clearly and to apply knowledge under stressful 
conditions and to handle more than one task at a time.

Ability to remain calm in emergency situations.

Ability to establish rapport with patients.

Ability to understand and carry out instructions.

Ability to record information in written form.

Ability to function independently and without direct 
supervision.

Ability to work closely with people, including functioning 
as a team member, and to exercise tact or diplomacy and 
display compassion, understanding, and patience.

Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
manual recording and information systems used by the 
agency, office, or related units.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate 
in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. 
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered 
as acceptable forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as 
long as they can perform the essential functions of the job 
after reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations.
If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause 
the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code(s) which
are different work week or work month and/or variants of the job class title:
Job
Spec
Code
VariantState,
Local or
Common
Class of
Service
Work
Week
State
Class
Code
Local
Class
Code
Salary
Range
Note
01839LC N/A00-
05959Bilingual In Spanish And EnglishLC N/A00-

This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

11/2/2007