The City of Tontitown Fire Department is hiring for a Full Time Firefighter.

Job Description:
Classification Responsibilities: Firefighters perform public safety work involving the protection of life and property by fight fires, responding to emergency incidents, using Emergency Medical Services (EMS) skills, and engaging in fire code enforcement, public education, and station and equipment maintenance activities. This class is responsible for performing related duties as required. Firefighters are required to work 24-hour shifts on a 48/96 schedule.

Work at the fire station and scenes of fires is inspected in progress and upon completion by fire administration and is normally performed under close supervision in accordance with well-defined procedures.

A firefighter may act as a Fire Engineer or Fire Captain on a relief or training basis.

Minimum qualifications(s) required: Must meet the qualifications and special requirements for Firefighter with a minimum of Firefighter one and two completion. Emergency Medical Technician certification must be obtained within the 1st year of employment.

Special requirement(s):  Must possess a valid Arkansas Driver’s License.

Substance Abuse Testing: Due to the safety and/or security sensitive nature of this classification, individuals shall be subject to pre-employment or pre-placement alcohol, drug, and/or controlled substance testing as outlined in City Policy and Procedures.

Preferred/Desirable Qualifications: Coursework toward an associate degree in Fire Science or Fire Science Technology from a regionally accredited college or university is preferred. Bilingual in Spanish is desirable.

Essential Functions:
Communication: Communicates with the general public and other City employees in performing community service and public education activities/ conducting business inspections, presenting public safety training classes, participating in school programs, answering questions, delivering emergency care, and ensuring patient needs. Produces written reports to document technical and legal matters.

Manual/Physical: Responds to emergency incidents, fights fires, and utilizes either basic life support (BLS) or advanced life support (ALS) and/or paramedic skills. Uses firefighting equipment, including fire hoses or apparatus at emergency incidents. Assists in advancing hose lines and making hydrant connections. Direct water streams on fires. Administers emergency first aid to injured persons.

Operates the following: Hydraulic or pneumatic rescue equipment to rescue trapped or endangered persons and to force entry into locked vehicles or structures’ fire apparatus during fire suppression activities; and motor vehicles (automobile and fire apparatus) requiring a standard Arkansas driver’s license to perform regular and emergency firefighting duties. Uses pry tools and pike poles to enter vehicles or structures. Uses common hand tools to overhaul a fire scene and perform routine fire apparatus maintenance duties. Performs searches and rescues inside burning buildings.

Moves dirt and burned building debris to rescue trapped or endangered persons and to overhaul burned out structures. Moves heavy objects (up to 185 pounds or more) including 5’ fire hoses, EMS equipment, salvage equipment, smoke ejectors, trauma boxes, and body boards for short distances (150 feet or less) with the assistance of an aid, in performing firefighting and related duties. Ventilates burning buildings by opening windows and holes in roofs and floors. Positions and climbs ladders to gain access to upper building levels. Works in small, cramped areas when rescuing trapped, endangered, or injured people. Digs up ground to fight brush fires and rescues trapped person from cave-ins.

Detects the Following:
Natural gas leaks, traffic sounds, sounds of impending building collapse, alarms, sirens, calls for assistance, and other audible signs of alarm or warning in emergency situations. Enters data into a personal computer to document incidents and reports. Wears personal protective equipment weighing approximately 70 pounds: in high humidity (up to 100 percent) situations while wearing personal protective equipment that significantly impairs body colling; in environments with extreme temperature fluctuations (400+ degrees Fahrenheit); and relies on self-contained breathing apparatus for respiratory ventilation. Inspects alarm and fire controls systems for compliance with fire code enforcement standards. Inspects buildings for compliance with the UFC (uniform fire Code), fire prevention ordinances, etc. Distinguishes colors to identify National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 704 System (Hazardous materials), and fire chemicals by smoke color. Works with cleaning fluids, chemicals, insecticides, and similar solutions using routine and nonroutine protective equipment to mitigate hazardous materials incidents. Works in a variety of weather conditions. Cleans and maintains fire department buildings, apparatus, and grounds. Uses appropriate Personal Protection Equipment, including a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), while performing tasks in environments that may be immediately dangerous to life (IDLH atmospheres). Meets scheduling and attendance requirements.

Knowledge of:

  • Firefighting methods and modern fire prevention practices.
  • The Uniform Fire Code and the procedures involved in inspections.
  • Emergency Medical Methods and Procedures.
  • Overhaul and salvage operations
  • Skill in the operation and care of fire apparatus and equipment

Ability to:

  • Learn heavy motorized firefighting equipment operation and a variety of methods and tasks in firefighting, fire prevention, and related activities.
  • Function effectively in emergency situations.
  • Engage in moderate to strenuous physical activity and work long hours under emotional stress during emergency situations.
  • Participate in fire drills and physical fitness programs and comply with department medical and fitness requirements.
  • Learn the street system and physical layout of Tontitown.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, co-works, supervisors, and the general public.

The duties listed above are intended only as a general illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. Specific statements of duties not included does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Job descriptions are subject to change by the City as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change.

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