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Part-Time Firefighter/EMT

at City of Onalaska, WI

Posted: 6/20/2020
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: 2721049

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Essential & Related Job Functions

Requires a Minimum of  20% Response to Calls When Available and
a Minimum of 70% Attendance to Required Meetings and Training.

Under the general direction and leadership of the Fire Chief, employees in this position have a primary duty to respond to medical, fire, hazardous material, and other disaster type emergencies.  This position requires flexibility and physical stamina in order to provide the needed services during sustained emergency operations.  When not responding to emergencies, this position requires that fire prevention, public education, and pre-incident response duties shall be performed to maintain the department's ready-to-serve status at all times.  Employees under this classification perform firefighter and first responder services as needed within the areas served by the Onalaska Fire Department.  Attendance is required for training and maintenance of active status of the Onalaska Fire Department.
Any one position may not include all the duties listed, nor do the examples listed include all the duties that may be found in this position.

A.     Responds to Fire Calls and EMS emergencies and provide pre-hospital care in accordance with State, County, and City of Onalaska protocols; demonstrates knowledge and understanding of, and compliance with, all Onalaska Fire Department policies and procedures.
B.      Responds to all other emergency/service calls when on duty (unless specifically ordered not to by an Officer or when on another call) and performs services required of the call.
C.      Performs scheduled periodic maintenance checks and testing according to department guidelines of all Fire and EMT vehicles and equipment (SCBA, personal protective equipment, AEDs, thermal imaging camera (TIC), radios and pagers, small engines, vehicles and fire hoses).
D.     Repairs, photographs, reports and documents maintenance items or safety problem deficiencies to supervisor.
E.      Assists with public education programs and participates in other activities related to promoting fire prevention, fire safety, community risk reduction, and first aid.
F.       Maintains and enhances minimum EMS, Fire, and National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) certifications as directed by supervisor.?  Attends meetings, drills and training as required; 70% minimum attendance required.
G.      Attends special drills as needed.
H.      Responds to calls on a 24-hour basis, based on the department's established call-back policy; requires minimum of 20% attendance for call backs when available (not working or out of town). 
I.       Maintains assigned equipment as trained. 

  1. Completes all special assignments, projects and investigations as assigned or required.
  2. Contributes to a cooperative working effort by demonstrating a willingness to perform other job-related work, as needed or requested.  The interdependency of operations is recognized and the abilities and skills exist to do other work as needed or requested.  Assistance is given to others and special projects completed as scheduled or requested. 
  3. Other duties as required or assigned.

Requirements of Work (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  1. Basic computer knowledge and skills to include Excel and Microsoft Word. Ability to operate a variety of office and communication equipment such as: computers, copy machine, calculator, fax machine, mobile data terminals (MDT), radio, pager, telephone, and mobile phone.
  2. Ability to deal with the public in an effective and professional manner, protecting individual's rights and human dignity.
  3. Ability to think clearly and decisively in the application of firefighter and emergency medical technician duties and to take appropriate action as the situation dictates.
  4. Ability to understand and execute complex oral and written instructions, ability to communicate orally and in writing in an effective and efficient manner, and the ability to effectively use interpersonal communication.
  5. Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle all calls for service with confidentiality and respect; maintaining calls for services separately from all social media aspects.
  6. Ability to handle potentially hazardous and/or stressful situations in an effective and efficient manner.
  7. Ability to work independently of direct supervision in an effective and efficient manner.
  8. Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the emotional state of victims/patients and relatives of deceased, seriously injured or seriously ill persons.
  9. Ability to accept and follow direction, as well as work within the chain of command.
  10. Ability to exhibit good judgment in resolving conflicts among individuals and groups internal and external to the organization.
  11. Ability to demonstrate and exemplify personal characteristics of professionalism; ability to be held to a higher standard than that of the general public.
  12. Knowledge and skill of how to operate safely and effectively vehicles: automobiles, light struck (pick-up), heavy truck (fire truck), and boats.
  13. Knowledge and skill of how to use departmental apparatus/equipment: first aid equipment, oxygen, electronic monitoring equipment, patient transport apparatus (stokes basket, stretcher, etc.), etc.
  14. Excellent communication skills; able to clearly express ideas both orally and in writing.
  15. Compliance with the City of Onalaska and the Onalaska Fire Department policies and procedures as well as related State and Federal regulations and industry standards.
  16. Ability to maintain a professional demeanor; calmly approach and solve problems under stressful circumstances; maintain and promote harmony in the workplace; concentrate for extended periods of time; and be flexible.

Training, Experience & Other Requirements

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. High School diploma or equivalent required.
  3. Must establish residency in the Onalaska Fire District or within a minimum driving distance of 15 miles from the City of Onalaska jurisdictional boundaries upon hire of a position.
  4. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license with good driving record and demonstrate knowledge and compliance with all State laws pertaining to the safe operation of an emergency vehicle.
  5. Must be able to work within the policies and procedures of the Department.
  6. Must successfully complete a department-sponsored Firefighter I course within 1 year, if not already possessed.
  7. Must successfully complete a department-sponsored Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) and/or course within 2 years; as a minimum, must maintain EMT-B certification.
  8. Must be able to successfully complete a physical exam including drug screen and background investigation, upon conditional acceptance of job offer.  (Physical exam to be paid for by the City.)

Physical Requirements

The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
A.  Manual Dexterity:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to coordinate hands, eyes, feet and limbs in performing skilled and semi-skilled movements such as operation of fire and EMT vehicles and equipment, computer keyboard, radio, GPS system, telephone, and office equipment.
B.  Physical Effort:  The employee is frequently required to exert light to heavy physical effort in sedentary and light to medium work involving lifting, carrying, pushing, walking, standing, reaching with hands and arms, climbing, balancing, walking, running, stooping, kneeling or crouching.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move 25 to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds or greater. Specific vision abilities required include close and distant vision, the ability to adjust focus and the ability to see color.
C.  Working Conditions:  The noise level in the work environment is moderately quiet to loud.  The work environment is normally in a vehicle or building and may consist of varied climate conditions.  Frequently the employee is required to be outdoors for periods of time and therefore subject to varying weather conditions, for purposes of accomplishing the essential functions of the job.