GENERAL DEFINITION AND CONDITIONS OF WORK:
Performs emergency medical services and other functions of emergency services; does related work as required. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Captain, or Senior Firefighter/Paramedic. Much of the work is performed under emergency conditions and frequently involves considerable personal hazard.
Requires the exertion of 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects, and some heavy work requiring the exertion of 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, balancing, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, and repetitive motions; vocal communication is required for conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly; hearing is required to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; visual acuity is required for depth perception, night vision, peripheral vision, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, operation of machines, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to extreme heat, noise, vibration, hazards, atmospheric conditions and oils. The worker may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TYPICAL TASKS:
Responds to emergency fire, medical related and hazardous materials situations; provides medical care and rescue services; maintains equipment and facilities; continues training and instruction; performs emergency medical duties.
- Responds to alarms and assists in the suppression of fires, including medical, rehab and cleanup;
- Responds to emergency medical calls, operates equipment and transports victims to emergency care facility;
- Examines and evaluates patient’s medical condition to determine appropriate treatment and life saving procedures;
- Provides patient care and administers advance life support techniques and treatment;
- Communicates descriptive patient information to authorized emergency room personnel, to obtain orders for administering advanced procedures; makes presentations on emergency services for interested parties;
- Assists in maintaining all apparatus and equipment and cleaning fire station and grounds;
- Participates in continuing training and instruction program, by individual study of technical material and attendance at scheduled drills and classes;
- Inspects, cleans and maintains medical equipment and all other related equipment; May serve as relief driver and equipment operator if qualified;
- Conducts station tours and provides school demonstrations; and performs related tasks as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, techniques and equipment required for performing emergency medical treatment and specialized cardiac treatment; general knowledge of firefighting techniques and procedures, as applied to fire suppression; general knowledge of the street system and physical layout of the City; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to communicate orally and in writing; ability to understand and maintain effective working relationships with fellow associates and the general public; possession of physical endurance and agility.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Two years of college, or an Associate’s degree, in fire science, emergency medical services or related fields, and at least one year of experience as a Firefighter, or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
A driver's license valid in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Certification as an EMT-P or EMT-I, ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, AMLS, , BLS and Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, is required. Must meet and maintain all department, State and Federal training requirements for position.