Salary: Firefighter, Staff (#3575)
$27.45-$33.51 hourly / $4,774-$5,828 monthly / Range: 5974
Firefighter, Shift (#3576)
$19.61-$23.94 hourly / $4,774-$5,828 monthly / Range: 5974
DEFINITION: Under supervision, suppresses structural and wildland
fires, responds to medical emergencies and hazardous condition
situations and other types of emergency and public service
incidents; performs fire safety inspections; and performs related
duties as required.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Responds to fires; makes forced entries into grounds or buildings
by climbing walls or fences; cuts locks, chains, hasps, and bolts to
gain entry to locked areas; breaks or cuts doors, windows, walls or
roofs using hand and power tools; and cuts or pries open vehicles,
machinery or collapsed building material to reach fire or to free
2. Assesses potential effect of weather, wind, and humidity at fire
scene; assesses the smell and color of smoke to ascertain materials
burning; locates and operates controls to shut off or control
utilities; receives and follows orders from officer at fire scene;
quickly and thoroughly examines all areas including supporting
surfaces to judge their stability; and observes progress of fire to
anticipate conditions requiring change of firefighting tactics.
3. Carries or drags charged or empty hose lines to fire scene,
around obstacles, or up ladders; inspects charged hose lines and
removes kinks, takes up slack and tightens leaking couplings;
selects and operates appropriate class of fire extinguisher; hoists
hose sections and other equipment; selects appropriate ladder; uses
hose strap to secure ladder to building; ascends and descends aerial
ladder; hoists or lowers tools and equipment from top; and climbs,
works from, and descends ladders carrying people or equipment and
using appropriate safety equipment or procedures.
4. Determines appropriate place to cut ventilation hole at
structural fire; and creates ventilation by opening or forcing doors
and windows, and by cutting or breaking walls and roof using chain
saws and axes with a minimum and necessary force.
5. Notifies occupants to vacate premises and determines safest
evacuation route; stabilizes the surrounding area by controlling
traffic and crowds; calms emotionally distressed or distraught
victims, relatives, and friends, and provides assistance to
displaced or evacuated persons.
6. Protects Fire Department and civilian property from damage by
cutting or boring holes in ceiling or walls, and by removing water
from areas; observes bystanders to protect salvaged property from
theft; removes fire debris; and locates, identifies, and retrieves
fire equipment and apparatus used.
7. Performs rescue operations by moving and carrying heavy objects,
equipment or materials, or by cutting or prying open vehicles to
gain access to or to free trapped victims or bodies; carries or
assists conscious, unconscious, or deceased victims down ladder or
stairs; climbs or crawls through confined spaces; responds to mass
casualty incidents such as air disasters; and performs rescues from
hazardous chemical or gaseous areas.
8. Extinguishes grass fires with various hand tools; constructs fire
lines in brush or wooded areas; chops brush and ground cover for
extended periods of time, using hand tools to clear land or create a
fire break in terrain unsuitable for equipment; transports wildland
firefighting equipment and victims up and down steep slopes.
9. Responds to medical emergency calls by treating a range of
injuries at scene using EMT techniques; administers closed chest
cardiac compression to victims of heart failure; checks pulse and
respiration of victims to determine whether circulation and
respiration are functional; determines priorities for treatment;
operates various medical equipment; determines when a victim should
be moved; moves victim from scene to ambulance; reads labels on
medication containers and medical supplies and selects correct
product based on the specific situation.
10. Inspects commercial heating, cooling, ventilating, and
electrical systems, standpipe and sprinkler systems, fire
extinguishers, and pre-connected fire hoses, fire escapes and
stairways, fire detection and alarm systems; conducts hazardous and
flammable material storage inspections, and recommends corrections
for unsafe conditions or practices; inspects fire exits to ensure
appropriate markings and proper operation; inspects large public
assemblies to detect fire safety hazards; completes inspection
reports; inspects hydrants for damage and tests them for proper
functioning; makes on-site visits to facilities to become familiar
with specific hazards; explains and demonstrates fire prevention
methods and common fire hazards.
11. Interacts with other staff to obtain information regarding
previous shifts activities and changes in equipment status;
maintains cordial relationships with other members of shift under
conditions of monotony and of extreme stress; maintains, inspects,
and inventories equipment; cleans assigned area of fire station and
assists other firefighters by dusting, washing, mopping, and waxing;
straightens up own quarters including changing linens and making own
bed; places firefighting clothes and equipment in readiness;
participates in a program to maintain and improve physical strength
and endurance; reports and prepares for duty on time; maintains
proper attire; displays colors; sleeps in fire station during shift;
answers telephone and gives information to callers; conducts station
tours and rides-along, and demonstrates and explains fire equipment;
and presents fire education programs; completes time sheet.
12. Attends fire related courses, seminars, conferences, and other
non-departmental training; attends departmental training sessions in
station; listens to and participates in discussions and
demonstrations; attends EMT training courses; studies comprehends
firefighting training materials; keeps up-to-date on pertinent
information related to firefighting; studies maps and diagrams of
direct routes, locations of streets, water mains, and hydrants in
station area; observes, participates in, and repeats station drills
and training programs.
13. Recognizes and preserves evidence of arson; observes spectators
at fire scenes to detect suspicious behavior; and during
investigation guards premises where arson is suspected.
1. Possession of a current California State Fire Marshal Fire
Fighter I Certificate or graduation from a California State Fire
Marshal Accredited Fire Academy; and possession of a current
California EMT-1 certificate or California EMT-P license; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides
the required knowledge and abilities.
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.
California Class B-Restricted Driver's License is required within
one year of appointment.
Applicants hired after December 26, 1988 shall be disqualified from
further employment consideration if they use tobacco products in any
form, on or off duty.
Knowledge: basic grammar; and basic math.
Ability to: learn firefighting methods, fire vehicle apparatus and
equipment operation and maintenance, emergency medical procedures,
and rescue operations; understand and apply technical information
regarding hazardous chemicals and gases, and fire prevention rules
and regulations; learn to analyze fire and emergency situations
quickly and accurately and take appropriate action; learn local
geography, roads and water supply systems; learn and follow
departmental rules, regulations and policies; understand and follow
oral and written directions especially during emergencies; speak
clearly and audibly; apply basic mechanical principles such as
leverage, force, acceleration, and friction; establish and maintain
effective working relationships: with superiors and co-workers;
prepare simple reports; maintain good physical condition; and
operate an automobile.
Supplemental Information: Position requires a willingness to: work
in unpleasant, hazardous, and stressful conditions; continue to
learn new materials, concepts, and techniques; perform undesirable,
routine, or monotonous duties; work irregular hours; wear protective
clothing and equipment; complete training programs successfully;
work effectively in confined areas, sometimes with equipment; and
tolerate offensive sights and smells. Good physical conditioning
must be maintained to meet the physical demands f the position.
Position requires the ability to bend, stoop, crawl; climb up, on,
and over objects; use tools and equipment at heights; work on uneven
surfaces; and be able to lift, drag, hoist, and carry different
types of fire equipment and other objects. Position requires the
ability to see clearly at distances of 21 to 50 feet with or without
corrective lenses and be able to recognize and tell the difference
between primary colors. Position requires a sense of smell and the
ability to hear normally without hearing aids.
Knowledge of: emergency medical treatment; first aid techniques and
equipment; use and maintenance of protective breathing equipment;
basic chemistry of combustion and characteristics of fire; rescue
operations; tactics and strategy of fire suppression; fire behavior;
and tool selection and use according to job.
Ability to: operate resuscitation equipment; operate protective
breathing equipment; recognize hazardous material situations; use of
hand tools such as axes and saws; and operate power tools.
Possession of a valid California Emergency Medical
Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) License is required at the time of
appointment for some positions. The appointees of these positions
must also be able to become accredited within the County of Santa