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City of Hutchinson Firefighter in Hutchinson, Kansas

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The Firefighter is primarily responsible for performing emergency response services including fire suppression (building, trash, automobile, wild land, etc.), hazardous material releases, natural disasters and mass casualty events, and emergency medical services, and will also perform fire prevention and safety education duties. Work is normally performed under close supervision in accordance with well-defined procedures, and is inspected in process and upon completion by a Fire Captain. Employees in this class may be required to relieve an officer of higher rank on occasion. This employee should be in excellent physical condition and have the ability to remain poised under extremely difficult and hazardous circumstances. RESPONSIBILITIES • Performs forced entries into buildings/structures by cutting or breaking walls and roofs using a variety of power and hand operated equipment; selects, places, raises, and secures the appropriate ground ladder; climbs, works, and descends from ladders carrying people or equipment and using appropriate safety equipment or procedures • Lays, connects, and handles supply and attack hoses at fire scene; inspects charged hose lines and ensures that proper water pressure is available; removes kinks, slack, or leaking coupling and carries, drags, and hoists charged or empty hose lines and other equipment up and down ladders, stairs, and other obstacles to direct water and chemical streams to ensure fire extinguishment; selects and uses a variety of portable extinguishers • Performs search and rescue operations at fire scenes, automobile accidents, or other emergencies; locates and removes trapped victims from unsafe structures and vehicles; operates hydraulic extrication equipment, air bags, specialty saws, rescue ropes, harnesses, stabilization devices, patient hoisting, and handling devices; may also carry unconscious or deceased victims down ladders and stairs • Performs in post-fire salvage operations such as removing and recovering building debris/contents and preserving/protecting the emergency scene for police and/or fire investigation • Responds to medical emergency calls and assesses and treats a range of illness and injuries at scene using EMT techniques; takes pulse, blood pressure, and visually observes changes in skin color; makes determination regarding patient status and priority for emergency care; determines when a victim should be moved and moves victim from scene to ambulance; uses equipment such as defibrillator, electrocardiograph, adjunct airway equipment, immobilization devices, splints, and bandages • Performs regularly scheduled preventive maintenance on vehicles and equipment as well as building and grounds maintenance and general custodial work at the fire station and other department facilities • Performs fire prevention duties as assigned including: pre-fire planning activities, commercial and public building fire inspections, public education programs, water system flow tests, and hydrant maintenance • Performs other duties as assigned QUALIFICATIONS • Education: A high school diploma or GED is required. An Associate's degree in Fire Science or other related coursework is preferred. • Certifications: A Kansas Board of EMS Certification and/or National Registry Certification for Emergency Medical Technician Level B is required prior to employment. • Licenses: A valid Kansas driver's license is required. • Must have taken and passed the Candidate Physical Assessment Test (CPAT) within 12 months prior to appointment. • Must have passed the written exam with a score of 70 or above in all sections within the last 24 months. • Must be willing and able to work irregular hours, including weekends, holidays, and extended hours in emergency, disaster, or other situations influen ed by workload or staffing difficulties. • Must have the physical ability to perform the essential functions as described. Firefighters are required to wear protective gear and carry appropriate tools weighing a combined total of up to or over 100 pounds and wear self-contained breathing apparatus while exposed to extreme hot and cold environments. While performing emergency medical assistance and rescue activities, a firefighter may pull, lift, or carry victims and move equipment requiring the heavy use of arm, stomach, back, and leg muscles. Emergency situations may require firefighters to work in small, cramped spaces that require stooping, crouching, kneeling, and crawling. The tools used by a firefighter require precise arm-hand-eye coordination and movements, such as when operating a chain saw or rescue equipment. The operation of firefighting equipment often requires the coordinated movement of more than one limb simultaneously. Firefighters must have the ability to hear a variety of warning devices and alarms, gas leaks, or calls for help. Some rescue duties require the operation of mechanical rescue equipment and the monitoring of proper safety techniques. A firefighter must be able to distinguish among colors, including the color of smoke and flame, in order to determine the type or source of the fire or to identify other potentially dangerous situations. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, periph