Would you like to help your community and at the same time receive lifesaving skills that are valuable for your daily life and desired by employers? Wapello Fire and Rescue is currently searching for people interested in volunteering as firefighters and/or Emergency Medical Technicians. Wapello Fire and Rescue responds to approximately 350 calls for service annually. Our fire district encompasses approximately 100 square miles with a population of about 3500 people. The services we provide are fire suppression, emergency medical services, vehicle extrication, water rescue, hazardous material response, and many others. Our members have many credentials including EMS providers from EMT to Paramedic level, Certified Firefighters, HAZMAT Operations, Extrication Technicians, etc. Wapello Fire and Rescue meets on the second and fourth Tuesday nights each month. Members attend additional training and certification courses at the department’s expense. If you live or work in the Wapello area and are at least 18 years of age, you are encouraged to apply for membership. If you are unsure whether or not you would like to make the commitment , ride along internships are available. Find the job posting and additional information below.
FIREFIGHTER AND FIREFIGHTER-EMT
The purpose of this job is to perform specialized duty work functions in preparing for and responding to fire/medical emergency calls and in providing general support within the fire department. Duties and responsibilities include maintaining readiness for emergency call response; responding to fire, medical, and related emergency calls when dispatched and taking proper action; educating staff and public on fire safety/prevention; and performing other tasks related to city and fire department activities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned. Responds to emergency calls for fire, medical, and other emergency situations. Removes individuals from dangerous/hazardous situations. Performs all activities necessary to suppress/extinguish fires. Assesses emergency medical problems and performs prescribed treatment as outlined and authorized. Performs code enforcement, fire planning surveys and building inspections; maintains hydrants; provides education to the public on fire safety/prevention; provides tours of fire station facilities. Cleans/maintains fire stations, grounds, apparatus and other equipment; makes minor repairs/adjustments to apparatus and equipment. Operates machinery, equipment and light motor vehicles; ensures appropriate maintenance; may operate specialized fire vehicles/equipment (fire engines, trucks, pumps, etc.) with sufficient experience and training. Receives and/or prepares various documentation (forms, checklists, reports, correspondence, etc.); processes, completes, and/or forwards as appropriate. Responds to routine requests for information from officials, employees, and members of the staff, the public or other individuals. Participates in and conducts training classes. May be required to perform other duties as necessary.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Requires attainment of Firefighter I training and/or Emergency Medical Technician training within the first two years (probationary period) of being a member. All volunteers must successfully pass and maintain an AHA Healthcare Provider CPR card. The firefighter must maintain valid Iowa Driver's License at all times. The probationary member must successfully complete a practical examination demonstrating their competency with department equipment, policies and procedures before being recommended for full-time membership. All department members shall ultimately receive training to at least the level of Firefighter I and maintain compliance with the State of Iowa Minimum Training Standard which also requires a minimum of 24 hours per year of continuing education.
Requires the ability to learn and understand basic to complex principles and techniques, make independent judgments in absence of supervision, acquire knowledge of topics related to the position.
Requires the ability to record and deliver information to supervisors and officials, to explain procedures and policies and to follow verbal and written instructions, guidelines and objectives.
Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, equipment, tool, control knobs, switches, etc. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have average or better levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
Requires the ability to deal with other people (i.e. staff, supervisors, general public, and officials) beyond simply giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under considerable stress when confronted with an emergency related to the job of a volunteer firefighter. Confidentiality as it relates to your position as a firefighter and/or EMS provider must be maintained at all times. This includes, but is not limited to patient confidentiality, activities during emergency responses, ongoing investigations, personnel matters, etc.