DESCRIPTION:

Under general supervision, performs daily work assignments for the Fire Division of the Alamogordo Fire Department, in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.

RECRUITMENT QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

  • High school diploma, or equivalent;
  • Must be a United States citizen, or legal permanent resident;
  • Must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Must live within twenty (20) miles of Alamogordo City limits within one (1) year of hire;
  • Must successfully pass firefighting physical agility testing, written testing, medical exam and drug screening test that meet physical requirements set forth by NFPA 1582 guidelines, and a thorough background investigation;
  • Must not have any felony convictions, domestic violence or DWI convictions, or any other convictions for crimes indicating lack of character or moral turpitude.
  • A minimum of five (5) years career fire service experience in fire department;
  • A minimum of two (2) years fire service experience as driver/operator;
  • Fire Officer I;
  • Fire Instructor I;
  • Fire Inspector I;
  • Current CPR Card;
  • ICS 100, 200;
  • Required NIMS training; or any other combination of education and training that demonstrates a high level of firefighting, incident command, and fire protection operations knowledge sufficient for command and supervision of fire department personnel; and
  • Valid New Mexico Driver’s License or the ability to obtain within 60 days from date of hire, with a good driving record acceptable to the City of Alamogordo;
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities;

 Desired:

  • Associate degree from an accredited university in Fire Science, Emergency Management, Business or Public Administration, or a closely related academic field;
  • Fire Officer II;
  • Fire Inspector II;
  • Fire Investigator I;
  • ICS 300;
  • HAZMAT Technician;
  • Emergency Medical Technician; and
  • Driver/Operator program meeting NFPA requirements with focus on pump operations, hydraulics, hose and hydrant testing.

Knowledge of:

  • Management techniques, personnel policies and procedures principles and practices of fire prevention and suppression;
  • Fire investigation; building codes;
  • Fire codes;
  • Fire sprinkler and alarm systems;
  • Current firefighting tactics and strategies;
  • Department policies and procedures;
  • Use and maintenance of fire and EMS equipment and apparatus;
  • Hazardous materials storage and disposal techniques and procedures;
  • City geography; city and county response routes, procedures, and practice; fire hazards;
  • Firefighting resources, such as personnel, equipment, water supply, and communication;
  • Incident management sufficient to perform incident command at major incidents involving multiple agencies; and
  • Technical skills including safety, fitness, firefighting, EMS, and special operations.

Skill/Ability to:

  • Work on rotating shifts as assigned by the Fire Chief including the possibility of a flex schedule, hold over shifts, and mandatory calls back to duty;
  • Supervise, train, and motivate employees;
  • Develop a collaborative team-based organization with assigned personnel; withstand extreme temperature for moderate periods of time;
  • Carry heavy loads up and down stairways and ladders;
  • Establish effective working relationships with co-workers, local law enforcement personnel, the general public, civic groups, and local and state officials;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication;
  • Maintain records and complete reports;
  • Read and understand blueprints;
  • Maintain appropriate necessary certifications;
  • Demonstrate and maintain physical endurance, agility, dexterity, and strength necessary to perform required duties; and
  • Develop self-discipline with an increasing level of commitment, motivation, responsibility, accountability, self-esteem and respect.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Essential Duties
  • Manages and supervises direct-report staff by coordinating, assigning, and reviewing work to ensure compliance with policies and procedures;
  • Conducts employee evaluations, introductory and annual; makes recommendations for hiring, promoting, and releasing employees;
  • Initiates and administers corrective action, as necessary, according to the Employee Manual;
  • Mentors employees to full potential and ensures appropriate training is given to meet the standards of the position held;
  • Establishes procedures to assure the highest standards of risk management, employee safety, and risk avoidance;
  • Responsible for thoroughly investigating, reviewing, and addressing department or division accidents to prevent future occurrences and control risk management related costs;
  • Must be able to perform all job duties of a Firefighter and Driver/Operator;
  • Help provide services designed to protect the lives and property of the citizens of the City of Alamogordo and Otero County from adverse effects of fires, accidents, and exposure to dangerous conditions created by either man or nature;
  • Assist the Fire Chief with planning and coordinating a variety of shift operations including but not limited to; training, drills, inspections, and maintenance;
  • Coordinate and perform any fire suppression, rescue, and inspection activities assigned. Analyze a variety of situations and adopt a quick, effective, and reasonable course of action in the absence of supervision;
  • Responsible for performing suppression and rescue activities as well as operating fire apparatus and other equipment in response to emergency alarms for fire protection, extrication, HAZMAT, technical and airport rescue, and other emergencies;
  • Provide the leadership and supervisory skills necessary to evaluate, plan, train, direct, and coordinate the work of subordinates. Ensure assigned personnel comply with all policies, procedures and guidelines;
  • Records, prepares, and files required reports on all fire department incidents, including inspections, code violations, and fires of undetermined or suspected incendiary cause. Confirm all reports, records and logs submitted and/or signed by subordinates;
  • Provide timely and complete documentation of various records including daily logs, maintenance records, and performance evaluations in both electronic and paper form;
  • Provide information, advice, and assistance to the general public;
  • Recommends disciplinary action of assigned personnel to the Deputy Chief, and may participate in the disciplinary action with the Deputy Chief’s approval;
  • Effectively communicate regularly with the Fire Chief and others to maximize interdepartmental operations and activities including but not limited to; missing or broken equipment, maintenance problems, vehicle locations, and purchases;
  • Schedules, coordinates with code enforcement, and conducts fire safety inspections in commercial, industrial, and residential buildings to determine compliance or non-compliance with the International Fire Code and NFPA1, and makes recommendations to correct discrepancies;
  • Conducts fire prevention programs, fire protection equipment training, and educational and informational programs through the media, schools, civic groups, businesses, and the general public;
  • Assists investigations of fire scenes to determine origin, cause, and damage caused by fire;
  • Coordinate and lead programs of the department; shall serve as team leader of assigned programs;
  • Responds to emergency calls during and outside of normal work hours, as required;
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required;
  • Establishes procedures to assure the highest standards of risk management, employee safety, and risk avoidance;
  • Responsible for thoroughly investigating, reviewing, and addressing department or division accidents to prevent future occurrences and control risk management related costs;
  • Contributes to a high-quality work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop skills, including safety related training and skills;
  • Interacts professionally and provides excellent customer service to all levels of City staff and citizens, to ensure high operational and service standards; and
  • Performs duties in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.

 OTHER IMPORTANT DUTIES

  • Responds to emergency calls during and outside of normal work hours, as required;
  • Responsible for the care and alterations of own issued uniforms;
  • Must obtain and maintain required license(s) and/or certification(s);
  • Maintains the confidentiality of information obtained during performance of duties; and
  • Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

 The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
  • Position requires some heavy lifting, climbing, crawling, standing/squatting/kneeling for extended periods of time;
  • May require moving firefighting equipment, stretchers, human bodies both alive and deceased, and other various items at fire scenes as necessary;
  • Performs tasks requiring strength and stamina, such as lifting and moving equipment and objects; sitting, standing, walking on uneven or slippery surfaces, kneeling, bending, twisting, turning, stooping, squatting, grasping and crawling; ascending and descending stairs and ladders;
  • Work both inside and outside with exposure to extreme weather conditions, odors, dust and pollen;
  • Exposure to chemicals, skin irritants, fumes and solvents;
  • Frequent exposure to hazardous atmospheres and dangerous environments to perform firefighting and rescue operations;
  • Frequent hand and arm motion; hand and finger dexterity sufficient to use small tools; turning and bending neck;
  • Corrected or uncorrected vision sufficient to read gauges, documents and street maps;
  • Ability to communicate verbally, including the ability to hear and distinguish various sounds, such as alarms, voices of co-workers and warning horns or sirens in both quiet and noisy environments;
  • Usage of personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for job assignments; and
  • Safely operating apparatus and other equipment in all traffic conditions.
 

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