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:

  • Must be a United States citizen, or legal permanent resident;
  • Must be at least 18 years of age;
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent;
  • Must live within twenty (20) miles of Alamogordo City limits within one (1) year of hire;
  • Valid New Mexico driver’s license with a good driving record acceptable to the City of Alamogordo and its insurance carrier or the ability to obtain within sixty (60) days of employment; and
  • Obtain and maintain a Class E Driver’s License upon successful completion of the Alamogordo Fire Department Academy; 
  • Or any combination of education, training, or experience that demonstrates a minimum level of firefighting knowledge sufficient for emergency response.

Desired:

  • One (1) year professional or three (3) years volunteer fire service experience;
  • Firefighter I ;
  • HAZMAT Awareness and Operations with the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) seal;
  • Current CPR Card;
  • ICS 100; and
  • NIMS training.

Pre-Hire Requirements:

  • Must successfully pass firefighting physical agility testing;
  • Must successfully pass written examination;
  • Successful completion of pre-employment drug screening;
  • Successfully complete a thorough background investigation; and
  • Must not have any felony, domestic violence, or DWI convictions, or any other convictions for crimes indicating lack of character or moral turpitude.

If the applicant possess both the Hazmat Awareness and Operations Certification and the Firefighter I Certification that exhibits the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) seal, the candidate may be excluded from the written examination portion of the pre-hire requirements. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  • Respond to alarms and perform fire suppression, fire protection, extrication and rescue duties, including fire fighting, ventilation, salvage work, and utilizing various methods and tools including but not limited to: hose lines, nozzles, ladders, power tools, and extinguishers;
  • Respond to incidents involving technical or specialized rescue and mitigation operations including hazardous materials incident response, airport rescue firefighting incident response, technical rescue incident response, and natural disasters;
  • Drive and operate fire apparatus and fire equipment in a safe manner, and in accordance with department policies;
  • Conduct training of/with department personnel, surrounding department personnel, other agency employees, and the public;
  • Conduct fire inspections, fire prevention programs, fire protection equipment training, and educational and informational programs through the media, schools, civic groups, businesses, and the general public;
  • Inspect, inventory, and maintain the condition of fire equipment, apparatus, station, and grounds including but not limited to: equipment servicing, minor repairs, extensive clean up, painting, yard work, and other general facility maintenance;
  • Assist in performing scheduled testing of the City's fire hydrants, fire hoses, pumping equipment, ladders, self contained breathing apparatus, cascade system, air monitoring equipment, gas detectors and department vehicles, etc.;
  • Assist in investigations of fire scenes to determine origin, cause, and damage caused by fire;
  • Record, prepare, and file required reports on all fire department incidents, inspections, code violations, and origin and cause reports;
  • Assist in maintaining and recording fire records and associated documents, including firefighter training, equipment maintenance, fire hydrant flow rates, fire inspections, public education on fire prevention, comprehensive reports documenting the situation at the scene, orders received, and other information deemed pertinent;
  • Contributes to a high-quality work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop skills, including safety related training and skills;
  • Interact professionally and provide excellent customer service to all levels of City staff and citizens, to ensure high operational and service standards; and
  • Perform duties according to City of Alamogordo Ordinances and departmental Policies and Procedures.
 OTHER IMPORTANT DUTIES
  • Responds to emergency calls during and outside of normal work hours, as required;
  • Work rotating shifts of 24 hours on duty, possible flex schedule, hold over shifts, and mandatory calls back to duty;
  • Work evenings, weekends, and holidays;
  • Responsible for the care and alterations of own issued uniforms; 
  • Performs such other duties as may be assigned; and
  • Maintain the confidentiality of information obtained during performance of duties.
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. 
 
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of: 
  • Principles and practices of fire prevention and suppression; 
  • 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 and firefighting resources such as personnel, equipment, water supply, and communication; 
  • Incident management sufficient to perform basic incident command until relieved; and
  • Technical skills including safety, fitness, firefighting, EMS, and special operations.
 Skill/Ability to: 
  • 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; 
  • Obtain and maintain required certifications and licenses;
  • 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.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
  • Successful completion of annual medical exam that meets physical requirements set forth by NFPA 1582 guidelines; 
  • 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; 
  • The ability to communicate verbally; including the ability to hear and distinguish various sounds, such as alarms, voices, and warning horns or sirens in both quiet and noisy environments;
  • The usage of personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for job assignments; 
  • Withstand extreme temperature for moderate periods of time; 
  • Carry heavy loads up and down stairways and ladders; and 
  • Safely operate apparatus and other equipment in all traffic conditions.
 

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