Fire Cadet, Firefighter I and Firefighter II
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Fire Cadet, Firefighter I and Firefighter II (Standing File)

Posted on: 2017/03/09

Starting salaries are based on 2080 hours in a calendar year. Upon assignment to shift, salaries are based on 2912 hours in a calendar year.

Fire Cadet: $13.83/hr. Assignment to shift: $14.24/hr.

Firefighter I: $14.24/hr. Assignment to shift: $14.96/hr.

Firefighter II: $14.96/hr. Assignment to shift: CBA Step A - $15.26/hr.

Please note: Firefighter I and Firefighter II may attend a reduced academy. The following incentives may be available at the conclusion of the academy for those who hold the required qualification, certifications and/or licenses. A maximum of two incentives, excluding Instructor, will be paid.

Paramedic: $3.18/hr.
HazMat: $1.26/hr.
IV Tech: $1.26/hr.
Technical Rescue: $1.26/hr.
Instructor: $1.26/hr.
Fire Investigation: $1.26/hr.

Fire Cadet

Minimum Qualifications:
•High School Diploma or GED.
•Must be eighteen years of age.
•Must be a United States Citizen.
•Successful passing of the LAFD examination related directly to the job duties by receiving satisfactory scores on an assessment of their abilities.
•Successful completion of an examination by a licensed physician and be free of any physical condition as listed in the LAFD Medical Standards per NFPA 1582.
•Be free of any mental or emotional condition, which might adversely affect performance. May be required to be examined by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.
•Successful completion of the physical agility standard requirements of the LAFD and annually thereafter.
•Successful completion of mandatory drug screening and subsequent random drug screenings.
•Successful completion of the background investigation, including FBI fingerprint check.
•Must not have been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude.
•Must possess, or ability to obtain within first thirty days of employment, and maintain a valid New Mexico CDL-E driver’s license.
•Must possess, or must make application for a DOE “Q” clearance within thirty days of employment with ability to obtain, and maintain a DOE “Q” clearance and is subject to additional federal background investigation. Prior to issuance of the “Q” clearance, must be eligible at all times to be escorted into secured areas until such time as the initial investigation period has expired and a "Q" clearance is issued. Subsequently, should “Q” access authorization be under review, but not suspended or revoked, and employee remains eligible to be escorted into a secured area, a reasonable time for reinstatement shall be allowed.
•Must promote to Firefighter I by the end of the probationary period.
•Must possess, or ability to obtain within probationary period, and maintain an EMT (B, I or P) license that qualifies for New Mexico Administrative Code 27.2 Certification and Licensing requirements, and maintain positive Medical Direction status. If non-New Mexico EMT, including Paramedic, license, must pass New Mexico State licensing examination and achieve positive Medical Direction status before end of probationary period.
•Must obtain ICS 100, 200, 700, 800B and 804 certifications or equivalents by the end of probation.

Preferred Qualifications:
•Associate’s Degree in Fire Science or related field. Degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college.
•Current DOE “Q” Clearance.
•Current Paramedic Certificate or License.

Position Summary:
Under general supervision of the Company Officer, provides entry-level fire suppression, prevention and emergency response while training to become a Fire Fighter I. Performs public education, rescue and emergency medical services for the residents and visitors of Los Alamos County, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.

The general level and nature of this position are described in the headings below. This is not an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this classification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•Knowledge of fire behavior and fire suppression principles, methods, techniques and practices.
•Knowledge of proper sanitary and biohazard techniques and standards.
•Knowledge of common office functions, including copying, typing and use of basic computer software.
•Skill in analyzing situations quickly and objectively, and determining the proper course of action.
•Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
•Ability to gain knowledge of County Uniform Fire Code, ordinances and practices.
•Ability to safely operate tools, apparatus, vehicles and equipment used in fire suppression, rescue and medical assistance operations.
•Ability to assess situations and take appropriate course of actions under extremely stressful and hazardous circumstances.
•Ability to become certified as a Firefighter and maintain license as an EMT-B.
•Ability to read, understand and follow specific instructions and procedures, maps, orders pre-fire plans, medical charts and study material.
•Ability to communicate effectively, both orally, in writing as well as by radio.
•Ability to be reached by telephone for emergency call back.
•Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
•Ability to learn the proper operation and use of department equipment.
•Ability to function as a member of a team.
•Ability to meet Firefighter Physical Standards.
•Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
•Undergoes classroom training and manipulative exercises and drills to develop an awareness of the functions and responsibilities of a Firefighter and how they relate to firefighting operations.
•Responds to emergency calls, fire alarms and non-emergency calls for assistance as a member of the fire company.
•Operates EMS and fire rescue related equipment for the purpose of vehicle extrication, technical rescue, HAZMAT situations, medical emergencies.
•Serves as a member of an ambulance crew to provide emergency transportation and emergency first aid to the sick and injured. Performs emergency medical services in accordance with the medical direction of the LAFD Medical Director.
•Operates emergency and/or non-emergency Fire Department vehicles as required by supervisor.
•Performs a full range of firefighting duties, rescue and life-saving work.
•Responds to fire alarms, lays and connects hose lines; holds nozzles and directs water streams; raises and climbs ladders; enters burning buildings to remove persons from danger; uses portable extinguishers, axes, bars, hooks, lines, power-driven tools, radios and other equipment.
•Ventilates buildings to release heat and smoke. Places salvage covers to prevent water damage. Overhauls and cleans up after a fire. Checks for fire extension to prevent rekindling. May establish Wildland fire lines by cutting, hoeing, raking and shoveling.
•Returns company equipment to its proper place before leaving the emergency scene. On arrival at the fire station, cleans, services, and returns apparatus and equipment to emergency readiness.
•Cleans and maintains station quarters and grounds. Performs first-line vehicle inspections, and report repairs as required. Cleans, maintains and tests emergency equipment and participates in drills and training sessions.
•Studies and becomes familiar with streets, fire hydrants, building occupancy and contents and non-ambulatory citizens.
•Assists with fire inspections of commercial, industrial and other public buildings and multiple dwellings for compliance with fire regulations and ordinances, and reports all hazards to the Fire Prevention section.
•Develops pre-fire plans target hazards.
•Assists with station visits by schools and may participate in other public speaking presentations.
•Compiles and submits information on equipment, emergency runs, accidents, gas and oil use, apparatus inspections and tests, and fire inspections using conventional and computerized methods.
•Routinely uses radio communications equipment.
•Participates in classroom and drill yard training activities in all phases of fire suppression, protection, rescue and ambulance operation.
•Participates in LANL drills and exercises.
•Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
•Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
•Performs other duties as required.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 175 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus. The employee is regularly exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. Must be able to operate heavy equipment and wear PPE for extended period of time. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.

Work Environment:
Work is performed in a fire station and outdoors setting with high noise level. Work involves potential exposure to radiation, high explosives, high voltages, toxic and exotic chemicals, fluid borne pathogens, smoke, heat, rugged terrain, confined spaces and human tragedy, under all weather conditions at any time of the day or night. Wildland Urban Interface firefighting and aircraft rescue firefighting conditions may also be experienced. Current tour of duty consists of 48 hours on duty, 96 hours off duty. Assignments may mandate a 40 hour workweek at the discretion of the Fire Chief. Must report to work when called out for emergency and non-emergency situations. Must work extended hours and various work schedules. May be deployed as part of a team responding to state and FEMA emergencies out of state.

Authorization to provide emergency medical services may be modified, suspended or terminated by the LAFD Medical Director. The Medical Director’s actions will not constitute discipline. Failure to be authorized to perform an essential job function may subject the employee to discipline.

This position requires mandatory and random drug testing and screening; therefore, all applicable federal/state regulations or laws and county rules and policies covering random, post-accident, pre-hire, and return to duty testing will be conducted prior to and during employment.

Each and every county position requires the following professional skills and abilities as key and necessary elements of performance. Employees are required to:

•Demonstrate regular and reliable attendance;
•Work well with others and participate fully in a team oriented environment;
•Interface with other employees and customers in a courteous and respectful manner;
•Project positive support of their department and all county organizations at all times; and,
•Maintain and enhance the county’s commitment to customer service excellence.

Firefighter I and II

Minimum Qualifications:
•High School Diploma or GED.
•One year of experience as a LAFD Fire Cadet, plus certification or equivalent for completion of all requirements of LAFD and the NFPA 1001 for Firefighter I OR two years’ experience with any career fire department comparable LAFD and certification or equivalent for completion of all NFPA 1001 requirements, at the discretion of the Chief.
•Must be eighteen years of age.
•Must be a United States Citizen.
•Successful passing of the LAFD examination related directly to the job duties by receiving satisfactory scores on an assessment of their abilities.
•Successful completion of an examination by a licensed physician and be free of any physical condition as listed in the LAFD Medical Standards per NFPA 1582.
•Be free of any mental or emotional condition, which might adversely affect performance. May be required to be examined by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.
•Successful completion of the physical agility standard requirements of the LAFD and annually thereafter.
•Successful completion of mandatory drug screening and subsequent random drug screenings.
•Successful completion of the background investigation, including FBI fingerprint check.
•Must not have been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude.
•Must possess, or ability to obtain within first thirty days of employment, and maintain a valid New Mexico CDL-E driver’s license.
•Must possess, or must make application for a DOE “Q” clearance within thirty days of employment with ability to obtain, and maintain a DOE “Q” clearance and is subject to additional federal background investigation. Prior to issuance of the “Q” clearance, must be eligible at all times to be escorted into secured areas until such time as the initial investigation period has expired and a "Q" clearance is issued. Subsequently, should “Q” access authorization be under review, but not suspended or revoked, and employee remains eligible to be escorted into a secured area, a reasonable time for reinstatement shall be allowed.
•Must promote to Firefighter II within 12 months of employment or within one year of promotion to Firefighter I.
•Must possess, or ability to obtain within probationary period, and maintain an EMT (B, I or P) license that qualifies for NMAC 27.2 Certification and Licensing requirements, and maintain positive Medical Direction status. If non-New Mexico EMT, including Paramedic, license, must pass New Mexico State licensing examination and achieve positive Medical Direction status before end of new hire probationary period.
•Must obtain ICS 100, 200, 700, 800B and 804 certifications or equivalents by the end of probation.

Additional Qualifications for Firefighter II:
•One year of experience as a LAFD Firefighter I, plus certification or equivalent for completion of all requirements of LAFD and the NFPA 1001 for Firefighter II OR three years’ experience with any career fire department comparable to LAFD and certification or equivalent for completion of all NFPA 1001 requirements; if not certified, must obtain Firefighter II certification within two years of employment or promotion.
•EMT (B, I or P) license and maintain positive Medical Direction status. If non-New Mexico EMT, including Paramedic, license, must pass New Mexico State licensing examination and achieve positive Medical Direction status before end of new hire probationary period.

Preferred Qualifications:
•Associates Degree in Fire Science or related field, or a higher level degree. Degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college.
•Current DOE “Q” Clearance.
•Current Paramedic Certificate or License.

Position Summary:
Under general supervision of the Company Officer, controls and extinguishes fires or responds to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Performs public education, rescue and emergency medical services for the residents and visitors of Los Alamos County, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.

The general level and nature of this position are described in the headings below. This is not an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this classification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•Knowledge of basic building construction, fire chemistry, physics, and automotive design.
•Knowledge of fire behavior and fire suppression principles, methods, techniques and practices.
•Knowledge of Los Alamos County adopted codes, ordinances, practices, and Fire Chief Directives.
•Knowledge of common office functions, including copying, typing and use of basic computer software.
•Skill in analyzing situations quickly and objectively, and determining the proper course of action.
•Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
•Ability to don Fire Fighting Personal Protective Equipment in less than one minute.
•Ability to don and use Self Contained Breathing Apparatus under regular and emergency conditions.
•Ability to safely operate tools, apparatus, vehicles and equipment used in fire suppression, rescue and medical assistance operations.
•Ability to hoist tools and equipment using fire department ropes and knots.
•Ability to assess situations and take appropriate course of actions under extremely stressful and hazardous circumstances employing a situational aware mindset.
•Ability to work independently, meets strict time lines, and adapts to change in work assignments and duties.
•Ability to become certified as a firefighter and maintain license an EMS license.
•Ability to read, understand and follow specific instructions and procedures, maps, orders, pre-fire plans, medical charts and study material.
•Ability to accurately relay critical incident information.
•Ability to use good judgment in emergency or critical situations.
•Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, as well as by radio.
•Ability to be reached by telephone for emergency call back.
•Ability to maintain confidentiality.
•Ability to use and follow the chain of command.
•Ability to write clear, concise and complete reports.
•Ability to learn the proper operation and use of department equipment.
•Ability to function as a member of a team.

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for Firefighter II:
•Advanced analytical, evaluative, and objective critical thinking skills.
•Skill in operating and maintaining fire department apparatus in order to drive and operate equipment.
•Knowledge of the location of all streets, sites and building locations and the hazards of these facilities to assure that firefighting activities are accomplished in a fast, effective and safe manner.
•Ability to lead work crews, organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
•Ability to deal effectively with public and co-workers under adverse circumstances requiring presence of mind, sensitivity, interest, and understanding.
•Ability to follow oral and written instruction.
•Ability to use initiative and independent judgment when necessary.
•Ability to perform minor maintenance on tools and equipment.
•Ability to provide on the job mentorship for FFI/EMT-B.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
•Responds to emergency calls, fire alarms and non-emergency calls for assistance as a member of the fire company.
•Operates EMS and fire rescue related equipment.
•Serves as a member of an ambulance crew to provide emergency transportation and emergency first aid to the sick and injured. Performs emergency medical services in accordance with the medical direction of the LAFD Medical Director.
•Operates emergency and/or non-emergency Fire Department vehicles as required by supervisor.
•Performs a full range of firefighting duties, rescue and life-saving work.
•Responds to fire alarms, lays and connects hose lines; holds nozzles and directs water streams; raises and climbs ladders; enters burning buildings to remove persons from danger; uses portable extinguishers, axes, bars, hooks, lines, power-driven tools, radios and other equipment.
•Ventilates buildings to release heat and smoke. Places salvage covers to prevent water damage. Overhauls and cleans up after a fire. Checks for fire extension to prevent rekindling. May establish Wildland fire lines by cutting, hoeing, raking and shoveling.
•Returns company equipment to its proper place before leaving the emergency scene. On arrival at the fire station, cleans, services, and returns apparatus and equipment to emergency readiness.
•Cleans and maintains station quarters and grounds. Performs first-line vehicle inspection on automotive apparatus and reports repairs as required. Cleans, maintains and tests emergency equipment and participates in drills and training sessions.
•Studies and becomes familiar with streets, fire hydrants, building occupancy and contents and non-ambulatory citizens.
•Conducts fire inspections of commercial, industrial and other public buildings and multiple dwellings for compliance with fire regulations and ordinances, and reports all hazards to the Fire Prevention section.
•Develops pre-fire plans target hazards.
•Conducts station visits by schools and may participate in other public speaking presentations.
•Compiles and submits information on equipment, emergency runs, accidents, gas and oil use, apparatus inspections and tests, and fire inspections using conventional and computerized methods.
•Routinely uses radio communications equipment.
•Participates in classroom and drill yard training activities in all phases of fire suppression, protection, rescue and ambulance operation.
•Participates in LANL drills and exercises.
•Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
•Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
•Performs other duties as required.

Additional Essential Duties and Responsibilities for Firefighter II:
•Responds to fire alarms and oversees that the crews perform duties in a manner to ensure the safety of the crew and the public.
•Serves as a fire apparatus driver-operator as required by supervisor.
•Participates in inspections of assigned facilities and assists in the preparation and update of pre-fire plans.
•May act as a Driver Engineer or Company Officer.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 175 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus. The employee is regularly exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. Must be able to operate heavy equipment and wear PPE for extended period of time. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.

Work Environment:
Work is performed in a fire station and outdoors setting with high noise level. Work involves potential exposure to radiation, high explosives, high voltages, toxic and exotic chemicals, fluid borne pathogens, smoke, heat, rugged terrain, confined spaces and human tragedy, under all weather conditions at any time of the day or night. Wildland Urban Interface firefighting and aircraft rescue firefighting conditions may also be experienced. Current tour of duty consists of 48 hours on duty, 96 hours off duty. Assignments may mandate a 40 hour workweek at the discretion of the Fire Chief. Must report to work when called out for emergency and non-emergency situations. Extended work hours and various work schedules will be required. May be deployed as part of a team responding to state and FEMA emergencies out of state.

Authorization to provide emergency medical services may be modified, suspended or terminated by the LAFD Medical Director. The Medical Director’s actions will not constitute discipline. Failure to be authorized to perform an essential job function may subject the employee to discipline.

This position requires mandatory and random drug testing and screening; therefore, all applicable federal/state regulations or laws and county rules and policies covering random, post-accident, pre-hire, and return to duty testing will be conducted prior to and during employment.

Each and every county position requires the following professional skills and abilities as key and necessary elements of performance. Employees are required to:

•Demonstrate regular and reliable attendance;
•Work well with others and participate fully in a team oriented environment;
•Interface with other employees and customers in a courteous and respectful manner;
•Project positive support of their department and all county organizations at all times; and,
•Maintain and enhance the county’s commitment to customer service excellence.

How to Apply:

County Application is Required. Apply at the Human Resources Division, County of Los Alamos,1000 Central Avenue, Suite 230, Los Alamos, NM 87544. Applications are available in our office, at www.losalamosnm.us or by calling (505)662-8040. All vacant positions are listed on the above website and on our Job Line at (505)662-8039.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the examination process, notify the Human Resources Division at (505)662-8040 at the time of application. Some documents can be provided in accessible formats. Contact Human Resources at the above number if an accessible format is needed.

Applications become a public record upon receipt and may be made available for public inspection.

Selection Procedure:
The Incorporated County of Los Alamos does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provisions of service.

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


Status

Open
Deadline for Submissions: 06/30/2017