FIRE FIGHTER

Fire Rescue

Recruitment #1905-FFF48K-001

Introduction

WHY JOIN US

Hillsborough County Government provides employees with careers that are both professionally and personally rewarding. With a wide range of independent agencies to choose from, the opportunities within Hillsborough County Government are endless! You are not just an employee within the government, you are an ambassador and business partner making a huge impact within our community that helps shape our future.

WHY WE EXIST

Our mission is to provide effective quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner that protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population.

JOB OVERVIEW

Major Function: Performs fire rescue duties combating, extinguishing, and preventing various types of fires and basic life support emergency medical duties in treating illnesses or injuries.

Distinguishing Features: Employees in this class perform duties of more than average difficulty requiring reasonable initiative and independent judgment under general supervision.

Department Overview: Hillsborough County Fire Rescue provides fire suppression and emergency medical services for the unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County. From its beginnings in the 1950s as an all-volunteer force, HCFR has seen many changes. Since hiring our first full-time career firefighters in 1973, the department has steadily evolved into one the largest, most progressive departments in the state, answering more than 100,000 calls for service per year.

City Information: Hillsborough County covers more than 1,200 square miles of urban, suburban, and rural areas with a diverse population of more than 1.2 million. The cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City are within the county. We have 160 miles of coastline; lakes, rivers, professional sports, and a wide variety of activities for any interests. Hot summers give way to mild winters and beautiful weather for the rest of the year.

Applicants will be competitively rated on the basis of their training and experience.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and

Possession of a valid State of Florida Firefighter's Certificate of Compliance; and

Possession of a valid State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician certification; and 

Successfully passing the National Testing Network (NTN) administered Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) through 09/01/2019; and  

Completion of the NTN Fire Team Test through 09/01/2019; and 

Possession of a valid Florida Driver License.  

 

Additional Requirement:

New employees must obtain a State of Florida Paramedic Certification within 3 years of their hire date as a condition of employment.

TESTING REQUIREMENTS

This position requires FireTEAM testing and a valid CPAT. Please note test scores must be valid at the time of application submittal.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

  • Working knowledge of fire fighting and search and rescue methods and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of applicable laws and regulations governing emergency vehicle operations.
  • Working knowledge of safe driving techniques for emergency vehicles.
  • Working knowledge of fire fighting and hazardous materials terminology.
  • Working knowledge of characteristics of fire.
  • Working knowledge of standard fire fighting and rescue tools and equipment and their correct use.
  • Working knowledge of roads, streets, hospitals, schools, and other facilities within response area.
  • Working knowledge of proper lifting techniques.
  • Working knowledge of the functions, services, procedures and regulations of the unit to which assigned.
  • Working knowledge of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  • Some knowledge of diseases and emergency medical conditions, their diagnosis, and appropriate treatment procedures.
  • Some knowledge of equipment used for patient care such as defibrillators and vital signs monitors.
  • Some knowledge of building construction as it relates to fire behavior and fire suppression and control.
  • Skill in the use and care of hand tools and equipment.
  • Ability to identify patient conditions based on signs and symptoms.
  • Ability to identify mechanical failures of equipment.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to make sound decisions quickly under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to lift and carry weights up to 90 pounds.
  • Ability to perform duties under hazardous conditions requiring considerable physical exertion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally, non-verbally, and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability and willingness to perform housekeeping activities.   
  • Ability and willingness to work rotating shifts to include nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in a subtropical climate under adverse weather conditions and high noise levels.
  • Ability to maintain combat firefighter readiness status.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.

Special note: Previous or current Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Reserve Responders experience is strongly preferred.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. 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. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.

  • Responds to fire alarms and performs search, rescue and fire suppression operations to combat fires.
  • Operates hand and power tools to ventilate structures; positions and climbs ladders; pulls hoses from truckbed and connects to hydrant and pump apparatus; operates water charged hose lines of various sizes to combat fires
  • Performs salvage and overhaul operations to minimize damage.
  • Provides emergency medical care within limits established by standard operating procedures and protocols.
  • Assists paramedic in providing patient treatment and medical procedures.
  • Provides verbal, written and computer reports pertaining to condition and care of patients at emergency scenes and in transit as required.
  • Safely and efficiently operates emergency response vehicles.
  • Conducts pre-fire planning of commercial buildings, hospitals, schools and other buildings.
  • Performs maintenance on department equipment, grounds, furnishings or structures.
  • Participates in station drills, allied emergency procedures and actions refresher training.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

    SPECIAL PROBATIONARY NOTE

    Employees assigned to this classification will serve a one year probationary period.

    Conclusion

    WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

    We offer much more than the competitive pay you expect. We value our employees and Hillsborough County Government is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. And because we understand that no two people are exactly alike, you can choose what best suits the needs of you and your family.

    Benefit Information:

    Excellent health insurance plan options; paid vacation and sick leave; 24/48 shift with 3 week R-day, Florida Retirement System (3% multiplier); tuition reimbursement; short and long term disability, and much more.

    Veteran’s Preference:

    Do you qualify for Veteran's Preference? Preference will only be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference must be provided at the time of application.

    Equal Opportunity Employer:

    Hillsborough County Government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hillsborough County Government complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

    Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

    Hillsborough County Government expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Hillsborough County Government’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge

    DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE: The employers of Hillsborough County have implemented a drug-free workplace and all offers of employment are conditioned on job applicants successfully passing a drug and Nicotine test.

    Response/Recovery Activities:

    Employees are required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to an emergency or natural disaster affecting County operations and/or its citizens. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees will be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. *MON*

     



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