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Firefighter Trainee
Upon hire, new employees are appointed provisionally as Firefighter Trainees and will begin the Montgomery Fire/Rescue's (MFR) Recruit School. During Recruit School, Firefighter Trainees must complete the physical and coursework requirements as well as follow all applicable rules and regulations. Firefighter Trainees must adhere to strict rules on physical fitness, dress code and appearance while in school. Appearance includes strict hair and shaving guidelines as set by the Montgomery Fire/Rescue Academy. Trainees will also assist the department in normal Firefighter duties listed below but will do so under close supervision during their Recruit School training period. Upon completion of all Recruit School requirements, Firefighter Trainees will be appointed to the Firefighter classification and will serve a six (6) month probationary period before becoming permanent employees. All work is performed under the direct supervision of a Station or Training Division Lieutenant or Captain.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions is to be used as a starting point to determine essential functions for a specific position at a specific location at a specific time. The ADA was intended to be applied on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that one position may differ from another similar position. The performance of "non-essential functions" is not optional for employees not covered under the ADA.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Participates in Montgomery Fire/Rescue Recruit School programs using MFR manuals, policies and procedures, maps, textbooks, etc. in order to learn general firefighting methods and techniques and meet Recruit School requirements for Firefighter eligibility status.

Studies territory maps and conducts visual surveys of territory to become knowledgeable of assigned territory.
Assists with conducting pre-plans of target hazards to include inspecting building layout, contents, fire suppression systems such as stand pipe or sprinkler systems, location of hazardous materials, and evacuation methods, plans or exits.
Reads MFR manuals, rules and regulations, IFSTA manuals, Recruit School textbooks in order to learn and utilize specific topics and methods.
Performs physical fitness requirements for Recruit School to include running up to 5 miles or more, completing 100 or more push-ups, 20 or more pull-ups.
Completes coursework required by Recruit School curriculum to include basic firefighting, Emergency Medical Technician courses, and MFR Rules and Regulations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Assists in performing routine Firefighter duties using turnout gear, MFR tools and equipment, and apparatus following MFR Rules and Regulations, supervisory instruction as needed to observe and learn general Firefighting duties, assist the department at emergency scenes when manpower is low.

Assists with conducting search and rescue operations at structure fires, industrial accidents, elevator entrapments or other incidents in order to locate or remove victims or firefighters using hand or mechanical tools such as saws or Hurst tools.
Assists in locating and removing victims using accepted drags and carries, ropes, knots, and stretchers.
Assists with rescue operations using accepted methods and procedures in order to remove victims using stretchers, baskets, ropes and knots or other equipment.
Assists in ventilation procedures to include positive pressure or negative pressure ventilation using hose, fans, hand or power tools in order to safely conduct fire suppression operations.
Dons and uses protective breathing apparatus using proper procedures.
Assists with firefighting lines to include attaching and setting nozzles and directs water stream to fire or exposures using proper methods and techniques.
Assists in performing hose operations to including unloading, connecting hoses, and/or reloading hoses onto apparatus.
Assists with conducting forcible entry in order to permit access to fire or victims using a variety of hand and power tools to include axes, power or chain saws and hydraulic equipment. Operates hand or power tools in order to gain access to structure by removing barriers.
Assists with conducting overhaul operations by removing partitions or obstacles such as walls, ceiling or floors using hand or power tools while preserving arson evidence.
Assists with conducting salvage operations to prevent extensive property damage to include spreading salvage covers over property to prevent water damage, removing debris caused from fire damage using hand tools such as shovels and covering windows or openings to ensure security.
Assists in performs ladder operations to include removing, raising or extending, carrying and replacing ground and extension ladders of various sizes ranging from 10-to-50 feet using acceptable methods and techniques in order to conduct suppression or rescue operations.
Assists in administers basic life support or assists medics in administering basic or advanced life support care using medical supplies and equipment to include oxygen, Ambu-bag, suction units, blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, cervical collars, etc.
Assists fire personnel in responding to hazardous materials incidents and determines method of approaching hazard based on recognition and identification efforts.
Drives and operates ladder or engine to include spotting apparatus correctly based on obstructions, accessibility, safety, and size-up and prepares truck or engine for suppression or rescue operations.
Assist fire personnel in performing aerial ladder operations to include spotting, operating, extending and lowering 110-foot aerial ladders using appropriate methods and techniques in order to conduct suppression or rescue operations.
Assists in inspecting and maintaining fire department equipment, apparatus and station quarters and performs other miscellaneous duties as assigned from the supervisor.
Knowledge of assigned territory including the location of streets, hydrants, block numbers, target hazards in order to respond quickly to emergency incidents.

Knowledge of department and station policies, procedures, rules and regulations and common practices such as chain-of-command, personnel rules and master letter files as needed to adequately perform emergency operations or daily activities such as station maintenance or training activities.

Skill at basic math in order to compute pump pressures when performing suppression operations such as ventilation.

Ability to learn general firefighting methods and techniques.

Ability to learn MFR policies, Rules, Regulations, common practices.

Ability to learn IFSTA procedures as needed to become certified as a Firefighter.

Ability to learn modern and safe firefighting and rescue methods, principles, practices, and techniques and of fire behavior and fire suppression systems.

Ability to learn rescue operations safely to include drags and carries using department apparatus, tools and equipment.

Ability to learn suppression operations safely using department apparatus, tools and equipment to include tying ropes and knots, raising ladders, and flaking and advancing hose.

Ability to remain calm under stressful and adverse conditions.

Ability to learn fire suppression operations aggressively as commanded.

Ability to carry out orders and to follow verbal instructions.

Ability to learn the safe operation and proper uses of equipment or tools used in rescue or suppression operations, during emergency incidents or training activities and of proper maintenance methods and techniques.

Ability to learn the proper and safe removing, carrying and operation of hand and power tools or equipment such as hose, ladders, fans, etc. weighing up to approximately 60 pounds in order to perform suppression or rescue operations, respond to emergency incidents or perform training activities or drills.

Ability to learn the proper maintenance of hand and power tools or equipment such as hose, ladders, fans, etc.

Ability to learn building or vehicle construction as needed to perform suppression or rescue operations to include analyzing the situation, identifying problems or potential problems and determining the best course of action or tactics.

Ability to learn how to select proper equipment or tools such as hose, ladders, nozzles, etc. to use in performing suppression or rescue operations or training activities.

Ability to learn how to determine the most appropriate method, technique or tactics for conducting rescue or suppression operations quickly and safely such as selecting proper hose or ladders or setting nozzles at appropriate settings.

Ability to learn to recognize and identify hazards to include hazardous materials, power lines, etc. and determine appropriate action to safely and quickly perform or continue suppression or rescue operations.

Ability to communicate orally in order to relay information related to rescues, fire progress, tactics, condition and location of victims, etc.

Ability to communicate in writing in order to complete reports or department forms or prepare memos.

Ability to learn basic life support procedures.

Ability to learn basic life support medical procedures to include CPR, blood pressure and pulse readings using medical tools and equipment.

Ability to learn how to use medical tools and equipment in order to perform basic life support procedures.

Ability to learn how to utilize equipment as needed to ensure safety against contagious diseases to include masks, gloves, and eye protection.

Ability to learn the proper use and maintenance of medical tools and equipment.

Ability to learn how to conduct patient assessments using information collected or observations.

Ability to learn how to collect patient history information from relatives or bystanders.

Ability to learn how to correctly and quickly identify illnesses and injuries of patients using visual conditions, signs and symptoms based on basic life support training.

Ability to learn how to select proper equipment, supplies or tools to be used based on diagnosis and treatment.

Ability to learn how to operate radio equipment using 10-signals and codes in order to communicate to companies.

Ability to learn the MFR 10-signals and codes.

Ability to learn how to monitor radio traffic at all times and while doing other tasks in order to respond quickly to emergency alarms.

Ability to learn to safely drive and operate MFR apparatus to include following traffic laws, reading gauges or pump panels or performing pump operations, operating aerial ladders and spotting truck properly.

Ability to learn the safe operation, proper use and maintenance of apparatus to include hydraulics.

Ability to learn the proper maintenance of apparatus by reading fluid levels, checking brakes, etc.

Physical ability to lift, carry or drag heavy equipment, tools, victims or patients weighing from 60-200 pounds to include maneuvering tools or equipment and preparing for use.

Physical ability to climb stairs and ladders up to heights of 110 feet.

Physical ability to perform suppression or rescue operations quickly and efficiently to include removing obstructions and to pace activities in order to reserve strength for critical operations such as rescues.
Applicants shall be at least 18 years of age at the time of employment.

Must possess a diploma from a high school accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Alabama State Board of Education or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate. NOTE: A passing GPA from an S.A.C.S. accredited college or university may substitute for the S.A.C.S. accredited high school diploma or GED certificate requirement. This does not include internet colleges or trade school coursework.

Must meet requirements of physical exam and MFR's weight requirements.

Must be of good moral character and have no record of convictions of a misdemeanor or felony involving violence, force, or moral turpitude.

Must have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a valid Alabama Driver's License prior to employment.

Must be available to respond to emergency incidents while off duty when called upon.

New employees will be required to successfully complete approximately 20 weeks of Montgomery Fire/Rescue Academy Training including completion of Firefighter I/II certification.

Must obtain an EMT I State License within six months after becoming a certified Firefighter.

Beginning on the date of employment, Firefighters are NOT to smoke tobacco products or use smokeless tobacco at ANY time (on or off duty).

Employment with the City of Montgomery is conditioned upon the potential employee passing a pre-employment drug test. (The drug test will require the submission of a sample of hair, finger nails, and/or urine that will verify illegal drug use.)
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