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Fire Sergeant
The fundamental reason this job exists is to maintain and safely operate fire apparatus. This is skilled work in responding to fire alarms and fire emergencies and operating the fire apparatus at emergency scenes. Duties also include conducting and participating in continuing education and in-service on firefighting techniques, and lifesaving procedures, presenting training programs and drills for subordinates, companies or recruits, and performing or assigning public service activities, performing safety and operational inspections on vehicles and equipment, assigning the upkeep and maintenance of the apparatus, preparing reports and performing other related administrative tasks. A Fire Sergeant reports directly to a company officer who provides general supervision. At emergency incidents, the Sergeant is under the command of any officer of higher rank.
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: Responds to fire alarms, fires, emergency rescue situations, hazardous material spills and other ground and structural emergencies by driving fire apparatus and performing emergency operations in order to respond safely and quickly to emergency scenes and ensure the safety of all passengers and apparatus.

Responds to the scene of an emergency or fire alarm within the established time guidelines while ensuring the safety of the fire personnel and public citizens.
Checks to ensure all personnel are properly seated in the apparatus before leaving the station to ensure safe emergency response.
Determines the proper placement and use of on-board and detached firefighting equipment according to the type of fire, structure, and/or the affected area.
Spots the apparatus based on obstructions, accessibility, safety and size-up.
Determines the appropriate firefighting chemical agent(s) to use, and the appropriate techniques needed to contain and extinguish a fire.
Performs basic rescue and lifesaving procedures for endangered or injured persons in burning structures, vehicles or affected areas in accordance with accepted rescue and medical practices and procedures.
Performs advanced life support procedures in accordance with accepted medical practices and procedures.
Commands fire scenes until relieved by a superior officer.
Secures apparatus at emergency scenes to include use of air brakes, outriggers, and chock blocks.
Operates the pump apparatus in order to provide appropriate water or foam supply to firefighters and pump water or foam at correctly computed pressures.
Identifies the need for additional water supply sources if correct pressures cannot be obtained to handle the situation.
Pumps water from single or multiple lines depending on severity of the emergency situation.
Communicates with firefighters or supervisors in order to respond to their needs, inform them of changes in the emergency scene and ensure water supply is adequate and identify the need for additional lines.
Operates the aerial ladder apparatus in order to perform rescue operations and/or provide an elevated water source.
Sets up ground ladder operations for rescue and fire attack procedures.
Performs on-scene operations such as ventilation, salvage and overhaul, primary and secondary searches, and water, gas and electricity cutoff procedures depending on the type and severity of the emergency situation.
Performs specialized emergency operations such as water rescues and/or entrapments requiring the use of specialized fire service equipment.
Unloads and sets up equipment needed to handle emergency operations such as ventilation fans, forcible entry tools, generators for lights.
Assesses patient condition and administers basic life support care or assists in providing advanced life support in order to maintain patient breathing and circulations at emergency scenes.
Sizes up the fire situation to determine how many lines may be needed and the length and placement of lines in order to quickly determine how the pump operation should be set up.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Maintains fire apparatus and associated equipment and conducts inspections on vehicles and equipment following check-off sheets in order to ensure all apparatus is fully operational for emergency response, ensure all necessary repairs are completed and ensure all fire service equipment is accounted for and in its proper location on the apparatus.

Performs all safety checks on apparatus to ensure the safety of personnel riding the apparatus.
Maintains the functioning and appearance of engines, pumps and other mechanical parts of the apparatus to include lubrication, fluid levels, fuel level, battery power, etc.
Performs regularly scheduled checks of apparatus pumps to ensure the safety of all hose
lines, nozzles, and valves; checks the efficiency of a fire stream.
Performs regularly scheduled checks on truck aerial ladders to ensure the aerial ladder is safe to operate and functions properly.
Conducts safety and performance checks on all firefighting tools, protective gear on the truck, and communications equipment (i.e., radio) in accordance with organizational guidelines and policies.
Identifies areas that must be prepared for facility safety and sanitation inspections.
Assigns shift members individual and team responsibilities for clean-up and maintenance of the apparatus in accordance with local policies.
Assists mechanics while they are performing work on apparatus in order to ensure all repairs are completed and the apparatus is functional.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Prepares records and reports and maintains station and/or truck supply and equipment inventories in order to assist the company officer in completing required paperwork, document station and apparatus records and activities and remain in compliance with departmental and local, state and federal requirements.

Maintains department records and prepares reports such as drill reports, inventory records, daily journals, work order requests, Company Apparatus Maintenance report, fuel log, run log, and/or exercise reports.
Visually checks to determine whether work schedules are carried out within the required time period and in accordance with local policies and procedures.
Prepares work orders for building and equipment repairs and/or preventive maintenance in accordance with organizational policies and procedures.
Makes requests for purchase of equipment and supplies in accordance with organizational policies and procedures to the company officer.
Drafts and types memos, reports, or forms as needed or requested by administration or by higher ranking officers to include counseling forms, annual budget recommendations, recommendations for firefighter of the year, results of annual hose testing, and memos.
Compiles completed basic incident report to document fire runs using the NFPA 901 Uniform Coding for Fire Protection manual, information gathered at the scene from citizens, and information obtained from the Alarm Room.
Completes injury reports as appropriate to document in-station, emergency, or non-emergency related injuries to personnel or citizens to include basic casualty report, first report of injury using information gathered from the employee, other personnel or witnesses.
Completes monthly reports to include Work Performed by Companies and Monthly Company Drill Report by typing in or reviewing pertinent information and secures appropriate signatures.
Prioritizes paperwork by determining the order in which various forms must be completed to meet deadlines.
Ensures map books are properly maintained by conducting visual observations of territory and by taking information from memos and incorporating information into map books.
Files forms, memos, and paperwork in files or notebooks.
Prepares memo and completes Damaged-Lost-Stolen Clothing or Equipment form to replace
clothing or equipment.
Completes assigned station cleanup and maintenance duties.
Takes inventory of apparatus equipment and supplies in order to identify missing equipment.
Maintains accurate documentation of supply inventory to include who and where supplies are issued.
Completes personnel forms such as Forms 28, Form 30a and/or Form 30b in order to document personnel issues and performance.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Conducts and participates in continuing education and in-service training on subjects related to firefighting, rescue and life support and the management of hazardous materials spills in order to remain current on new fire service techniques, instruct other fire personnel and increase current level of knowledge and skill.

Instructs and demonstrates firefighting techniques, how to use personal safety equipment and accessories as outlined in the fire training curriculum.
Demonstrates the proper use of fire extinguishing chemical agents and the type of equipment used with the agents.
Conducts and/or participates in familiarization training that includes building locations, access routes, fire hydrant locations, and utilities shut-off valves and switches in accordance with organizational policies.
Teaches the approved methods to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid and basic life support classes in accordance with the appropriate directives and policies.
Conducts training on the safe operations of emergency response vehicles and evaluates the student's performance in accordance with local policies and procedures.
Conducts and participates in physical fitness training as outlined in departmental policies and guidelines.
Assists in developing the station school schedule for their shift.
Conducts hands-on training for station personnel on their shift.
Participates and assists in company drills monthly in order to ensure drills are performed correctly and assist companies with drill procedures and equipment setups.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs public service activities such as station tours, blood pressure screenings, basic life support or first aid services, and directions to include developing or evaluating program, and compiling information using apparatus and equipment such as turn out gear and station tour outline in order to provide effective public service or educational programs.

Conducts station tours for civic groups, schools etc. using guidelines prepared by the Training Division and personal experiences.
Provides special services to the public or delegates to personnel to include blood pressure checks, providing first aid, giving street directions.
Conducts fund raising activities for non-profits such as United Way, MDA and/or cancer awareness organizations.
Prepares and gives presentations on fire safety to civic or school groups or assigns others to give programs such as during Fire Prevention Week activities.
Performs assigned duties as various City of Montgomery events in order to represent the department and assist the public.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs administrative duties in order to assist the company officer, maintain smooth station operations and communicate information to station personnel or other stations.

Fills in for the station officer during their absence and assumes all officer duties for that shift.
Sends out correspondence to fire personnel such as drill notices and offered courses.
Picks up and delivers paperwork and/or equipment to and from stations.
Issues various fire department supplies to stations.
Drives district chiefs to and from department locations and to emergency scenes.
Conducts sleep watches at designated times at the station during each shift.
Performs field supervision for station Firefighters to include mediating minor disputes, delegating station and apparatus cleaning assignments, and providing informal employee counseling.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Assists in the investigation of origin and cause of fires to determine if fires are intentional or accidental in order to assist investigators in determining the cause of fires.

Responds to structure fires to determine origin and cause of fires.
Interviews property owners and/or witnesses at fire scenes in order to gather information on the possible cause of fire.
Responds to citizen complaints and investigates complaints regarding unsafe conditions; such as illegal burning by conducting investigations and providing recommendations to resolve citizen's issues.
Writes a summary report of fire scene conditions to document the possible cause if accidental.
Contacts APOST investigators to respond to fire scene for possible arson activity.
Checks occupancy levels of business establishment for compliance.
Knowledge of modern and safe firefighting and rescue methods, principles, practices and techniques as found in IFSTA and DelMar manuals which are based on National Fire Prevention Association standards.

Knowledge of fire behavior and fire suppression systems to include use of water and foam agents, fire progression in structures and the indicators of fire existence and condition at emergency scenes as found in Standard Operation Procedures, SOGs, DelMar and IFSTA manuals.

Knowledge of physical conditions, streets, hydrants, buildings and fire protection systems in first alarm territories and pre-planned assignments.

Knowledge of tactical operations include initial attack procedures, high-rise, siamese, TAC 1, aerial ladders operations, etc. as needed to size up emergency operations, determine the best method of attack and use of equipment and ensure the safety of the apparatus and fire personnel as found in IFSTA manuals, Training Bulletins and Master Letter Files.

Knowledge of the municipal water system and available fire flows in first alarm and pre-planned assignments as needed to determine the quickest and most effective method to provide water source(s) during emergency operations.

Knowledge of hydraulics to include pump pressure, GPM settings, residual pressure, and friction loss as related to fireground operations as needed to ensure pump operation flow smoothly and effectively in resolving emergency situations as found in the hydraulics SOG.

Knowledge of apparatus inspection and cleaning routines as needed to maintain apparatus is good working condition and maintain a positive image of the Fire Department and ensure proper duties are performed by personnel.

Knowledge of apparatus equipment to include its purpose and location on the apparatus as needed to ensure all equipment is accounted for and ensure equipment is easily accessible in it compartment.

Knowledge of assigned territory to include street names and numbers, hydrant locations, standpipe locations, building names and numbers.

Knowledge of the Standard Operating Guidelines related to fire streams, pump operations, hose, ladder operations, aerial ladder operations, etc.

Knowledge of training bulletins and master letter files related to pump operations and tactical operations procedures.

Knowledge of the MFD chain of command as needed to know who to contact for providing and requesting information or assistance, know who to notify of certain station activities, and know who to contact for approvals of various paperwork.

Knowledge of hydrant hookups to include correct procedures, safety steps, and potential problems to prevent as needed to ensure hydrants are caught correctly before supplying water to emergency crews.

Knowledge of the proper sequence of steps involved in operating apparatus at emergency scenes as needed to quickly set up the truck at emergency scenes and supply firefighters with extinguishing agents.

Knowledge of foam operations to include the correct percent for foam to use and the use of procedures for providing an effective foam supply to firefighters.

Knowledge of building and vehicle construction as needed to perform suppression or rescue operations to include analyzing the situation, identifying potential problems, and determining the best approach.

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 perform emergency operations and daily station activities.

Knowledge of hazardous materials procedures, tools and equipment used for responding to hazardous materials incidents as needed to direct haz mat operations and maintain safety of personnel and public.

Knowledge of standpipe and automatic sprinkler systems to include the effects on life safety, standpipe connections, high rise kits, sprinkler types and design such as control valves, operating valves, and water flow alarms, water supply, and factors to consider as needed to assist with or command emergency operations and train employees.

Knowledge of fire prevention and public education duties to include identifying fire hazards, providing tips for home fire safety, types and maintenance of smoke detectors, exit drills for homes and schools, and topics for fire station tours as needed to assist with or conduct public education programs.

Knowledge of medical emergency operations and procedures to include medical protocols, medical incident command, and triage in order to administer PALS, BTLS, ACLS, BLS care and State EMS protocols in a safe and efficient manner.

Knowledge of the proper use and maintenance of medical tools and equipment to include checking the gauge readings on the oxygen and nitrous oxide bottles and the cascade system, testing the operation of the heart monitor, ordering or stocking medical supplies, replacing drugs or breaking the seal on drug boxes, checking the drug inventory, and replacing batteries in the heart monitor and suction unit in order to ensure the equipment is ready for operation and functioning properly.

Knowledge of proper procedures for collecting, recording, and reporting patient information or history to include age, gender, chief complaint, additional history, physical findings and vital signs.

Knowledge of safety procedures and universal precautions to use before and after patient contact.

Knowledge of procedures for performing primary and secondary assessments of patient to include skin color, coherency, skin temperature, methods for checking the airway and breathing such as observing the chest, listening/feeling for air movement, clearing airway obstructions, maintaining an open airway, checking for a radial pulse on adults and a brachial pulse on infants, the methods for controlling bleeding, and the procedures for examining a patient.

Knowledge of the safe and proper operation and maintenance of firefighting tools and equipment to include the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), ladders, axes, and pole hooks as needed to assist with rescue operations.

Knowledge of Thermal Imaging Equipment to include proper use and maintenance procedures as needed to ensure proper use on the fireground and train subordinate in it use.

Knowledge of investigative techniques to include identifying the origin of fires and interior and exterior searches as needed to analyze fire scenes for possible criminal activity.

Knowledge of investigative techniques to include identifying the origin of fires, interior and exterior searches, and body examinations as needed to analyze fire scenes for possible criminal activity.

Skill in using specialized medical tools or supplies to include gloves, masks, backboards, cervical collars, splints, etc.

Skill in performing spine management procedures to include methods of immobilizing patients using backboards, or manual head and neck immobilization methods, and/or methods of moving and lifting patients to stretchers and backboards.

Skill in performing airway management procedures to include endotracheal intubation and nasotracheal intubation using nasal cannulas, ambu-bags, laryngoscope, ET tube, tape, nonrebreather mask, and oxygen.

Skill at operating medical equipment to include heart monitors, AEDs and/or defibrillators as needed to provide patient care such as administering oxygen and drugs and transmitting EKG strips.

Skill at performing rescue and extrication operations and procedures safely and correctly to include topside rescue, search and rescue, and extrications using department apparatus and equipment such as Hurst tool, jaws of life, ropes with proper knots such as Figure 8 knots, baskets, stretchers, harnesses, elevator keys, and axes.

Skill at mathematical computations to include adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing in order to compute pump pressures or vital signs (pulse rates) and ensure totals such as monthly and/or ensure year-to-date totals on paperwork are accurate.

Skill in operating the pump apparatus procedures used at fire scenes to include all pump panel components, intake and discharge valves, hooking up attack and supply lines, setting truck RPMs in order to provide adequate suppression agent(s) to handle emergency operations.

Skill in operating an aerial ladder as needed to pump water at elevated heights and place aerial ladders in proper position for rescue attempts.

Skill at performing suppression operations safely using apparatus, tools and equipment to include tying ropes and knots, raising ladders and flaking and advancing hose.

Skill in performing rescue operations to include drags and carries using apparatus, tools and equipment.

Skill in performing basic life support procedures to include CPR, blood pressure and pulse readings.

Skill in operating radio equipment using 10 codes in order to communicate to companies.

Skill at performing basic life support emergency medical procedures to include assessing the airway, breathing and circulation, performing CPR, controlling bleeding, taking patient history and vitals such as pulse and blood pressure readings and applying c-collars and backboards using medical supplies such as c-collars, backboards, stethoscopes, cling, blood pressure cuff in order to initiate patient care until the rescue or ambulance arrives, evaluate performance of subordinates, and train employees.

Skill at operating hand and power tools and equipment to include hand and mechanical tools such as axes, pike poles, ventilation fans, and extrication equipment (Jaws of Life) in order to assist with emergency operations, demonstrate proper methods or procedures, and evaluate performance of subordinates.

Skill at tying various types of knots such as the bowline, clove hitch, half hitch, butterfly, and Figure 8s as needed to haul or hoist equipment such as hose lines or ladders, assist with rescue of citizens or firefighters, secure equipment such as ladders, train employees, or evaluate performance of subordinates.

Skill at performing various ground ladder carries and raises using roof, extension, and straight ladders such as one, two, and four man carries and raises to include techniques for raising, climbing, placing, hoisting, extending, butting, securing, and lowering.

Skill at various hose operations to include methods for removing hose from the hose bed, flaking or advancing hose, laying hose using a stack, forward or split lay, and/or connecting various supply, attack or back up lines.

Ability to use MFD computers to include using the software programs, following the guidelines and policies for usage as needed to properly complete departmental forms and reports.

Ability to determine when it is appropriate to solicit input from supervisors or subordinates when making decisions or resolving problems.

Ability to analyze and use visual and verbal information to adopt an effective course of action based on hazards, potential hazards, patient conditions, scene safety, body fluid exposures, circumstances and probable dangers.

Ability to develop contingency plans or adjust plans to accommodate changing situations

Ability to display a willingness to serve (the public) by offering assistance or explaining services and conducting tours and special events.

Ability to quickly determine the most appropriate method, techniques or tactics for conducting rescue or suppression operations quickly and safely such as selection proper hose or ladder or setting nozzles at appropriate settings.

Ability to conduct apparatus and/or suppression operations quickly and aggressively under stress as commanded.

Ability to assume the duties of the company officer while they are absent to include being the officer in charge at emergency scenes until relieved, ensuring station duties are handled and ensure all station activities are carried out.

Ability to monitor fireground operations and ensure safety procedures are followed.

Ability to manage several tasks simultaneously at fire scenes in order to handle pump operations, communicate with others on scene and ensure the safety of all fire personnel.

Ability to drive pumper and/or truck company apparatus as needed to ensure the safety of personnel on board and respond to emergency scene safely and quickly.

Ability to provide field supervision to fire personnel to include assigning apparatus detail and inspection duties, training new firefighters on procedures, and settling minor disputes between employees.

Ability to deal with irate public citizens as needed to calm them down, explain the procedures MFD is following or performing, and represent the department in a positive manner.

Ability to calculate friction loss and discharge pressures used for pumping operations to include the effects of hose length and nozzle design on pump pressures as needed to maintain proper hose pressures when pumping from single or multiple lines.

Ability to quickly determine the cause of water or foam supply and/or pump operation problems at emergency scenes such as bad hydrants, cavitation and line breaks or kinks as needed to resolve the problem and ensure firefighters have adequate water or foam supplies.

Ability to recognize fire potential and life safety hazards of existing and adjoining buildings, such as hazardous materials, power lines, back draft, flash over or collapse situations and to realize limitations with manpower, apparatus, and water resources.

Ability to interpret emergency scene clues such as the color of hydrant tops which indicate the amount of available water supply, the color and amount of smoke, the amount of flames, and distances between buildings and exposures in order to determine appropriate commands and orders.

Ability to analyze and use visual and verbal information to adopt an effective course of action based on hazards, potential hazards, circumstances and probable dangers.

Ability to accept and utilize feedback received from firefighters or other officers as needed to determine appropriate actions.

Ability to instill pride and confidence and build teamwork in a company.

Ability to display a willingness to serve (the public) by offering assistance or explaining services.

Ability to maintain confidentiality of information and determine when it is appropriate to maintain confidentiality or refuse to maintain confidentiality such as during conflicts between employees, employee performance problems, or rule violations in order to handle disciplinary problems or conflicts.

Ability to identify and recover from problems on the fireground to include water supply and/or apparatus problems as needed to make adjustments in strategy to ensure effective operations and maintain safety of personnel.

Ability to take the initiative, without direction, to determine what activities need to be accomplished, anticipate station and personnel goals and needs, meet department objectives or standards, or resolve or prevent problems or conflicts.

Ability to diagnose problems with the apparatus, equipment and pump or aerial components as needed to prevent small mechanical problems from becoming more severe and keep the apparatus in proper working condition.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and superiors as needed to boost employee morale in the station, encourage cooperation and effectively carry out duties at the station and at emergency scenes.

Ability to remain calm under stressful and adverse conditions as needed to handle difficult and/or changing situations at emergency scenes.

Ability to carry out orders and to follow verbal instructions from superior officers.

Ability to properly maintain apparatus equipment such as hose, ladders, fans, and power tools to include cleaning and maintenance procedures.

Ability to recognize and identify hazards to include hazardous materials, power lines as needed to determine appropriate action safely and quickly.

Ability to quickly size up situations at emergency scenes as needed to determine what suppression agent to use, identify equipment needed for the situation, and determine line lengths and the number of lines that could be required.

Ability to communicate orally in order to relay information at emergency scenes, train other
fire personnel and to coordinate and conduct station and apparatus duties.

Ability to communicate in writing to include proper word usage, correct sentence structure, grammar and spelling in order to complete reports, departmental forms, and prepare memos and correspondence.

Ability to quickly assess patient illness, injuries using visual conditions, signs and symptoms based on life support training.

Ability to utilize personal safety equipment to include the use of masks, gloves and eye protection as needed to ensure safety against contagious diseases.

Ability to adapt to changing emergency conditions as needed to identify changes needed in fire suppression operations or tactics such as adding supply lines or moving supply lines to necessary positions.

Physical ability to walk or run up to two miles in the time frame required by department regulations.

Physical ability to perform firefighting tasks while wearing breathing apparatus and turn out gear weighing up to 50 pounds.

Physical ability to lift, carry, or drag equipment or victims weighing up to 175 pounds, with or without assistance, to perform firefighting and rescue operations.

Physical ability to participate in daily physical conditioning and strength program as required by department rules and regulations.

Physical ability to pass annual job task assessment within 9.5 minutes as required by department rules and regulations.

Physical ability to visualize fire scene information such as hydrant color, smoke color, distances between buildings and amount of flames in order to determine appropriate commands and orders.
Must possess a valid AL Driver's license and have (3) years' experience as a Firefighter and/or Fire Medic in the Montgomery Fire Department. Must have completed Apparatus Operator (Pumper and Aerial Ladder), NFA Incident Command System class, Instructor I state certification, and EMT I State License by the first day of the Assessment Center in order to take the Sergeant Assessment Center and be eligible for promotion.

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