|An employee in this class works as a member of the emergency response team to mitigate emergencies and hazards. This work includes, but is not limited to, entry level fire fighting and basic emergency medical duties. The employee is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of fire apparatus and equipment, suppressing fires, conducting inspections and enforcing City codes, maintaining equipment, facilities and grounds, educating the public in fire prevention activities, and participating in the physical fitness program and maintaining personal physical fitness. Work is performed on a shift basis and is done in accordance with instructions and a well defined routine. Considerable time is spent in the special and routine maintenance of equipment and apparatus and in the routine care of facilities and grounds. Work is normally performed under close supervision, and is inspected in process and upon completion by a Fire Lieutenant or Fire Captain.
- Responds to and participates in firefighting, rescue, auto extrications, water rescues, hazardous materials incidents, medical emergencies and other related firefighting and emergency situations;
- Participates in daily in-service, periodic multi-company, and other regional, State and Federal fire service training as required;
- Secures and maintains needed certifications, as required;
- Conducts initial code enforcement inspections citing violations, performs follow-up inspections, and makes referrals to assure compliance with all City codes including building, housing, fire, and health;
- Performs necessary maintenance and cleaning of motorized apparatus and other equipment to assure a constant state of readiness;
- Performs facilities and grounds maintenance and cleaning tasks;
- Drives fire pumpers and ladder trucks to fire scenes and prepares for pumping operations by seeing that hydrant connections are made;
- Participates in physical fitness programs and maintains personal physical fitness;
- Undertakes annual medical physical examinations, as directed;
- Conducts fire prevention and public relations activities including school visitations and home safety inspections;
- Performs administrative duties including completion of station logs, training reports, daily attendance and maintenance requests;
- Fills in for communications and fire/rescue personnel, as needed, due to staff shortages;
- Performs related work as required.
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Some knowledge of the street system and physical layout of Alexandria, or the ability to acquire this knowledge rapidly; some knowledge of the Fire Department's processes and procedures, rules and regulations, including, but not limited to, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), General Orders, and the Northern Virginia (NOVA) Regional Operations Manual, or the ability to acquire this knowledge rapidly; ability to acquire knowledge of building, housing, fire and related codes and code enforcement procedures; ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions; ability to wear and properly use respiratory protection equipment within a reasonable working period; aptitude for mechanical work; conscientiousness and dependability; physical strength, agility and freedom from serious physical defects as indicated by a physical examination, and the ability to perform prolonged manual work; and the ability to perform the tasks of the class under adverse conditions.