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Fire Trainee
 must complete NFPA 1403 classes within 6 months of employment. Under close supervision of the Training Division, attends a fire academy or other approved methods for obtaining firefighting classes.

Fire Specialist performs responsible protective service work in fire suppression ensuring proper operation and maintenance of fire rescue equipment; does related work as required. Much of the work is performed under emergency conditions and frequently involves considerable personal hazard. Work is performed under the immediate supervision of a Fire Captain or Fire Engineer.

 Essential Functions/Typical Tasks

 Performing fire suppression activities; ensuring proper operation and maintenance of equipment.

(The following tasks are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)
  • Responds to emergency incidents; enters burning buildings with hose lines; operates nozzles; extinguishes fire as directed.
  • Performs hydrant/water supply operations
  • Performs rescue operations by removing persons from danger. 
  • Operates portable fire extinguishers
  • Raises, lowers, and climb ladders; performs salvage and overhaul operations.
  • Assists in maintaining fire apparatus and equipment, and cleaning fire station and grounds.
  • Inspects pumping apparatus and fire/rescue equipment to ensure proper working condition and readiness.
  • Participates in continuing training and instruction program by individual technical study and attendance at scheduled drills and classes.
  • Participates in fire safety and fire education programs.
  • Performs related tasks as required.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

 Some knowledge of firefighting techniques, procedures and mechanics as applied to fire suppression; some knowledge of the street system, major buildings and physical layout of the City; some knowledge of the operation and maintenance of firefighting equipment and ability to operate such equipment safely and effectively; ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency situations; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates. Ability to maintain physical endurance and agility.

 Requirements

 Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Some firefighting experience preferred.

Special Requirements
Minimum age: 18 (at the time application is submitted).  Possession of Class C driver's license valid in the State of North Carolina. Successful completion of physical agility test is required. Upon completion of NFPA 1403 classes, the trainee will move to a Fire Specialist position.

Minimum Annual Salary
Fire Trainee - $28,973
Fire Specialist - $31,943