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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.
- 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.
Education and Experience
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