Volunteer Firefighter (Volunteer FF)
To prevent fires or medical emergencies from occurring and to control fire or medical emergencies, should prevention fail.
The Volunteer Firefighter serves the community by responding to a wide variety of situations, ranging from emergencies that immediately threaten life or property up to, but not limited, to routine citizen requests for information or assistance. They perform within the scope of the policies and procedures of the Newell Volunteer Fire Department and perform duties in the following general categories:
- Fire Suppression
- Emergency Medical Aid and Rescue
- Hazardous Material Response
- Public Education
The Volunteer Firefighter normally works under the supervision of a company officer and is expected to function effectively as part of a highly trained team.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
To support the department in all activities including emergency response, training, fundraising, maintenance, and other special activities. Required to attend business and other organizational meetings. The Volunteer Firefighter is expected to respond from home or work (when permitted by employer) to Department calls.
The Volunteer Firefighter may ride or drive an emergency vehicle in response to fire, rescue and emergency medical events, hazardous materials response/mitigation, and routine requests for help or assistance. In the performance of their duties, the Volunteer Firefighter places equipment, lays and connects hose, operates high-capacity pumps and directs water streams, raises and climbs ladders, uses chemical extinguishers, safety belts, lines and hooks, and uses self-contained breathing apparatus. The Volunteer Firefighter may enter burning buildings as part of a fire suppression team, perform ventilation tasks above ground, carry heavy objects and equipment, and rescue injured or trapped victims.
Individuals fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of a Volunteer Firefighter will at all-time present themselves in a courteous, professional and responsible manner.
- Complete All Assigned Training:
- NIMS 100, 200, and 700
- Firefighter I
- Firefighter II
- Emergency Vehicle Operation
- Boating Safety
- Attend Bi-Weekly Corporation Meetings
- Attend assigned Fundraising Sessions
- Complete All Assigned Training:
QUALIFICATION AND SPECIAL SKILLS:
- Minimum 18 Years of Age
- Sound Physical Condition
- Complete initial interview with membership committee
- One (1) Year Probation Period
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions using the English language.
- Maintain physical conditioning necessary to perform efficiently in emergency situations; meet medical and physical agility standards as established.
- Learn the geography of the area, location of important buildings and the street system.
- Participate in training drills; attend school and classes on firefighting, hydraulics, first aid, fire equipment, and apparatus, and other classes associated with recognized fire fighter standards.
- Learn and apply technical information pertaining to fire fighting.
- Analyze and cope with a variety of emergency situations calmly but effectively and to react quickly to secure accurate and precise information on the location, extent, and nature of fires and emergency aid request
- Sustain heavy physical labor during periods of intense activity in emergency situations; to work at varying heights above grade.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and the general public; to work effectively as a team member.
- Service and operate all Department equipment and apparatus.
- Perform necessary maintenance, testing and care of fire hoses, trucks, ladders, and auxiliary equipment and apparatus.
- Prevent waste and damage of materials, supplies, and equipment.
- Perform general maintenance and minor repairs to station facilities; perform assigned janitorial activities and minor maintenance and painting.
- Perform community service activities.
Work is performed primarily in the fire station, then on emergency medical scenes, mass casualty, fire scenes and extra ordinary events as they occur. Performing tasks under emergency conditions may require strenuous exertion.
While performing the duties of this position, the Volunteer Firefighter will be regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning.
Physical hazard from fire, equipment, traffic, smoke inhalation, and falling objects at emergency scenes, and exposure to health risks may occur. Performance of hazardous tasks under emergency conditions may require strenuous exertion under such handicaps as limited visibility, exposure to hazardous or toxic chemicals and gases, extremes in temperatures, cramped surroundings, and contact with death, emotional stress, contagious diseases, and terminal illness.
Provided by Fire Line Officers
In addition to great personal satisfaction about serving society, we pay for all:
- Training Expenses
- Accidental Death and Injury Insurance
- Personal Assigned Protective Gear
- Uniform Shirts
At end of first year (Probation Period); regularly by Chief and Fire Line Officers.