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Job Task Analysis


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Job Task Analysis

Protects life and property and extinguishes fire.

Responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls.

Selects hose and nozzle depending on type of fire and directs stream of water or chemical on fire.

Positions and climbs ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings to rescue individuals from burning structures, to extinguish fire, and to ventilate buildings.

Creates openings in buildings for forcible entry or ventilation purposes by using an ax, chisel, crowbar, electric saw or gasoline-powered equipment.

Protects property from water or smoke damage by use of waterproof salvage covers and smoke ejectors.

Administers medical assistance to injured persons and those overcome by smoke and fire.

Communicates with superior during fire using portable two-way radios or other means.

Engine companies inspect buildings checking for fire hazards in compliance with State and National fire prevention codes.

Performs assigned duties in maintaining quarters, building, fire equipment and grounds.

Participates in training on and off the job to stay proficient in all current practices of fire fighting and EMS skills. These shall include cold water rescue, swift water rescue, hazardous materials, EMS training and other types of training which are job related.

Participates in the fostering of public fire safety and education.

May drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment.


Hours Required

Hours reflecting a 42-hour shift with overnight stay.

Requires ability to perform in house housekeeping.


Physical Demands

Requires lifting over 100 lbs. And occasionally over 150 lbs.

During fire fighting activities when exposed to extreme heat, blood pressure and pulse are elevated.

Medium duration of direct exposure to fire and its by-products. About 20 minutes inside of a working fire incident with regular breaks. This can continue until relieved.

In addition to equipment, the personal protection equipment, including the self contained breathing apparatus weighs approx. 85 – 100 pounds dry.

Fire fighting is done in any environment. Temperatures within a structure can reach 1000 degrees and below zero outside the fire or during a rescue.

Physical Requirements

Vision – Normal vision needed with or without corrective lenses.

Hearing – Normal hearing is needed with or without hearing aids.

Mobility – Ability to walk and climb ladder or stairs.


Body motion – A full range of body motion is required to accomplish the above-mentioned tasks.