$47,355.00 – $59,194.00 Annually
Frederick County, VA
FIRE AND RESCUE
2/21/2023 7:30 AM Eastern
The Firefighter/EMT is a member of the Fire and Rescue Department. He/she performs difficult protective service work in fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials mitigation, and other related work as required. Supervised and unsupervised work is often performed under emergency conditions and frequently involves considerable personal hazards.
All information submitted is subject to in depth review by the Chief, Deputy Chief, Human Resources and Sheriff’s Polygraph Examiners. Please include all requested information or the package provided may be considered incomplete and ineligible to move forward in the hiring process.
For more information regarding the hiring process, please visit us here.
The requirements for this position include, but are not limited to, those outlined below. All job qualifications and physical requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the job. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise. It is the employer’s discretion to add or change the duties or requirements of this position at any time.
To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and maintain a satisfactory attendance.
- Punctually reports for work and prepared to work at the beginning of each shift for duty;
- Responds to emergency incidents and performed duties as assigned;
- Assists in the mitigation of emergency incidents including extinguishing of fires, providing emergency care for the sick and injured, and control of hazardous materials;
- Performs related life safety and property protection activities;
- Inspects, cleans, and maintains fire and rescue apparatus and related equipment;
- Inspects, maintains, and cleans assigned fire stations and grounds;
- Drives and operates emergency response apparatus;
- Completes reports and documentation as required by Fire and Rescue’s Standard Operating Procedures’;
- Attends/completes training as assigned by his/her supervisor and the Training Division;
- Communicates with co-workers, volunteer fire and rescue personnel, and the public;
- Reads and comprehends complex material;
- Participates in annual inspection of commercial and other designated properties; and,
- Creates and updates preplans of assigned properties.
Education: High School Diploma/GED and a valid and appropriate Driver’s License. Firefighter/EMTs must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of application.
Experience: This is an entry level position, no experience is required. See above for experience rewarded.
Driver’s License: Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License. No County employee shall operate a vehicle on County business unless the employee has held a valid driver’s license for a minimum of two (2) years.
Certifications (preferred, but not required at time of hire):
The following training certifications need to be obtained by date of hire or at the completion of the departments recruit school.
- Virginia Department of Fire Programs or International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and/or National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (NBFSPQ) certified Firefighter I
- Virginia Department of Fire Programs or IFSAC, NBFSPQ certified Firefighter II
- Virginia Department of Fire Programs or IFSAC, NBFSPQ certified Hazards Materials Operations
- Virginia Department of Fire Programs or IFSAC, NBFSPQ certified Emergency Vehicle Operations Class I
- Virginia Department of Fire Programs or IFSAC, NBFSPQ certified Emergency Vehicle Operations Class II
- Virginia Department of Fire Programs or IFSAC, NBFSPQ certified Emergency Vehicle Operations Class III
- Virginia Department of Fire Programs Intro to Technical Rescue Module I
- Virginia Department of Fire Programs Intro to Technical Rescue Module II
- Virginia Department of Fire Programs Vehicle Extrication Level I
- Virginia Department of Fire Programs MAYDAY! Firefighter Down Operations Course
- Virginia Office of EMS or National Registry of EMT’s Certified EMT
- Healthcare Provider CPR
All certifications must be available and recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
*NOTE*– Personnel certified at the AEMT, Intermediate (EMT-I) or Paramedic levels are eligible for ALS Incentive Pay if all requirements listed in the Professional Development Program are met.
Knowledge/Skills: Firefighter/EMTs shall have the ability to read and comprehend written documents including, but not limited to, technical reports, textbooks, policies, and regulations. He/she shall be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. He/she shall be proficient in the principles and practices of emergency medical services (EMS), rescue, fire prevention, fire suppression, and mitigation of hazardous materials incidents (Operations level). He/she shall be familiar with the operation of fire and rescue equipment utilized by the department.
The Firefighter/EMT shall have the ability to utilize formal knowledge, personal experience, and decision making techniques to initiate an action plan to mitigate an emergency incident. He/she shall have the ability to remain calm under stressful situations and perform rationally.
The Firefighter/EMT shall be competent in the operation of fire apparatus in his/her assigned station including inspection and basic maintenance of the apparatus.
The Firefighter/EMT shall understand and comply with rules and policies of the Department and Frederick County.
Equipment essential to do the job: Fire, Rescue and Hazardous Materials Apparatus (Pumpers, Aerial Devices, Specialized Apparatus, EMS Vehicles) Ladders, Fire Hoses, Nozzles, Defibrillators, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Compressors, Power Equipment, computers and various communications and office equipment.
Physical and Mental Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
Requires considerable physical effort working continuously with average and frequently with heavy weights. Performs long periods of physical exertion including, but not limited to, climbing, balancing, flexing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, walking, running, jumping, crawling, lifting, pushing, and hoisting. Includes performing work on uneven and potentially slippery surfaces and with varying degrees of light. Operates under stressful conditions.
Work is performed in various environmental conditions including work inside and outside and in very cold to extremely hot conditions.
- Any conviction or plea of guilty or no contest to a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Any conviction of plea of guilty or no contest to any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude including but not limited to petit larceny under Section 18.2-96 of the Code of Virginia or any offense involving moral turpitude that would be a misdemeanor if committed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Crimes of moral turpitude include but limited to: fraud, all theft offenses and perjury.
- Any conviction or plea of guilty or no contest to any misdemeanor sex offense in the Commonwealth of Virginia, another state, or the United States, including but not limited to sexual battery under Section 18.2-67.4 of the Code Of Virginia or consensual sexual intercourse with a minor 15 or older under clause (ii) of Section 18.2-371 of the Code of Virginia, or domestic assault under Section 18.2-57.2 of the Code of Virginia or any offense that would be domestic assault under the laws of another state or the United States.
- Any conviction that requires the registration in the Virginia Sex Offender Registry.
- Undetected commission of any of the above crimes, as an adult.
- Has not held a valid driver’s license for a minimum of two (2) years.
- Driver’s license suspended or revoked within three years of application.
- Convicted within the past five years of any of the following:
- Operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Fleeing or eluding a police officer
- Failure to stop after an accident (hit and run)
- Operating a vehicle with a suspended license
- Participating in a speed contest or drag race
- Reckless driving or driving to endanger
- Violation of state regulations on implied consent
- Convicted within the past ten years of any of the following:
- Homicide or manslaughter with a motor vehicle
- Theft or use of a motor vehicle in the commission of felony
- Assault with a motor vehicle
- More than two convictions for motor vehicle moving violations (other than those listed in b above) during the past three years
- Involvement in two or more avoidable (at fault) accidents during the previous three years
- The illegal sale or distribution of any illegal drugs in the past 7 years.
- Any use of a controlled substance listed in Schedule I of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia in the past five years from the date of application submission is an automatic disqualifier unless you have successfully completed a drug rehabilitation program. This does not include marijuana.
- Any illegal use of a controlled substance listed in Schedule II of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia in the past two years from the date of application submission is an automatic disqualifier unless you have successfully completed a drug rehabilitation program.
- The illegal use, possession of marijuana or a derivative thereof within the previous twelve months.
Illegal drug is defined as set forth in the Federal Controlled Substance Act, 21 U.S.C. §800 et al. and by the Code of Virginia.
- Past or current gang affiliation.
- Dishonorable discharge from any military service.
- Untruthfulness and/or the intentional withholding of information on any application, interview, or paperwork associated with the position. Examples of intentional withholding of information would include deliberate inaccuracies or incomplete statements.
- Intentional failure to follow the directions outlined in the testing process or relying on others to complete any portion of the testing process.
This is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of background disqualifiers. Applicants who are successful in the initial testing will undergo a thorough background investigation, including polygraph examination. Areas of concern will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis within the context of the full investigation/review. Examples of areas of concern may include, but are not limited to:
- Reduction of charges as a result of a plea agreement or other form of sentencing disposition prior to a conviction in any of the aforementioned criminal and driving history categories.
.• Crimes committed as a juvenile, including undetected crime.
- Patterns of reckless and/or irresponsible driving.
- Multiple convictions of driving under the influence.
- Illegal drug use or possession that does not fall within the parameters defined above, including the use or possession of prescription drugs without a proper prescription.
- Less than honorable military discharge, erratic work record, or unfavorable employment references.
- Pending litigation or prosecution for criminal offenses must be resolved prior to consideration for employment. Some minor offenses are classified as Class 1 misdemeanors (e.g. littering) but would not result in automatic disqualification.
Convictions of this nature would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in the context of the full investigation/review.
Candidates that are selected to move forward in the hiring process will be invited to attend a Written and Physical Exam in March 2023.
All positions are subject to pre-employment screens such as a driving record and a criminal background check for any convictions that relate to the job duties and responsibilities.
The County’s EEO Utilization Report has been available at www.fcva.us/jobs.