APPLICATION: 

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 STEVENVILLE RURAL FIRE DISTRICT JOB DISCRIPTIONS

            Introduction

            As a member of the Stevensville Fire Department, personnel at all levels work together to achieve common goals. In a volunteer organization it is required to understand all positions within the organizational structure. When personnel are limited, it may be required to act out of class and perform duties to the best of your abilities at emergencies normally preformed by more qualified personnel. The following areas apply to all personnel at all levels in our organization as outlined in these sections of this document, Representative Duties, Work Environment, and Mental/Motor Demands.

            Each classification or position has unique roles and responsibilities; these are outlined in the Distinguishing Features for the Classification of: section of this document.

            While the following job descriptions outline major responsibilities of the job it should be understood that other duties and assignments may be required. 

            Representative Duties

                        Fire department personnel respond to fire, aircraft, emergency medical and other emergency alarms and assists in all operations necessary to insure the confinement and extinguishment of fires or the elimination of other hazardous conditions; assists in the evacuation of endangered persons from hazardous locales; connects and lays hose lines; operates hose nozzles and other fire extinguishing appliances in an efficient manner to reduce water or other damage; raises, lowers, and climbs ladders; uses hand and power tools; makes forcible entry into buildings or other property; opens up walls and other structures; enters burning buildings or other locations (if interior qualified), protects property through salvage and clean-up operations by using salvage covers, brooms, mops, shovels and similar equipment; replaces broken or ruptured sprinkler heads to prevent unnecessary water damage; operates rescue equipment and administers first aid and CPR (if medically qualified), assists in getting equipment and apparatus prepared for further alarms after a fire or emergency; assists as needed in investigations of fires to determine their origin; conducts fire prevention education programs in schools; gives talks and demonstrations to various adult groups; serves on special duty at public gatherings and other occasions; gives information and assists visitors at the fire stations; attends instructional classes, training sessions, and drills; studies technical periodicals and publications; studies local conditions and factors affecting fire operations; assists in maintaining fire apparatus, equipment, stations, and ground; performs routine housekeeping duties; washes, polishes, services and repairs equipment; assists in hydrant maintenance; under direction, performs simple administrative duties such as research, report writing and record keeping.

Work Environment

            (The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that fire personnel will encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

1.             While performing the duties of this job fire department personnel constantly works around others, works with the public and works inside and outside in all environmental conditions. Fire department personnel may work in confined areas.  Fire department personnel infrequently work alone, Fire department personnel frequently work around noise and near moving objects.

2.             The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Mental/Motor Demands

(The mental/motor demands described here are representative of those an employee will encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

1.           While performing the duties of this job, fire department personnel frequently have co-worker support available. Fire department personnel frequently exercise flexibility (the ability to shift from one task to another).  Guidance and reinforcement are frequently available. Fire department personnel are involved in social interactions which consistently requires oral communications and occasionally may require written communications.

2.             Memory, reasoning, problem solving and exercising judgment are frequently used/required on the job.

Distinguishing Features for the Classification of:

FIREFIGHTER

             Under the general supervision of a Fire Officer a Firefighter may be required to efficiently perform tasks assigned by the Fire Officer. Firefighters work closely with other personnel in the normal performance of duties, although infrequent independent decisions and actions affecting life and property may be required.  These duties require a knowledge and understanding of the fire suppression and fire prevention principles, practices and methods used in the operation of a modern fire department.  A Firefighter may be expected to direct and assist small personnel units at selected times during emergencies and may assume other duties as situations dictate.

E.M.T.

                 Under the general supervision of the incident commander emergency medical technician (E.M.T.) works as part of a team that include other fire, medical and private ambulance personnel with a goal to deliver medical treatment and transport to an appropriate facility. Individuals are required to maintain current certification as an E.M.T. with the State of Montana as well as staying current on techniques and industry trends through continuing education. An E.M.T. may be expected to direct and assist small personnel units at selected times during emergencies and may assume other duties as situations dictate.

ENGINEER

                An Engineer is responsible for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of all fire apparatus and equipment assigned for use in Stevensville Fire Department.  An Engineer may function as a company commander in certain situations.  The Fire Apparatus Engineer works in close coordination with an immediate supervisor. This classification requires a knowledge and understanding of fire suppression and fire prevention principles, practices and methods used in the operation of a modern fire department. The Fire Engineer must be familiar with the streets, water systems and buildings throughout the jurisdiction.

LIEUTENANT

                A Lieutenant has direct charge and is responsible for the supervision, operation and administration of an operational unit of the fire department.  A Lieutenant works relatively independent in supervising all technical and general operations.  A Lieutenant may assume the duties of a higher ranking officer when the situation dictates. This classification requires a knowledge and understanding of fire suppression and fire prevention principles, practices and methods used in the operation of a modern fire department.  A Lieutenant is a developmental position within the fire department and generally seeks training and knowledge to advance to the position of captain.

CAPTAIN

            A Captain has direct charge and is responsible for the supervision, operation and administration of an operational unit of the fire department.  A Captain works relatively independent in supervising all technical and general operations. A Captain may assume the duties of higher ranking officers when the situation dictates. This classification requires a knowledge and understanding of fire suppression and fire prevention principles, practices and methods used in the operation of a modern fire department.

ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF

               Supervises fire department personnel at training and emergency incidents, may assume command of incidents. Enforces rules and SOP's for the department and completes duties as directed by the Fire Chief. This classification requires a knowledge and understanding of fire suppression and fire prevention principles, practices and methods used in the operation of a modern fire department.  The Assistant Chief may be required to represent the Stevensville Fire Department at public functions and professional events. Detailed job duties as required by the State of Montana can be found in Montana Code Annotated in 7-33-2001 Fire chief -- powers and duties and MCA 7-33-4104.

FIRE CHIEF

              Plans, directs, supervises, and coordinates emergency and non-emergency operations for the Stevensville Fire Department. The Fire chief works with city and                   fire district personnel in development of the Fire Department Budget. Supervises fire department personnel at training and emergency incidents, may assume                  command of incidents. The Chief Enforces rules and SOP's for the Stevensville Fire Department. This classification requires a knowledge and understanding of fire                 suppression and fire prevention principles, practices and methods used in the operation of a modern fire department. The Chief may be required to represent the                  Stevensville Fire Department at public functions and professional events. Detailed job duties as required by the State of Montana can be found in Montana Code              Annotated in 7-33-2001 Fire chief -- powers and duties and MCA 7-33-4104.

SUPPORT

           Support personnel provide many levels of support to the Stevensville Fire Department. These duties range from cleaning stations to apparatus maintenance                       during drills. Support also can be assigned projects and support for special events in the fire department. During emergencies support personnel may be                             assigned activities to support operations like delivery of supplies, food & drink as examples. Generally, support is a non retirement position. At the departments              discretion personnel with 15 years or more may be allowed to finish their retirement time in support due to extenuating circumstances. Support personnel are                  eligible to accrue hours toward reimbursement and the haberdashery.    

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

            The Administrative Assistant may or may not be a firefighter. This position operates under the direction of the Fire Chief and performs                        clerical duties as assigned. Examples of typical duties are, completing fire reports, taking minutes at meetings, compiling data for reports,                  developing agendas and special projects as assigned. As a paid position hours while performing duties will not count toward retirement or                reimbursement.