City of Fort Meade
  • 07-Jun-2021 to 25-Jun-2021 (EST)
  • Fire
  • Fort Meade, FL, USA
  • pay per call
  • Other
  • Other


General Purpose:

Protects life and property by utilizing firefighting and rescue techniques; assists in fire investigations, fire prevention, and public education activities; provides emergency medical and rescue services to the public; maintains Departmental apparatus and buildings.


  1. Responds to fire alarms; utilizes proper protective clothing and equipment; removes from apparatus, transports and connects multiple lengths of hose and nozzles; directs water streams in order to suppress flames, smoke, and gases; removes from apparatus, transports and utilizes extinguishers, bars, hooks, smoke ejectors, ladders and other auxiliary equipment.
  2. Respond to non-emergency situations, including false fire alarms, elderly assists, and other non-emergency situations.
  3. Checks assigned apparatus for proper operation, including pressures, water, oil, fuel, and other fluid levels as required; operates the engine, pump, valves checks lights, brakes, batteries, radios for proper positioning, servicing, and charging.
  4. Checks tools for condition, number, and location to ensure availability, serviceability, and acceptability.
  5. Checks radio and emergency apparatus for proper operation.
  6. Drives fire engine, aerial apparatus, and rescue vehicle in emergency situations; positions apparatus; makes hose connections; operates pumps, ladders, and specialized rescue and EMS equipment.
  7. Ventilates buildings through the use of natural openings, i.e., doors, windows, and skylights and/or cutting or chopping holes in roofs, floors, or walls through the utilization of axes, power saws, or other equipment.
  8. Studies and practices training drill routines and firefighting principles; practices equipment operation, equipment maintenance, and first aid.
  9. Maintains department property; washes hose; washes, cleans, and tests apparatus and equipment; cleans and maintains building.
  10. Performs extrication using basic hand tools and/or specialized hydraulic equipment designed for that purpose; provides emergency medical service to the public utilizing basic life support and/or Emergency Medical Technician training; routinely prepares and submits reports for these activities.
  11. Assists in fire code maintenance inspections; assists Fire Prevention Bureau with fire prevention Programs, tests alarm systems, sprinkler systems, and standpipes; participates in hose testing and pump testing; prepares inspection reports.
  12. Responds to hazardous materials incidents utilizing special equipment, methods, and references in order to assess and mitigate the problem.
  13. Participates in fire training activities; attend continuing and advanced training sessions, which include firefighting techniques, emergency medical care, and the proper use of all equipment and related tools.

  1. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of 18 years of age and under 35 years of age, unless previously a full-time Firefighter as noted under state statute, at the time of the written examination.
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or legally authorized to work in the U.S. (must meet I-9 requirements).
  • Applicants must possess good character and meet all requirements per state statute.
  • Must possess a high degree of integrity, initiative, and strong work ethic with the ability to detect and avoid conflicts of interest.


  • A general knowledge of the elementary principles of mechanics.
  • Must provide proof of completion of Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and proof of passing the Ladder Climb Test with any licensed agency issued no more than 12 months prior to the written exam date.
  • CPAT and Ladder Climb certification must also be valid at the time of a conditional offer.
  • No felony convictions and no misdemeanors which preclude service as a Firefighter by state statute.


  • Successfully complete an intensive training program including but not limited to the principles and methodologies of firefighting, emergency medical services and rescue work.
  • Read and interpret building construction plans, technical manuals, and procedural guidelines.
  • Exercise sound, independent judgment.
  • To understand and follow oral and written instructions as found in Standard Operating Procedure Manuals, D.O.T. Emergency Response Guidebooks, etc. and learn from written various training materials.
  • To think and act quickly in emergency situations.
  • Effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
  • To react appropriately, quickly, and calmly under stress while deal effectively and courteously with associates and the general public.
  • Work in a limited or no visibility environment and in tight or confined spaces,
  • Perform effectively as a member of the team in carrying out the City's stated mission and philosophy.
  • Perform the essential functions of the job without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of others.
  • Ability to satisfy Background Standards.

Experience, Education and Training

Graduation from high school or equivalent.

Valid Florida Drivers License.

Physical Requirements

  • Physical strength and agility sufficient to perform strenuous work in a variety of situations including adverse weather conditions.
  • Able to climb ladders.
  • Able to work at considerable heights and in confined spaces.
  • Must successfully complete a pre-offer physical ability and fitness assessment.
  • Must successfully complete a pre-employment psychological examination in order to be employed.
  • Must successfully complete and pass a pre-offer medical examination, including drug testing.
  • Must maintain physical fitness requirements including but not limited to vision and hearing standards to assure satisfactory performance of the essential functions of the job.


Walk; crawl; climb ladders and stairways; sit for long periods of time; stand for long periods of time; lift, carry, push, or pull heavy weight; bend, squat, kneel, or twist; reach to ground level and overhead; hold and grip objects; work at heights of 100 feet or higher as required by emergency situations; observe situations, identify appropriate instructions; observe and move about fire scenes, identify appropriate actions.

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an volunteer to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Responsible For:

  • Assigned firefighting tasks.
  • Providing basic life support and extrication.
  • Routine maintenance of equipment.
  • Safe operation of City vehicles.
  • Safety to general public, self, and fellow workers.
  • Associated with the handling and maintenance of confidential information.
  • No supervisory responsibilities.

Contacts Internally and Externally:

  • Daily contact with groups of peers in a family-type environment.
  • Daily contact with victims.
  • Daily contact with general public and businesses.
  • Frequent contact with ambulance attendants, police officers, and other fire departments.

Work Environment:

  • Works in both indoor and outdoor environments.
  • Susceptible to a variety of extreme weather conditions.
  • Position involves performing hazardous tasks under adverse conditions, including physically.
  • demanding labor, emotionally stressful situations, and extreme weather.
  • Works in emergency situations.
  • Works around hazardous chemicals, gases, smoke, and fire.
  • Possibility of exposure to radiation exists.
  • Possibility of exposure to toxins (fumes, gases, asbestos, etc.) exists.
  • Works in and around dangerous buildings in confined spaces and at various heights.
  • Possibility of exposure to infection exists.
  • Works in close association with others.
  • Work includes responsibility for welfare and lives of others.
  • Frequent use of City vehicles.
  • Job requires working irregular hours without regard to weekends and holidays.

License and certifications:

  • Must possess a valid State of Florida driver's license.
  • Must possess a valid State of Florida Class B driver's license or obtain one within one hundred twenty (120) days of start date.
  • Must successfully complete an annual physical as determined by the Fire Chief.
  • Must successfully complete and maintain EMT certification within the probationary period.
  • Must successfully complete CPR certification annually.
  • Must continue and successfully complete all required formal education and training in specialized areas such as fire prevention, hazardous materials, and fire ground organization to ensure current knowledge of developments in the field of firefighting.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and volunteer and is subject to change by the City as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change.

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The City of Fort Meade is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to its Affirmative Action obligations.  The City of Fort Meade does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity, and gender expression, religious creed, disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics ), genetic information, age, marital status, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, denial of family and medical care leave, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.