Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Requires a High School diploma or GED.
Must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license with an acceptable driving history.
Within one year of employment must obtain and maintain State of Georgia Firefighting Certification, NPQ 1, NPQ 2, Hazmat Operations, and First Responder.
Necessary Special Requirements:
- Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
- An applicant cannot have a felony conviction in the past ten years before their appointment, except for the provision outlined in O.C.G.A. 25-4-8 provision. O.C.G.A. 25-4-8, which address the inmate firefighters’ program through the Georgia Department of Corrections.
The Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council shall be the final authority with respect to authorizing employment and certification. In accordance with O.C.G.A. 25-4-8, a person who is seeking employment cannot have been convicted of a felony in any jurisdiction or of a crime, which if committed in this state, would constitute a felony under the laws of this state within ten years prior to employment, provided that a person who has been convicted of a felony more than five but less than ten years prior to employment may be certified and employed as a firefighter when the person has:
(A) Successfully completed a training program following the Georgia Fire Academy curriculum and sponsored by the Department of Corrections;
(B) Been recommended to a fire department by the proper authorities at the institution at which the training program was undertaken; and
(C) Met all other requirements as set forth in this chapter.
This classification trains to prevent, suppress and extinguish fires and to perform other related firefighting activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this position. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the position as necessary.
Responds to emergency calls for fire suppression, medical assistance, hazardous materials incidents, motor vehicle accidents, natural disasters, explosions, bomb threats, downed power lines, and other emergency situations; responds to instructions from dispatcher; contacts appropriate related agencies as needed.
Provides protection of life and property; suppresses, controls and extinguishes fires; performs search, rescue, extrication of victims, and forcible entries; assists individuals from burning structures; establishes openings in buildings for entrance, ventilation, or salvage; ventilates smoke and gas from buildings; performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water, and removing debris; assists with cleanup activities; exercises control of emergency situations until relieved by a superior officer.
Responds to a variety of emergency calls requiring the administration of basic first aid and medical treatment.
Checks and maintains stock of equipment and supplies on fire vehicles and in fire station; re-loads equipment and apparatus following response to emergency calls; assists in preparing apparatus for subsequent emergencies and in testing personal equipment, hoses/pumps, and other tools and apparatus; and ensures the emergency medical service equipment is properly stocked and operational.
Trains to achieve a comprehensive, current knowledge and awareness of applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures; maintains an awareness of new equipment, procedures, trends and advances in the profession; participates in physical fitness training, training drills and other continuing education activities; attends shift meetings, workshops and seminars as appropriate.
Participates in fire prevention, pre-fire planning and other fire education activities; conducts fire safety programs, apparatus displays and skills demonstrations; conducts tours of fire station and fire trucks; participates in community events and fund raisers.
Performs general maintenance tasks necessary to keep vehicles, buildings, quarters, apparatus, equipment and tools in operable condition, which may include inspecting/testing equipment, replacing fluids, greasing equipment, replacing parts, washing/cleaning equipment, cleaning quarters, or grounds maintenance; monitors equipment operations to maintain efficiency and safety; reports faulty equipment for necessary maintenance work.
- Performs other related duties as required.