The work involves responsibility for the combined functions of preventing, controlling and suppression of fires and providing emergency medical services to residents of a fire district. The employee may operate specially equipped emergency medical vehicles in the transport of victims to area hospitals in addition to operating fire apparatus. The employee, having completed the appropriate level of EMT certification, renders initial medical services to persons requiring medical assistance. Detailed instructions, inspections and training, from a superior, are given on the causes, prevention and control of fires. The employee performs routine maintenance and custodial work on the station and equipment when not performing the primary responsibility of the class. Work is reviewed during firefighting operations and maintenance for acceptable procedures by a superior. Employees are required to recertify on a periodic basis to maintain certification. Supervision is not exercised in this class. Does related work as required.




When Engaged In Firefighting:


Operates and maintains fire apparatus.

Responds to fire alarms and emergency calls with fire company.

Lays and connects hoselines and nozzles; turns water on and off.

Holds fire hose and directs stream.

Operates a pressure pump.

Puts up and climbs ladders, makes opening in structures for the purpose of ventilating and enters burning buildings when necessary.

Removes persons from burning buildings.

Performs salvage operations at scene of fire, such as covering furniture with tarpaulins and cleaning up debris.

Learns and practices new methods.

Receives and transmits fire alarms.

Performs miscellaneous clerical work when assigned, such as keeping office records, typing, filing.

Makes periodic inspections of buildings for fire hazards.

Performs a variety of tasks in connection with the maintenance and repairs of buildings and grounds.

Performs janitorial duties at station, such as polishing, cleaning, and washing.


When Engaged In EMT Function: (Depending on level of EMT certification)


Operates specially equipped vehicle to respond to medical emergencies and provide advanced life support services to stabilize persons in life threatening situations resulting from trauma and other medical emergencies.

Provides medical emergency service to accident or other emergency victims such as extraction, splinting and immobilization, administration of oxygen, suctioning, insertion of airways, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, emergency childbirth, electrocardiogram, administering and monitoring injections, anti-shock suit, defibrillation.

Monitors and transmits vital signs of pulse, blood pressure and respiration and transmits biomedical information via telemetry such as electrocardiograms.

Performs direct medical tasks on persons requiring advance emergency services at the direction of a monitoring physician such as defibrillation.

Administers oral, intramuscular, and intravenous medications as directed by monitoring physician via two-way radio with the emergency vehicle.

Applies rescue techniques and knowledge to effect the safety of persons trapped in vehicles and those stranded or endangered by unusual circumstances.

Maintains proficiency in State Basic or Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certification.

May assist in the development and implementation of an operational plan for major catastrophes and natural disaster in order to respond to medical emergencies.

Maintains or has others maintain records of emergency responses, patient treatment and problems encountered and their solutions rendered in the course of their shift.

Participates in emergency medical training of other firefighters and coordinate emergency medical services on site.








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Good knowledge of emergency medical technician policies, procedures and standards.

Working knowledge of mechanical principles and devices.

Ability to reason clearly and to retain sound judgment during periods of crisis; mental alertness.

Ability to select the proper course of action in firefighting situations.

Ability to read dials and gauges and to use various hand tools.

Ability to perform emergency medical technical procedures.

Ability to establish and maintain a productive working relationship with fellow employees and the general public.

Ability to recognize fire hazards.

Willingness to perform tasks assigned.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.




Age: Candidates must be eighteen (18) years of age.


Education: Candidates must be high school graduates or holders of high school equivalency diplomas issued by an education department of any of the states of the United States, or holders of comparable diplomas issued by any commonwealth, territory or possession of the United States or by the Canal Zone, or holders of reports from the United States armed forces certifying successful completion of the test related to general education development, high school level.


Citizenship: Candidates must be citizens of the United States at time of appointment.


License: When required to operate a motor vehicle, possession of a valid New York State NON-CDL or CDL, including any special endorsements, as required for the type of vehicle being operated.




At time of appointment, candidates must possess a current certification from the New York State Department of Health as an Emergency Medical Technician - Basic, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician or Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic, depending on the area of assignment.



Revised: February 19, 2019