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Non-exempt; full-time (40 hours per week during Academy; 48 hours per week when assigned to duty); varying days and hours as scheduled; full benefitsThis is a sworn entry-level position in Frederick County's professional fire and rescue service. When assigned to duty, this skilled position provides a full range of fire/rescue services including firefighting, rescue and emergency medical services (EMS), as well as routine non-emergency assignments. Supervision and direction are received from the fire/rescue station supervisor and/or through the chain of command, however Firefighters must frequently exercise independent judgment and discretion. Work station and duty assignment will be determined by the County. Shifts may be scheduled for 24 hours on-duty/48 hours off-duty (7-day schedule), 12 hours per day (4 days per week), or other shift rotations as determined by the County.

 Examples of Work:

Usual duties will include response in emergency vehicles to render aid to sick and injured persons and provide EMS patient care at a wide variety of emergency incidents. In addition to EMS duties, Firefighters will respond to and extinguish fires and effect rescues; drive and operate emergency vehicles and equipment; maintain equipment and emergency vehicle readiness by performing regular maintenance and tests; write comprehensive fire, rescue and medical reports regarding incidents; perform routine maintenance of the fire and rescue station; assist with routine administrative tasks; maintain knowledge of current roads, water supplies and building pre-plans; conduct routine fire safety inspections; maintain knowledge of current Maryland Protocols; and perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • High school graduation or the equivalent
  • Minimum age 21 years on the date of application
  • Possession of a valid MD Non-Commercial class A or B driver's license (or an equivalent license), or a valid automobile operator's license with ability to obtain the MD Non-Commercial class A or B license (or an equivalent license) by the end of the probationary period ~ some station assignments require the Non-Commercial class A license due to specialized apparatus
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Frederick County Employee Driving Permit
  • Ability to successfully complete the Firefighter Recruit Academy (required prior to station assignment)
  • Ability to maintain minimum EMS certification or licensure as determined by the employee’s post-academy station assignment
  • Ability to successfully complete periodic physical fitness training and job-related re-certifications
  • Ability to apply training to respond quickly, calmly and effectively in emergency situations, demonstrating good judgment and independent action
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, volunteer fire/rescue personnel and the general public
  • Ability to maintain professional attitude, appearance and manner of performance
  • Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communication skills, including the ability to understand and effectively carry out written and spoken orders and standard operating procedures
  • Physical requirements include the ability to lift at least 100 pounds; to respond to the spontaneous physical demands of comprehensive fire/rescue and EMS duties, all of which may require standing, walking, crawling, lifting, bending, stooping, driving, climbing stairs and ladders, working at extreme heights, and working indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions. Examples of these fire/rescue and EMS activities include: respond to all manner of emergency calls; rescue persons from hazardous situations; lift patients of any size/weight using various devices; use manual, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic and power tools during firefighting/rescue efforts; wear and use specialized protective gear including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)
  • Physical requirements necessitate that facial hair is maintained to properly wear SCBA full- and half-piece air purifying respirators and other job-specific safety equipment, and pass SCBA fit test throughout employment
  • College degree or college credits; and/or
  • National Registry EMT-I or National Registry EMT-P, current at time of conditional job offer

Additional Information/Examination Process:

  • Ability to successfully complete the post-academy in-station probationary period
  • Available for all shifts as assigned and on-call as needed
  • Satisfactory background investigation
  • Abstinence from all tobacco use
  • The probationary period for this position is 18 months
  • Secondary employment will not be approved for DFRS personnel before successful completion of the probationary period
  • A training reimbursement agreement is required; applies if employee terminates employment within 36 months from hire and accepts other Fire/EMS related work within 1 year from termination date
  • This position is subject to random drug testing
  • Specified certifications, licenses and physical abilities stated above must be maintained throughout term of employment
  • Firefighter-Recruits who successfully complete the Firefighter-Recruit Academy are eligible for upgrade to Firefighter I at higher pay grade
EXAMINATION PROCESS (may include): (candidate must successfully complete each step to proceed to the next)
1) An evaluation of application information
2) An entry-level written examination
3) Fitness for duty CPAT (IAFF/IAFC)
4) A spoken examination administered before a panel
5) One or more interviews
6) A pre-employment psychological examination
7) A pre-employment physical examination and drug test (NFPA standards) with determination of tobacco use (disqualifier)

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