We ARE still accepting applications.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have extended the application period. Applications will be accepted between March 2, 2020 and will close at 5:00 PM on July 10, 2020.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION:
The functions listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. Duties that are not specifically listed are not excluded from those required of the position, if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.
- Respond to fire alarms, emergency medical calls and other requests for assistance to protect life and property in accordance with departmental policies, procedures and chain of command.
- Respond to emergency medical care calls as assigned for assistance to sick or injured people and treat them according to Advanced Life Support (ALS) guidelines.
- Respond to accidents, disasters, emergency rescues, searches, and any other emergency situation as directed by superior officers.
- Assists in rescue and mitigation response to Hazardous Material’s emergencies.
- Participates in specialized rescue operations, such as vehicle extrication, high-angle rescues, confined spaces, swift water, collapsed buildings, trench collapse, etc.
- Participate in drills and training classes in fire-science, emergency first-aid, medical emergency techniques and response, hazardous material handling, fire station/equipment maintenance and other related subjects.
- Operate pumps and apparatus; use ladders, hoses and other fire suppression equipment.
- Use portable fire extinguishers; pry bars, pike poles, axes, and other fire suppression equipment including power tools (chainsaw, K-12, PPV).
- Perform salvage and overhaul to minimize damage to structures and their contents, including cleanup and water removal after the fire.
- Upon qualification, may be required to drive mobile fire apparatus when assigned.
- Cleans and inspects all issued Firefighting/EMS equipment, and assists in the maintenance of general cleanliness in and about the fire station.
- Assists with lifting, loading, and transporting patients from various emergency scenes, and from difficult and hazardous locations into ambulances.
- Assists with gathering patient information from the injured/ill, as well as from stressed family members/others.
- Transport victims to hospitals when necessary and/or directed, and may communicate with the hospital’s emergency room physician while in route.
- Participates in the performance of pre-fire planning to include completing appropriate associated paperwork.
- Assists with securing and protecting fire scenes to preserve potential evidence when arson may be suspected.
- May be required to testify in court on cases concerning emergency responses of the Lawton Fire Department.
- Conducts tours of fire station facilities; provides directions to citizens as requested.
- Follows departmental policies, rules & regulations, and standard operating guidelines for firefighting, as well as directives from superior officers.
- Subject to call back to duty in case of major emergencies.
- Performs other work-related duties as assigned when not responding to emergencies.
- Assist in daily apparatus maintenance to include checking oil levels, tire pressure, other fluid levels.
- Perform routine tests and inspections of air packs, ropes, safety belts and other miscellaneous equipment.
- Minor repair of hoses and other firefighting equipment as necessary.
- Assist in testing of fire hydrants and hoses as necessary.
- Perform care, maintenance, and cleaning of station, equipment, and grounds.
- Assists with the performance of record keeping duties as required for maintenance of equipment, inventory, fire and emergency statistical data and other records.
- Attend seminars and training sessions as assigned.
- Learn and stay familiar with local geography, streets, apartments, and conditions that could potentially affect fire operations.
- Assist with the Department’s Public Education, Fire Safety, and Community Outreach Programs.
- May be required to fill and service fire extinguishers for city facilities.
- Acquire and maintain specialized training/certification as required.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Knowledge of Basic English grammar and simple sentence structure.
- Knowledge of current city streets.
- Ability to make decisions under stress and non-stress conditions.
- Ability to work in all kinds of weather.
- Ability to make decisions based upon concrete and abstract factors requiring a high degree of accuracy.
- Ability to work steadily, quickly and accurately under stress conditions.
- Skill in handling and lifting heavy objects.
- Ability to frequently make decisions under stress for which the firefighter is held accountable.
- Ability to risk lives to save lives when life and death situations occur.
- Ability to work in situations which are repetitive in nature.
- Ability to be available to respond to fires, medical calls, and other emergencies as necessary at all hours, day or night.
- Ability to work under stressful conditions during actual firefighting situations as well as other emergency response which may involve severe injury, loss of life, and/or loss of property.
- Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with fellow workers.
- Ability to work with high degree of team effort and coordination of activities.
- Ability to deal with the public in a courteous and professional manner.
- Ability to frequently deal with distraught persons.
- Knowledge of, and skill in, the operation and maintenance of various types of medical equipment with ability to supervise its effective use.
- Knowledge of the State and Federal regulations that govern the delivery of ALS medical services.
- Must successfully complete the Lawton Fire Department Physical Assessment Test.
- Must pass the Lawton Fire Department written test.
- Must be able to pass an Oklahoma Fire Pension physical and qualify to enter the pension system if not already a member.
- Must be at least 18 years old at date of hire.
- Successful completion of 12 months probation period.
Required Training and Licensure/Certifications
- Must possess High School diploma or GED.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid Oklahoma Driver's License by date of hire.
- Successful completion of State and National Advanced-EMT licensure/certification within one year of date of hire.
- Successful completion of the Basic Fire Training Course required by the Lawton Fire Department.
- Must be able to obtain HAZ-MAT Awareness for First Responder, HAZ-MAT Operations for First Responder, and Firefighter I & II, within the first year of employment and/or prior to completion of probation.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
- Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.
- To withstand very physically taxing situations.
- Running various distances, climbing, jumping, crawling, or otherwise surmount physical obstacles in fire fighting.
- Wearing assigned protective clothing and equipment
- Walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time
- Moving equipment and persons
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
- Ability to Work 24-hour shifts, averaging 56-hour week,
- Work is performed indoors, in vehicles and in outdoor settings, in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night.
- Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations.
- Individual is exposed to loud audible alarms and sirens, as well as to other hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, including smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, solvents and oils.
- Individual occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid and slippery and icy conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.
- Additional hazards include emergency driving, dangerous animals, electrical hazards, traffic control and natural and man-made disasters.
This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. The “safety sensitive” positions in the following categories may be subject to periodic random drug testing pursuant to City of Lawton Administrative Policy 3-02: Drug & Alcohol-Free Workplace. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. The categories listed are inclusive of City of Lawton jobs only.
- Police Officers or Peace Officers;
- Employees authorized to carry firearms;
- Employees with drug interdiction responsibilities;
- Employees that work in direct contact with inmates;
- Employees engaged in activities which directly affect the safety of others.
The duties listed in this description 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 employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
To apply for the position of Firefighter with the Lawton Fire Department, you must download the application packet below and complete the application packet in its entirety. Make sure you write legibly on the application. Once you have completed the packet, scan the application packet into your computer as one (1) document, in PDF format only, and then email the file to @email. When you assemble the application packet to scan, keep it in the same order as when you received it, there is a checklist page at the front of the packet.
Remember, first impressions are important, please write legibly and have your packet in order before submitting. The packet will go to the department for review just as it is submitted.
Your packet MUST be received in Human Resources via email by 5:00 PM on Friday, July 10th, 2020. No late applications will be accepted unless there is an email problem and the problem is due to the City of Lawton network, confirmed by the City of Lawton Information Technology Services department.
Make sure you keep all of your original documents, you must bring them with you to the Physical Assessment test or you will not be allowed to participate.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.
How To Apply ?
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