Probationary Firefighter – Midland – 2022
A Probationary Firefighter, working under the supervision of Officers, is required to: work as part of a professional team, operate and maintain firefighting apparatus, equipment, and fire stations; combat fires; perform rescue work; administer designated emergency medical procedures/aid; fulfill duties of call-taker/dispatcher as required; inspect properties and equipment for fire hazards; participate in public education programs and continually upgrade skills/knowledge and physical requirements to current standards.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Ability to demonstrate independence of judgement and action in circumstances of extreme emergency where referral to a superior for instruction is not possible.
- As a shift member, assists with maintenance and custodial duties as required at the station.
- As assigned, conducts firefighting/rescue activities at emergency scenes.
- Assists and participates with in-service training as required through the Training Division; with fire-fighting and rescue operations when responding to an emergency; with investigation and determining the cause of fires.
- Assists with maintenance and testing of all vehicles and apparatus assigned to the shift; with salvage operations during and following any emergency; with the cleaning, checking replacement and readying of apparatus and equipment; with the daily operation of station and grounds to ensure proper order and condition.
- Carries out specific orders and directions as received from a superior officer in the normal course of station duties and in firefighting.
- Conduct routine duties in the maintenance of firefighting/rescue equipment and fire department property.
- Conducts and assists with fire department pre-planning as required; with Residential Home Inspections within the municipality as required.
- Ensures compliance with all Health and Safety matters in accordance with the Corporation of the Town of Midland's Health and Safety Manual and the Occupational Health and Safety Act Regulations; the Occupational Health and Safety procedures are strictly adhered to.
- Ensures the safe operation of all department equipment, fire station and other properties related to the daily operation of the department.
- Inspects property at the scene of a fire to prevent re-ignition.
- Performs such duties as required to further advance Public Information, Public Safety and Public Relations within the department; various maintenance tasks on apparatus and equipment.
- Reports directly to the shift Captain regarding activities within the department; the Fire Prevention Division on all observed fire/life safety matters.
- Responds with and has full care of firefighting/rescue apparatus to and from the scene of an emergency as both driver and pump operator.
- Responsible for rapidly and efficiently performing various duties under emergency conditions frequently involving considerable hazard.
- Must be 18 years of age or older and be legally entitled to work in Canada.
- Hold an Ontario Secondary School Diploma O.S.S.D (Grade 12) or academic equivalent
- Applicants must have successfully completed the Candidate Testing Services (CTS) (all stages). For more information, please visit www.ofai.ca. (All costs associated with the test are the responsibility of the applicant).
- A certificate of achievement for completing a Pump Operators course or an equivalent satisfactory to the Fire Chief.
- Current Standard First Aid with HCP, CPR and AED. Completion of higher level, E.M.S training is an asset.
- Possession and maintenance of a valid unrestricted Ontario Driver’s License minimum class D.Z. Applicants with more than six demerit points are ineligible for consideration.
- Have no criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted.
- Specialized rescue courses are an asset.
- Ability to work 24-hour shifts, including days/nights, weekends, and holidays.
- Shifts are: 10 hours Days shift or 14 hour Nights shift, or a schedule agreed upon
- Must be fit and able to handle the sustained, intense physical and psychological effort required to perform duties of this position.
- Demonstrate initiative, mechanical aptitude and problem-solving skills.
- Possess the following International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) certificates: (either IFSAC or Proboard is acceptable)
- IFSAC / Proboard NFPA 1001, Level I and Level II Firefighter Training
- IFSAC / Proboard NFPA 1002, Driver Operator Certification
- IFSAC / Proboard NPFA 472, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations; or
- IFSAC / Proboard NFPA 1072, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations
- Agility and strength to do prolonged and arduous work under adverse conditions.
- Ability to react quickly and remain calm under duress and strain.
- Considerable knowledge of:
- Modern firefighting techniques and fire prevention methods.
- Municipal By-laws, Provincial and Federal Acts relative to the supervisory activities of the fire department.
- Rules and regulations governing the fire department and of operational guidelines of the department.
- The municipality including its demographics, major industries, elements and hazardous occupancies.
- Water systems and water mains within the municipality.
- Thorough knowledge of:
- The operation of all apparatus and equipment and methods used in combating, extinguishing, and preventing of fires and rescue activities.
- First-aid, CPR, and inhalator practices.
- Vehicle/pump hydraulics.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
- Ability to use tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive/confidential or confrontational topics.
- Demonstrated ability to build high levels of credibility within diverse work groups as well as the ability to develop productive partnerships with a range of stakeholders.
- Physical demand requires physical exertion (e.g., lifting and maneuvering firefighting equipment) as well as standing, sitting and walking.
- Mental demands of first responder.
- Visual attention for detail and health and safety while on the job.
- Rotational shift based on average of 42-hour work week.
- Normal working environment (Fire station) contains the usual risks or discomforts as well as working in hazardous environments such as fire calls, emergency situations and inspections.
- Work in all types of weather, times, and environmental conditions.