• Recruit Firefighter in Knoxville, TN

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    Employment Type
    Regular Part-Time
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    Job Summary:

    Fire Recruit is the entry-level position, which under close supervision, gains an understanding of lifesaving and firefighting methods through academic instructions and specialized training. Recruits may respond to fire alarms, emergency and non-emergency calls to prevent or extinguish fires and to protect life and property including rescue and salvage operations. Incumbents are also responsible for cleaning, maintaining and repairing fire department property and equipment.


    Essential Functions:



    • Participates in all required training sessions, including, but not limited to; live fire drills, performance evaluation drills, ongoing skills maintenance, practice and training, annual OSHA drills, EMS major skills and any other mandatory Company training.


    Customer Service

     Work requires cooperative/supportive interaction with co-workers and supervisors.

    • Work requires interaction with representatives of other fire departments and local, state and federal agencies. 



    • Portable radios are used as a means of communication. 
    • Must conduct all radio communications in a professional, respectful manner. 



    • Reviews paperwork for accuracy and correct process.
    • Must participate in scheduled and unscheduled onsite compliance audits.
    • Implements corrective/preventive measures as determined by the Corporate Compliance/Audit Committee.
    • Cooperates with Internal Audit, Compliance and HR on any recommendations and changes to compliance and legal workflow issues.
    • Takes swift and immediate action in accordance with Internal Audit and Corporate Compliance on any areas of concern.
    • Complies and enforces all policies and procedures.
    • Has successfully completed all required Compliance Training within the required time period.
    • Has had no compliance related corrective action during the current review period.


    Additional Duties:

    • Perform other duties as directed or assigned that are specific to the local operation. 



    • Must be at least 18 year of age by the date of appointment.
    • Driving record must be acceptable after review by national Risk Management.

    Education Requirements:

    • High School diploma or GED required.


    Physical Requirements:  

    • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    • While performing the duties of this job, fire department personnel are frequently required to walk, sit, climb, crawl, kneel, bend, stoop, lift, talk, see, hear, feel, use clear speech and operate machinery.   There is a need to reach and perform moderate (20-50 pounds) and infrequent heavy (50-200 pounds) lifting during the use of tools and equipment, and while assisting others while extinguishing fires or treating ill/injured persons.
    • Firefighting may require an annual pack test.  The Pack test refers to work capacity tests used to qualify individuals for Wildland firefighting duty.  The pack test measures aerobic capacity, muscular strength and muscular endurance.  The pack test requires completion at the arduous endurance level:  a 3-mile hike with a 45-pound pack to be completed within 45 minutes. 


    Cognitive/Psychosocial/Mental Requirements:

    • Occasionally: Analyzing, judgment.
    • Frequently: Problem solving, decision making, reasoning.
    • Constantly: Work requires the ability to read and write reports, follow orders and instructions and read fire manuals. General math calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


    Stress Factors:

    • Frequently: Repetitive tasks, high pressure.
    • Occasionally: Fatigue, intense tasks


    Equipment Operated:

    Ground ladders, portapower units, bolt cutters, water cut off tools, sledge hammers, lug wrenches, hand truck, battering ram, water rescue boat, life throw rings, knives, chain saws, hand saws, pinch bars, fire extinguishers, portable lights, life vests, jet skis, fire hoses, nozzles, axes, ceiling hooks, pry bars, power saws, ladders, heavy fans, shovels, ropes, hydraulic extrication equipment, fire engine, radios, generators, gloves, helmet, safety glasses, safety shoes, standard Microsoft Windows and Office software, printers, Fire incident reporting system, firehouse software.


    Working Conditions:

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Work is performed primarily in an indoor office environment; Firefighting, Medical Services and Rescue duties may be performed in or outdoors in potentially adverse conditions, such as, but not limited to: extreme heat, cold, wet, humid, and loud situations.


    EEO Statement

    Global Medical Response and its family of companies including American Medical Response is an Equal Opportunity Employer including Veterans and Disabled


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