• Full Time
  • Olathe, KS
  • Salary: $42,500.00 - $75,000.00 Annually

Website City of Olathe

"Setting the Standard for Excellence in Public Service"

Job Description:

The Firefighter – EMT responds to fire alarms, medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents, urban search & rescue and other calls to protect life and property; participates in all-hazards risk reduction and training; and maintains cleanliness of fire department facilities and readiness of firefighting equipment.

The Firefighter – Paramedic responds to fire alarms, medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents, urban search & rescue and other calls to protect life and property; participates in all-hazards risk reduction and training; and maintains cleanliness of fire department facilities and readiness of firefighting equipment; holds primary responsibility for the readiness of medical equipment; provides medical treatment at the paramedic level as authorized by the Johnson County Medical Protocols and the Standard Operating Guidelines of the Olathe Fire Department.

Key Responsibilities:
– Respond to fire alarms with assigned company; lay and connect hose; maintain pumping apparatus; hold nozzles and direct water streams; raise and climb ladders; ventilate burning structures; enter buildings to evacuate occupants.
– Perform search and rescue of individuals in hazardous environments including collapsed buildings, auto accidents, hazardous material spills, and confined spaces.
– Obtain and preserve evidence at a fire scene; participate in determining fire origins and causes.
– Operate all types of fire operation and rescue equipment.
– Respond to a variety of general emergency rescue calls including auto accidents, gas system leaks and animals in distress.
– Provide training and instruction of special rescue skills; teach and demonstrate special techniques.
– Inspect building structures for pre-emergency planning and compliance with fire codes; prepare reports and citations; explain City fire codes and fire prevention policies and procedures to the public.
– Participate in fire drills; attend training sessions on firefighting techniques, emergency medical care and the proper use of all equipment and related tools.
– Obtain adequate continuing education units to maintain specific EMT or Paramedic Certification.

EMT Specific:
– Respond to emergency medical incidents; analyze patient needs and administer basic emergency medical care; assist paramedics at medical emergencies.

Paramedic Specific:
– Respond to emergency medical incidents; provide advanced and basic emergency medical procedures to the sick and injured as defined in the Johnson County Medical Protocols.
– Must be proficient with medical protocols, all medical equipment and medications utilized by the Olathe Fire Department.  Must also be proficient with all fire department policies in reference to the Management of Controlled Substances.
– Responsible for checking and maintaining all medical equipment and medications.

Experience & Education:

EMT Specific: 
– High school diploma or GED.
– EMT certification
– Two years of firefighting experience is preferred.

Paramedic Specific:
– High school diploma or GED.
– National Registry or state paramedic certification and college level course work in fire science, fire administration or a related field.
– Two years of firefighting experience and/or two years’ experience as a certified paramedic, preferable.

LICENSE & CERTIFICATION(S)

– KS Driver’s License or ability to obtain; non-commercial Class B or other state equivalent. (required)
– Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certificate. (required)
Must be current or obtained within date range, 8/12/2019 – 11/15/2019.
– Fire Service Entrance Exam (FSEE) certificate. (required)
– Firefighter I or II certificates (preferred)

EMT Specific
– Ability to obtain a Kansas EMT certificate and/or National Registry EMT certificate.

Paramedic Specific
– Ability to obtain Kansas Paramedic certificate and/or National Registry Paramedic certificate.
Supplemental Information:
– Lateral Transfer paid firefighters can receive credit for full-time previous years of service at the discretion of the Fire Chief.
– Sign-on Bonus:  firefighter-paramedic upon completion of department preceptorship paramedic program, $1,500.

Hiring Procedures
– Complete application and supplement
– Verification of required certification; EMT / Paramedic, CPAT, FSEE
– Oral board interview
– Interview with members of the Fire Department Senior Management Team
– Contingent offer of employment
– Background check which includes criminal history, education verification, and driving license.
– Job fit analysis evaluation
– Reference check investigation
– Post offer employment physical exam and drug screen
– Proposed start date, 1/27/2020

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