Firefighter/EMT I (Basic) and Firefighter/EMT II (Paramedic)

City of Highland Park

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Contact Information

Address:

City of Highland Park
1707 St Johns Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 12/01/23

Salary:

  • Starting 2024:

    • Firefighter/EMT I - $80,872 with a max salary of $108,187
    • Firefighter/EMT II (Paramedic) - $85,723 with a max salary of $113,801

    Pension eligible position.

Sworn:

  • 60

Population:

  • 30,000

Position Details

The City of Highland Park is now accepting applications for the positions of Firefighter/EMT I (Basic) and Firefighter/EMT II (Paramedic).

Applicants with either an EMT-B or EMT-P certification are encouraged to apply!

Primary Purpose:

Performs a variety of hazardous tasks when engaged in combating, extinguishing and preventing fires; in answering emergency medical calls, extricating and rescuing individuals from fires and entrapment; treating the sick and injured and in operation and maintenance of fire department equipment, apparatus and quarters.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attends training courses; reads and understands assigned materials related to emergency medical care, firefighting and fire prevention.
  • Performs the necessary tasks associated with the certified level of EMT-B or EMT-P such as taking blood pressure, administering oxygen, removing obstructions from airways, inserting IV's, giving emergency drugs, performing optimum CPR and Cardio-version, and maintains the prescribed level of certification.
  • Responds to fire alarms with a company; operates pumps, aerial ladders and auxiliary equipment; lays and connects hose; holds nozzles; directs fog or water streams; raises and extends ladders; forces entry using axes, hammers or other tools; uses chemical extinguishers, bars, hooks, lines and other equipment.
  • Is comfortable wearing and using self-contained breathing apparatus.
  • Investigates fire causes and origins under the direction of an officer.
  • Ventilates burning buildings by opening windows and skylights using power equipment or by chopping holes in roofs and floors; breaches and removes walls, floors and ceilings; searches for and removes persons from danger; administers first aid to injured persons; performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, vacuuming and removing water, cleaning up and removing debris.
  • Responds to vehicle accident scenes and performs extrication techniques using specialized heavy hydraulic equipment during emergency situations.
  • Moves accident and illness victims onto ambulance cots and lifts, rolls, carries and otherwise moves such victims and cots as necessary.
  • Responds to and mitigates hazardous materials leaks and spills.
  • Rescues victims trapped in a variety of situations including, but not limited to: confined spaces, above- and below-grade situations, trenches, structural collapses, and in/under water and/or ice. Participates in live fire, rope and other rescue, rappelling and hazardous materials training.
  • Attends classes in firefighting, rescue and emergency medical care.
  • Performs general maintenance work in the up-keep of fire department property; prepares and submits reports and forms regarding alarms, supplies, equipment and other matters pertaining to his/her unit.
  • Makes minor repairs to property and equipment; washes, hangs and dries hoses, washes, cleans and disinfects equipment and apparatus.
  • Relays orders, instructions and information accurately.
  • Tests fire hydrants and records flow information for department use.
  • Performs assigned fire inspections, checks building exits and related structures and appurtenances for compliance with fire prevention ordinances.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education: Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school.
  • Experience: Previous firefighting experience desired but not required.
  • Certification or License: Certification in the Illinois Fireman-ship Program at Firefighter II. Certification in the Illinois Fireman-ship Program at Firefighter III is desirable. Certification from the State of Illinois as an EMT-B.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Proficiencies:

  • Ability to read and write the English language.
  • Ability to learn the street system and physical layout of the city.
  • Ability to climb ladders and work at considerable heights, and also to work well below grade in dark, confined spaces.
  • Ability to learn a wide variety of firefighting duties and methods within a reasonable working test period.
  • Ability to adapt to a number of different situations that could all happen at the same time.
  • Ability to learn ambulance procedures and operations, learn patient care and how to deal with serious patient trauma.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to learn to operate all fire and medical apparatuses and equipment and to share knowledge of one's own individual skills and expertise.
  • Ability to swim enough to be able to retrieve objects from – and maneuver in – lakes, rivers, ponds, pools, and tubs of depths greater than the employee's height.
  • Have good health and strength sufficient to perform arduous work and motivation to maintain personal fitness and wellness.
  • Possess a positive mental attitude with the desire and motivation to achieve a higher position on the department through attendance of classes and self-study.
  • Ability to pass the State of Illinois requirement for licensure for driving and operating emergency vehicles.

Between the ages of 21 and 34 at time of hire.

For more information, or to apply visit:

https://www.cityhpil.com/careers



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