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  • Firefighter/Paramedic

    Town of Westford
    Job Description
    Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
    Position Summary:
    Under supervision, engages directly in firefighting and fire prevention activities and the savings of lives and property.  Maintains and cleans Fire Department buildings, equipment, and does related work as required. Provides Advanced Life Support including medical evaluation, treatment and stabilization of the critically ill and injured; responds to emergency rescue situations involving potential loss of life or bodily injury; maintains control and directs patient care at the scene of a pre-hospital emergency; provides training and instruction to lesser trained personnel; performs other duties as required.
    Position Summary:
    Under supervision, engages directly in firefighting and fire prevention activities and the savings of lives and property.  Maintains and cleans Fire Department buildings, equipment, and does related work as required. Provides Advanced Life Support including medical evaluation, treatment and stabilization of the critically ill and injured; responds to emergency rescue situations involving potential loss of life or bodily injury; maintains control and directs patient care at the scene of a pre-hospital emergency; provides training and instruction to lesser trained personnel; performs other duties as required.
    • Responds to alarms with assigned company to assist in combating and extinguishing fires. Drives and operates equipment and heavy apparatus, including aerial ladder trucks, hose wagons, pumpers, rescue trucks, and similar firefighting apparatus. Lays, couples, and connects fire hose and advances fire hose into burning buildings to direct fog or water streams using various heavy stream appliances and extinguishers.
    • Enters burning buildings to evacuate and rescue persons in danger. As required, places, erects, climbs ladders (including aerial ladders), and ventilates burning buildings. Using forcible entry tools, if necessary, opens locked doors, windows, and skylights and chops, cuts or breaks openings in roofs, floors, partitions, and ceilings. Spreads salvage covers, removes excess water and debris, and secures buildings against rekindling, trespassers and weather.
    • Performs emergency rescue operations in connection with drowning and extrication work. Administers first-aid and resuscitation on a variety of victims. Ability to work effectively, using good judgment and common sense with a thorough understanding of the principles of emergency medical care.
    • Washes, polishes, and tests fire apparatus and equipment. Hangs, dries and tests fire hoses. Maintains   clean and orderly condition of quarters and performs minor maintenance repairs.
    • Performs indicated Basic life support and/or Advanced Life Support procedures as per the appropriate  Regional Protocols under the direction and supervision of the Medical Control Physician, through standing orders, radio or telephone communication. Transports to the most appropriate hospital and provides inter-facility transport if needed, and in the best interest of the patient, pending the approval of the officer in charge.
    • Attends department drill schools, company drills and training classes in firefighting and related subjects. Participates in routine fire prevention inspections of buildings in area served by assignment company. Performs alarm operations, radio dispatching, and other related duties of a similar nature and complexity as required or requested by supervisor.
    • Ensures that vehicles and equipment are ready for use at the beginning of each shift and after every call. This includes appropriate inspecting, cleaning, disinfecting, restocking and completing required checklists.
    • Ability to interact effectively and professionally with coworkers, patients, family members, bystanders, hospital staff and other medical professionals in a way that reflects the professionalism of the Westford Fire Dept.
    • Assists in department EMS training when needed, including educating BLS providers in the interest of high quality patient care. Attends regular scheduled training, including mandatory simulation lab time, morbidity / mortality rounds and other required specialized training.
    • Acts at all times in the best interest of high quality patient care, and in the best interest of the patient. Maintains patient care and patient advocacy until responsibility has been transferred to the appropriate medical professional. Must be able to document, in writing, all relevant information in prescribed format in light of legal ramifications of such; ability to converse with dispatcher and EMS providers via phone or radio as to status of patient.
     
    Qualifications and Requirements:
     Required Experience, Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:            
    Em    Emergency medical care to the EMT & Paramedic level, fire suppression and rescue practices, fire prevention, principles, methods, and practices; local codes related to emergencies; state statutes. Responds to fire and emergency alarms; perform all phases of fire suppression work.
     
    Education
         1.Proof of graduation from high school (diploma) and/or copy of General Education Development (GED)
            certificate.
    2. Maintain a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
    3.  Maintains current certification as Massachusetts Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic.
    4.  Massachusetts Certified Firefighter I/II.
    5. Maintains current certification as a Basic Life Support provider, Advanced Cardiac Life Support provider, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support provider by the American Heart Association.
    6. Attends regular scheduled training, including mandatory simulation lab time, morbidity / mortality rounds and other required specialized training.
     
     
     
    Salary: $26.35/Hour (DOE)
     
     
    Location:   Fire Station                                                   Approximate Start Date: 10/15/2019
    Direct Report:  Fire Chief
    Status
    Recruiting both within and outside the Town. If interested, please submit a resume to Human Resources, Town Hall, 55 Main Street, Westford, MA   01886.  Or email to: HR@westfordma.gov
    Please reference Requisition #:19-354-F
    The Town of Westford is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.
    The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.  This 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 Town and requirements of the job change.
    Post:  June 3, 2019                                                    Remove:  June  17, 2019
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