City of Avondale


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Job Description

The City of Avondale is establishing an eligibility list for the position of Firefighter--Lateral. Firefighters meeting the requirements set forth below will be considered. Please read the entire posting carefully.
Salary: The range for Firefighters is $17.35/hour to $22.85/hour, based upon a 56-hour workweek. Compensation will be determined based on qualifications.

Avondale Fire & Medical work a 48/96 schedule. The Firefighter protects life and property through emergency incident intervention; provides advanced life support emergency medical service. Conducts community service activities including community education, commercial inspection, and code enforcement. Ensures readiness through the facility, apparatus, equipment, and personal maintenance. Performs general administrative functions. Completes special projects or tasks that further the departmental mission.

Essential Functions

Protects life and property through emergency incident response. Responds to and mitigates emergency 911 calls. Performs firefighting and rescue incident scene activities; provides emergency medical care and patient transport. Drives and operates fire apparatus in the absence of a Fire Engineer.

Provides community services. Represents community education and/or school-based education programs. Provides emergency medical standby and public relations services at city special events. Provides a variety of non-emergency services including vehicle lockouts, smoke detector checks, and commercial fire safety inspections.

Performs facility, apparatus, and equipment maintenance. Performs routine vehicle inspections and minor vehicle maintenance. Performs daily station cleaning and grounds maintenance. Conducts routine maintenance and inspection of a variety of emergency service equipment.

Participates in scheduled skill-based training, medical and emergency service training, health and fitness training, and a variety of continuing education programs.

Provides general administrative documentation for emergency calls, patient encounter forms, hospital reports, incident response data entry, and various maintenance logs and request forms.

Job Requirements

To be considered for this position, you must be currently employed, in good standing, as a full-time career firefighter by a recognized public emergency services agency within the State of Arizona with the primary responsibility of providing fire and emergency medical services within their respective jurisdiction.

The candidate must have completed one of the five approved valley regional fire academies (Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, and Mesa) within the last five years.

Please list all licenses and certifications in the Licenses/Certificates section of the online application.

Job Requirements:

  • Current Arizona Accredited Firefighter I & II certifications required. (Certifications will be verified)
  • High School diploma or equivalency.
  • Valid Arizona Class D driver's license required at time of hire.
  • Arizona or National Registry EMT certification required. Arizona certification must be obtained within six months of hire.
  • Basic personal computer skills required.
  • Knowledge of a specific vocational, administrative, or technical nature which may be obtained with six months/one year of advanced study or training past the high school equivalency. Junior college, vocational, business, technical or correspondence schools are likely sources.
  • A valid Arizona or National Registry Paramedic certification is preferred.
Hiring preference will be given to those candidates possessing a paramedic certification.

Upon successful completion of probation, new Firefighters without a paramedic certification are encouraged to complete paramedic training (when funding is available).

Supplemental Information

Work requires the ability to read professional journals, technical reports, administrative policies and procedures, operational guidelines, training manuals, codes, standards, and general correspondence.

Work requires the ability to perform general math calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Work requires the ability to write patient encounter forms, incident reports, daily activity/shift reports, and professional correspondence.

Planning responsibilities include organizing daily activities.

Paramedics may supervise others providing emergency medical care.

Work requires analysis and judgment in accomplishing diversified duties. Work requires the exercise of independent thinking within the limits of policies, standards, and precedents.

The incumbents in this position contact others within the organization. These contacts may involve similar work units or departments within the City such as Police and Community/Recreation Services which may be involved in decision making or providing approval or decision-making authority for purchases or projects. In addition, these incumbents work with individuals outside the City who may belong to professional or peer organizations. Working with various state and federal agencies may also be required of the employee. Vendors and suppliers may also be called upon for information on purchases, supplies, or products. Meetings and discussions may be conducted with customers, brokers, and sales representatives. The employee must maintain regular attendance. Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.

If you are selected, you will be invited to an interview process.

All employment offers are contingent upon the following:
  • Successfully passing an employment background screening at the expense of the City of Avondale.
  • Successfully passing a psychological examination at the expense of the City of Avondale.
  • Successfully passing a physical exam and drug screening at the expense of the City of Avondale.
Feel free to contact Human Resources by phone at (623) 333-2200 or by email at if you have any concerns or issues with your application. Email communication is preferred.

We will be establishing an eligibility list from this recruitment.

The City of Avondale offers a comprehensive and competitive total compensation package.

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