Northstar Ems Inc


Job Information

Summary: The Industrial Firefighter position requires skills and abilities in combating and extinguishing fires, performing rescues, providing emergency medical services (EMS) as assigned, conducting fire/safety inspections and education, apparatus driving and operational actions, participation in training programs as well as station, vehicle and equipment checks/maintenance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responds to emergency and non-emergency service requests according to Department policies/procedures. Requests include, but are not limited to, structural fires, vehicle accidents, hazardous materials, spills or releases, forcible entries, alarm investigations, rescue and salvage operations, extrication, confined space rescue, water rescue, and high-angle rope rescue.
  • Attends department training programs to include fire prevention, suppression, rescue, emergency management, EMS and other related skills or duties as directed by the Fire Chief.,
  • Performs assigned shift activities to include equipment checks, apparatus checks and safety inspections. Identified problems are to be immediately reported.
  • Performs duties in a safe manner and reports any unsafe or unusual activity and conditions to supervisors.
  • Completes necessary reporting and duties prior to the end of assigned shift.
  • Completes project assignments and performs assigned areas of responsibility as directed and within a timely manner to meet or exceed deadlines.
  • Acquires and retains a thorough knowledge of the service area, interior and exterior, to include streets, buildings, water supply, unusual hazards and related items.
  • Will be available for recall as determined by the Fire Chief.
  • Performs all related work as assigned.
  • Will respond to EMS medical calls as assigned.
  • May assist in the planning and evaluation of Department facilities, apparatus and equipment.
  • May be assigned duties to assist with public education, public relations and the promotion of a positive safety culture within the areas assigned.
  • Performs and/or assists in keeping work areas, equipment and apparatus in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Participates in emergency preparedness planning.
  • Provides recommendations and supporting documentation to the Fire Chief for department improvements.
  • Performs other related duties as directed by superiors
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with fellow employees, hospital staffs, fire departments, rescue squads, police departments, communications centers, management, volunteer fire departments and the general public.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to handle conflict situations with good judgment, professionalism and courtesy.
  • Certification as Firefighter I/II preferred.
  • OSHA 10 Certification is preferred. Will be required within 12 months of hire.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Successfully complete the departments physical agility requirements.
  • AO Pumper. Will be required within 12 months of hire.
  • Preference given to Firefighters who are an EMT Basic, Advanced or Paramedic.
  • Must be CPR certified.
  • (Optional) Driving Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Valid driver license
  • Not convicted DUI, possession of drugs/drug paraphernalia, suspended/revoked driver license or driving vehicle with suspended/revoked license in the past five years.
  • No more than two traffic tickets in the past three years.
  • No more than two motor vehicle accidents in the past three years.
  • No more than one traffic ticket and one motor vehicle accident in the past three years

  • Must have the physical agility to walk, climb, crawl, bend, push, pull, lift, and balance over less than ideal terrain.
  • Must have good physical stamina and endurance, measured by the ability to undertake, without adverse effects, lifting, carrying, and balancing loads in excess of 125 pounds (250 pounds with assistance).
  • Must have the ability to see different color spectrums.
  • Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20 in at least one eye.
  • Must have good eye-hand coordination and sufficient manual dexterity to manipulate equipment, instrumentation and medications.
  • Must be able to differentiate between normal and abnormal findings in human physical conditions by using visual, auditory, olfactory and tactile observations.
  • Must be oriented to reality.
  • Specific tasks required will include:
    • Task 1 -

      • Pass pre-hire physical

      • Must climb 5 flights of stairs, full PPE, with SCBA carrying hose pack (not on air)

      • Roll out 2 sections of 2 ½ inch hose

      • Drag “Rescue Dummy” the length of 50-foot hose.

      • Roll up hose

      • Task 2 -

      • Spaghetti Drill with blacked out mask

      • Task 3 -

      • Hoist 50-foot roll of 2 ½ or 3 inch hose, three (3) times, using hand-over-hand technique.

      • 2-minute axe chop
        • Frequently: Intense tasks, busy environment.

          Constantly: High pressure.


        • Occasionally: Extended day. Available for immediate recall, as needed.

          Constantly: Works alone, with and around others, face-to-face and verbal contact. Works inside and outside.


          Frequently: Analyzing, decision making.

          Constantly: Simple reading and writing, high math and writing skills, clerical, memorization, perception/computation, problem solving, simple math skills, judgment, reasoning.


          Occasionally: Computer, biomedical equipment, cell phone, fire and EMS equipment


        • Participates actively in public awareness and community educational programs.
        • Maintain professional appearance of the approved uniform and maintains hygienic and grooming standards.
        • Work on special projects as delegated by management staff.

        • Needs to communicate tactfully and sensitively to volunteer agencies.
        • Shall remain apolitical while representing NEMS. Shall abstain from any and all political involvement with outside agencies while on duty or representing NEMS.
        • Must speak English clearly and write legibly.
        • Must possess basic teaching skills.