Employment Opportunities


Current Employment Opportunities with the City of Meridian:

Job Title: Recruit Firefighter
Department: Fire
Reports To: Fire Training Captain
Open Date: July 22, 2022
Close Date: Open Until Filled, First Review: September 15, 2022
Salary: $19.25 per hour

Job Summary:
This is an entry level position. The Recruit Firefighter works under the direct supervision of a Training Captain, or Training Academy Cadre while participating in a designated recruit training academy. The Recruit Firefighter is serving in a learning capacity and is not assigned to a position that requires them to respond to emergency situations or interact with the public in the capacity of a Firefighter. However, the training environment does involve an element of personal danger and an employee in this class must be able to react quickly and appropriately. The Recruit Firefighter is expected to act within the mission of the department as outlined in the department’s guiding principles. Work schedule for this position is 40 hr/week, and is covered under the Collective Labor Agreement.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Maintains good relationships with department staff, elected officials, and members of the public;

Participates in assigned recruit training academy which will include, but is not limited to:

Learn to lay, connect, charge and use supply lines and various water appliances to control and extinguish fires. Perform ventilation and forcible entry duties. Use foam and chemical extinguishers for extinguishment;

Learn to search for and rescue victims from buildings, motor vehicles and other locations, utilizing special equipment as necessary;

Learn to provide emergency medical care;

Learn to operate and maintain a variety of fire vehicles, apparatus, and equipment;

Learn to communicate with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations;

Learn to maintains equipment in a clean and operable condition; report the need for repairs;

Learn clean-up, salvage and overhaul operations;

Learn to utilize defensive control tactics to contain, isolate and minimize hazardous materials spills;

Learn to use appropriate firefighting safety apparel and equipment, including personal protective equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus; follow appropriate safety procedures;

Learn to perform basic maintenance of stations and facilities;

Learn to work with the community in a variety of educational, public relations and service programs;

Works closely with other staff from other fire and public safety agencies;

Maintains awareness of and abides by all current City and Department policies;

Job Specifications:

High School Diploma required

College graduate from an accredited college or university with a Bachelors or Associates Degree in fire science, public administration or Emergency Medical Services preferred

Knowledge of:

Successful completion of the designated recruit academy is required for promotion to the position of probationary firefighter. Attendance and academic performance standards are published in the recruit manual, and supplied to the recruit on the first day of the academy. The recruit academy is designed around the current Emergency Operational Guidelines and Standard Operating Guidelines of the Meridian Fire Department, as well as using the minimum job performance requirements outlined in the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards as design guidelines.

NFPA® 1001 Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications as a guideline.

NFPA® 1006 Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications

NFPA® 1404 Standard for Fire Service Respiratory Protection Training

NFPA® 1407 Standard for Training Fire Service Rapid Intervention Crews

NFPA® 1410 Standard on Training for Initial Emergency Scene Operations

NFPA® 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents

NFPA® 472 Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents

NFPA® 1051, Standard for Wildland Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, 2012 Edition

The prescribed physical performance standard adopted by the City of Meridian for successful completion of the recruit academy is the ability to satisfactorily perform one hundred percent (100%) of the Recruit Academy Benchmarks prior to the scheduled completion date of the recruit’s assigned academy. The Recruit Academy Benchmarks are included in the recruit manual provided on the first day of the academy, and outline the conditions, performance standards, and rating criteria for each benchmark.

Ability To:

Operate as an effective member of a team as outlined in the department’s chain of command;

Maintain professional composure, make sound decisions;

Follow oral and written directions;

Communicate with co-workers and supervisors in a respectful and courteous manner;

Must display an attitude of cooperation and the ability to work well with others;

Read, write, and speak in an articulate and professional manner;

Tools and Equipment Used:

Standard office equipment, including a computer;

Use of tools and equipment that pertain to fire fighting, medical and rescue situations.

Licensing and Certification:

Possess a valid Idaho driver’s license;

Possess and maintains a State of Idaho Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic license;

Establish (within one year) car seat technician certification, and maintain certification until the rank of Engineer is achieved;

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

All candidates must successfully pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) prior to admission into the recruit academy.

All Recruit Firefighters must successfully complete the recruit academy physical fitness test within the allotted time limit prior to graduation.

The following essential job tasks should serve as a general guide to the physical demands, and environments anticipated during the course of the assigned recruit academy. (As outlined in NFPA 1582 Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Programs for Fire Departments.)

While wearing personal protective ensembles and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), performing firefighting tasks (e.g., hose line operations, extensive crawling, lifting and carrying heavy objects, ventilating roofs or walls using power or hand tools, forcible entry), rescue operations, and other emergency response actions under stressful conditions including working in extremely hot or cold environments for prolonged time periods

Wearing an SCBA, which includes a demand valve–type positive-pressure face piece or HEPA filter masks, which requires the ability to tolerate increased respiratory workloads

Exposure to toxic fumes, irritants, particulates, biological (infectious) and non-biological hazards, and/or heated gases, despite the use of personal protective ensembles and SCBA

Climbing six or more flights of stairs while wearing a fire protective ensemble, including SCBA, weighing at least 50 lb. (22.6 kg) or more and carrying equipment/tools weighing an additional 20 to 40 lb. (9 to 18 kg)

Wearing a fire protective ensemble, including SCBA, that is encapsulating and insulated, which will result in significant fluid loss that frequently progresses to clinical dehydration and can elevate core temperature to levels exceeding 102.2°F (39°C)

While wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA, searching, finding, and rescue-dragging or carrying victims ranging from newborns to adults weighing over 200 lb. (90 kg) to safety despite hazardous conditions and low visibility

While wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA, advancing water-filled hose lines up to 21/2 in. (65 mm) in diameter from fire apparatus to occupancy [approximately150 ft. (50 m)], which can involve negotiating multiple flights of stairs, ladders, and other obstacles

While wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA, climbing ladders, operating from heights, walking or crawling in the dark along narrow and uneven surfaces that might be wet or icy, and operating in proximity to electrical power lines or other hazards

Prolonged periods of extreme physical exertion without benefit of warm-up

Riding in fire apparatus or other vehicles in an emergency mode with emergency lights and sirens

Critical, time-sensitive, complex problem solving during physical exertion in stressful, hazardous environments, including hot, dark, tightly enclosed spaces, that is further aggravated by fatigue, flashing lights, sirens, and other distractions

Ability to communicate (give and comprehend verbal orders) while wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA under conditions of high background noise, poor visibility, and drenching from hoselines and/or fixed protection systems (sprinklers)

Functioning as an integral component of a team, where sudden incapacitation of a member can result in mission failure or in risk of injury or death.

Travel Requirements:

Travels by car or air to classes and seminars, sometimes driving fire department vehicles.

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