Firefighter/EMT

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Located just east of Charlotte NC, the Town of Matthews Fire & EMS is a combination department serving a population of approximately 33,500 people and a 17-square mile district. The department currently staffs two stations and operates 2 engines, ladder, heavy rescue, and 2 EMS squads. In 2021 the department responded to approximately 4191 calls for service. In 2020 the department received a Class 2 ISO rating.

Fire Station #3 is in the planning phases with anticipated activation in 2024, which will add new positions to the department.

Career members are assigned to one of three operations shifts, working a modified 24/48 schedule and a 28-day work cycle, averaging 56-hours per workweek. Volunteer members supplement the career staff on a daily basis under a blended staffing model.

Overview:
Town of Matthews, NC, Seeks Applicants for Firefighter / EMT Positions
The Town of Matthews Fire and EMS Department is seeking applicants for career Firefighter / EMT positions. Salary range for fulltime career FF/EMTs is $36,794 – $57,029, with starting range of $31,200 – $42,592, depending on qualifications. This is a competitive, open process. No prior knowledge or certifications are required. Uncertified candidates who are hired by the Town must achieve NC Firefighter and EMT certification within 18 months of employment.

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Applicants will undergo a multiphase selection process including general knowledge, suitability, and physical capability assessments at a time(s) and place(s) determined by the Department.

A candidate hiring pool will be established through this process. Applications will be accepted through 11:59 pm April 1, 2022 via GovernmentJobs.com.

Firefighter/EMT job dimensions:
• Firefighters respond to fire and EMS incidents, performing all typical fire suppression and rescue operations, and providing emergency medical care at an EMT basic level. Firefighters function as a member of an assigned crew under the direction of a company officer
• Firefighters inspect and maintain equipment, apparatus, and facilities; participate in company training, meetings, and drills; and maintain physical fitness through participation in regular exercise
• Firefighters participate in community risk reduction activities such as pre-incident planning, hydrant maintenance, and public education efforts
• On occasion and as qualified, firefighters drive, pump, and operate fire apparatus and other department vehicles, as well as perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications:
• High School graduate or GED
• Valid Driver’s License
• North Carolina / IFSAC Firefighter II
• North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician
• North Carolina / IFSAC Technical Rescuer North Carolina / IFSAC Driver/Operator

Process:
• Applications will be accepted through GovernmentJobs.com, now through 11:59 PM April 1st 2022
• Applicants should submit the following through GovermentJobs.com: Current resume’
• Cover Letter
• Copies of valid Firefighter and EMT certificates or certification transcripts, if applicable
• Out-of-state candidates should contact North Carolina OSFM and OEMS for certification reciprocity
• Applications will be screened as they are received. Incomplete applications will be rejected. All applicants will sit for general knowledge and public safety career suitability testing, as well as a physical ability test (“MPAT”). Our test vendor will establish an appropriate cut-off score. The physical ability test is timed/pass-fail Dates for candidate testing will be determined based on the number of applications received
• Applicants who meet the minimum cut-off score following initial testing and pass the MPAT will be contacted by email and scheduled for a structured interview

Selection:
• A candidate hiring pool will be established. As positions become available, selected candidates will receive a ‘conditional offer’ after which they must pass a drug screen, background check, polygraph, NFPA 1582 physical, and psychological evaluation
• Appointment decisions shall be based on, but shall not be limited to, performance during the assessment process, review of qualifications and certifications obtained, reference and employment checks. The Fire Chief reserves the authority to appoint any applicant who meets the minimum published qualifications and who demonstrates satisfactory performance in the assessment process. This is a competitive process
• Newly hired members will serve a probationary period of a minimum of 6-months for fully certified new-hires to 18 months for new-hires requiring certification. New-hires must obtain both Firefighter and EMT certification within 18 months. All safety-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing
• To apply, visit www.GovernmentJobs.com and search for Matthews NC. Matthews is an equal opportunity employer

Essential functions:
• Responding to fires, rescue and emergency medical situations; driving and operating emergency apparatus and equipment; maintaining equipment and facilities; performing specialized tasks or programs, rescuing victims, suppressing fires; performing clean up; participating in continuing training
• Responds to alarms, drives assigned apparatus to required location
• Operates pumps and apparatus at fire scene; regulates water pressure to ensure required pressure at nozzle
• Responds to alarms and assists in the suppression of fires, including rescue, entry, ventilating, salvage work, containment of hazardous materials, traffic control, crowd control, motor vehicle accidents, etc
• Responds to emergency medical calls; assesses patients and provides basic and advanced life support treatment for persons, if required; extricates victims trapped in motor vehicles or entangled in machinery; lowers patients from high places or raises them from holes or ravines; transports the sick and elderly
• Helps inspect and preplan firefighting strategies
• Assists in maintaining fire apparatus and equipment and cleaning fire station and grounds. Inspects, cleans and maintains fire hose, pumps, hydrants, and related equipment
• Maintains required physical fitness through exercise, jogging, weightlifting, walking, etc. Responds to alarms and assists in the suppression of fires, including rescue, entry, ventilating and salvage work
• Provides stand-by coverage when volunteers are unavailable. Enters structures, searches for and rescues occupants
• Performs other firefighting and related emergency tasks consistent with appropriate NFPA standards for position
• Checks, tests and paints fire hydrants
• Conducts station tours and explains equipment to public
• Participates in continuing training and instruction programs by individual study of technical material and attendance at scheduled drills and classes, sometimes outside of regularly scheduled duty hours
• Performs related tasks as required

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
General knowledge of fire equipment maintenance techniques, procedures and mechanics as applied to fire suppression and pump operation; thorough knowledge of the operation and maintenance of firefighting equipment and apparatus and ability to operate such equipment and apparatus safely and effectively; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with superiors, associates, Fire & EMS volunteers, and the general public.

Physical requirements and education:
Requires graduation from high school or equivalent. Considerable experience in the Fire & EMS service is preferred. Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the State of North Carolina. Obtain North Carolina certification for Emergency Vehicle Driving within six months of employment. Possession of North Carolina certification as Firefighter II and Emergency Medical Technician. Obtain Technical Rescuer Certification within eighteen months of employment. Must meet and maintain all minimum state and local training and education requirements for the position.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks.

This is heavy work requiring the exertion of 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, and repetitive motions; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word, and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; visual acuity is required for depth perception, color perception, night vision, peripheral vision, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, operation of machines, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extremes in temperature, noise, vibration, hazards, atmospheric conditions, and oils. The worker may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.