Fire Fighter Job Description

Position Responsibilities

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Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
  1. Be familiar with all SCFR rules, regulations, policies and operating guidelines applicable to the efficient operation of the Department.
  2. Attend and participate in SCFR meetings and training sessions; meeting requirements to remain knowledgeable of SCFR operations and to promote job performance.
  3. Appropriately wear all assigned protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus for its intended purpose. Completes regular checks of zippers, snaps, hooks, worn or torn material, and Velcro strips. Report any irregularities or broken items immediately for repair and/or replacement to assigned officer.
  4. Respond to emergency and non-emergency alarm calls to protect lives and property through the prevention and the extinguishments of fires.
  5. Perform emergency medical care when needed up to level of training.
  6. Respond to emergency and non-emergency alarm calls and properly perform all basic firefighting functions according to SCFR training standards which may include, but not limited to the following:
    • Select and properly operate the use of fire service tools and equipment
    • Raising and lowering of ladders; Climbing up and down ladders
    • Use extinguishers
    • Lay and connect fire hose
    • Ventilate burning structures
    • Maneuver and direct water streams
    • Perform search and rescue operations
    • Work to complete salvage and overhaul operations
  7. Assist in maintaining apparatus, equipment, and tools in a clean and serviceable condition.
  8. Assist, as necessary, in maintaining the cleanliness and safety of the fire station assigned to.
  9. Monitors and communicates effectively and coherently over radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications; exchanges information with Emergency Communication Center dispatchers and other SCFR personnel.
  10. Implement emergency techniques when trapped or disoriented.
  11. Incorporate continuous quality improvement principles in daily activities.
  12. Maintain good interpersonal relationships with all members of SCFR and citizens we serve.
  13. Successfully complete the SCFR Operational Task Book (or equivalent) within the established time frame.
  14. Upon successful completion of the SCFR Operational Task Book(or equivalent) and meeting all eligibility requirements the volunteer firefighter shall complete the SCFR Driver/Operator training program.
  15. Participate in non-emergency activities as required and requested.
  16. Conduct oneself in a mature, professional, and courteous manner at all times, both on and off duty.
  17. Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  1. Knowledge of street and fire protection systems within the SCFR first-due response area.
  2. Knowledge of basic first aid, including annual American Red Cross CPR and Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) certification.
  3. Ability to learn and demonstrate a wide variety of firefighting and related duties and methods.
  4. Ability to work well with others and work as a team member under the supervision of an officer or senior firefighter.
  5. Ability to establish rapport and interact professionally, sensitively, and patiently with individuals of all ages and abilities.
  6. Ability to exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.
  7. Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions and orders in the English language.
  8. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in written correspondence.
  9. Ability to work and remain calm under stressful situations.
  10. Ability to read a variety of informational and technical documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures.
  11. Ability to write job-related documentation and reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech.
  12. Ability to achieve and maintain adequate level of fitness to perform essential functions of the job.

Working Conditions

Significant exposure to undesirable working conditions such as:
  • Airborne Particles
  • Extreme Cold (Non-weather)
  • Extreme Heat (Non-weather)
  • Fumes
  • High and Precarious Places
  • Humidity
  • Moving Mechanical Parts
  • Outside Weather
  • Poor Ventilation
  • Risk of Blood Borne/airborne Pathogens


  • Risk of Electrical Shock
  • Risk of Radiation
  • Self-contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Toxic or Caustic Chemicals
  • Varying Noise Levels
  • Vibration
  • Wetness
  • Work With Explosives
  • Working at Night
  • Working While Wearing Heavy Equipment

Physical Activities

Essential functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for significant physical activity while wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus such as:
  • Balancing
  • Climbing
  • Crawling
  • Crouching/stooping/squatting
  • Driving a Motor Vehicle at High Rates of Speed
  • Kneeling
  • Occasionally Lifting and Maneuvering Up to and Over 175 Pounds
  • Operating Heavy Equipment;
  • Pulling
  • Pushing


  • Regularly Lifting and or Maneuvering Up to 50 Pounds
  • Running
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Swimming
  • Twisting Upper and Lower Body
  • Walking