Job Descriptions


Job description: Volunteer Probationary Firefighter            Updated: 1/4/2011 Harbor Volunteer Fire Department


·       Protects life and property by performing fire fighting, emergency aid, hazardous materials, and fire prevention duties.

·       Maintains fire equipment, apparatus, and facilities.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED             Works under the close supervision of a Fire Officer or senior firefighter on scene. May be assigned to report to a senior firefighter.





·       Performs firefighting activities including, laying hose, and performing fire combat, containment and extinguishment tasks if trained for this task.

·       Performs emergency aid activities including administering first aid and providing other assistance as required, if trained for this task.

·       Performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water, and removing debris, if trained for this task.

·       Responds to fire alarms and extinguishes or controls fires as a member of a team under the supervision of an officer, if trained for this task.

·       Selects, drags, lifts and carries hose and nozzle depending on the type of fire, and correctly applies a stream of water or chemicals onto the fire, if trained for this task.

·       Positions and climbs ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings or assist individuals from burning structure, if trained for this task.

·       Creates openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance using appropriate and available manual and power tools, if trained for this task.

·       Protects property from smoke and water damage using positive pressure ventilation, salvage covers, smoke ejectors, and deodorants, if trained for this task.

·       Wears appropriate protective clothing and equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus, if trained for this task.

·       Able to communicate with two-way communications systems, if trained for this task.


PERIPHERAL STAFF DUTIES at direction of Company Captain


·       Participates in fire drills, attends classes in firefighting, emergency medical procedures, dealing with hazardous materials, and related subjects.

·       Attends regular and assigned training sessions to maintain and upgrade firefighting skills.

·       Participates in the inspection of buildings, hydrants, and other structures in fire prevention programs, if trained for this task.

·       Maintains fire equipment, apparatus and facilities, if trained for this task.

·       Performs minor repairs to departmental equipment, if trained for this task.

·       Performs general maintenance work in the upkeep of fire facilities and equipment; cleans and washes walls and floors; cares for grounds around station; makes minor repairs; washes, hangs and dries hose; washes, cleans, polishes, maintains and tests apparatus and equipment when trained for these tasks.

·       Presents programs to the community on safety and fire prevention topics if trained for this task.




Education and Experience:

·       Graduation from high school or GED equivalent, or demonstrate an acceptable plan to achieve same.

·       No specific work experience level required.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·       Working knowledge of driver safety;

·       Working knowledge of first aid;

·       Ability to successfully learn the operation of the listed tools and equipment;

·       Ability to learn to apply standard firefighting, emergency aid, hazardous materials, and fire prevention techniques;

·       Ability to perform strenuous or peak physical effort during emergency, training or station maintenance activities for prolonged periods of time under conditions of extreme heights, intense heat, cold or smoke;

·       Ability to act effectively in emergency and stressful situations;

·       Ability to follow verbal and written instructions;  

·       Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;

·       Ability to establish effective working relationships with volunteers, other agencies, and the general public; and

·       Ability to meet the special requirements listed below.




·       Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older, and resident of the Community.

·       Must possess, or be able to obtain by end of the probationary period, a valid Oregon State Driver's License;

·       No felony convictions or disqualifying criminal histories within the past seven years;

·       Ability to read and write the English language;

·       Ability to meet Departmental physical standards, and

·       Must pass a drug test.




Emergency medical aid unit, fire apparatus, fire pumps, hoses, and other standard firefighting equipment, ladders, first aid equipment, radio, pager, personal computer, phone.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a volunteer to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the volunteer is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The volunteer is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.

The volunteer must frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.




The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a volunteer encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed primarily in office, vehicle and outdoor settings, in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night shifts. Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations. Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, including smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils.

The volunteer occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in office settings, and loud at an emergency scene.


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