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Example of Duties
Drives or rides a fire vehicle in response to fire alarms; places equipment; lays and connects hose; operates high capacity pumps and directs water streams; raises and climbs ladders; uses fire extinguishers; and uses self-contained breathing apparatus. Performs ventilation tasks above ground. Participates in training drills, attends schools and department classes on firefighting, hydraulics, first aid, fire equipment and apparatus and safety education classes.

Essential functions of the position of Volunteer firefighter include the ability to:
  • Physically perform all activities and tasks related to firefighting activities.
  • Maintain minimum medical standards required for the safe operation of equipment and performance of emergency and life-saving tasks.
  • Maintain mental alertness to perform all activities and tasks related to firefighter activities, including the capability to exercise reasonable and prudent judgment.
  • Drive an emergency vehicle and operate emergency medical and firefighting equipment in a safe manner.
  • Physically navigate rapidly and without jeopardizing the safety of others or self, any conceivable surface, including but not limited to: slippery, uneven terrain, various building levels (roofs/stairs), high volume traffic areas and intersections.
  • Climb ladders, perform duties at heights of 100 feet or more, and lift/move and/or carry a minimum of 180 lbs.
  • Operate a variety of mechanical, motorized and hydraulic equipment and small tools, requiring, but not limited to: finger dexterity, ability to grasp, reach, push/pull, extend/flex, and operate foot control.
  • Maintain capability to perform a wide variety of physical tasks, including: climbing, running, lift, carry or control heavy objects, bend, stoop, crouch, squat and crawl, and twist/turn.
  • Endure performing duties in restrictive clothing and breathing apparatus, and in work spaces that are cramped, exposed to extreme temperatures, and contain a variety of toxins.
  • Read, memorize and interpret geographical and technical information (in written and verbal form).
  • Constantly communicate verbally to a wide variety of people in stressful, emergency and life-threatening situations, including operation of emergency two-way radio.
  • Manage stress associated with emergency services and maintain composure in emergency situations.
  • Effectively perform normal daily living functions in a dormitory, residence environment.
  • Learn, understand and execute basic math calculations.
  • Ability to learn and apply technical information pertaining to fire fighting
  • Ability to cope with emergency situations calmly but effectively and to react quickly to secure accurate precise information on the location, extent and nature of fires and emergency aid requests.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain State, Federal and local certifications as required.
  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper courses of action, based upon training.
  • Ability to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to sustain heavy physical labor during periods of intense activity in emergency situations.
  • Ability to work at varying heights above grade.
  • Ability to acquire skill in first aid practices and in the use and maintenance of fire equipment/apparatus.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member.
  • Ability to work with and in a para-military organization and respond readily to command instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and the general public.
Special Requirements
Minimum age of eighteen (18). Possession of a valid Oregon State motor vehicle operator's license is required for appointment. All candidates must be a U.S. Citizen or a registered permanent resident alien with authorization to work in the United States. 

Visit station 31 at 1755 Juniper Street to pick up an application.