STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
HUMAN RESOURCES


 

CLASSIFICATION: STATE FIRE FIGHTER TRAINEE

 

Class Code: 8397-12 Date Established: 07-11-90

 

Occupational Code: 3-3-1 Date of Last Revision: 05-12-10

 

BASIC PURPOSE: To perform a variety of work activities associated with fire fighting, fire prevention and airfield crash/rescue operations under the supervision of a State Fire Fighter II, State Fire Fighter III, or State Fire Fighter Supervisor.

 

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

           Drives, operates and positions crash/fire rescue vehicles used in controlling and extinguishing aerospace vehicle and structural fires.

           Assists in the evacuation or rescue of individuals from aircraft, buildings, or other vehicles, including receiving and applying training in CPR and emergency care as necessary.

           Assists in the inspection and operator maintenance of fire fighting vehicles, tools, equipment, and protective clothing.

           Performs overhaul and salvage operations and assists in airfield surveillance patrols, standbys, and fuel spill cleanup activities.

           Assists in performing vehicle inspections, pre-fire planning, and the testing or maintenance of building alarm systems, sprinkler systems, and portable fire extinguishers.

           Assists in controlling and extinguishing structural fires and makes hose load finishes as directed by supervisor.

           Participates in projects related to fire protection operations.

 

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DISTINGUISHING FACTORS:

 

Skill: Requires minimal skill in performing a series of routine procedures OR in operating equipment according to standardized instructions.

 

Knowledge: Requires understanding and using business or trades vocabulary or basic arithmetic to perform standard operating procedures.

 

Impact: Requires responsibility for contributing to agency objectives by ensuring the accuracy of support activities within one or more organizational units. Errors at this level affect the work of others or have measurable monetary consequences, and require immediate verification and correction in order to complete succeeding work operations.

 

Supervision: Requires no supervision of employees or functions.

 

Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job assignments in an extremely disagreeable or dangerous working environment with continuous exposure to an uncontrollable number of hazardous elements, including occupational accidents, injuries, or diseases which result in total disability or death.

 

Physical Demands: Requires heavy work, including continuous physical exertion in a taxing work position such as lifting and dragging heavy objects or digging.

 

Communication: Requires obtaining and exchanging information, referring inquiries to the appropriate source, or responding to questions from state employees or members of the general public.

 

Complexity: Requires a combination of job functions using minimal judgment to perform a variety of job tasks according to clearly prescribed standard practices and procedures.

 

Independent Action: Requires making a limited number of choices in selecting among alternative courses of action under supervisory guidance and in performing job functions according to a variety of prescribed policies or procedures.

 

 

 

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Education: Graduation from high school, G.E.D. or its equivalent.

 

Experience: No experience required.

 

License/Certification: Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and telephone number to remain employed. In addition, must obtain a valid US Air Force (USAF) license within six months of employment and maintain such licensure as a condition of employment. Must possess and maintain certifications in CPR and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B). Must also obtain and maintain a current NH Provider License as a condition of continuing employment. Must possess International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC)/National Pro-board Certifications as Firefighter II and Hazmat Operations. Must obtain certifications outlined in the Master Cooperative Agreement (MCA), Department of Defense (DOD) and Air Force certification program, current and as amended, within two (2) years.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

1. Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age by date of application.

 

2. Prior to application for employment, must pass a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) administered by a licensed agency. The CPAT is designed to measure ability to perform physically demanding tasks encountered in job performance. In addition to this initial examination, must remain in compliance with all medical requirements of the National fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1500 program.

 

3. Must successfully participate in a structured interview measuring possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required by this class specification.

 

4. Must be eligible for and maintain valid National Agency Check with Inquiry (NACI). Must be able to satisfactorily undergo a state police criminal records check.

 

5. Must satisfactorily complete specified in-service training programs.

 

6. Must maintain appearance appropriate to public contact duties involved in fire fighting work. Must possess the ability to wear protective clothing and life support equipment, climb ladders, move through smoke filled facilities and aircraft wearing self-contained breathing apparatus, and perform other job related duties requiring physical exertion. Must participate in daily physical fitness training when on duty.

 

7. The probationary period for State Fire Fighter Trainee is one year of satisfactory work performance.

 

8. Must comply with all requirements outlined in the Master Cooperative Agreement (MCA), current and as amended.

 

 

RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of fire fighting and prevention methods and their application to a variety of fire fighting/rescue problems, including buildings, aircraft and vehicles. Skill in responding to stressful situations. Ability to perform physically demanding tasks. Ability to increase competency through training and instruction. Ability to work an uncommon tour of duty. Ability to exercise tact, diplomacy and impartiality in relation with others. Ability to comprehend and comply with written and oral directions. Ability to establish and maintain effective personal working relationships with fire fighting agencies, departmental personnel and the general public. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.

 

 

DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.

 

 


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