DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FIRE AND EMS DEPARTMENT
2000 14 TH STREET NW SUITE 500
WASHINGTON D.C., DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON, D.C. 20009
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Updated: August 02, 2022
"Join the brave as we strive for excellence in emergency preparedness, education and response and be part of a team of diverse, well trained, and committed first responders providing the highest quality of Fire and Emergency Medical Services to the residents and visitors to the District of Columbia"
Applications are due by 08/30/2022, and can be found here. If your application is approved, you will receive an invitation to complete The National Testing Network Firefighter exam and Public Safety Self Assesment (PSSA). Both the Firefighter exam and PSSA must be completed by 10/14/22.
Position Title: Firefighter/EMT
Job Summary:This position is located in the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS) and is responsible for improving the life of residents of the District of Columbia by providing the most effective and efficient services in protecting lives and property. DCFEMS provides quality, compassionate, and competent state of the art basic and advanced life support emergency medical care to the acutely ill or injured patient and provides expeditious transportation to the appropriate hospital around the clock, 365 days a year.
Duties & Responsibilities:Firefighter/EMTs are assigned to one of approximately thirty-three (33) fire stations throughout the District of Columbia. Incumbent responds to known and unknown emergency calls with minimal response time. Upon arrival at fire location, relays fire conditions, life hazards and exposures to commanding officer. Examines fire structures for any signs of fire extension and determines that safest evacuation route for occupants. Observes and responds to changes in conditions at the fire scene. Removes persons from entrapments or hazardous situations. Incumbent makes forcible entries. Recognizes conditions that may lead to back-draft. Controls public utilities; positions aerial ladders or platforms; climbs or descends ladders, carrying hose lines and/or equipment; and makes openings for ventilation and performs overhaul operations. Is responsible for the operation of the hose lines and the hydrant systems. Operates lines from heights, rooftops, ladders and/or confined space. Operates fire extinguishers and portable hydraulic pumps. Utilizes detection instruments for gas, heat, radiation or smoke. Protects property from damage with salvage covers. Stops oil, steam, gas or water leaks and removes excess water. Removes debris and rubbish and, to the extent possible, restores the security of the property. Rescues and frees victims in tunnels, pipes, excavations, etc. Extricates victims from high places, elevators, electrical contacts, hazardous areas, machinery, etc. Examines victims and diagnoses symptoms. Operates first aid equipment; stops or controls bleeding; performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Treats victims of smoke inhalation, bums, heart trouble, shock, drowning and injuries.
Salary Information: Starting at $55,030
Benefit Information:Health InsuranceDental InsuranceVision InsuranceGroup Life InsuranceDisability InsuranceFlexible Spending AccountsEmployee Assistance ProgramPolice Officers & Firefighters Retirement Plan457(b) Deferred Compensation PlanAnnual and Sick LeaveTuition Reimbursement Program
Contact information:District of Columbia Fire and EMS DepartmentRecruitment Office202-673-3330Recruitment.email@example.com
Department Overview: DC Fire and EMS provides fire suppression, technical rescue, fireprevention, education, and pre-hospital care and transportation servicesto people within the District of Columbia to protect life and property.DC Fire and EMS Firefighter/EMT’s can work in a fast-paced, high callvolume jurisdiction with unique and high-profile special events related toits status as the Nation’s Capital.The Department’s diverse mission also gives Firefighter/EMT’s theopportunity to apply for positions in all four of its disciplines throughouttheir careers.
Residency Requirement:Applicants claiming "Residency Preference" will be required to maintain residency in the District of Columbia for a minimum of seven (7) years. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of employment.
City/Area Information: Washington DC
The District of Columbia Department is an Equal OpportunityEmployer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.
Age: Have reached the age of 19 as of the date of application
Citizenship Required: Be a US citizen at the time of appointment
High School Grad/GED: Possess a high school diploma or a certificate of equivalency (GED) issued by a recognized department of education
Valid DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON, D.C. Driver's License: Possess a current valid motor vehicle operator’s permit at the time of appointment
Academy Certification: No
Prior Experience: No
Required Certifications: Must obtain and maintain the following certifications for the duration of employment:
Firefighter I and II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, Emergency Medical Certification-Basic (EMT-B) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Basic Life Support Card. Must possess and maintain a valid Department of Health EMT (DOH) card, valid National Registry EMT (NREMT), valid American Heart Association (AHA) and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card.
Vaccination Requirement: The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our
employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes all eligible booster shots, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs in violation of EEO laws. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or
religious exemption before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.