APOPKA FIRE DEPARTMENT
175 EAST 5TH STREET
APOPKA, FLORIDA 32703
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Updated: December 28, 2020
Position Title: Firefighter/EMT or Paramedic
The Apopka Fire Department is currently building an eligibility list for the position of Firefighter/EMT or Paramedic. To be considered in this hiring round candidates must take the FireTEAM exam and CPAT before March 15th, 2021. The CPAT and FireTEAM exam can be scheduled at nationaltestingnetwork.com. Please reach out to our support line at 855-821-3761 if you need assistance.
The Apopka Fire Department also requires the following to be completed by the close date to be considered for the position:
Salary Information: $46,600 (Paramedic Incentive is $8,000 additional)
Health, Dental, Vision, Life InsuranceRetirement Pension
Employee Health & Wellness Center
Paid Time Off (PTO) accrual:
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) availableFire Inspector Incentive payHoliday Pay
Department ContactJohn HoweDivision Chiefjhowe@apopka.net
Department Overview: The Apopka Fire Department is an ISO class one fire department and operates from six fire stations with 102 shift personnel. The Apopka Fire Department takes pride in providing the latest technological and state-of-art equipment available to the Fire and EMS services.
City Information: The City encompasses an area slightly larger than 34 square miles and is the second largest City in Orange County, Florida.
Age: 18 years old or older
US Citizen: Yes
High School Grad/GED: High School Diploma or equivalent as recognized by the State of Florida, Department of Education
Valid FLORIDA State Driver's License: Possess & maintain a valid State of Florida Driver's License
Ability to Read/Speak English: Communicates effectively in English
Additional Requirements: Must be Tobacco Free for one year prior to application
Firefighter First Class Job Overview:
The purpose of this position is to perform specialized work as an individual or team
member in Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Prevention
activities. This is a highly responsible position wherein work primarily involves the
responsibility of protection of life and property. This position is responsible for
extinguishing fires and removing/rescuing persons from danger, and may perform a
variety of rescue and first aid techniques to provide immediate medical aid to ill or
injured persons. This position is expected to exercise considerable initiative,
within these guidelines, in the performance of his/her duties.
This position has the authority to take any reasonable action necessary to carry
out assigned responsibilities, provided that such action is consistent with position
guidelines outlined below. The methods or practices with which duties and
functions are performed are of minimal latitude. Decisions shall be made with the
guidance of a supervisor. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the
Lieutenant or Officer in charge of station to which assigned and will, under some
circumstances, receive orders or instructions from command personnel above the
rank of Lieutenant.
The tasks listed below represent most of the time spent working in this position.
Supervisor may assign additional tasks within the scope of this classification as
Works within the guidelines of established City policies and procedures,
departmental Standard Operating Guidelines, accepted fire suppression and
emergency medical services practices, and all directives from superiors, both written and verbal.
Responds to emergency calls as directed, 24 hours per day, seven days per week
if needed and available.
Responds quickly to alarms in an assigned area as a member of a fire or emergency
Enters burning buildings and hazardous environments to extinguish fires and
remove or rescue persons from danger. Performs and applies a variety of rescue
and first aid techniques, to provide immediate medical aid to ill or injured persons.
Removes necessary equipment and tools from apparatus for execution of
assignment, and upon completion returns and loads equipment onto apparatus.
Advances fire hose lines, directs fire streams and extinguishes fire in a variety of
situations, such as residential, commercial, institutional, brush or grass, and
transportation properties. Connects hose or apparatus to hydrants, joins hose
sections and nozzles, operates water appliances, accessories, portable extinguisher,
and similar equipment.
Performs forcible entry, breeches, and ventilates burning buildings, as needed, to
gain entry or release products of combustion.
Performs salvage operations to prevent or minimize damage caused by water and
smoke. Performs overhaul operations to locate hidden fires and removes fire debris
after extinguishment to prevent rekindle.
Assumes and carries out the duties and functions of a relief driver (ride-up
Engineer). Although this position has no supervisory responsibility it may have
delegated authority to operate and maintain apparatus to which assigned as a
Participates in non-emergency activities or programs, such as: training, station and
equipment maintenance, pre-fire planning, public education, and fire prevention
Perform maintenance and cleaning tasks of facilities, fleet, and equipment.
Performs assignments as an individual or team member in emergency or non-
emergency situations. May give technical support and participates on special
committees; attends related meetings or management retreats; gives
presentations to various civic organizations, homeowners associations, and other
persons or groups. Perform inspection tours of facilities, equipment, apparatus, and
shift personnel to determine effectiveness of station officer(s), routinely or as
required. May be required to provide a variety of non-emergency public assistance
services in response to the public's needs including, but not limited to: checking
blood pressure; providing street information and directions; and conducting station
tours and equipment demonstrations. May also be responsible for operating fire
and rescue apparatus. Performs any other tasks or duties assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
High School diploma or equivalent certification as recognized by the State of
Florida Department of Education. Successfully pass the entry-level test for
firefighter or equivalent qualifications as verified and approved by the Fire Chief.
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES:
Valid State of Florida driver license, Class D. State of Florida: Bureau of Fire
Standards and Training certificate of completion, compliance, or tenure. Current
State of Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services Paramedic
license or Emergency Medical Technician license with Orange County
endorsement. State of Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training Fire
Inspector certification; Fire Instructor Certifications; Haz-Mat Certification; Fire
Investigator Certification; and/or Fire Officer Certification preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES / EQUIPMENT USAGE
Considerable knowledge of municipal street and road systems, to include overall
geography when assigned as a driver.
Ability to learn, understand and comply with city and department policies and
procedures; ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
Ability to work independently and as a team member; efficiently and effectively
work with the public and co-workers.
Basic working knowledge of fire suppression and emergency medical practices,
equipment, and standards;
Knowledge of English, spelling, and basic math.
Ability to operate a telephone, computer, copy machine fax machine, two-way
radio, and various emergency vehicle apparatus and specialized fire, EMS, and
technical rescue equipment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS / WORK ENVIRONMENTPHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Frequently required to carry, raise, climb and lower ladders and advance related
equipment (weight 20 or more lbs.) to upper floors. Often lifting, carrying,
pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of weight greater than twenty
(20) pounds, occasionally lifting greater than one-hundred-fifty (150) pounds.
POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS/HAZARDS:
Indoor environment, outdoor environment, fire, smoke, dust, extreme
temperatures, humidity/moisture, hazardous chemicals, gases, and explosive