The City’s Civil Service Office has announced testing for an eligibility list for City firefighters/paramedics. It’s a great profession so if you always wanted to be a firefighter when you grow up, now’s your chance. Read on for all the details.
THE KENT CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION ANNOUNCES A COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR THE POSITION OF FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC
Examination Date: July 10, 2010 (Saturday)
Examination Time 9:00 A.M.
Location: Lecture Room 133, Bowman Hall, Kent State University
Starting Salary: Effective 8/30/2010 – $17.66 per hour
(above rate based on 2600 total annual hours)
Examination will be used to establish an eligibility list for future Firefighter/Paramedic positions with the City of Kent.
Copies of Proof of Possession of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification required at time of Application and must be submitted with the Civil Service Application.
Proof of Possession of Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P)
Certification required at Time of Appointment. And, if the Applicant possesses EMT-P Certificate at time of application, a copy of such certificate must be submitted with the Civil Service Application.
An Application Fee of $10.00 must be submitted at time of Application. Personal Checks, Cash, and Money Orders to cover the Application Fee will be accepted. Checks and Money Orders should be made payable to the “City of Kent.”
Special Note: Employees of the Kent Fire Department shall be required to reside within Portage County, or any County adjacent to Portage County in the State of Ohio.
Application: Applications and Information may be obtained from the Kent Civil Service Commission located at 221 East Summit Street (corner of East Summit and South Depeyster Streets, next door to the Office of the Mayor, and directly across parking lot from Kent City Hall).
Information and Applications are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Applications and Information also available on the City of Kent’s Web site – www.kentohio.org . Civil Service Applications must be submitted to the Kent Civil Service Commission by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Please note that in the event of tie scores on the examination, priority on the eligibility list shall be determined by the date and time the Civil Service Application was filed with the Commission.
Responsibility: The Firefighter/Paramedic is responsible for the preservation of life and property through the use of fire suppression, emergency, medical, fire prevention, and specialized rescue techniques. Work requires residence at station for twenty-four hours at a time. Works with or without direct supervision of a Captain or Lieutenant. Performs other job-related duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications: High school graduate or possession of GED. Possession of EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN–PARAMEDIC (EMT-P) CERTIFICATION or ability to obtain EMT-P Certification by time of appointment. Must maintain Paramedic Certification as a condition of continued employment. Minimum age to be appointed is twenty-one. Must become State-Certified Firefighter by completion of the probationary period, which is one year after the date of hire. Must be a licensed driver with a good driving record as evidenced by insurability as determined by the City of Kent’s motor vehicle insurance carrier; free from felonious driving record convictions or six-point BMV administrative actions within the past three years; and eligible to obtain Ohio Driver’s License within thirty days of appointment to the position. Must be able to maintain a good driving record at all times. Must be in good physical condition, free from fear of heights, water, and working in confined spaces; good medical condition; good vision including color perception; and good hearing. Must possess good judgment, mechanical aptitude, math ability, and reading comprehension. Ability to follow and carry out orders/instructions. Ability to adapt previous knowledge to atypical situations. Ability to work in dangerous conditions and in inclement weather while wearing uniform or protective equipment in excess of fifty pounds; ability to work twenty-four hour shifts; ability to communicate orally and in writing; ability to learn street routes and locations; ability to work in smoke-filled areas, climb ladders, and work in considerable heights and in unsafe structures; ability to drive and operate large apparatus; ability to work well with others and with the public.
Typical Tasks (Illustrative Only): As a member of a fire suppression team, responds to alarms or accidents by truck, engine, or rescue vehicles. Forcible entry and/or ventilation may require the use of tools such as crow bars, sledge hammers, saws, torches, axes, hydraulic equipment, raising of ladders. Entry may be made at ground level, from roofs, through windows, and/or from ladders or other means necessary to gain entry. Extinguishes fire by advancing charged hose line and/or other extinguishing agents from ground level, from ladders, platforms, other buildings, or any other source. Operates or uses equipment and tools such as hammers, saws, sledge hammers, axes, generators, fans, cutting torches, picks, pry bars, coupling hoses, hose tips, ladders, air masks, two-way radios, pumps, pike poles, and ropes. Performs salvage operations. Duties may require the Firefighter/Paramedic to walk or crawl on weakened structures, beams, roof tops; and duties may also require other precarious and difficult situations. Ventilates structures by chopping holes, breaking windows, or other forms of venting. Performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers and removing charred materials, water, and debris. May secure premises by boarding windows, doors, holes in roofs, and any other form of egress. Is alert for arson conditions. Operates pumper and calculates pressure needed to supply water to nozzle tip. Is exposed to dangerous heat, flame, toxic smoke, chemical gas, explosions, and other risks. May work as a member of a hazardous material team in hazardous environments and/or in encapsulated suits. Searches for and rescues trapped victims at accident or other emergency incidents by carrying them up or down ladders, carrying, dragging, or guiding through openings. Administers emergency medical treatment and transports to hospital. May be exposed to contagious disease(s).
Cleans and maintains apparatus, quarters, buildings, equipment, grounds, hydrants, and other relevant equipment. Participates in training classes. Performs building inspection and hydrant inspection. Participates in fitness activities. May be involved in a variety of special rescue situations including water rescue, ice rescue, high angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue requiring the use of ropes, boats, shovels, life vests, harnesses, webbing, air shores, saws, hammers, tape measures, or other specialized rescue equipment. Gives public tours. Teaches fire prevention classes to a variety of audiences. Speaks to public groups. Prepares reports.
Essential/Critical Job Functions: Responds to fire, emergency medical incidents, or other rescue incidents by driving or riding on fire engine, ladder truck, rescue truck, or other vehicles that are requested. Forcibly enters structures by breaking windows, forcing doors using a variety of tools or other means necessary. Rescues trapped or injured persons from vehicles or from burning or from smoke-filled buildings by carrying, dragging, or guiding victims as they leave the structures. Provides emergency medical treatment to injured or by performing venipuncture, intubation, EKG interpretation; administers drugs using mathematical formulas or other treatment require by protocol. Carries and/or lifts victims to medical unit, then transports them to hospital. Carries fire hoses and heavy equipment such as fans, tools, ladders, extinguishers to and from roof tops, basements, up and down ladders and steps, through windows to reach fire scene. Extinguishes fire by advancing charged hose lines, ventilating structure and/or applying other extinguishing agents from the ground ladders, roof tops, platforms, or other base of purchase. Walks, climbs, and/or crawls on roof tops, beams, flooring in smoke-filled structure that may be unsafe in highly dangerous, stressful, and physically demanding conditions, while wearing uniform or protective equipment weighing more than fifty pounds. Identifies odors, signs and sounds of danger, and colors of smoke. Uses tools and equipment such as pumps, hammers, saws, sledge hammers, axes, generators, ropes, fans, cutting torches, wrenches, coupling picks, pry bars, air masks, two-way radios, hoses, and ladders. Overhauls structures by removing debris, funneling water, or chopping holes in walls, floors, or other structural members to complete fire extinguishment. Replaces equipment on vehicles after emergency incident by loading hose, cleaning or repairing equipment, fills air bottles, washes and dries vehicles. Cleans and maintains apparatus, quarters, buildings, equipment, grounds, and hydrants. Responds calmly and effectively with the public, doctors, nurses, police officers, and co-workers. Prepares written reports and gives oral reports. Ties knots to secure equipment, vehicles, or themselves in rescue situations. Walks or crawls in confined spaces above or below ground in light or darkness.
Examination Process: All applicants must successfully complete (pass) the written examination to attain placement on the Firefighter/Paramedic eligibility list. Ranking of candidates on the eligibility list shall be determined by their scores on the written examination, with the highest score, including any applicable credits, having the highest score. In order to obtain any applicable, special examination credit as prescribed by the Kent Civil Service Commission, candidates shall be required to receive a passing grade on the written examination. The available additional special credits are described in the “Information to Firefighter/Paramedic Applicants” information brochure which is available with the Kent Civil Service Application. Please also note that in order to receive additional credit on the written examination, copies of all applicable supporting documents MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THE KENT CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION APPLICATION.
Accommodation for Testing: Prior to the written examination, persons requesting an accommodation for testing must provide seventy-two hours’ written notice to the Kent Civil Service Commission in order to have the request considered.
Special Notes: Admission Forms for the Firefighter/Paramedic Written Examination shall be mailed to all eligible applicants prior to the written examination date (July 10, 2010). Eligible applicants who do not receive an Admission Form in the mail and who have an Application on file for the July 10, 2010 Firefighter/Paramedic Written Examination should appear at the examination site with valid identification and a duplicate Admission Form will be issued at the site.
*** On Monday, June 21, 2010, the Civil Service Commission Office will not open until 1:00 p.m. ***
THE CITY OF KENT PROVIDES EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO ALL EMPLOYEE AND APPLICANTS FOR EMPLOYMENT WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, PREGNANCY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ANCESTRY, AGE, DISABILITY, GENETICS, OR MILITARY STATUS IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS.