PURPOSE: To prevent fires from occurring and to control fire and/or emergencies, should prevention fail.
The Volunteer Firefighter serves the community by responding to a wide variety of situations, ranging from emergencies that immediately threaten life or property to routine citizen requests for information or assistance. They perform within the scope of the policies and procedures of the Athens Township Volunteer Fire Company and they perform duties in the following general categories: fire suppression, rescue, hazardous material responses, training, and public education. The Volunteer FF normally works under the supervision of a company officer and is expected to function effectively as part of a highly trained team.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To support the department in all activities including emergency response, training, fundraising, maintenance, and other special activities. Required to attend business and other organizational meetings. The Volunteer FF are expected to respond from home or work to Department calls.
The Volunteer FF drives or rides an emergency vehicle in response to fire, rescue and hazardous materials response/mitigation and routine requests for help or assistance. In the performance of their duties, the Volunteer FF places equipment, lays and connects hose; operates high-capacity pumps and directs water streams; raises and climbs ladders; uses chemical extinguishers, safety belts, lines and hooks and uses self-contained breathing apparatus. The Volunteer FF may enter burning buildings as part of a fire suppression team, perform ventilation tasks above ground, carry heavy objects and equipment and rescue injured or trapped victims.
Individuals fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of a Volunteer FF will at all-time present themselves in a courteous, professional and responsible manner.
TIME REQUIRED: The Volunteer FF is required to attend regularly scheduled training (every Wednesday night) in order to maintain the high level of knowledge, skill and ability necessary to function safely and effectively as a firefighter in accordance with state law and standard operating procedures. One monthly business meeting (every 2nd Wednesday night of the month)
QUALIFICATION AND SPECIAL SKILLS:
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is performed primarily in the fire station, active roadways, mass casualty, fire scenes, and extra ordinary events as they occur. Performing tasks under emergency conditions may require strenuous exertion. The exposure to death, emotional stress, patients with contagious diseases, and terminal illnesses can be expected.
MENTAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this position, the Volunteer FF will be regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Physical hazard from fire, equipment, traffic, smoke inhalation, and falling objects at emergency scenes, and exposure to health risks may occur. Performance of hazardous tasks under emergency conditions may require strenuous exertion under such handicaps as limited visibility, exposure to hazardous or toxic chemicals and gases, extremes in temperatures, cramped surroundings, and contact with death, emotional stress, contagious diseases, and terminal illness.
RECOMMEND PERIOD OF COMMITMENT: The department requests that new firefighters commit to serving at least 2 years after initial training is completed.
SUPERVISION: Provided by line officers
BENEFITS: In addition to great personal satisfaction about serving society we pay for all training expenses; Accidental Death and injury insurance; personal assigned protective gear.
EVALUATION: At end of first 3 and 6 months (Probation Period); once annually thereafter by the Chief and Assistant Chief Officers.