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City of Pekin


Pekin, IL


Full Time


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Online application packets must be completed no later than noon, Friday, October 8, 2021. The application packet will state details regarding eligibility requirements and date, time and place of testing.

Job Description:

The primary job of the Pekin Firefighter is to protect the community from disaster situations including

house and building fires, and promote an environment of public safety within the Pekin Fire

Departments response area. This position also participates in fire prevention, inspection activities,

equipment, vehicle and quarters maintenance, and training dealing with all phases of fire suppression,

prevention, inspection, rescue and emergency operations. An employee in this classification performs

the duties of the Driver/Engineer position when so assigned.

Essential Functions:

Essential functions are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills. They are intended to be accurate summaries of what job classification involves and what is required to perform it. Employees are responsible for all other duties as assigned.

Responds to fire alarms and extinguishes fire

Responds to calls for emergency medical services, and renders first aid

Performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, spraying water and removing debris

Responds to and renders assistance in emergency cases

Cleans and inspects equipment and apparatus after returning from calls

Inspects equipment and apparatus and notifies superior officer of any defects

Documents any deficiencies or damage to vehicles or equipment

Makes minor repairs to equipment and apparatus, performs routine preventative maintenance tasks, and keeps records of such actions

Keeps fire station, equipment and grounds in a clean and orderly condition

Participates in training activities and instruction sessions

Acquires and retains a thorough knowledge of the City including the streets, buildings, water supply, unusual hazards and related items

Performs various public information or education tasks

Enters inspection, training, and fire and emergency medical service calls into the records management systems

Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with Departmental and City policies and procedures

Works in a safe manner and reports unsafe activity and conditions. Follows Departmental as well as City-wide safety policy and practices and adheres to responsibilities concerning safety, prevention, and reporting as outlined in the appropriate City and Departmental policies

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

May respond to emergency calls for specialized service such as hazardous materials, confined space rescue, extrication, and technical rescue that include high angle, below grade, water rescue, trench and collapse rescues

May respond to non-emergency calls for car seat installations, fire prevention demonstrations, extinguisher training for the public, etc.

Deals with social service related areas of emergency response by assisting victims and relatives of victims of traumatic incidents.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

The geography of the City of Pekin and its surrounding areas including its contracted fire protection Districts. Ability to learn the street system, hydrant locations, the layout and understanding of utilities, and potentially hazardous materials or substances

Specialized firefighting vehicles and equipment

Current strategies for all types of fire including commercial residential, airport, flammable and combustible liquids etc.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) techniques and all related medical equipment

Basic Mathematical and science skills

Awareness of Fire and Life Safety Codes for inspection purposes

Emergency Response Records systems, communications equipment and use, fire computer applications and incident reporting procedures

Computers and related software.

Ability to:

Successfully meet the Pekin Fire Departments original appointment testing process and pass all of the required entry exams, and background requirements

Make determinations as to the best course of action for fighting fires or responding to other related emergency situations

Work under extremely stressful situations day and night, including the ability to remain calm during chaotic situations and carrying out all duties

Work within a command structure requiring strict adherence to following orders

Work in a team environment under extremely stressful situations

Quickly learn and adapt to new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and technology

Read, comprehend and follow simple oral and written instructions and to understand and apply available guidelines to varied operational requirements

Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines

Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks

Operate a personal computer as well a laptop, and tablet using applications appropriate to assigned duties

Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with the public and other employees.

Supervision Received:

The work is performed under the direct supervision of a Fire Captain

Minimum Qualifications:

High School diploma or GED equivalency; and

Must be 21 years of age at the time of hire

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic at the time of Hire (effective Dec 14th 2018)

Ability to successfully complete the Basic Operations Firefighter Training Academy (formerly the Firefighter II)

Maintain a current State of Illinois Drivers License at the appropriate level of required certification

Ability to pass the required physical fitness testing, as well as maintain the ability to maintain a fitness level (per NFPA 1500 and 1582)that is the standard for being a firefighter.

Essential Physical Abilities

Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing and other communication capabilities with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to communicate effectively, including during emergency situations which may involve a high degree of noise

Sufficient vision and other powers of observation with or without reasonable accommodation which permits the employee to effectively operate at a fire or emergency scene

Sufficient manual dexterity with or without reasonable accommodation which permits the employee to operate equipment used in firefighting

Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to perform all duties in protecting life and property.

Environmental Adaptability

Ability to work under unsafe and uncomfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as temperature variations and extremes, odors, toxic agents, violence, noise, vibrations, machinery, traffic hazards, electrical currents, explosives, wetness, disease and/or dust, may cause some discomfort and where there is a risk of injury and loss of life.

The City of Pekin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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