City of Astoria
  • 03-Feb-2020 to 03-Apr-2020 (PST)
  • Fire
  • Astoria, OR, USA
  • Intern

SUMMARY

The Student Intern Program with the Astoria Fire Department is designed to provide students with a hands-on experience to learn the principles of firefighting, fire prevention, fire control and emergency medical services. As a fire intern, you will work 24-hour shifts on a rotating schedule and be an integral part of the fire crew, gaining the skills needed to become a career firefighter.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Responds to fire and other emergency calls which include laying hose and connecting to hydrants; directing streams of water or chemicals onto fires; ventilating structures; searching buildings; and rescuing individuals from buildings or other hazardous situations.
  2. Provides emergency medical services at a minimum level of basic life support (BLS).
  3. Performs routine housekeeping and maintenance of facilities and grounds to maintain a clean, safe living and working environment.

JOB DUTIES

  • Trains and drills on fire and emergency medical related subjects, procedures and techniques to be fully trained in routine and new processes.
  • Conducts or assists in training of other personnel, interns and volunteer firefighters.
  • Performs specialized fire and safety functions as assigned and trained (e.g. hazardous materials, technical rescue and marine/shipboard firefighting).
  • Performs fire inspections as part of company inspection program; performs and prepares fire plans using department computer programs.
  • Presents fire prevention/safety information to schools, organizations, businesses, etc., conducts fire station tours.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Respectfully takes direction from Lieutenant/supervisor and works within the chain of command.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Supervisory duties are typically not required of this position, however on occasion my direct new recruits for training purposes.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS 

Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; understand and follow oral and written instructions; make good judgments, and act effectively and calmly in emergency situations; performs strenuous activities under hazardous and dangerous circumstances; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public; prepares complete, accurate reports.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. 18 years of age or older by fall 2020. 
  3. Possession of or the ability to obtain a valid driver's license; safe driving record

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries, work with regulatory agencies and communicate either orally or in writing with management team to disseminate information about processes and procedures.                                

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

COMPUTER SKILLS

Must be adept at using various applications including database, spreadsheet, report writing, project management, graphics, word processing, communicate by e-mail and use scheduling software.  

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

Must be able to perform the physical abilities required for the essential functions which include, but are not limited to, regular walking, sitting, and standing; the ability to intermittently lift, carry, push, and/or pull over 150 lbs., occasionally climb ladders and stairs, crawl, bend, stretch, twist, run, balance, crouch, stoop, turn, pivot, and otherwise be mobile; and all other physical activities as required in the performance of the essential functions. Employees must have the ability and willingness to work in both open and confines work spaces as well as in adverse environmental conditions for extended periods of time with little to no rest. (Due to the nature of the job, no specific time requirements are placed on the daily performance of these physical activities as the incumbent may be required to perform them at any given moment during his or her regular work shift. However, a time requirement is placed on the performance of these physical activities while conducting the regularly scheduled physical abilities test as given by the Department.)

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

Could be outdoors in all types of weather; days of work and shifts rotate; must be able to respond to fire-related emergencies and is subject to being called back to work during serious events and/or emergencies. Work can be extremely strenuous at times and is hazardous. Works in hazardous environments that may contain hazardous substances, gases, vapors, liquids and/or chemicals used in weapons of mass destruction. Employees are required to wear self-contained breathing apparatus and be able to meet requirements of the respiratory protection program. Interns are required to live at Astoria Station 2 or within the Astoria city limits.

REQUIRED APPLICATION PACKET

To be considered for this position, you must submit your application and upload ALL of the following items before the closing date:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. High School Transcripts

SELECTION PROCESS

APRIL 5: All day process beginning at 9:00 AMWritten Testing, Interview Panel, Physical Abilities Test. Top candidates will be granted a Chief's Interview. 

APRIL 13: Conditional Job Offer, Drug Screening, Background Investigation begins 

MAY 1: Final Selection

JUNE 15-19: Medical Exam

JUNE 26-28: Move into AFD Station 2

JUNE 29-JULY 24: AFD Academy

COMPENSATION

Monthly Stipend: July-September $750.00; October-June $450.00

Off Duty Community Events & Training: $8.00

Off Duty Call Response: $5.50

TUITION

Paid tuition, fees and required course books for up to 18 credit hours per term at Clatsop Community College.

If a student wishes to take online courses from another college or commute elsewhere for specific classes, tuition costs will be reimbursed at Clatsop Community College credit hour cost, not to exceed the 18 credit hours. The student will be responsible for the difference in cost, if any.

 

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