Firefighter - Probationary/Trainee

$26.84 - $40.21 hourly
  • City of Missoula
  • Missoula, MT, USA
  • Jun 28, 2024
Full time Fire & EMS

Job Description

Applicants who have successfully passed the Candidates Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) within the past 12 months at the Montana Consortium are eligible to apply. Missoula Fire Department (MFD) will accept past scores if completed within one year from the date of your applications.  

The Missoula Fire Department (MFD) offers excellent career opportunities for those interested in serving their community. So, if you are passionate about serving others and have a desire to help people on a daily basis, Apply Today!!!

Union AffiliationMissoula Firefighters-International Association of Firefighters Local #271

** The current contract is in negotiations. Wages will increase upon completion. 

The City of Missoula is the second-largest municipality in Montana, with an estimated 73,000 citizens. Working here will give you the ability to be part of delivering these services to our community and our businesses. Together, we redefine how government works and invite you to join, develop, and transform our community. We are committed to enhancing the opportunity and quality of life for everyone we serve and share a commitment across departments to equity and social justice as an ongoing practice to measure effectiveness.

Details: Deadline for completing the application is Monday, July 22. 2024, 11:59 pm. 

To Apply: All applicants must submit the City of Missoula application.

Resumes will not be reviewed. All details should be entered on the application.      

The Probationary/Trainee Firefighter position works as a team member learning to respond to fires, medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents, and rescue calls to save lives, protect property and ease pain and suffering. 

 Essential Functions:
  • Perform emergency medical services (EMS) based on current designated certification level, as defined by the Missoula Fire Department Medical Director.
  • Conduct fire prevention inspections for local businesses.
  • Assist in developing firefighting pre-plans for specific buildings and areas.
  • Perform specialized rescues, extricate victims from traffic accidents, hazardous materials recognition, and mitigation at the operations level.
  • Operate as a Firefighter on an engine company at emergency scenes, as defined by the Missoula Fire Department Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG).
  • Assist with fire education.
  • Complete a variety of training courses on firefighting, EMS, rescues, hazardous materials, etc.; complete certifications in wildlands firefighting, hazardous materials operations level, International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) manuals.
  • Clean fire station and perform preventative vehicle maintenance.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of EMT-Basic skills and standards.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to learn emergency rescue, including the purpose and use of rescue tools, equipment, vehicles, and apparatus.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to learn the principles, practices, techniques related to fire suppression and procedures, including the purpose and use various firefighting tools and equipment.
  • Knowledge of and ability to promote department safety considerations, City safety policies, OSHA standards and guidelines, including risk management techniques to reduce exposure to injury, damage, and liability.
  • Skill in utilizing various computer software and databases, including Microsoft 365, and the ability to learn job-specific applications and equipment. 
  • Skill in public speaking, with the ability to train and present data, reports, and other findings to a variety of diverse groups and individuals.
  • Skill in safely operating various tools, equipment, and computer systems related to emergency services, with the ability to learn job specific applications, databases, and equipment.
  • Skill in organization, time management and prioritizing with the proven ability to have keen attention to detail and accuracy in performing work with adherence to strict deadlines.
  • Skill in communicating, in person and writing, with the proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to learn street names and locations throughout the Missoula community.
  • Ability to prepare written correspondence, inspection reports and records.
  • Ability to prepare and conduct fire education programs.
  • Ability to maintain current knowledge, developments, and trends related to firefighting, emergency rescue, EMS, etc.
  • Ability to maintain and exhibit integrity and discretion in handling the confidential and sensitive information.
  • Ability to maintain and foster a culture of professionalism, adhere to departmental and City standards and specifications, and support a positive team environment.
  • Ability to problem-solve and resolve conflicts with facilitating outcomes while maintaining a calm demeanor.
  • Ability to learn and interpret departmental and City of Missoula policies, practices, and procedures, including relevant federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
Working Conditions:
  • Duties require the physical ability necessary to work extended periods of time, properly use heavy tools and lifting heavy objects from awkward positions and the use of stairs, ladders, and steep inclines to access work sites.
  • Work environment may include exposure to occupational hazards, chemicals, biohazards, construction hazards, and physical risks, including extreme heat, uneven terrain, adverse weather, and working in confined spaces, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Duties are performed in fire stations and at worksites involving structure or wildland fires, vehicle crashes, and other emergency sites.
  • Duties may involve significant contact with people in emergency situations, which require situational awareness to ensure safety.
  • Position is subject to pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing, as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

 Qualifications and Additional Application Materials:
  • Must meet all qualifications of firefighters, as stated for Municipal Fire Departments in Montana Code Annotated. (7-33-4107, MCA)
  • Must have a minimum of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic.
  • Must have a valid Montana driver’s license with a verified acceptable driving record, or the ability to obtain within 30 days of hire. 
  • Must pass a fingerprint background check.
  • Completion of the CPAT test within the previous 12 months.