Thursday, December 3, 2020
Job Announcements: Firefighter


Haines Volunteer Fire Department


Under the immediate supervision of the Fire Chief or, in the Chief’s absence, the Assistant Chief, this position is responsible for maintaining department facilities, inventories, records, equipment and apparatus; ; responding to emergency firefighting, EMS and citizen assist calls; and providing public education on fire prevention and safety.



1. Perform daily tasks to ensure that fire department facilities and grounds are maintained in a clean and orderly environment.

2. Perform daily, weekly, monthly and post response apparatus service checks, general repairs, maintenance and inventories to ensure that all emergency apparatus and equipment are ready to respond.

3. Perform annual hose tests and other scheduled equipment testing.

4. Inform the Fire Chief about needed and completed repairs to the department facilities, equipment and apparatus.

5. Inspect permitted controlled burns for compliance as needed.

6. Perform fire prevention, assistance, education and safety work within the community, including the schools.

7. Maintain records and files of the department such as: training records, apparatus and equipment records, inventories, personnel files, attendance records, etc.

8. Submit a written monthly activity report and any other required reports to the Fire Chief.

9. Maintain the department’s infection control program and its records.

10. Assist with, or lead, CPR and First Aid classes for community or department members.

11. Assist with the training of department personnel as directed by the Chief or training officer.

12. Respond to ambulance, fire, and citizen assist calls while on duty.

13. Attend meetings, conferences, workshops and other training as required and directed by the Chief.

14. Maintain certifications required for this position.

15. Perform other duties as directed by the Fire Chief.


The requirements, demands and characteristics listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to successfully perform essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

1. Must demonstrate the Fire Department’s core values at all times.

2. Must have a strong work ethic.

3. Must demonstrate exceptional organizational abilities.

4. Must be able to work under extremely stressful conditions that result from responding to emergencies.

5. Must be able to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.

6. Must have thorough knowledge of or the ability to learn the geography of the Haines Borough including hydrant locations; the layout and location of public utilities; and, potentially hazardous materials and substances.

7. Must have knowledge of current fire suppression and firefighting techniques; fire extinguisher evaluation and maintenance; fire records systems; fire computer applications; fire reporting procedures; the principles and practices involved in emergency medical services; safety practices involved in fire suppression and firefighting; 911 and related communications systems; and, basic vehicle and equipment maintenance.

8. Must communicate well with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language. Must understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions. Must prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations.

9. Must have the ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide and derive percentages.

10. Must be able to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications.

11. Must have the ability and willingness to learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology.


1. Must have a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED).

2. Must have a driver’s license issued by the State of Alaska.

3. Must have a State of Alaska EMT-1 certification. Must become a State of Alaska EMT-2 within 24 months of hire.

4. Must have firefighter training; State of Alaska or IFSAC Firefighter 1 (FF1) certification is preferred.

5. Must have a minimum Level 2 fire extinguisher state certification, or complete certification within 24 months of hire.

6. Must have one year related firefighting and emergency medical experience or any equivalent combination of experience, education and/or training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.

7. Must have excellent close, distance and color vision with or without visual aids.

8. Must be able to operate all fire department motor vehicles.


1. Must work full time (40hrs/week) and be flexible to perform shift work as directed by the Chief.

2. Regularly required to use hands to handle tools; operate heavy equipment; talk and hear; reach with hands and arms; stand, sit, walk, climb, balance or crouch; move about to coordinate work; and climb stairs on a regular basis.

3. May involve prolonged periods of extreme activity during emergency response.

4. Occasionally required to handle and transport deceased persons.

5. Regularly lift and/or move up to fifty pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to one hundred pounds.

6. Often working under high noise conditions.

7. Regularly required to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.

This position will be evaluated every three months during the probationary period.

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