The Junction City Rural Fire Protection District's goal is to fill each available position with a person who is well-qualified, has an interest in public service, and who will be committed to the position. To do this, we feel it is important to give each applicant a realistic description of the job and its tasks so that the candidate can decide for themselves if the position is truly one in which there is interest and ability to do well.
As a Firefighter, you will be required to perform a large variety of tasks. These tasks are very diverse and may include, but are not limited to, rescue and care of victims; fighting various types of fires; fire prevention; clean up; hazardous materials containment; and community service. We urge you to consider the entire job of firefighters and not just the exciting or glamorous aspects.
Emergency response calls can come in at any time of the day or night and must be responded to immediately. Sleep may be frequently interrupted.
Firefighters must be expert at getting dressed in the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and onto the emergency vehicles quickly when responding to an emergency call, regardless of what they might be busy with at the time the emergency call comes in.
Firefighters often come into contact with hazardous and infectious materials. It is imperative that the firefighters understand the importance of using the correct personal protective equipment (PPE).
Emergency calls can cover anything, brush fires, structure fires, automobile accidents, hazardous material incidents, life-threatening medical emergencies, non-life-threatening medical calls, and false alarms. All must be responded to with the same speed and professionalism.
Firefighters must immediately size up each emergency situation upon arrival, including: properties of the fire; probability of the fire spreading; the needs of victims; medical conditions; effects of weather conditions; etc. in order to effectively deal with the emergency.
Firefighters may help gather information from witnesses and other sources. It is critical that the firefighter thinks quickly and obtains the appropriate information to deal with each unique situation.
Firefighters must coordinate their activities and work as a team. This includes those firefighters working directly with the emergency, those doing secondary jobs at the fire scene, and those standing by to relieve other firefighters.
Firefighting is a dangerous occupation. Firefighters must enter burning structures. Once inside the structure, firefighters must search for victims, the source of fire, and ways to extinguish the fire. In this process, firefighters are exposed to extreme heat, smoke and fumes.
Firefighting is very physically demanding. Firefighters carry 80-l00 lbs. of equipment such as hoses, axes, ladders, chain saws and extinguishers into and around the fire scene to rescue victims and put out the fire. This may include climbing flights of stairs.
Firefighters make forced entries into grounds/structures by cutting locks, breaking doors, windows or roofs as needed to gain access to, or ventilate structures. This may involve using hand tools such as axes, sledgehammers, battering rams and power tools. While at a fire scene, firefighters must constantly evaluate personal safety by examining structures for cracks, breaks, and charring or partial collapse.
Firefighters use ladders and work at heights to rescue victims and fight fires. They must raise, lower, rotate and extend these ladders. Ladders are, at times, used for purposes other than climbing, such as bridges, battering rams and carrying victims.
Firefighters locate hydrants and other sources of water. Firefighters connect hoses to sources of water using various tools and considerable strength. Firefighters operate hand-held hose lines without assistance and get the hose into position by dragging, carrying or hoisting it into place.
Firefighters occasionally are overcome by smoke and/or are burned while working to put out fires.
Firefighters are responsible for the clean up of fire scenes.
Firefighters carry burnt furniture, clothing, appliances, etc. from buildings to reduce fire and smoke damage. Firefighters scoop, shovel, sweep and mop excess water and debris caused by the fire and firefighting efforts. Firefighters tear down or shore up weak or dangerous parts of fire structures such as floors, roofs or overhangs. Emergency Medical Treatment
Firefighters perform Basic Life Support (BLS) tasks in conjunction with Ambulance Personnel. Often, firefighters will be the first to a scene and will perform these duties. Firefighters may also be assigned additional duties once Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is on scene.
Firefighters must assess a victim's condition by checking pulse, respiration, bleeding, consciousness, etc. This will require physical contact with the victims who will often be bleeding from open wounds and/or have broken bones and other severe injuries. Firefighters may also come in contact with other bodily fluids while aiding victims.
Firefighters must use first aid and emergency medical techniques to treat victims to the best of their ability.
Firefighters may also come into contact with victims who have died before they could be rescued; sometimes, too, victims will die despite the best efforts of firefighters.
Firefighters must obtain specific information from or about the victim; help load the victim into the ambulance; help stabilize the victim to the best of their ability; and sometimes provide further care for victims on the way to the hospital.
Firefighters use systematic search procedures to try to find trapped victims without getting lost or trapped themselves.
Firefighters free trapped victims from a variety of situations including, but not limited to; car crashes, cave-ins, structure collapses, water, and chemical spills. Firefighters may be required to use special tools to accomplish a rescue. After locating and freeing the victim, firefighters must determine the safest path of evacuation. Firefighters may be required to lift and/or carry the victim with or without assistance in emergency situations. Training
Firefighters are required to participate in entry-level firefighter training and a task performance evaluation that are held on weekends.
Firefighters are also required to attend regularly scheduled training sessions held on Thursdays with a participation rate of at least 70%. There will be special training sessions that firefighters are encouraged to attend.
Training is of the utmost importance for all firefighters. It keeps our coworkers and ourselves safe and insures that we are well prepared and ready when called to duty.
Volunteer firefighters are on call twenty-four hours (24) a day, seven (7) days a week, including holidays.
Firefighters may be away from home for days at a time during severe emergency situations.
Firefighters must work during unusual and/or catastrophic events such as, but not limited to; major brush fires, earthquakes, floods or civil unrest.
The duties and equipment of firefighting make special demands on the physical attributes of firefighters. Personal preference for hair length, nail length, jewelry, etc. may be overruled for firefighters safety.
Firefighters will receive orders, which must be carried out promptly and without question. The only exception to this is if the firefighters believe the order is dangerous to themselves or others. Being a member of the fire department is like having a large extended family. Like all families we may not always get along. We must be able to put our disagreements aside when duty calls and perform our jobs to the best of our ability.
As firefighters we will see things on a regular basis that most people will not see in a lifetime. We will deal with people in their time of need, sometime in a very personal manner. We must always treat them with the utmost respect and keep in confidence their situations and information they have entrusted us with. While it is sometimes necessary to leave your family to help others, you must always put your real family first. Without the support of your family it will make an already difficult job even more so.
I would like to thank you for considering becoming a volunteer with the Junction City Fire Department. I cannot think of a better way to serve your community. Should your reason for becoming a volunteer be just that, helping your community, or building your resume to pursue a career in the fire service, the friends you will make and the pride you will feel will last a lifetime. Volunteer firefighting is a time-honored tradition. More than eighty percent (80%) of all firefighters in the United States are volunteer. If it were not for the men and women who volunteer many small communities would go without fire protection. One thing we must always remember is that being a volunteer firefighter does not mean we are not professional firefighters. As a volunteer, you will be responsible for representing the department and your community in a positive light. So if you are ready to take on this responsibility and do important work. Please fill out the enclosed application and prepare yourself for an exciting ride. On behalf of the Board of Directors and all the members of the Junction City Fire Department. Thank you,
Chief, Junction City Fire Department