Summary of Job
FIRE SCIENCE INTERN
GENERAL STATEMENT OF POSITION:
This position is responsible for responding to requests for emergency assistance and completing a course of study within the Wisconsin Technical College System that culminates in an Associate Degree in Fire Science. The position generally functions at the task level to stabilize emergency incidents. The position requires extensive training in the operation and maintenance of hand tools and other power equipment. Performance of assigned duties will often occur in hazardous settings under a wide range of environmental conditions.
Interns receive compensation in the form of a stipend of $150.00 per bi-weekly pay period, a tuition reimbursement program, and housing.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Attend required drills and other in-service training activities.
- Attend external fire service-related courses as approved by the Fire Chief.
- Remain current on topics related to fire prevention and suppression, technical rescue, fire and life safety codes, and public safety education.
- Inspect, operate, and maintain fire apparatus, fire stations and other fire department facilities, grounds, and equipment as assigned.
- Perform equipment testing as required.
- Acknowledge and respond to dispatched alarms and other calls for emergency assistance.
- Select and don personal protective equipment appropriate to the emergency response.
- Drive and operate fire department vehicles and equipment.
- Communicate with incident commander and other responders via radio.
- Perform search and rescue tasks, as required.
- Perform fire suppression tasks or other related activities, as required.
- Perform salvage and overhaul tasks, as required.
- Inspect and restore personal protective equipment, fire apparatus, facilities, and equipment upon the conclusion of each emergency response
- Inspect buildings for potential fire hazards and evaluate compliance with fire prevention ordinances.
- Identify fire regulation violations and issue reports and forms to building owners.
- Instruct the public on fire and life safety topics.
- High school diploma, GED or equivalent (possessed at time of appointment).
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Valid driver's license (possessed at time of application for employment).
- State of Wisconsin entry-level firefighter training (within the probationary period).
WORK CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Ability to think clearly and react effectively in emergency situations.
- Ability to understand and follow oral or written instructions.
- Ability to use reason and good judgment in dealing with all kinds of people.
- Ability to climb ladders and work at considerable heights.
- Ability to work in restrictive clothing and confined spaces.
- Ability to work in hazardous environments.
Very heavy work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Work Environment: Both inside and outside. A job is considered "both" if the activities occur inside or outside in approximately equal amounts. Occasionally exposed to hazards or risk of bodily injury. Occasionally exposed to extreme heat, changes in temperature, wet and humid conditions. Occasional exposure to odors, toxic conditions, dust, poor ventilation, vibrations, and moderate noise. POSITION REPORTS TO:
The Fire Science Internship Program Manager