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Job Title Volunteer Firefighter
Location Houston, Texas
Department Suppression
FLSA Status Volunteer

Guideline: The Department shall define the position, duties, and minimum requirements for each rank in the Department. This position performs firefighting, emergency medical care, fire prevention and public relations duties. Included with these duties are the following: preventing, combating, and extinguishing fires; saving life and property; assisting the public as directed; station and equipment maintenance; and related activities and/or other duties as may be required or assigned.


Title: Firefighter

Selection: Approved by Fire Chief
Reports to: Station Officers
Positions Supervised: None
Rank: None


Job Functions:

Essential Functions are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills. They are intended to be accurate summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it.

Members are responsible for all other duties as assigned.

  •  Responds to fire alarms and extinguishes fire;
  •  Responds to calls for emergency medical services, and renders first aid;
  • Performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water and removing debris;
  • Responds to and renders assistance in emergency cases;
  • Cleans and inspects equipment and apparatus after returning from a fire;
  • Inspects equipment and apparatus and notifies superior officer of any defects;
  • Makes minor repairs to equipment and apparatus, performs routine preventative maintenance tasks, and keeps records of such action;
  • Keeps fire station, equipment and grounds in a clean and orderly condition;
  • Participates in training activities and instruction sessions;
  • Acquires and retains a thorough knowledge of the Department, including streets, buildings, water supply, unusual hazards and related items;
  • Performs various public information or education tasks;
  • Enters inspection, training and (on occasion) fire and emergency medical service calls into the records management systems;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with Department policies and procedures;
  • Works in a safe manner and reports unsafe activity and conditions. Follows Department safety policy and practices and adheres to responsibilities concerning safety prevention, reporting and monitoring
  • May respond to emergency calls for specialized service such as hazardous materials, confined spaces rescue, extrication and technical rescues that include high angle, below grade, swift water, trench and collapse rescues;
  • Deals with social service related areas of emergency response by assisting victims and relatives of victims of traumatic events.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Essential Behavioral Expectations:

All members are expected to use professional courtesy, discretion and sound judgment when engaging in any contact with co-workers, members of the public, vendors, visitors and/or other members. Members are also responsible for but not limited to the following behavioral expectations: maintaining confidentiality of business knowledge and member information, maintaining professional relationships while engaging in job-related tasks, cooperating with others to resolve conflict and achieve goals, maintaining a pleasant attitude while leaving personal business or issues/problems outside the workplace.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described are representative of those that must be met or are encountered by a member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed in an indoor and outdoor field environment; travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust, Volunteer Firefighter  grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, mechanical and electrical hazards, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; incumbents may be required to respond to emergency and public calls after hours including evenings and weekends.

Adverse or potentially hazardous environments may be routinely present during training exercises and/or emergency response operations. Moderate to heavy lifting, with protective clothing and SCBA, may be required.

The primary duties of this class are performed in a work environment in which the member is subject to potential personal danger. Therefore, the following physical abilities are deemed essential:

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing and other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the member to communicate effectively, including during emergency situations which may involve a high degree of noise;
  • Sufficient vision and other powers of observation, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the member to effectively operate at a fire or related emergency scene;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the member to operate equipment used in firefighting;
  • Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the member to perform all duties involved in protecting life and property.

Required Education, Degrees, Certifications, Requirements and/or License:

  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Possession of a valid drivers’ license issued by the State of Texas, with an acceptable driving record
  • Minimum 18 years of age.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Ability:
Ability to:

  • Work within a command structure requiring strict adherence to the following of orders;
  • Work in a team environment under extremely stressful situations;
  • Quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;
  • Learn and correctly apply routine Department policies and procedures;
  • Read, comprehend, and follow simple oral and written instructions; and to understand and apply available guidelines to varied operational requirements;
  • Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks;
  • Operate a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, with the public and other members;
  • Work under extremely stressful situations, day and night, which result from a fire and other emergencies, including the responsibility for remaining calm and carrying out all duties with the recognition of the threat to life and property.
  • Must be able to climb stairs without using your arms (to simulate carrying equipment) in full PPE (approx. 50lbs) at a rate of 60 steps per minute for 2 minutes
  • Carry 20lb weights in each hand and walk 50 feet to simulate carrying saws
  • Must be able to raise a 24’ extension ladder by pulling a halyard
  • Must be able to maintain balance wearing full PPE (approx. 50lbs) when climbing ladders and on top of roofs.
  • Must be able to drag, maintain control and direct hose lines flowing water
  • Must have a strong grip for holding tools and starting chainsaws
  • Must be able to crawl in dark, hot, and smoky atmospheres without panicking
  • Reasonable level of cardiovascular fitness

Compensation & Benefits:
As determined by the Board of Directors of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department. May be revised at any time depending on the availability of funding.

Salary:  None

Vacation:  None

Sick : None
Holidays: As provided for in the Cy-Fair VFD Member Handbook

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