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11 Sep 2020

EMS Firefighter/Paramedic

Firefighter/Parademic – Posted by BridgewaterHR Bridgewater, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

The firefighter/paramedic protects life and property by performing firefighting, emergency aid, hazardous materials and fire prevention duties. The position maintains fire equipment, apparatus and facilities.


Works under the Fire Chief or his/her designee




The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Performs firefighting activities, including driving fire apparatus, operating pumps and related equipment, laying hose, and performing fire combat, containment and extinguishment
  • Performs emergency aid activities, including administering first aid and providing other assistance as
  • Participates in fire drills and attends classes in firefighting, emergency medical, hazardous materials and related
  • Receives and relays fire calls and alarms. Operates radio and other communication
  • Participates in the inspection of buildings, hydrants and other structures in fire prevention programs.
  • Maintains fire equipment, apparatus and facilities. Performs minor repairs to departmental equipment.
  • Performs general maintenance work in the upkeep of fire facilities and equipment; cleans and washes walls and floors; cares for grounds around station; makes minor repairs; washes, hangs and dries hose; washes, cleans, polishes, maintains and tests apparatus and
  • Assists in developing plans for special assignments such as emergency preparedness, hazardous communications, training programs, firefighting, hazardous materials and emergency aid activities.
  • Presents programs to the community on safety, medical and fire prevention
  • Performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water and removing debris.
  • Performs duties as a certified EMT-B or EMT-P, according to criteria and standards set forth by the department.
  • Assists in department administrative activities as
  • Assists in supervising other firefighters as
  • Assists in training new employees as
  • Conducts basic fire


  1. Ethical
  2. Stress Management/Composure.
  3. Problem Solving/Analysis.
  4. Communication
  5. Strategic
  6. Teamwork
  7. Diversity and


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area travel may be expected.


  1. Knowledge of:
    • Working knowledge of driver safety.
    • Working knowledge of first aid.
  1. Ability to:
    • Ability to learn the operation of fire suppression and other emergency equipment.
    • Ability to learn to apply standard firefighting, emergency aid, hazardous materials and fire prevention techniques.
    • Ability to perform strenuous or peak physical activities during emergency, training or station maintenance activities for prolonged periods of time under conditions of extreme heights, intense heat, cold or smoke.
    • Ability to act effectively in emergency and stressful situation.
    • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
    • Ability to effectively communicate in writing and verbally.
    • Ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the general public.
    • Ability to make independent judgments that have considerable impacts on the organization.

Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience and Training

  • High School diploma or equivalent required. Some college
  • Successful completion of paramedic

Special Conditions:

  1. Must possess a State paramedic
  2. Must successfully pass a medical exam, after job
  3. Must pass an annual physical fitness
  4. Meet requirements of fire apparatus driver’s operator, within one


While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night shifts. Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations. Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, including smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils.

The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. It is reasonably anticipated that the individual will be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and other infectious materials in the course of duties.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, except during certain firefighting or EMT activities when noise levels may be loud.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk; hear; stand; walk; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, taste and smell. The employee must frequently lift or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 130 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interviews; credentials submission and reference check; job related tests may be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

How to Apply

Please apply at the link provided on this page:
Applications are not accepted at the fire department. As to not disqualify your candidacy, no phone calls to the department please. (See our Human Resources page for details on the Town's hiring practices).
In addition to the application, please submit your letter of interest and resume via e-mail or by mail to Town Manager’s Office/Human Resources, REF: Firefighter/Paramedic - 66 Central Square – 2nd floor, Bridgewater, MA 02324. 
Applications and resume submissions are reviewed as submitted. Only applicants that are being offered interview will be contacted. Position is open until filled.  

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: EMS.


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