How to write a Firefighter job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Firefighter job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Firefighter job titles

    Deputy Fire Chief
    Firefighter (Paramedic)
    Firefighter (Part-Time)

Firefighter job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Firefighter job summary

The city is currently accepting applications to fill the role of Firefighter. The successful candidate will have the desire and compassion to help others and to protect lives, property and the environment. Work is to be completed as an individual contributor to the firefighting team by responding to and fighting fires, delivering emergency medical care, conducting property inspections, taking part in ongoing training and participating in outreach events within the community.

Firefighter responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Firefighter responsibilities

    Perform firefighting work, including preventing, combating and extinguishing fires to protect lives, property and the environment
    Operate fire equipment and tools appropriately
    Provide emergency medical care within scope of practice
    Quickly and effectively analyze hazardous situations and take appropriate course of action
    Participate in training, classes and drills in firefighting, emergency medical care, disaster response and specialized rescue
    Perform general maintenance work of fire equipment and facilities

Firefighter qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Firefighter skills

    High school diploma/GED required
    Current driver’s licence
    At least 18 years of age at the time of the written examination
    Canadian citizen
    Current Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) licence
    Certified National Registry EMT

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