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Salary Range

$33,947.76 to a maximum annual rate of $53,985.36 depending upon qualifications

Job FLSA Status


Public Safety


Job Details

This is skilled work in combating, extinguishing and preventing fires, in answering emergency calls, providing emergency medical services and in the operation and routine custodial maintenance of department equipment, apparatus and quarters.

Work involves training for and participating in duties of protecting life and property through the performance of fire fighting, emergency medical care and rescue activities. Employees of this class are required to learn and participate in the operation of apparatus and the performance of hazardous tasks under emergency conditions, which may require strenuous exertion under such handicaps as smoke, fire, heat, and cramped surroundings. Employees are required to perform routine duties in the custodial care and maintenance of department facilities, apparatus and equipment. Work is usually performed in accordance with explicit instructions, as well as defined procedures; however, performance of work requires initiative and a thorough understanding of fire fighting, emergency medical care and fire prevention principles and methods.

Job Duties

Responds to alarms of fire, medical emergencies or other emergencies with a company; operates pumps and auxiliary equipment; lays and connects hose, ventilates burning buildings, raises and climbs ladders, uses chemical extinguishers, bars, hooks, lines and related equipment; uses emergency medical equipment such as oxygen units and automatic external defibrillators.

Removes persons from danger; administers emergency medical care to injured persons; and performs salvage operations such as throwing protection covers, sweeping water and removing debris.

Participate in fire drills, public education and attends classes in fire fighting, emergency medical care, and related subjects; inspects buildings and premises for compliance with fire prevention ordinances, for pre-planning and familiarization activities and to check on complaints. Performs general custodial work in the upkeep of departmental apparatus, equipment, and structures; cleans and washes walls and floors; washes hangs and dries hose; washes, cleans and polishes apparatus.

Participates in program to inspect and become familiar with buildings, fire hydrants, and alarm boxes.

May drive fire trucks in emergency or relief status.

Communicates with other firefighters and superiors during fire and emergency calls by mobile and/or portable radio.

Job Qualifications

(A) Graduation from high school or GED equivalent; and

(B) Must be at least 18 years of age at time of employment;

(C) Must be of good moral character as determined by investigation;

(D) Must be in good physical condition as determined by medical exam;

(E) Must pass the physical fitness requirements as established by the Covington Fire Department;

(F) Must possess or be able to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Georgia State driver's license.


Job Education

(A) Minimum of either National Registry AEMT, Ga.Registry AEMT or EMT-I85, or ability to obtain Firefighter III status.

(B) Possession of State of Georgia Firefighter I certification or ability to obtain certification within one year.

Job Computer Skills

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(A) Skill to operate the tools and equipment necessary for combating and extinguishing fires, performing emergency medical care and any other duties so described by supervisor;

(B) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, city officials; ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing. Ability to learn the street system, physical layout, and principal buildings of the city and adjacent areas; Ability to learn a variety of fire fighting duties, evolutions and methods including the operation, lactation and use of fire fighting tools and apparatus, within a reasonable working test period; Ability to climb ladders and work at considerable heights; Ability to learn complex emergency medical care; Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with other employees and the general public; Ability to perform arduous tasks frequently under strenuous and adverse conditions; good physical condition; Ability to perform moderate lifting (25-50 pounds) of fire fighting equipment, and ability to move objects in excess of 100 pounds during emergencies or as necessary; Ability to frequently bend by flexing upper body forward during emergencies or as necessary; Ability to crawl along a surface during emergency situations; Ability to frequently turn, twist, push, or pull with upper body extension.

City Of Covington Department


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