Heavy Equipment Operators (HEOs) drive and operate firefighting
apparatus and perform related functions, including properly staging the
vehicle, providing a water supply, putting pumps into
operation, maintaining necessary flow and pressure, setting up master
streams, operating aerial ladders and putting into use any equipment
carried on the apparatus. HEOs actively participate in the provision of
emergency medical care and firefighting operations.
Driving and pumping operations: Safely
and effectively drive emergency rescue or firefighting vehicle and stage
apparatus to ensure effective response and adequate water supply; make
appropriate hose connections to the apparatus and to water sources;
provide proper extinguishing agent and fire flows; determine static and
residual pressure comparisons to ensure effective water supply and set
pump controls and engine rpm to supply water at required volume and
pressure. Advise officer regarding additional lines and/or pressure.
Fire and emergency scene operations: Provide
emergency medical care. Participate in emergency scene operations,
including search and rescue. Provide ventilation and perform smoke removal
functions; facilitate fire ground operations; operate, raise and climb
aerial and ground ladders; supervise or participate in use of
aerial master stream and ensure equipment is accounted for and in
response-ready state. Troubleshoot equipment issues as needed.
Apparatus maintenance: Inspect
and ready apparatus at onset of shift, including lights, sirens and
basic mechanical issues (e.g. belts, loose wires, oil leakage and fluid
levels) and check water level in tank and refuel as needed. Report defects
to commanding officer.
Station and equipment maintenance: Inventory
and inspect condition of equipment assigned to apparatus; send equipment
needing repairs to proper service facility and maintain and repair equipment.
Ensure communication of apparatus issues with shop staff. Ensure staff
carries out station duties.
Physical tasks: Perform
fire ground operations wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and
self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Systematically search (e.g.
crawling on floor) for trapped persons in limited visibility conditions;
lift and carry equipment (e.g. hose pack, fan or ladder, including up flights
of stairs); pull uncharged hose off an engine and effectively form a
connection with a fire hydrant; operate nozzle and fire streams; use
pike pole to breach and pull down ceilings; use equipment (e.g. axe,
sledge hammer) to make forcible entries and chop/cut holes in roof to let
out smoke and heat. Return equipment to proper place after fire is
scheduled check sheet for apparatus and review and maintain Log Book,
entering apparatus updates, equipment needs, crew activities, etc. Ensure
equipment is maintained in good order and manufacturer's schedule of
equipment maintenance is completed. Coordinate repair of equipment and
vehicles within the shop.
Quality assurance/training: Participate
in Vector Solutions Training; attend appropriate training at the
Academy and participate in physical fitness training. Study locations of
streets, buildings and water systems.
Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with
disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities
Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.
(1) Continuous service as a
Firefighter or Fire Paramedic in the Milwaukee Fire Department in the two (2)
years immediately preceding Sunday, August 13, 2023. Continuous
a. time spent on military leave or duty disability;
b. unpaid absences of 30
cumulative days or fewer for non-disciplinary reasons such as educational
leave, physical disability and/or sick leave and;
c. absences of 5 cumulative
eight-hour working days or less or 2 cumulative twenty-four hour
working days or less for disciplinary reasons, however the applicant must have
the required years of actual service
(2) Current State of
Wisconsin licensure as an EMT, including all refresher requirements.
(3) A valid regular Wisconsin
driver's license at time of application and throughout employment.
(4) Completion of the MFD
Professional Development Program for Driver/Operator, which includes State of
Wisconsin certification as driver/operator pumper and driver/operator
aerial, prior to July 03, 2023.
(MFD) qualification on both an engine and a truck prior to July 03, 2023.
(1) Pending further analysis, service as a Heavy Equipment
Operator may be required as a prerequisite to participate
in further promotional examinations for the position of Fire Lieutenant.
(2) Future examinations may
also require completion of academic credits applicable to a degree.
(3) At least one year of
service as a regularly appointed Heavy Equipment Operator (not in an acting
capacity) can substitute for a maximum of one year of the experience
requirement in the Fire Lieutenant examination. No substitution will be
granted for less than one year of Heavy Equipment Operator experience.
The current salary range (PR 4D, depending on if hired pre- or
post October 3, 2011 and if candidate has paramedic licensure. Hired on or
post October 3, 2011: Non Paramedic: $86,665,34; Paramedic: $87,531.95. Hired
pre October 3, 2011: Non Paramedic: $90,210.27; Paramedic: $91,112.20.
The online application is available at http://city.milwaukee.gov/fpc/Jobs. The
list of study materials is available on the MFD intranet. Candidates
are responsible for ensuring that applications are submitted on line by
the deadline of Friday,
June 02, 2023 The FPC is not responsible for applications not
received. Please note that all correspondence regarding the
selection process will be sent via email; it is imperative that applicants
inform the Fire and Police Commission of any changes in the email address
indicated on their application for this position.
The selection process will
be job-related and will consist of the following:
Written test: 35%
Candidates must attain a passing score on all exam components to
be placed on the eligible list. Promotion is contingent upon passing a drug
screen. The eligible list resulting from this examination will remain in effect
for two years unless rescinded or extended by the Fire and Police Commission.
The written test is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 10, 2023. The final exam date will be communicated to all
qualified candidates after the posting dates closes. The written exam will be
held at Safety Academy. Qualified
candidates will receive email notification that they are invited to attend the
The performance test is tentatively scheduled for the week
of July 31, 2023. The final exam date will be communicated to all qualified
candidates after the posting dates closes. The performance exam will be
held at MATC-South Campus. Qualified candidates will receive email
notification that they are invited to attend the performance examination.
Applicants will be notified of
any changes in schedule for all exam components. Unless required by law, the
Fire and Police Commission will not provide alternative test
administrations. Applicants are
responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time
and place designated by the Fire and Police Commission.
applicant who may be unavailable for this examination due to military service
or military training and wishes to request an accommodation must submit
such a request in writing to the Fire and Police Commission Human
Resources Representative at email@example.com no later than Friday June 02, 2023.
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