Fire Water Specialist in Roxana, IL

Requisition ID
Employment Type
Regular Full-Time

Job Description

Job Summary:

The Firewater Specialist will be exposed to all types of weather conditions and temperature fluctuations, from bitter cold to extreme heat and humidity. Although firefighting and rescue work are the most difficult and responsible areas of activity, the major portion of time is spent in routine duties in the care and maintenance of customer property and equipment. This position reports to the Battalion Chief. It is a non-supervisory position and will work Monday through Friday, 0630 – 1530 hours.


This is considered a safety sensitive position and is subject to the both, the Company’s and the Client’s Industrial Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy, which includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, random testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return to duty testing and follow-up testing.


Essential Functions: The following functions and all other functions not included in this job description are to be performed in the best interests and for the greater good of Rural Metro Fire.

  1. Responsible for managing the refinery firewater system including, but not limited to: firewater isolations and repairs, inspections of fixed fire pump and deluge system inspections, conducting flow tests and issuance of permits for firewater usage. Advises plant personnel on maintenance equipment related concerns.
  2. Responsible for overseeing compliance with regular inspections to include, but not limited to; fire equipment, emergency response vehicle components, AED units, hoists, ladders, eye wash stations and stored respirators. Will also work with maintenance on plant inspections. Auditing and maintaining the Emergency Action Plan to current standards.
  3. Participate in and maintain all required Emergency Response Training to include, but not limited to annual Fire School or off-site Live Fire Training, firefighting, rescue, hazardous materials, emergency medical and incident command.
  4. Assist emergency response team shifts with daily activities and trainings when needed, i.e. apparatus maintenance and inventories, first aid/alcohol & drug testing of contractors, fire extinguisher training, CPR/AED training, and regular in-house daily training.
  5. Operate and effectively perform radio communication functions, including use of multijurisdictional frequencies, for emergency and non-emergency events;
  6. Utilize Incident Management System (ICS)/National Incident Management System (NIMS) protocols and procedures; coordinate and/or participate in after-action emergency de-briefing with appropriate departments and stakeholders.
  7. Participate as an active member of the Emergency Response Team, when responding to live fire, leaks, spills or other emergency situations.
  8. Assist in developing and signoff on confined space entry pre-plans, along with standby as needed to support confined space work in the field.
  9. Assist in developing pre-fire plans for potential tank fire scenarios at the Refinery and Logistics assets.
  10. Other duties as assigned.



  • Minimum 21 years of age
  • US Citizen with GED or High School Diploma
  • Valid drivers' license and driving history acceptable to the customer
  • Ability to pass a background check acceptable to customer
  • Ability to obtain Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)


Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

  • State of Illinois or IFSAC or NPQS Firefighter I/II
  • State of Illinois or IFSAC or NPQS Haz Mat Operations
  • State of Illinois EMT-Basic
  • Current AHA CPR (Professional Rescuer Level)
  • Industrial Fire Brigade (NFPA 1081) (preferred)
  • Must complete NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800 within 30 days of hire date.


Physical Requirements:

  • 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 functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, fire department personnel are frequently required to walk, sit, climb, crawl, kneel, bend, stoop, lift, talk, see, hear, feel, use clear speech and operate machinery. There is a need to reach and perform moderate (20-50 pounds) and frequent heavy (50-200 pounds) lifting during the use of tools and equipment, and while assisting others while extinguishing fires or treating ill/injured persons.


Cognitive/Psychosocial/Mental Requirements:

  • Occasionally: Analyzing, judgment.
  • Frequently: Problem solving, decision making, reasoning.
  • Constantly: Work requires the ability to read and write reports, follow orders and instructions and read fire manuals.


Stress Factors:

  • Frequently: Repetitive tasks, high pressure.
  • Occasionally: Fatigue, intense tasks


Equipment Operated:

  • Office: Computers, printers, standard Microsoft Windows and Office software, fire/ems incident reporting system(s), etc.
  • Firefighting: Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), personal protective equipment, ladders, porta power units, hammers, chain saws, portable light, etc.
  • EMS: Automatic defibrillators, Sphygmomanometer, pulse oximetry, agio catheter, stethoscopes, glucometers, backboards, etc.


Working Conditions:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work is performed primarily in an outdoor environment; Firefighting, Medical Services and Rescue duties may be performed in or outdoors in potentially adverse conditions, such as, but not limited to: extreme heat, cold, wet, humid, and loud situations.
  • The employee will be exposed to noise levels ranging from moderate to very loud, from open areas to very cramped confined spaces.
  • The work environment will subject the employee to heavy traffic conditions both in responding to emergency calls and when attempting extrications at emergency scenes


EEO Statement

Global Medical Response and its family of companies are an Equal Opportunity Employer including Veterans and Disabled


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