Town of East Millinocket 53 Main Street East Millinocket, ME 04430 Tel: 207-746-3376 Fax: 207-746-3550

Ambulance Supervisor - Fire Chief

Job Title: AMBULANCE SUPERVISOR-FIRE CHIEF
Department: PUBLIC SAFETY
Supervisor: BOARD OF SELECTMEN

This is a salaried administrative position responsible for the management functions of the Town’s Fire and Ambulance Department and is responsible for supervising all aspects of the operations.  The Fire Chief-EMS Supervisor is appointed by and is responsible to the Board of Selectmen.  Selectmen prescribe general policies and they advise as to procedures when extraordinary situations arise; however, the Chief-Supervisor exercises wide discretion in the administration of the department.

The person in this position serves as the Fire and Ambulance Department Head and works directly with the Town’s Administrative Assistant and the Board of Selectmen.  This employee is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the day to day management and operations of the Fire and Ambulance Department. The EMS Supervisor also serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town as well as the Health Officer. The Fire and Ambulance Department is comprised of the following:

(1) The East Millinocket Volunteer Fire Department;
(2) The East Millinocket/Lincoln Ambulance Service;

A specialized position requiring a working knowledge of both Fire and Emergency Medical work.  In addition to the duties listed in the description of the department activities, the Fire/Ambulance Chief will be responsible for the maintenance of all Fire and Ambulance equipment and 2/3 responsible for maintenance of the East Millinocket Public Safety buildings.

TYPICAL DUTIES (but not limited to)

  • Plans, directs and exercises general supervision over the work of the Fire Department, Ambulance Department, EMS and patient services. 
  • Enforces State Fire and EMS regulations.
  • Purchases supplies and minor equipment.
  • Prepares annual budget and attends Town Meeting to present budget.
  • Promulgates rules and regulations for the operation of the service.
  • Evaluates the need for and recommends purchase of major equipment.
  • Provides for the maintenance of Fire and Ambulance equipment.
  • Ensures that all Fire and Ambulance staff  receive required training, plans and directs activities in training and supervises in-house training programs.
  • Supervises performance of all staff.
  • Prepares necessary forms and paperwork required by the State, prepares forms for billing.
  • Controls and supervises department expenditures, codes bills and submits for payment.
  • Prepares annual report of ambulance activities for annual town report.
  • Other as directed or required by the Board of Selectmen.

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

Comprehensive knowledge of emergency medical methods and ability to apply this knowledge to varied emergency situations.  Comprehensive knowledge of use and operation of a wide variety of ambulance equipment.  Thorough knowledge of geography of the Town.  Ability to plan, initiate, administer and coordinate activities of attendants.  Good physical condition and can perform within the required physical demands and conditions of this job description.

Possession of a valid motor vehicle Operator’s License issued by the State of Maine and shall be insurable under the Town’s vehicle insurance coverage.

Position Requirements:

  • Commitment to public service
  • Applicants must have attained the age of 20 to apply.
  • Be a high school graduate or have passed a high school equivalency exam.
  • Applicants must be able to perform the essential job functions.
  • Be able to pass a pre-employment physical and substance abuse test. Hold a current EMT-B License.
  • Preference will be given to candidates having Firefighter II and Advance EMT or Paramedic certification.
  • Other duties as required
  • Sense of humor

EXPERIENCE & TRAINING

Completion of a standard high school course supplemented by training at State or regional emergency medical courses.

Must have a valid Advanced EMT or Paramedic license and hold a valid Firefighter II Classification.  The successful candidate must have one to three years’ experience in a supervisory or administrative fire and medical emergency services position or any equivalent combination which provides the required knowledges, skills and abilities, be able to work with the public, to establish and to maintain effective work relationships with other employees and departments. The successful candidate must have a working knowledge of all Town and State Fire Codes and of all State EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Rules and Regulations.

Desirable experience and/or training:

  • Previous experience in fire suppression and/or emergency medical response.
  • Firefighter/Advanced EMT-Critical Care Paramedic certification strongly preferred

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

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

Physical demands for this job may include frequent climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, handling, feeling, talking, hearing, the ability to lift, carry, push, pull greater than 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include near and far sight acuity, depth perception, color vision, field of vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. Flexibility is important because of the need to enter and exit vehicles quickly, inspect buildings, climb over and around obstacles, suddenly move out of the way of dangers, etc. Mental alertness is important because of the need to make fine distinctions and decisions concerning subtle cues to impending danger. Physical and mental demands may change dramatically within a few seconds and tax the maximum of human endurance. Therefore, the employee must maintain a physical and mental state of fitness and readiness that will enable them to handle recurrent contacts and involvement with dangerous and potentially dangerous situations. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to maintain the ability to walk up and down stairs, utilize protective equipment, including eye wear, footwear, respiratory aid, hard hat, gloves, and protective clothing, endure moderate exposure to weather, extreme heat and/or cold, wet and/or humid conditions, high level noise intensity, vibration, darkness/poor lighting, moving mechanical parts/hazards, high, exposed places, toxic/caustic chemicals, dirt/dust, odors, and other environmental conditions.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be subjected to electrical hazards, fire hazards and unsafe conditions and may be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, hazardous chemicals and materials, intense heat, extreme cold, natural and man-made disasters and hazards associated with working in and near traffic. The noise level in the work environment varies from moderate to extreme

  1. Administrative Responsibilities:
    1. General administration of full time and paid call Fire & Ambulance Department
    2. Monitor and coordinate training and license updates for entire department. In Fire, training to Firefighter I and II and Hazardous Materials to Operations Level. In Ambulance, training to EMT to Paramedic Level.
    3. Conduct Fire/Arson or Patient Care Investigations.
    4. Code Enforcement of City and State Statutes relating to the Fire Department.
    5. Monitor all building and equipment maintenance
    6. Attend Town, County and State meetings relating to Fire and Emergency Medical Services
    7. Work with Town Code Enforcement to ensure that the citizens are protected to the fullest extent of Local and State Life Safety Codes
    8. Work with Police Department to provide the best and safest crowd and traffic control at all emergencies involving Fire or EMS Incidents
    9. Work with East Millinocket Utilities and Public Works Departments to insure that adequate water and hydrants are available in an emergency
    10. Work with Local and State Medical Directors relating to all EMS matters.
    11. Other as directed or required by the Board of Selectmen.
  2. Fire and EMS Education Responsibilities:
    1. Oversee all Public Education Programs such as Learn Not To Burn, Extinguishers, Safety Talks and Special Clinics
    2. Oversee all work with School Systems in Fire Prevention and Education
    3. Chimney and wood stove inspections, including Education and Installation and Maintenance
    4. Fire Inspections of all businesses and, on request, Private Homes
    5. Fire and EMS training and updates
    6. Public speaking on Fire and Medical Emergencies
    7. Oversee public education on use of Fire Extinguishers and Smoke and CO Detectors
    8. Attend all Fire and EMS meetings on training requirements.
  3. Fire Suppression Responsibilities:
    1. Assume Command in suppression of Fire in East Millinocket and all surrounding communities who contract with Caribou.
    2. Assume Command at all Hazardous Material Incidents in the above areas.
    3. Provide Emergency Evacuation in the above areas when needed and find housing for evacuees.
    4. Provide safety for the Firefighters and Fire Victims during an emergency.
    5. Provide Mutual Aid for fire suppression to surrounding towns when available.
    6. Assume Command of all Mutual Aid forces and equipment from surrounding towns.
  4. Emergency Medical Care Responsibilities:
    1. Provide 24-hour emergency medical care and transportation of the sick or injured for East Millinocket and all surrounding communities who contract with East Millinocket for similar services.
    2. Provide emergency medical care and transportation of firefighters when needed.
    3. Provide a transfer service to the sick or injured to areas outside the Town, and or, State when requested.
    4. Stay in compliance with Local and State License requirements regarding Emergency Medical Care
    5. Assume Command at all Mass Casualty Situations and or Rescue Operations for East Millinocket and all surrounding Communities who contract service with the Town of East Millinocket
    6. Provide Mutual Aid to all Ambulance Services when available.
  5. Hazardous Material and Below Grade Rescue Responsibilities:
    1. Assume Command of our equipment, personnel and all mutual aid forces and equipment
    2. Provide response and care to the Operations Level of training. Advanced level requirements will have to be hired from Old Town-Orono Haz Mat Team.
    3. Call in Technical Level personnel and provide medical evaluations on team members and decontamination for those contaminated.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

A specialized position requiring a working knowledge of both Fire and Emergency Medical work.  In addition to the duties listed in the description of the department activities, the Fire Chief/Ambulance Supervisor will be responsible for the maintenance of all Fire and Ambulance equipment and 2/3 responsible for maintenance of the East Millinocket Public Safety buildings.

  • Must possess a Class A driver license with a clean driving record.
  • Have the ability to lift ½ the weight of a stretcher and patient.
  • Must have the ability to deal with Stress and High Tension.
  • Must be able to work with the public i.e., public speaking, dealing with problems and providing public safety for both Fire and EMS.   Must have the ability to deal courteously with the public and to establish and to maintain effective work relationships with other employees and the public.
  • Must have the ability to lead the department members, fulltime and paid call, in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • Considerable knowledge of all Town and State Fire Codes.
  • Considerable knowledge of all State EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Rules and Regulations.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and initiative in analyzing and evaluating accounting problems and in developing or recommending modifications.  Must be able to prepare and present the department annual budget, including reserve accounts and develop a five-year plan for the department.
  • Ability to plan, organize, provide training, supervise and review the work of subordinates.
  • Have a Fire Science Degree or 20 years or more of Fire and EMS Experience. 
  • The Fire Chief/Ambulance Supervisor is responsible to the Board of Selectmen has full command of all personnel, fulltime and paid call, and equipment.  In emergency situations, the Chief/Supervisor, will be authorized to obtain assistance from persons at the scene or call in additional help from other Town Departments and Outside Fire Departments to extinguish a Fire, or help with Hazardous Material Incidents or large Incidents involving injuries.  The Chief/Ambulance Supervisor shall be authorized to do what is necessary to protect persons and property within the Town and other Contracted Communities.
  • The Chief/Ambulance Supervisor shall be authorized to pull down and demolish structures and appurtenances if he judges it necessary to prevent the spread of fire.  Suppress disorder and tumult at the scene of a fire and, generally to direct all operations to prevent further destruction and damage.
  • The Chief/Ambulance Supervisor recommends to the Board of Selectmen the appointment or dismissal of all firefighters/EMT’s and shall certify all departmental bills, enforce all rules and regulations of the department.
  • The Municipal Officers of the Town of East Millinocket shall determine the compensation of the Fire Chief/Ambulance Supervisor.

HOW TO APPLY

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Applications may be submitted by email to acote@gwi.net or mailed to the address below. Please indicate which position(s) you are applying for. Applications must be received by April 10th, 2020 at 4:00pm.

Selectmen's Office
53 Main Street
East Millinocket, ME 04430