The Captain is the second line supervisory position and is responsible for the day to day operation of the fire/EMS station. Under direction, is responsible for planning, implementing, supervising, and directing programs and projects at the company level with their own and other battalions; maintains personnel availability coverage, determines emergency response level; responds to emergencies and directs emergency operations until relieved by a senior officer; and performs other duties as required.
Responds to fire suppression incidents, emergency medical and other calls; plans and schedules company activities in accordance with annual program objectives; implements and follows the Incident Command System (ICS) guidelines in commanding, coordinating and functioning at multi-company operations; supervises and follows-up on the company’s responsibilities for maintenance of: station, grounds, vehicles, apparatus, equipment, fire hydrant, and alarm system; conducts inspections, fire safety classes and public education demonstrations; participates in physical fitness programs; writes reports and maintains accurate, up-to-date records; makes safety inspections and enforces safety orders and safe job procedures; supervises, trains, counsels and completes employee performance evaluation reports.
The following are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude a task from the position, if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
- Working in conjunction with volunteer and career personnel at the corporation level, respond to and participate in medical emergencies, structural firefighting, technical rescue, auto extrication, hazardous materials incidents and other emergency operations as required.
- Drives and operates emergency vehicles under emergency and non-emergency conditions.
- Evaluates performance of subordinate personnel and reviews evaluations of their subordinates.
- Assures necessary safety procedures are in place and followed by DES personnel.
- Performs inspections and basic preventative maintenance at prescribed intervals on all vehicles and equipment to ensure operational readiness.
- Completes accurate fire, rescue, emergency medical and administrative reports in a timely manner.
- Assists with routine or scheduled housekeeping duties at fire/rescue station.
- Assists with routine administrative tasks and perform other related duties as required.
- Participates in cleaning and preventative maintenance activities concerning fire, rescue and emergency medical apparatus.
- Participates in special projects as directed.
- Through training sessions, exercises, publications and other means, maintain a working knowledge of current technologies, equipment, certification requirements and other areas pertinent to the operation.
- Knowledge of DES and VFRA policies and procedures, standard operating procedures and Washington County personnel rules and regulations; knowledge of the budgetary process and procedures.
- Working knowledge of Washington County geography and surrounding areas.
- Ensures operational readiness of all assigned resources and personnel.
Position Specific Essential Tasks
- Provides clinical oversight of the pre-hospital patient care provided by EMS field staff.
- Perform advanced diagnostic and patient care skills as needed.
- Work within the EMSOP Quality Assurance plan to ensure that written legal medical records are accurate, completed within the established timeframes and include appropriate information.
- Conduct quality assurance/complaint investigations as required and report findings to DES staff and/or the Medical Review Committee.
- Provides training and education to staff/members of the fire/rescue and EMS departments within their assigned area.
- Develop training programs, administers tests (written or practical) and evaluates performance.
- Develop or assists with the development of tabletop exercises and drills.
- Establish training schedules to ensure assigned full-time and part-time personnel maintain required certifications.
- Coordinates with receiving facilities and EMS companies to ensure pre-hospital care is appropriate and interactions with hospital staff are positive and professional.
- Recommends medications, equipment and protocol development in order to provide the highest level of patient care possible.
- Works with DES EMS leadership to initiate research and publish studies on pre-hospital care.
- Serves as a Field Training Supervisor as needed.
- Assists with scheduling for field staff as needed.
- Assists with the development of the Division’s annual operating capital budgets as requested.
- Review and approve timekeeping documents for assigned personnel.
- Ensure compliance with COMAR Title 30 regulations and County standards as they pertain to the daily delivery of emergency medical services for fire/rescue/EMS stations within their assigned area.
- Provide logistical support for fire/rescue/EMS stations within their assigned area to ensure operational readiness.
- Monitor the accuracy of narcotic logs and ensure they are submitted monthly for the EMS departments within their assigned area.
- Attend meetings as requested with the fire/rescue/EMS stations within their assigned areas.
- Maintain all records including, but not limited to, vehicle and equipment inspection reports, facility inspection reports, training records and emergency plans.
- Assist in the development of grant applications to procure equipment, apparatus, training facilities, etc.
- Provide direct on scene supervision of fire/rescue/EMS personnel.
- Management of assigned personnel, including but not limited to counseling, discipline, oversight, performance reviews.
- May be assigned to represent the Division or EMSOP on various local, state and federal committees or workgroups.
- Other duties as required for the improvement and enhancement of public safety.
- Where qualified and authorized to do so, may temporarily act in the next higher rank as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
(A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for one or more of the qualifications)
- High School graduate or equivalent acceptable to the State of Maryland. (Associate Degree in Fire Science, Emergency Medical Services Management or related field Preferred)
- Five (5) years of experience as an independently functioning paramedic in a 911 system. Proof of # incident responses, skills performed, and types of patients encountered may be required.
(Three (3) years of supervisory experience in a 911 based emergency medical services system is preferred)
- Candidate must possess the following training/certifications:
- Firefighter II (MFRI, ProBoard, or IFSAC)
- Vehicle Machinery Rescue (MFRI, ProBoard, or IFSAC)
- Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (MFRI, ProBoard, or IFSAC)
- Hazardous Material Operations (MFRI, ProBoard, or IFSAC)
- Instructor I (MFRI, ProBoard, or IFSAC)
- Fire Officer I or EMS Officer I (MFRI, ProBoard, or IFSAC)
- NIMS/ICS 100, 200, 700, 800
- Current National Registry and Maryland Paramedic license or ability to obtain a Maryland Paramedic license within 30 days of hire.
- Current CPR Healthcare provider
- Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support
- Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- Candidates must obtain the following training/certifications within 1 year of employment:
- Fire Officer II (MFRI, ProBoard or IFSAC)
- Incident Safety Officer (MFRI, ProBoard, or IFSAC)
- Fire Pumping Apparatus (MFRI, ProBoard, or IFSAC)
- NIMS 300
- Preference may be given to applicants with additional advanced training in emergency medical care, fire suppression, hazardous materials or technical rescue disciplines.
- Completion of the MIEMSS Quality Assurance Officer Course (2 Day Program)
- Extensive knowledge of local, state and national laws and standards as they apply to the fields of fire, rescue and emergency medical care.
- Ability to maintain personnel and medical information confidential in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations.
- Proficient in use of computer applications including but not limited to word processing, spreadsheets, email, and incident reporting systems (i.e. Firehouse and Elite).
- Ability to effectively analyze technical data, to write and maintain complex records, research and prepare reports relating to public safety and operations.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with volunteer or career firefighters and officers, municipal employees, elected officials, media and the general public.
- Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communications skills, including public speaking.
Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of telephone (wearing and using a headset) and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, hear, handle or feel objects and related equipment, such as, but not limited to personal computer, calculator, copier, fax machine, radio console, etc. Some standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, crawling, reaching and handling, pushing and pulling. Must have the ability to lift, push, and pull in excess of 100 lbs. With proper personal protective equipment, perform various functions under emergency conditions including operating environments immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH) with appropriate personal protective equipment.
- Possession of valid Maryland class C driver’s license (or equivalent license from state of residence).
- Available for scheduled shift work hours and mandatory callback during emergency situations.
- Successful completion of the hiring process which may include a written examination, practical skills, physical abilities test, assessment center and oral interview board.
- Successful completion of a pre-employment physical including respirator clearance and drug testing (following a conditional offer of employment).
- Successful completion of a background investigation.
- This position is subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
To apply, visit our website at www.washco-md.net or complete and return an Application to HR@washco-md.net or by mailing to Washington County Human Resources Department, 100 W. Washington Street, Room 2300, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. Applicants must submit copies of each training/certification listed above under “Applicant Must Possess…”. If submitting the application electronically, only pdf copies; no digital pictures). Do not submit copies of any other training/certificates at time of application. Internal candidates must use an Internal Application and include a resume when submitting.