UConn - Entry-level Firefighter

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Department UConn Fire Department
Job TitleEntry-level Firefighter
Salary$59,037 upon completion of training - see posting
Registration Fee$75.00
Location Storrs, CT

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The University of Connecticut Fire Department with locations in Farmington and in Storrs, is seeking candidates for the position of Protective Services Trainee (Fire) sometimes referred to as an Entry-level Firefighter position. Successful candidates will be responsible for taking a prescribed formal academic and on-the-job training course in firefighting, emergency medical services, and hazardous materials response. Upon successful completion of training and probationary requirements, Protective Services Trainees will be eligible for appointment to the position of Firefighter.

In order to be considered for this position, a written examination will be held on March 23, 2019 at the UConn Storrs Campus.  More details regarding time and exact location will be provided at a further date.  There will be no make-up examination date and no refunds - you must plan accordingly.  Questions about this can be directed to UConn Department of Human Resources via email to workforce@uconn.edu.


Firefighters work under the general supervision of a Fire Lieutenant or other officer at a higher rank. Firefighters are accountable for providing firefighting, fire prevention, hazardous materials response, technical rescue and emergency medical services.

Duties include: firefighting, technical rescue, fire prevention, emergency medical services, hazardous materials emergency response, equipment maintenance and communications. Receives continued on-the-job training in firefighting and rescue procedures, drives apparatus to the emergency scene in the event of an alarm, evaluates nature and severity of fire or incident and selects the appropriate tools and techniques. Conducts routine inspection tours of facilities to check and/or maintain fire alarm systems, hydrants, smoke and heat detectors, fire extinguishers, sprinkler and foam systems. Reports any dangerous or inadequate conditions. Delivers fire prevention and fire extinguisher training to non-Fire Department personnel. Provides emergency medical services to evaluate medical conditions of patients and provide pre-hospital treatment and/or critical intervention for injuries and transport patients to hospital if necessary. Performs daily maintenance and inspections of personal equipment to ensure readiness for emergency situations, operational checks of apparatus and pumps, and ensures ambulance and emergency rescue vehicles are stocked with necessary equipment and medical supplies. Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications to Apply:

MQ1. Must be a United States Citizen by date of appointment
MQ2. Must have a High School Diploma or GED certification by time of application.
MQ3. Must currently possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license 
MQ4. Applicants must have reached their 18th birthday by time of application.
MQ5. Ability to follow oral and written instructions
MQ6. Ability to evaluate emergency situations and develop effective courses of action
MQ7. Sound communication skills with the ability to deal effectively with those contacted in the work

Preferred Qualifications:

PQ1. Successful completion of a Firefighter 1 or 2 training program which meets or exceeds the requirements of NFPA 1001
PQ2. Successful completion of the CT Fire Academy Recruit Firefighter Training Program or other comparable/equivalent recruit firefighter training program.
PQ3. Currently possesses and can maintain licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic issued by the State of CT or the NREMT.
PQ4. Currently matriculated or enrolled in a paramedic program
PQ5. Currently possesses and can maintain licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician - Basic issued by the State of CT or the NREMT
PQ6. Successful completion of the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) within 1 year prior to the date of application
PQ7. Currently possesses Hazardous Materials Technician Level certification pursuant to OSHA 1910.120 or NFPA 472.
PQ8. Successful completion of a college degree program 
PQ9. Current or honorably discharged member of a United States military service.

Special Requirements:

1. Protective Services Trainees (Fire) will be required to complete a skills validation or training program as authorized or directed by the Fire Chief, which may include courses prescribed by the Connecticut Fire Department Instructors Association, Connecticut Fire Academy, State Board of Education, and/or an Emergency Medical Training Course.
2. Must be able to obtain and retain certification as an Emergency Medical Technician - Basic granted by the State of CT or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)
3. Incumbents in this class must have general good health, be free from any disease or injury which would impair health or usefulness and possess and retain sufficient physical strength, stamina, agility, endurance and visual and auditory acuity to perform the duties of the class. 
4. A comprehensive medical examination in accordance with NFPA 1582, including a controlled substance screening, will be required of all applicants upon a conditional offer of employment. In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation and psychological exam of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


This is a full-time permanent position. If attending the recruit firefighter training program, Protective Services Trainees will be assigned to the CT Fire Academy starting Monday morning until Friday night or as designated by the CT Fire Academy curriculum and schedule. Any additional classes following the recruit training will be subject to the schedule of the respective class and as directed by the Fire Chief. Trainees will be expected to have on-the-job training at both fire stations in Farmington and Storrs. Upon successful completion of all required initial training, Trainees may be assigned permanently, temporarily, or on an as-needed basis to either station. Work schedules of Trainees who have completed initial training, on-the-job training, and who are assigned to a working shift but have not yet been appointed to the Firefighter classification may be assigned the same work schedule as the Firefighter job class which is 2 (two) 10 hour day shifts, 2 (two) 14 hour night shifts followed by four days off. The starting salary for Protective Services Trainees is is $40,226 per year in addition to a comprehensive benefits package that includes hazardous duty retirement and full medical/dental insurance benefits. Once the training and probationary training period is successfully completed, the starting salary for the Firefighter position is $59,037 per year.

Candidates who submit incomplete applications may be removed from employment consideration.  Application deadline is Sunday, March 17, 2019.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 PM Eastern on March 17, 2019.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Please direct questions regarding this position to workforce@uconn.edu

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