Firefighter Recruit

City of Nicholasville | Nicholasville, KY

Date Posted: 5/10/2022 12:19:36 PM


Class Title: Fire Fighter Recruit Supervisor: Training Chief (During probationary training). Lieutenant (Once assigned to company) Supervises: None Grade: F-1 Class Characteristics: Under general supervision, performs fire suppression, inspection and prevention activities; performs routine fire station and equipment maintenance duties; performs related duties as required.

General Duties and Responsibilities:


  1. Responds to all type emergencies including fire, accident, rescue, hazardous materials, and natural disaster calls and performs necessary firefighting, rescue or mitigation tasks.
  2. Rescues victims in life threatening situations; climbs ladders, ropes, stairs, hills, etc., using various equipment to gain access to and rescue victims; administers emergency medical care when necessary.
  3. May drive vehicle to scene; may operate equipment.
  4. Lays and connects hoses; directs water stream to control or extinguish fires.
  5. Protects property from water and soil damage.
  6. Removes excess solid and liquid debris from structures and grounds.
  7. Assists in the maintenance of vehicles and equipment.
  8. Cleans hoses, tools and other equipment.
  9. Performs general station and other equipment maintenance; hangs and dries hoses; makes minor equipment repairs, sweeps and mops floors, washes windows, cleans furniture and facilities; paints buildings, etc.
  10. Assists with preparing and maintaining accurate records.
  11. Attends training classes.
  12. May perform fire inspection duties.
  13. Checks fire hydrants.
  14. Performs public relations as requested.
  15. Performs other duties as may be required. Non-essential: None.


Training and Experience: Graduation from high school or equivalent (GED); no previous work experience requirements.

Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge:

  1. Knowledge of, or ability to learn, modern fire fighting principles, methods and techniques used in fire suppression, inspection and prevention.
  2. Knowledge of, or ability to learn, the operation and maintenance requirements of fire vehicles, fire fighting and rescue equipment, and related apparatus.
  3. Knowledge of, or ability to learn, the federal, state and local laws and ordinances, including national Fire Protection Association codes and standards, pertaining to fire prevention, inspection and suppression.
  4. Knowledge of, or ability to learn the geography of the City, including the location of streets and roads, fire hydrants, and the location and interior plans of major buildings.


  1. Ability to respond and act quickly, efficiently and calmly in emergency and hazardous situations.
  2. Ability to accept lines of authority, and to respond to orders without question in emergency situations.
  3. Ability to perform minor mechanical work on fire vehicles and equipment.
  4. Ability to complete required forms and maintain records.
  5. Ability to deal courteously and tactfully with the public.
  6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with other emergency service organizations, city officers and employees, and the general public.
  7. Physical strength and agility to perform fire fighting duties for extended periods of time, often under adverse weather conditions.
  8. Ability to acquire skill in the operation and maintenance of fire fighting equipment and tools.
  9. Ability to work at heights, below grade or within confined spaces often with limited visibility.


Instructions: Instructions are initially very specific, but become more general as the duties of the position are learned. Processes: Must occasionally consider different courses of action, or deviate from standard operating procedures, to get the job done. Review of Work: Work is monitored in progress, and certain fires and other operations are reviewed immediately following suppression or completion. Analytical Requirements: Assignments frequently involve decisions based on a wide knowledge of many factors where application of advanced or technical concepts are predominantly required. Physical Requirements of the Job: Work involves sitting, standing, stooping, walking; extreme physical demands at scene of emergencies for long periods of time; lifting heavy objects (more than 25 pounds); exposed to extreme weather conditions for extended periods of time; exposed to high places, confined spaces, noise, machinery and its moving parts, fumes, chemicals and toxic substances; must have excellent hearing and vision; must be able to wear a respirator. Tools and/or Equipment Used: All types of fire and rescue equipment, vehicles and tools will be used after proper training. Contacts: Public and internal contacts are requirements of the job. Confidential Information: Limited use of confidential information. Mental Effort: Moderate/heavy. Interruptions: Frequent. Special Licensing Requirements: Must possess and maintain a valid drivers license issued by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Training Requirements: Must successfully complete required basic training during first year of employment; must successfully complete required annual training; must obtain a minimum score of 75% on all probationary training exams. Certification Requirements: Must obtain First Responder Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT B) certification and IFSAC or equivalent Haz-Mat Operations level certification during first year of employment. (See Training Requirements for additional certification requirements). Additional Requirements: Must be able to work 24-hour shifts; must be able to respond to calls at all hours; must be able to attend departmental meetings and training programs during evening hours. Additional Information: Hazardous retirement. Overtime Provision: Non-exempt.

Salary Information: Annual $43,896.32 plus training incentive
Application Deadline: 12/02/2023

Download Application Packet from website: Drop off : Nicholasville Fire Department, Station 4 785 E. Brannon Rd Nicholasville, Ky 40356 OR Mail to: Nicholasville Fire Department, Station 2 1022 S Main Street Nicholasville, KY 40356

Kathy Rhineheimer
Human Resource Manager
517 N Main St.
Nicholasville, KY 40356

Phone: 859-885-1121
Fax: 859-881-0750