Paramedic / Firefighter

Job Information

TypeWeekly SalaryPosted DateDeadline to Apply
Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Funded Position(s)$713.64 - $917.14 (Educational Stipends Are Available to Eligible Employees)August 18, 2017 at 5:48 p.m.September 8, 2017 by Midnight

Benefits Package

All full-time employees are eligible for health, accident, and dental insurance. Health insurance is provided through the Maine Municipal Health Trust PPO 500. Retirement is available through Maine Public Employees Retirement Service (MPERS) 25 year plan OR through I.C.M.A.R.C Plan with a 10% employee contribution.

Before you apply, please read all information on this job bulletin. Entry level and Lateral Entry level Firefighter/EMT or Paramedic


In August 2017 the Westbrook Fire and Rescue Department was awarded a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant. This has allowed the department to open up 8 full-time positions. Per the agreement between the grant staff and the Fire and Rescue administration, the Department has agreed to a minimum 3-year commitment for all SAFER grant funded positions.

Examples of Duties

  • Responds to fires; makes forced entries into grounds or buildings by climbing walls or fences; cuts locks, chains, and bolts to gain entry to locked areas; breaks or cuts doors, windows, walls or roofs using hand and power tools; and cuts or pries open vehicles, machinery or collapsed building material to reach fire or to free trapped victims.
  • Assesses potential effect of weather, wind, and humidity at fire scene; assesses the smell and color of smoke to ascertain materials burning; locates and operates controls to shut off or control utilities; receives and follows orders from officer at fire scene; quickly and thoroughly examines all areas including supporting surfaces to judge their stability.
  • Carries or drags charged or empty hose lines to fire scene, around obstacles, or up ladders; inspects charged hose lines and removes kinks, takes up slack and tightens leaking couplings; selects and operates appropriate class of fire extinguisher; hoists hose sections and other equipment; selects appropriate ladder; uses hose strap to secure ladder to building; ascends and descends aerial ladder; hoists or lowers tools and equipment from top; and climbs, works from, and descends ladders carrying people or equipment and using appropriate safety equipment or procedures.
  • Determines appropriate place to cut ventilation hole at structural fire; and creates ventilation by opening or forcing doors and windows, and by cutting or breaking walls and roof using chain saws and axes with a minimum and necessary force.
  • Notifies occupants to vacate premises and determines safest evacuation route; stabilizes the surrounding area by controlling traffic and crowds; calms emotionally distressed or distraught victims, relatives, and friends, and provides assistance to displaced or evacuated persons.
  • Protects Fire Department and civilian property from damage by cutting or boring holes in ceiling or walls, and by removing water from areas; observes bystanders to protect salvaged property from theft; removes fire debris; and locates, identifies, and retrieves fire equipment and apparatus used.
  • Performs rescue operations by moving and carrying heavy objects, equipment or materials, or by cutting or prying open vehicles to gain access to or to free trapped victims or bodies; carries or assists conscious, unconscious, or deceased victims down ladder or stairs; climbs or crawls through confined spaces; responds to mass casualty incidents such as air disasters; and performs rescues from hazardous chemical or gaseous areas.
  • Extinguishes grass/brush fires with various hand tools; constructs fire lines in brush or wooded areas; chops brush and ground cover for extended periods of time, using hand tools to clear land or create a fire break in terrain unsuitable for equipment.
  • Responds to medical and/or traumatic emergency calls by treating a range of illnesses and/or injuries during calls for service using basic and advanced life-support techniques; determines priorities for treatment and transport; operates various medical equipment and apparatus.
  • Inspects, standpipe and sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and pre-connected fire hoses, fire escapes and stairways, fire detection and alarm systems; conducts hazardous and flammable material storage inspections, and recommends corrections for unsafe conditions or practices; inspects fire exits to ensure appropriate markings and proper operation; inspects large public assemblies to detect fire safety hazards; completes safety surveys and/or inspection reports; inspects and maintains hydrants for damage and tests them for proper functioning as needed; makes on-site visits to facilities to become familiar with specific hazards; explains and demonstrates fire prevention/life safety education methods and common fire hazards.
  • Interacts with other staff to obtain information regarding previous shifts activities and changes in equipment status; maintains cordial relationships with other members of shift under conditions of monotony and of extreme stress; maintains, inspects, and inventories equipment; cleans assigned area of fire station and assists other firefighters by dusting, washing, mopping, and waxing; straightens up own quarters including changing linens and making own bed; places firefighting clothes and equipment in readiness; participates in a program to maintain and improve physical strength and endurance; reports and prepares for duty on time; maintains proper attire; sleeps in fire station during shift; answers telephone and gives information to callers; conducts station tours and rides-along, and demonstrates and explains fire equipment; and presents fire education programs; completes time sheets and fire reports.
  • Attends fire, rescue and EMS related courses, seminars, conferences, and other non-departmental training; attends departmental training sessions in station; listens to and participates in discussions and demonstrations; attends continuing education training courses; comprehends firefighting and EMS related training materials; keeps up-to-date on pertinent information related to fire and EMS best practices; studies maps and diagrams of direct routes, locations of streets, water mains, and hydrants in station area; observes, participates in, and repeats station drills and training programs.
  • Under supervision, suppresses structural and wildland fires, responds to medical emergencies and hazardous conditions situations and other types of emergency and public service incidents; performs life safety and/or fire inspections; and performs related duties as required.
  • Recognizes and preserves evidence at all fires, with the goal of reducing spoliation; observes spectators at fire scenes to detect suspicious behavior; and during investigation guards premises where arson is suspected.

Lateral Transfer Information

To be eligible to laterally transfer from your agency to the City of Westbrook, you must have held permanent or probationary status as a full time employee in the fire service.

Please note: Federal and private agencies do not qualify as a lateral transfer. In addition, at-will and limited term do not qualify as a lateral transfer

Employment Standards


Minimum of a High School Diploma or General Education Diploma; Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in Paramedic Studies, Community Paramedicine and/or Fire Science or equivalent or combination of training, education and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


  • Valid Class “C” Maine Driver’s License upon applying
  • Valid CPAT Certification
  • Nationally Registered and/or Maine Paramedic license (within 24 months of hire); State of Maine or ProBoard issued Firefighter I and II; Critical Care Paramedic and Fire Officer I and II is highly preferred.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Knowledge of: Basic grammar and math, basic and advanced emergency medical treatment and equipment; use and maintenance of protective breathing equipment; basic chemistry of combustion and characteristics of fire; rescue operations; tactics and strategy of fire suppression; fire behavior; and tool selection and use according to job.
  • Ability to: Learn firefighting methodology and best practices, fire vehicle apparatus and equipment operation and maintenance, emergency medical procedures, and rescue operations; understand and apple technical information regarding hazardous chemicals and gases, and fire prevention rules and regulations; learn to analyze fire and emergency situations quickly and accurately and take appropriate action; learn local geography including but not limited to roads and water supply systems. Learn and follow departmental rules, regulations and policies. Understand and follow both oral and written direction, particularly during emergency situations. Be able to speak clearly and audibly. Be able to apply basic mechanical principles including: leverage, force, acceleration, and friction. Establish and maintain good physical condition. Establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers and superiors. Prepare reports. Operate resuscitation equipment; protective breathing equipment, and power tools/hand tools and recognize hazardous material situations.

As a condition of continued employment, incumbents must maintain a current Maine EMT-P license.

Supplemental Information

Position requires a willingness to work in unpleasant, hazardous, and stressful conditions; continue to learn new materials, concepts, and techniques; perform undesirable, routine, or monotonous duties; work irregular hours; wear protective clothing and equipment; complete training programs successfully; work effectively in confined areas, sometimes with equipment; and tolerate offensive sights and smells. Good physical conditioning must be maintained to meet the physical demands of the position. Position requires the ability to bend, stoop, crawl; climb up, on, and over objects; use tools and equipment at heights; work on uneven surfaces; and be able to lift, drag, hoist, and carry different types of fire equipment and other objects. Position requires the ability to see clearly at distances of 50 feet or more with or without corrective lenses and be able to recognize and tell the difference between primary colors. Position requires a sense of smell and the ability to hear normally without hearing aids.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Your application must be fully completed to be considered. You are required to attach your current EMS License to your application.
  2. If you are seeking to laterally transfer from your current agency, please note this on the front your application. Required later transfer documents will then be forwarded to you. Failure to note this on your application will result in an incomplete application.

Receipt of these documents along with the submitted online application will then be reviewed for Employment Standards. You will be notified by email when we have received your application and required documents from your agency. Due to the anticipated volume of applications we receive, not all candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to continue in the hiring process.

Thank you for your interest in the City of Westbrook Fire and Rescue Department and if you have questions about the hiring process, including questions related to lateral transfers, please call 207-854-0644, ext. 2305 or 2306.