Job Details

Firefighter - 3101


City of Lawton






Lawton, Oklahoma, United States







This position is located in the Fire Department.  The employee, under supervision and in accordance with all Fire Department regulations, provides first responder pre-hospital emergency medical care to victims of accidents, injuries or illness; participates in fire suppression, prevention and administrative shift duties as trained and assigned.  The incumbent also performs other related job duties when not responding to fires, medical calls, and/or other emergencies, such as equipment maintenance, general housekeeping, participating in ongoing job related training, the performance of fire inspections, and public fire prevention presentations, etc.



Applications will be available March 4, 2019 through April 26, 2019 - Monday through Friday - 8 am to 5 pm

Applications will not be available online. You must go to the City of Lawton Human Resources Department located at

212 SW 9th Street, 2nd Floor

Lawton, OK 73501


Applications and all accompanying documents must be returned to the Human Resources Department. You may return them in person, by mail or by email. However, if you email them you will be required to bring the originals to the Physical Assessment Testing.

Postmarks, mail delay, or email lag will not be accepted if after the cutoff date and time. Completed application and all accompanying documents must arrive at Human Resources by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 26, 2019; No Exceptions!



The functions listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. Duties that are not specifically listed are not excluded from those required of the position, if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.

Essential Duties: 

  1. Respond to fire alarms, emergency medical calls and other requests for assistance to protect life and property in accordance with departmental policies, procedures and chain of command.
  2. Respond to emergency medical care calls as assigned for assistance to sick or injured people and treat them according to Advanced Life Support (ALS) guidelines.
  3. Respond to accidents, disasters, emergency rescues, searches, and any other emergency situation as directed by superior officers.
  4. Assists in rescue and mitigation response to Hazardous Material’s emergencies.
  5. Participates in specialized rescue operations, such as vehicle extrication, high-angle rescues, confined spaces, swift water, collapsed buildings, trench collapse, etc.
  6. Participate in drills and training classes in fire-science, emergency first-aid, medical emergency techniques and response, hazardous material handling, fire station/equipment maintenance and other related subjects.
  7. Operate pumps and apparatus; use ladders, hoses and other fire suppression equipment.
  8. Use portable fire extinguishers; pry bars, pike poles, axes, and other fire suppression equipment including power tools (chainsaw, K-12, PPV).
  9. Perform salvage and overhaul to minimize damage to structures and their contents, including cleanup and water removal after the fire.
  10. Upon qualification, may be required to drive mobile fire apparatus when assigned.
  11. Cleans and inspects all issued Firefighting/EMS equipment, and assists in the maintenance of general cleanliness in and about the fire station.
  12. Assists with lifting, loading, and transporting patients from various emergency scenes, and from difficult and hazardous locations into ambulances.
  13. Assists with gathering patient information from the injured/ill, as well as from stressed family members/others.
  14. Transport victims to hospitals when necessary and/or directed, and may communicate with the hospital’s emergency room physician while in route.
  15. Participates in the performance of pre-fire planning to include completing appropriate associated paperwork.
  16. Assists with securing and protecting fire scenes to preserve potential evidence when arson may be suspected.
  17. May be required to testify in court on cases concerning emergency responses of the Lawton Fire Department.
  18. Conducts tours of fire station facilities; provides directions to citizens as requested.
  19. Follows departmental policies, rules & regulations, and standard operating guidelines for firefighting, as well as directives from superior officers.
  20. Subject to call back to duty in case of major emergencies.
  21. Performs other work related duties as assigned when not responding to emergencies.
  22. Assist in daily apparatus maintenance to include checking oil levels, tire pressure, other fluid levels.
  23. Perform routine tests and inspections of air packs, ropes, safety belts and other miscellaneous equipment.
  24. Minor repair of hoses and other firefighting equipment as necessary.
  25. Assist in testing of fire hydrants and hoses as necessary.
  26. Perform care, maintenance, and cleaning of station, equipment, and grounds.
  27. Assists with the performance of record keeping duties as required for maintenance of equipment, inventory, fire and emergency statistical data and other records.
  28. Attend seminars and training sessions as assigned.
  29. Learn and stay familiar with local geography, streets, apartments, and conditions that could potentially affect fire operations.
  30. Assist with the Department’s Public Education, Fire Safety, and Community Outreach Programs.
  31. May be required to fill and service fire extinguishers for city facilities.
  32. Acquire and maintain specialized training/certification as required.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Knowledge of Basic English grammar and simple sentence structure.
  2. Knowledge of current city streets.
  3. Ability to make decisions under stress and non-stress conditions.
  4. Ability to work in all kinds of weather.
  5. Ability to make decisions based upon concrete and abstract factors requiring a high degree of accuracy.
  6. Ability to work steadily, quickly and accurately under stress conditions.
  7. Skill in handling and lifting heavy objects.
  8. Ability to frequently make decisions under stress for which the firefighter is held accountable.
  9. Ability to risk lives to save lives when life and death situations occur.
  10. Ability to work in situations which are repetitive in nature.
  11. Ability to be available to respond to fires, medical calls, and other emergencies as necessary at all hours, day or night.
  12. Ability to work under stressful conditions during actual firefighting situations as well as other emergency response which may involve severe injury, loss of life, and/or loss of property.
  13. Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with fellow workers.
  14. Ability to work with high degree of team effort and coordination of activities.
  15. Ability to deal with the public in a courteous and professional manner.
  16. Ability to frequently deal with distraught persons.
  17. Knowledge of, and skill in, the operation and maintenance of various types of medical equipment with ability to supervise its effective use.
  18. Knowledge of the State and Federal regulations that govern the delivery of ALS medical services.



  1. Must be at least 18 years old at date of hire.
  2. Successful completion of 12 months probation period.
  3. A pre-employment physical is required.

Required Training and Licensure/Certifications

  1. Must possess High School diploma or GED.
  2. Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid Oklahoma Driver's License by date of hire.
  3. Successful completion of State and National Advanced-EMT licensure/certification within one year of date of hire.
  4. Successful completion of the Basic Fire Training Course required by the Lawton Fire Department.
  5. Must be able to obtain HAZ-MAT Awareness for First Responder, HAZ-MAT Operations for First Responder, and Firefighter I & II, within the first year of employment and/or prior to completion of probation.



  1. Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.
  2. To withstand very physically taxing situations.
  3. Running various distances, climbing, jumping, crawling, or otherwise surmount physical obstacles in fire fighting. 
  4. Wearing assigned protective clothing and equipment
  5. Walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time
  6. Moving equipment and persons



  1. Ability to Work 24-hour shifts, averaging 56-hour week,
  2. Work is performed indoors, in vehicles and in outdoor settings, in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night.
  3. Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations.
  4. Individual is exposed to loud audible alarms and sirens, as well as to other hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, including smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, solvents and oils.
  5. Individual occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid and slippery and icy conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.
  6. Additional hazards include emergency driving, dangerous animals, electrical hazards, traffic control and natural and man-made disasters.



The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.


How To Apply ?

Option 1: By Mail

Return all completed application material to :

Human Resources Department
City Hall
212 SW 9th St
Lawton, OK 73501

ApplIcation material must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on the closing date (postmark alone is insufficient). The closing date is listed on the job announcement or the application material.


Option 2: In Person

The Human Resources Department is located on the 2nd Floor inside City Hall.

Human Resources Department
City Hall
212 SW 9th St
Lawton, OK 73501