Firesetter Job Description Sample
Battalion Chief - Fire Prevention & Public Education
This is a management position responsible for managing and directing the prevention and public education functions of the Fire Department. This position participates in the formulation, determination and implementation of management policy and possesses effective authority to commit Fire Department resources. The work involves supervision and scheduling of professional staff, administration of the Prevention and Public Education Programs, coordinating community wide fire prevention and public fire education activities, fiscal and personnel management. Works with the Fire Chief in various administrative functions such as community risk assessment, code development, department budget development, long-term capital improvements, labor negotiations, and other personnel-related matters. This position works under the direct supervision of the Deputy Fire Chief.
Examples of Duties
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Manages and directs the Prevention and Public Education programs.
Implements and administers a fire prevention/inspection program based on national standards and state and local fire and building codes.
Develops departmental and City wide fire prevention programs, following department policy, program objectives, available resources, community needs, and trains personnel for public education activities.
Coordinates the activities of station/company personnel engaged in fire inspection activities of public, commercial and industrial buildings and occupancies.
Directs follow up inspections through Fire Prevention staff and with the Shift Commanders, and engine company inspectors.
Plans, develops, implements, and presents diverse public fire and life safety education activities and programs which fit the needs of the citizens of Appleton and other target audiences. Coordinates the efforts of the Public Education Team.
Acts as a liaison between the news media and the Fire Department for all emergencies, as deemed appropriate by the Incident Commander. Coordinates the efforts of the department's assigned Public Information Officers (PIO's) and serves as the lead PIO for the department.
Directly supervises employees assigned to the fire prevention and public education programs.
Directly supervises the fire investigation programs and when necessary, assists in conducting fire origin and cause investigations.
Prepares and administers disciplinary procedures according to City policy and labor agreement.
Provides employee growth and development through counseling and performance reviews and training as determined by the Fire Chief.
Fills in for Shift B/C's to cover for vacations, illnesses, training, or leaves of absence.
Ability to respond to major alarms to command and coordinate fire ground emergency scene operation and assist and participate in Fire Suppression and Operation activities.
Reviews and approves purchase orders/requests from the Fire Prevention and Public Education programs.
Participates in department physical fitness activity to maintain minimum fitness levels.
Represents the department/City as a liaison with other governmental agencies and departments, as assigned.
Attends various meetings as needed to represent the department's position.
Administers and enforces labor agreements, City and department policies, and S.O.G.'s.
Coordinates and manages the fire department pre-fire planning program.
Maintains regular punctual and predictable attendance, works overtime and extra hours as required and maintains flexibility in work schedule to accommodate Fire Department needs and activities.
OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS
Works directly with the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, and Assistant to the Chief to develop and manage Fire Department budgets.
Works directly with the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, and Assistant to the Chief to develop and implement Capital Improvement Projects.
Attends training as needed in the public safety and fire prevention programs.
Ability to use area demographics, NFIRS statistics, and various diagnostic tools to target area needs and plan appropriate interventions.
Inspects property, new and existing buildings, and special events for fire hazards.
Assists in the development and delivery of technical programs related to fire code compliance and other education activities.
Initiates marketing of the Fire Department.
Drafts press releases and provides official statements to the media on departmental and community education activities and initiatives as required.
Coordinates the fire department annual report as well as the awards program.
Assists with fire department annual fit testing and PPE inspections on a bi-annual basis to ensure coordination and consistency across the department.
Coordinates and manages the fire department juvenile firesetter program (FireWise).
Oversees the coordination and delivery of the Citizen's Public Safety Academy in collaboration with the Appleton Police Department as well as assisting with department family events.
Other job duties as assigned.
Applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree in Fire Science or related field, at least five years fire fighting, fire suppression, supervision, training, operations, and management experience, or any combination of education, experience, and training which provides the skills and abilities described in the job description and be capable of performing all essential functions of the position.
Thorough knowledge of all fire operations and emergency techniques and procedures authorized by the Appleton Fire Department or nationally recognized good practice.
Thorough knowledge of policies, rules and regulations, and S.O.G.'s of the Fire Department and City.
Ability to plan, schedule, and coordinate work.
Ability to prepare and present annual budget proposals.
Thorough knowledge and understanding of fire and life safety prevention principles.
Thorough working knowledge of fire chemistry, building construction, fire and building codes and the ability to apply this knowledge to specific fire and emergency situations, inspection activities, etc.
Thorough knowledge of fire operations, administration and public management.
Knowledge of the physical layout of the City, major buildings/target hazards, water supply, hydrant locations, etc.
Knowledge of inspection and sprinkler applications, life safety codes and city ordinances for developing programs and providing public information and enforcement activities.
Knowledge of and ability to administer advanced first aid and CPR.
Ability to keep accurate records and evaluate impact of public education programs and other prevention programming.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse groups within and outside the City organization.
Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with news media and other agencies and appropriate skills in public speaking and public relations.
Ability to deliver effective educational programs through existing staff and volunteers.
Ability to recognize and identify fire and life safety issues that need to be addressed and to take immediate and appropriate action.
Ability to obtain and maintain Wisconsin Certified Fire Fighter II, Fire Officer and Fire Instructor I.
Ability to interact effectively with personnel at all levels of the department and organization.
Possess and maintain a valid Wisconsin Drivers license.
Staff Development (mentoring)
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Public Education Specialist (Program Specialist I)
Position Description Benefits Supplemental Questions
This is a full-time, permanent, and safety sensitive position located in the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
This is program management support work carrying out assignments in operational programs requiring knowledge of a range of program issues to perform recurring assignments involving standard principles and practices.
This position will promote fire prevention and safety awareness through education, management and development of Fire Department public education programs and related activities. The employee will be responsible for the development and delivery of Fire Department fire prevention, community risk reduction and public safety initiatives.
The employee acts independently to administer and coordinate appropriate resources within Fire Department policy, and interacts daily with the public, other community service providers, and internal and external government personnel. The position requires a willingness to work flexible hours as required by educational activity.
NATURE AND VARIETY OF WORK
The occupational field of program management work involves directing or carrying out assignments in one or more programs or management staff functions that are directly related to the agency's mission of providing services to County residents. This field of work is distinguished from management-support functions such as personnel, budgeting or other administrative-type tasks which are designed to facilitate the activities of other employees providing direct services.
The majority of contacts are with employees in the same or other departments and agencies of the County government, State and Federal agencies, non-profit and private sector organizations or citizens. The purpose of the contacts, which normally are of a cooperative nature with both parties working toward mutual goals, are for coordinating or resolving program operating problems and/or providing technical or subject-matter information.
An employee in this class utilizes knowledge of program management support and program subject matter principles, techniques, functions, regulations and procedures in carrying out a variety of standard assignments within a defined area of one or more programs. Assignments may also require knowledge of and skill in using computer and automated office technology.
Some recurring contract monitoring responsibilities may be assigned to positions in this class appropriate to the level and type of other duties assigned. The employee independently plans and carries out the aspects of program implementation and resolves problems and deviations in accordance with policies and program practices. The supervisor reviews methods and approaches used in carrying out the program for conformance to policy and established requirements.
The employee uses discretion and independent judgment in locating, selecting and applying the appropriate guidelines, references and procedures to respond to specific situations and may determine which of several alternative courses of action to use. The work involves a range of recurring problems and issues requiring the employee to decide on factors that must be identified and analyzed to determine relationships with existing criteria. Work output affects the social, physical or economic well-being of program participants or recipients of services.
The work is primarily sedentary, is performed in an office environment and presents no significant hazards. The position will require travel from site to site.
Employees may have supervisory responsibilities.
Examples of Duties and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:(Note: The duties and responsibilities enumerated in this class specification are for the purpose of determining a common set of minimum qualifications and salary level for all positions in this class. They are not intended to include all of the essential functions of all positions in the class.)
Analyzes community and Fire Department trends in order to develop, coordinate and implement fire prevention and public safety risk reduction programs and activities that address community needs.
Interacts extensively with the community at large, civic groups, health officials, and local school systems to deliver prevention education programs.
Makes and coordinates staff presentations to County citizens, business and schools. Develops curriculum, leads discussion, and utilizes various mediums to promote program goals.
Trains other Department staff on strategies for delivering effective educational programs.
Promotes fire and injury prevention through the use of social media, newsletters, press releases, community forums, and workshops.
Serves as the Department's official representatives on various local, state and Federal committees, task forces, and community boards to build community coalitions to strengthen programs.
Identifies funding and collaboration opportunities such as grants, in-kind donations, and partnerships to support public education activities.
Manages the referral process and facilitates the educational process for youth participation in the Juvenile Firesetter's program.
Maintains an inventory of fire and injury prevention materials.
Prepares a variety of reports and records to determine community needs and program effectiveness.
Provides support for and liaison with various citizens' committees, community groups, and advisory councils including preparation of meeting summaries, identification of issues requiring further action, and ensuring that requests from the public are handled in a timely and effective manner.
Develops and maintains current listing of specific resource services available for individuals in target population.
Drafts and oversees distribution of program promotional materials including public service announcements to local newspapers, special correspondence to employers, and meeting with potential program participants to encourage enrollment.
Prepares workload surveys and recommends changes in work distribution, assignment of functions, and other related matters.
Recruits, screens, trains, schedules, supervises and evaluates program volunteers and student interns.
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the program areas related to the department/agency to which the position is assigned.
General understanding of applicable County, State, and/or Federal regulations and procedures, as required.
Knowledge of contract, administration and monitoring, as required.
Ability to prepare, interpret, and evaluate program proposals and modifications.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to deal tactfully, effectively and equitably with people.
Ability to attend meetings or perform work at locations outside the office, if necessary.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university; and one (1) or more years of experience in the area of education, management, and development of public education programs or related field; and a valid non-commercial Class C motor vehicle operator's license..
This position is safety sensitive and employees in these positions are subject to Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) and Alcohol testing.
Preference will be given to applicants with the following:
- Possession of National Fire Service Professional Qualification Board certification for Public Fire and Life Safety Educator.
- Possession of National Fire Academy classes in Community Risk Reduction/Public Education.
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