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    Doña Ana County
    Las Cruces, NM 88001
    Full-time, Part-time
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    Job Description

    Posted Date 2 days ago (7/22/2020 5:36 PM)

    Job ID 2020-2913

    # of Openings 1

    Department Fire & Emergency Services

    Post End Date 8/25/2020

    Category Fire & EMS

    Overview

    Under supervision of the Assistant County Manager monitors, oversees, directs, supports and coordinates all operational and administrative activities of the County Fire and Emergency Services Department (County Fire), including Fire Administrative section, Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and career and volunteer staff.

    Responsibilities

    (The position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all of the duties which may be found in a position of the class. An individual must be able to perform the essential functions listed below and a reasonable accommodation may be made available to qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job).

    Oversees long-range Fire and Emergency Services planning and direction for the County. Provides written and oral presentations on operational and long-range planning to all levels of the organization. 

    • Analyzes and coordinates Fire and Emergency Services strategy, policies and procedures.
    • Provide information to departments for departmental planning and operation.

    Monitors Fire and Emergency Services departmental expenditures to ensure department operates within budget while meeting the goals and objectives.

    Participates as a member of the County's management team. Coordinates with other departments to integrate projects of mutual concern. Coordinates with Federal, State and local agencies to obtain funding assistance. Provides input to senior staff to improve the level and quality of services.

    Serve as Authority Having Jurisdiction within the unincorporated areas of Dona Ana County to enforce all applicable laws and regulations, nationally-recognized codes and standards pertaining to fire and emergency preparedness and response. Tasks include:

    • Adopt, implement, and enforce fire safety and emergency preparedness codes and ordinances now in effect or hereafter adopted.
    • Develop, implement, oversee, and review standards, policies, procedures, rules, regulations, bylaws, and protocols for County Fire, both career and volunteer.
    • Maintain and protect licenses and authorities held by County Fire for the delivery of emergency services as required by all applicable laws and regulations.
    • Ensure that any violations of fire laws, codes, and/or ordinances are investigated in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
    • Ensure Fire Code and Building Code compliance for all new and existing buildings within all unincorporated areas within Dona Ana County to include road access for emergency response vehicles.
    • Oversee emergency planning and preparedness and procedures.
    • Develop, recommend, oversee, and manage department budget.
    • Coordinate with local, State and Federal agencies to obtain additional funding assistance for the Department.
    • Oversee emergency medical services including contract with medical director and EMT's to ensure that our adopted emergency response standards, policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and protocols are followed.
    • Participate in review and negotiation of County-wide ambulance service contract.
    • Participate in Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority (MVRDA) meetings.
    • Participate in Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meetings, trainings and projects to ensure that the county is prepared to address man-made and natural emergency incidents.
    • Directs the preparation of special and recurring reports and makes presentations to appropriate body as necessary.
    • Serves as an ex officio member of and chairperson for the County Fire Tax Board.

    Oversee staffing, recruiting, training, budgeting and all administrative matters for career and volunteer

    emergency service personnel as defined by all applicable laws, regulations, and policy. Tasks include:

    • Establish and oversee a process for recruiting, retaining, training and promoting County career and volunteer staff.
    • Develop, maintain and upgrade standards, policies, rules, regulations, bylaws and protocols.
    • Ensures that staff and volunteer emergency personnel have been trained on all established County employee policies and procedures and County Fire standard operating guidelines.

    Commit Departmental personnel, equipment, and resources to emergency fire protection and emergency service delivery, including mutual aide, for the relief of danger to life or property from man-made or natural disaster. Tasks include:

    • Secure fire scenes and conduct comprehensive fire scene investigations to determine origin and cause, conduct witness interviews, and complete required reports to document incident. Initiate legal action according to applicable law or regulation.
    • Respond to major incidents such as fire, hazardous materials, and mass casualty to assist in incident mitigation; participate in firefighting and life-saving activities; information gathering, coordination of resources to include those services provided through the Office of Emergency Management and activation of emergency messages for the community when required.
    • Review operating reports to ensure effectiveness of all Department sections and districts in timely fashion according to applicable law, regulation, or policy
    • Perform 24-hour on-call emergency response duty on a rotating basis.
    • Ensure the Emergency Operations Center is operationally prepared to assist with mitigation of emergency incidents.

    Arrange communications systems and networks necessary to adequately dispatch and/or communicate with facilities and dispatch equipment and personnel within the County in response to fires, accidents, medical emergencies, explosions, and natural disasters.

    Inform elected officials, managers, department heads, emergency response agencies and the public on the liability and legality of emergency management issues, as described in the All-Hazards Plan. Tasks include:

    • Develop and implement a fire safety, public educational program for youths and community groups within the unincorporated areas of Dona Ana County.
    • Participates in various community committees as a representative of the Fire and Emergency Services Department.  

    Participates as a member of the County's management team. Tasks include:

    • Coordinate with other departments to integrate projects of mutual concern.
    • Coordinate with local, State and Federal agencies to obtain additional funding assistance for the department.
    • Provide input to County management to improve the level and quality of services the County provides.

    ADDITIONAL DUTIES. Other duties may be assigned.

    Qualifications

    Education. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Applied Science Business Administration, Public Administration, Fire Engineering/Science or a closely related field

    Education Substitution. Directly-related supervisory or managerial experience may substitute for education on a full-time, year-for-year basis.

    Experience. A minimum of eight (8) years of career fire service experience with at least four (4) years in a supervisory and/or managerial capacity. Prior experience in developing and maintaining hazard assessment plans, coordinating disaster preparedness activities, short- and long-range goal planning, budgeting, program and policy development, and employee and labor relations, or closely related experience is desirable.

    Experience Substitution. N/A

    Licenses/Certifications Required. Firefighter I and II that meet NFPA Standards 1001; IS-700 and 800; ICS-100, 200 and 300; New Mexico Licensed Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, current out-of-state license, or current NR certification (New Mexico EMT temporary license required within 30 days of hire; New Mexico EMT permanent license required within six months of hire); and Fire Officer I.

    Candidate will have six (6) months to complete County-sponsored defensive driver's course and obtain a NM Class "E" driver's license.

    Candidate will have one (1) year to complete ICS-400 courses or equivalent according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Incident Management System (NIMS).

    Candidate will have 18 months to successfully complete Fire Inspector I and Plan Examiner course(s) that meet(s) NFPA Standards 1031.

    The incumbent must maintain certifications and licensures for continued employment.

    Preferred Executive Fire Officer; Fire Inspector II or higher, Arson Investigator, New Mexico Licensed Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate or Paramedic.

    Other (e.g., post-offer medical exam, polygraph, background check, driver's license record, etc.):

    M ust undergo and pass a physical abilities test, comprehensive background review, and polygraph and NFPA 1582 medical exams. Must have valid driver's license and maintain a satisfactory driving record

    Knowledge of principles and practices of public administration and management, including budgeting, finance,  project management, employee training, employee supervision and conflict resolution. Know and abide by all  Department and County policies and procedures.

    Knowledge of major sources of information and principal documents relevant to emergency response and hazardous materials; fire code inspections, investigations, plan reviews, and public fire education; operation, maintenance and repair of fire apparatus and related equipment; fire hazards associated with various types of construction and storage of flammable materials and explosives; laws and ordinances pertaining to fire prevention and arson.

    Skilled in making decisions under extreme emergency situations; safe operation and care of emergency  and firefighting equipment and tools and driving Fire Department vehicles safely through traffic; computer and radio operation; establishing and maintaining effective and cooperative working relationships with others.

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    Posting ID: 566864096Posted: 2020-08-09