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  • 12 Nov 2019 11:42 AM | Abner Hoage (Administrator)

    *First Review of Applicants on Nov 25th *

    Position: Fire Chief

    Salary: [Non-Union Executive Position Min–Max Range] $93,073 - $148,913 / Year

    The City of Unalaska is located in the number one commercial fishing port in the United States, the International Port of Dutch Harbor. Unalaska, Alaska is a coastal community located in the Eastern Aleutian Islands with a multi-cultural population of approximately 4,000 full-time residents and seasonal influxes from multiple commercial fishery operations.

    The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification. Shown are duties intended to provide a representative summary.

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Under general administrative direction and supervision of the City Manager, serves as the principle executive officer of the newly created standalone Unalaska Fire/EMS Department. Responsibility includes oversight of all fire and EMS services, including the administrative functions, budgeting, operations, training, volunteer and paid personnel, directing, reporting, incident management and evaluating work.  May be appointed as the Emergency Management Coordinator or required to provide support to whoever has been appointed to serve in that role. Chief may be called upon to manage and direct the activities of various agencies involved in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from a disaster emergency occurring within the City of Unalaska. Works closely and routinely coordinates planning and response activities with the Police Chief. Represents the department at Council meetings, meetings with other city officials, civic, agency, and business organizations, and federal and state agencies to discuss department functions, coordinates joint activities and programs, identify and facilitate joint resolutions community issues.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

    The successful candidate will have a demonstrated job history that includes the following:

    ·         Knowledge of Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive Fire Department including fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services, disaster preparedness, hazardous materials response, and associated programs, services, and operations.

    • ·         Knowledge of the principles and practices of employment supervision, employee development, employee coaching and mentoring, volunteer management and recruitment, labor contract requirements, performance evaluations, and progressive discipline.
    • ·         Ability to identify employee training needs and activities to improve employees' professional skills, abilities, and performance.
    • ·         Ability to review and evaluate the work of subordinate staff to ensure that high operational and service standards are met and maintained.
    • ·         Ability to participate in and conduct meetings with public and private officials.
    • ·         Ability to apply for, manage and file appropriate and timely reports for state and federal grants.
    • ·         Ability to manage capital projects, to include developing scope of work, publishing RFP/RFQ, understanding competitive bid processes and contract requirements.
    • ·         Excellent written and oral communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills.
    • ·         Ability to work under pressure, maintain professionalism while under pressure, manage simultaneous tasks and projects, and meet multiple deadlines.
    • ·         Knowledge of departmental policies and procedures; and ability to update, maintain, interpret, and apply them.
    • ·         Working knowledge of state, federal and local laws pertaining to fire and EMS operations
    • ·         Knowledge of firefighting and EMS procedures, practices and techniques.
    • ·         Knowledge of testing, maintenance, inspection and operation of fire and EMS apparatus, equipment and tools.
    • ·         Familiarity with National Fire Protection Association Standards, International Fire Code, International Building Code, and International Mechanical Code and their applicability to Fire and EMS operations and community code enforcement.
    • ·         Proven ability to serve as Incident Commander at fire scene and other emergencies.
    • ·         Plans, schedules, and oversees short-term and long-term goals and activities of the Department.
    • ·         Maintains records of time and attendance by subordinates, authorizes necessary overtime hours.
    • ·         Interprets and applies laws, codes, rules, regulations and policies pertaining to Fire and EMS.
    • ·         Responds to inquiries from the public regarding fire service matters.
    • ·         Conducts and/or assists in criminal fire investigations.
    • ·         Ability to establish and maintain courteous, professional and productive working relationships within the department and with representatives of the community at large, including elected officials and staff, business, civic, and agency personnel; venders;  boards and commissions; the media; and the public.
    • ·         Willingness to perform other duties as assigned.

    EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

    ·         Minimum of seven years of experience in a paid, volunteer or combination fire department, at least three (3) of which are at the Company Officer level or higher. At least three years of executive management or Fire Chief Experience preferred.

    ·         Alaskan experience preferred.

    ·         Bachelor’s degree in Fire Services Management, Fire Science, Pubic Administration, or related field required. Advanced degree preferred.

    • ·         Three (3) years emergency medical service (EMS) experience with a paid, volunteer, or combination EMS provider; at least (1) of which are at the Advanced Life Support (ALS) level.  Current or prior experience as an Alaska State EMT 2, EMT 3, or Paramedic is preferred.

    ·         Any combination of experience and/or education which provides the required expertise will be evaluated on an individual basis.

    LICENCES & SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

    ·         Must be at least 21 years of age.

    ·         Possession of Fire Officer certification; possession of, or ability to obtain Executive Fire Officer certification is preferred.

    • ·         IFSAC, Pro Board, or State of Alaska Firefighter 1 and 2, Fire Service Instructor 1, and Fire Officer 1 certification is required. Fire Service Instructor 2, Fire Officer 2, 3 and or 4 certification is preferred.
    • ·         Federal Emergency Management IS 700, 800 and ICS 100, 200, 300, and 400 certifications are required. Incident Command System (ICS) Instructor certification preferred.

    ·         Current CPR/AED/First Aid provider certification is preferred.

    ·         Must have, or be able to obtain, an Alaska Driver’s License within 30 days of employment days of hire.

    ·         Ability to pass all required pre-employment testing including but not limited to Criminal background and History, drug testing.

    ·         Must be eligible to work in the US; requirements by Federal Law if hired must complete employment eligibility verification form (I-9).

    BENEFITS & SALARY:

    ·          Starting Annual Salary between $93,073 - $148,913

    ·         Up to a $10,000 Hiring Bonus

    ·         $5,000 Relocation Assistance

    ·         Annual Airfare Allowance $2,000, after first year of employment

    ·         Medical & Dental Insurance - premium 100% employer paid (employee & dependents)

    ·         100% employer paid Life-flight Insurance (employee & dependents)

    ·         Personal Leave Accrual starting at 16 hours a month

    ·         9 paid Holidays and 3 floating Holidays per year

    ·         Eligible for Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) retirement

    ·         Eligible for 457 Plans with ICMA-RC or Mutual of America

    ·          City Owned Employee Housing available for rent

    TO APPLY: You must submit a City of Unalaska Application, Resume, and Cover Letter. Three (3) Letters of Reference is preferred. All necessary forms are available at City Hall, Administration Dept. 907-581-1252, or by downloading at www.ci.unalaska.ak.us. Return completed forms to City of Unalaska Attn: Administration Department, P.O Box 610, Unalaska, AK 99685; email mmurdock@ci.unalaska.ak.us; or fax 907-581-4469. Interviews psychological testing, evaluation of writing samples, successful completion of pre-employment drug screening, reference/background check, and other job related tests may be required.

    WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

    The City of Unalaska is an Employer of National Service and encourages AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni to apply.


  • 30 Apr 2019 8:41 AM | Abner Hoage (Administrator)
    Definition

    Under the general direction and supervision of the Fire Chief or his/her designee, the Firefighter Technician performs emergency procedures in order to preserve life and property.  The Firefighter Technician is also responsible for compiling reports, documenting department information, assisting in service area budget control, staffing coordination, purchasing and accounts payable while working to achieve the highest level of cooperation, effectiveness and efficiency in fire protection and emergency services support within the Service Area and assigned station.  

    Minimum Qualifications

    Minimum qualifications for this position include a high school diploma or GED; one year of emergency medical and/or structural firefighting experience either as a paid employee or as an emergency responder volunteer, and current Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 1 by the State of Alaska and/or National Registry.  Firefighter (FF) 1 is strongly preferred; incumbent will be required to obtain (and maintain) FF1 within twelve months of hire.   May be required to obtain Firefighter 2 and/or EMT 2 certification within eighteen months of hire, and will be required to maintain all obtained levels throughout employment.  Qualified applicants must have an intermediate skill level in the use of personal computers and supporting software in a windows-based environment, and must also have proven organizational and communication skills. The incumbent must possess the ability and willingness to take direction, follow instructions and complete some tasks with little supervision. 
    Additional Requirements: EMS certification and Physical Ability Testing will be required if the incumbent has not successfully passed a KPB Physical in the past 6 months. This position requires a valid, unrestricted Alaska driver's license that must be maintained at all times per KPB driver License Policy.  This employee must reside within a 20-minute response time of an assigned department station.

     

    Essential Functions
    1. Relieves Chief and/or others as directed of varied office and administrative detail and acts as a confidential assistant.
    2. Screens telephone and office callers by furnishing the information requested or referring the caller to the proper individual for handling when appropriate.
    3. Participates and assists with leading scheduled drills and training, attends firefighting and EMS courses to improve knowledge and skill level, learns hydraulics and pump operation to perform engineer duties, and assists volunteers and volunteer residents with their departmental education and scheduling.
    4. As assigned, may be responsible for maintaining an internal accounting system including accounts payable, purchase orders, petty cash, payroll for full personnel and volunteer incentives, and budgetary accounts and transfers as approved by Chief, including basic cost control and analysis.
    5. Assists Chief in preparation of annual budget drafts, applications for funding (grants), annual fiscal reports and statements to the Borough finance department.
    6. Performs other administrative duties deemed necessary by the Chief or his/her designee.
    7. Proactively establishes and maintains effective and positive working relationships with members of the Borough, volunteers, neighboring agencies and service areas.
    8. Assists with station upkeep and duties as assigned.
    9. Performs firefighting duties according to standard operating procedures and NFPA Guidelines per certification level
    10. Performs emergency medical care as defined by the State of Alaska, Sponsoring Medical Director and departmental Medical Standing Orders for the certification level held at the time of hire and/or obtained after employment. Certification levels shall be maintained at each level as a condition of employment.
    11. Responds to fire, medical, rescue and other emergency calls.
    12. Maintains a working knowledge of the proper use of fire department emergency tools and equipment.
    13. Maintains a working knowledge of proper radio procedures.
    14. Knows and follows departmental safety policies and procedures.
    15. May assist in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) and Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG's).
     
    Other Functions:
    1. Other related duties as assigned.
    Physical Demands

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk, use hands to feel or handle objects, tools, or controls; type; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear; and smell.  The employee is frequently required to sit.  Specific vision abilities required include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must frequently transport up to 50 pounds, and occasionally transport over 100 pounds.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
     
    Examination: A medical examination is required. Must pass the entry-level firefighter physical ability test, criminal background check and have an acceptable driving record


    Apply at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kenaiak/jobs/2430894/firefighter-technician-anchor-point-fire-service-area


  • 20 Mar 2019 8:06 PM | Abner Hoage (Administrator)

    Situated in the heart of Interior Alaska, the Ester Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) is seeking a progressive and professional visionary to lead the department. As one of the oldest departments in Alaska, EVFD serves a growing community of 3,600 with several active gold mines. Ester is situated in a quiet area outside of Fairbanks and was founded as a gold mining camp in the early 1900s. The Ester Camp Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ester Community Association is a focal organization in our community. They keep and maintain the Ester Community Park and outdoor ice rink, and sponsor events such as the annual Fourth of July Parade. The community has several small businesses and is home to many artists, writers, musicians and numerous forms of wildlife. The Parks Highway runs through the community of Ester and is the major transportation corridor between Fairbanks and Anchorage for commercial trucking and tourism.

    The department has ~30 volunteers and three paid 24 hour firefighters that provide services for the community of Ester. The Fire Chief shall have the responsibility to plan, organize, direct, and administer all operations of the Fire Department and may respond to calls during the day with staff on duty. The Fire Chief will serve as the Chief Executive Officer for the Board of Directors.

    The candidate will possess strong proven management, leadership, and administrative skills and a thorough understanding of modern principles and practices of fire fighting and emergency medical services. The candidate will be an energetic team player with demonstrable interpersonal and interagency skills and a high sense of community pride. This position comes with health and vision insurance, as well as participation in a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan. Relocation stipend negotiable for out of area candidates.

    For a complete copy of the Fire Chief Job Description, please contact the Ester Volunteer Fire Department at 907-479-6858 or go online at www.esterfire.org. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by April 5, 2019 to our admin at the address below:

    LHorvath@esterfire.org

    or

    Ester Volunteer Fire Department

    ℅ Blue Moose Bookkeeping

    PO Box 83798

    Fairbanks, AK 99708-3798


    Job Vacancy Announcement

    Title: Fire Chief

    Job Status: $75,000-$90,000 DOE with benefits

    Contract Length: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

    Opening Date: 3/21/2019

    Closing Date: 4/05/2019

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Provide overall management to Ester Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) under direction of the Board of Directors (BOD).
    • Respond to emergency calls, perform Incident Command and assist in fire investigations.
    • Covers Battalion Chief shifts as needed.
    • Manage paid and volunteer staff.
    • Recruit, retain, and train members.
    • Develop and oversee a leadership development program.
    • Plan activities, programs, and goals for the fire department.
    • Analyze and develop plans to ensure adequate fire protection and response to the community.
    • Ensure adequate training is provided to all fire department members.
    • Develops and maintains annual budget in line with strategic plan and available funding.
    • Analyze and develop annual capital improvement lists. Develop five and ten year plans for the BOD and Commissioners.
    • Attend monthly BOD meetings and prepare and present reports on fire department activities.
    • Attend meetings, make appearances, and correspond on behalf of the department.
    • Develop and ensure implementation of departmental rules and regulations.
    • Perform periodic evaluation of personnel for discipline, efficiency and performance.
    • Promote fire prevention through community outreach programs.
    • Administer contracts with the Fairbanks North Star Borough and Ester Fire Service Area Commission.
    • Ensures current vehicle maintenance and replacement schedule is maintained and vehicles are maintained according to policy.
    • Ensures all buildings are properly maintained and repaired.

    Qualifications:

    • Minimum 10 years structural firefighting and emergency medical experience with 5 years of progressive supervisory/leadership experience in the fire service.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills.
    • Basic accounting and administrative skills and experience.
    • Demonstrable knowledge of building construction, modern firefighting techniques, mobile water supply, wildland fire, and mutual aid agreements.
    • Knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations that pertain to the fire/EMS service.
    • Oversee the development and acquisition of external fundraising opportunities, including grants.
    • Ability to work well with paid staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, other departments, and the general public.
    • Understanding of the principles of organization, supervision.
    • Administration of volunteer fire and EMS departments.
    • Knowledge of the geography and climate of the region.
    • Pass EVFD sponsored, OSHA approved, physical examination.
    • Ability to pass a department of public safety background check.
    • Ability to pass the EVFD physical agility test.
    • Reside within 20 minutes of Station 51.

    Minimum Credentials:

    • State of Alaska or IFSAC Firefighter II or equivalent.
    • Current State of Alaska EMT-1 or higher at time of hire.
    • NWCG Red Card.
    • Hazardous Material Operations Level.
    • Valid State of Alaska Driver’s License by start of employment.
    • Complete driver check-offs on all EVFD apparatus within 3 months of employment.
    • Associates degree or higher in fire protection, business administration, public administration, or related field. May substitute with 5 years of firefighting experience at the Captain level or higher.

    Desired Qualifications:

    • IFSAC Fire Officer 1 or higher.
    • NIMS ICS 300 and 400 or ability to attain within 6 months.
    • Certified IFSAC Fire Instructor.
    • Reside within the Ester Fire Service area.


  • 15 Mar 2019 11:04 AM | Abner Hoage (Administrator)

    Applicants must submit a completed employment application form to the borough office at the address above or at City Hall, 700 Spring St. in Skagway, AK no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019. Contact the borough office by email at m.ghil@skagway.org for the full job description or further information. The Skagway employment application is also available on the Municipality website, www.skagway.org.

    DUTIES:

    This position is responsible for overseeing the Skagway Fire Department, supervising full time and seasonal paid staff and up to 50 volunteers. It has ultimate responsibility for all actions of the Department, has supervision and control of the administration of the fire department, and is the Department Head.

    • This position is authorized to act under AS 18.70.
    • Formulate a set of rules and regulations to govern the department, and shall be responsible to the Borough Manager for the personnel, morale and general efficiency of the department.
    • Appoint Chief Officers and Section Captains for approval by the Board of Advisors.
    • Manage and supervise fire department staff, volunteer officers, and volunteer membership.
    • Fill a minimum of two Chief Officer on Duty Shifts per month and fill in as Duty Officer on those shifts as required.
    • Shall at least once a month ensure suitable drills or instruction in the operation and the handling of equipment, first aid and rescue work, salvage, a study of buildings in the municipality, fire prevention, water supplies, and all other matters generally considered essential to good firemanship and safety of life and property from fire.
    • Lead personnel and activities involved in the planning, organizing, directing, training, and implementing of the following:
      • Fire prevention
      • Emergency Medical Services
      • Structural and Wildland fire suppression
      • Wilderness Search & Rescue
      • Building and equipment maintenance
    • Comply with Department rules and regulations regarding confidentiality.
    • Ensure preparation and submission of National Fire Incident Reports to the State.
    • Shall assist the proper authorities in suppressing the crime of arson by investigating or causing to be investigated the cause, origin and circumstances of all fires.
    • The chief shall report monthly to the manager the condition of the apparatus and equipment; the number of fires during the month, their location and cause and purpose of all other runs made, and the number of members responding to each fire and other runs, and any changes in membership.
    • The chief shall annually report to the manager within one (1) month after the end of the calendar year, such report to include the information specified above, together with comparative data from previous years and recommendations for improving the effectiveness of the department.
    • Ensure preparation and submission of necessary EMS documentation for billing purposes.
    • Serve as Chair of the Skagway Volunteer Fire Department Board of Advisors.
    • Prepare an annual Departmental budget in conjunction with the Officers of the Department.
    • Maintain oversight of the Department budgetary process.
    • Direct and approve grant applications on behalf of the Department. Grant management work will be done in coordination with the Municipal Treasurer as per the Municipality’s Grants Management Policy.
    • Implement policies and procedures governing the activities of the Department members and the Emergency preparedness and response of the Department.
    • Act as primary liaison between the community, the Department, and all Governmental entities during times of response.
    • Develop, encourage and implement public education and awareness programs.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Requirements

    Applicants must submit a completed employment application form to the borough office at the address above or at City Hall, 700 Spring St. in Skagway, AK no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019. Contact the borough office by email at m.ghil@skagway.org for the full job description or further information. The Skagway employment application is also available on the Municipality website, www.skagway.org.

    REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

    Extensive knowledge of:

    • State, Federal, and local laws and ordinances.
    • Principles and techniques of investigation.
    • Fire department administration procedures, policies, management, budgeting, organization, and overall record keeping and accounting.

    Skilled In:

    • The operation of modern fire equipment.
    • Making scientific investigations.
    • Communicating effectively with others.

    Possess the Ability:

    • To think clearly and quickly in an emergency situation.
    • Observe and accurately record events and effectively adopt a course of action.
    • Establish and maintain cooperative relations with peers, associates, community, and government entities.

    Employment Standards:

    • Ten (10) years of experience, with a minimum of five (5) years in a supervisory position, overseeing volunteer and/or combination fire department operations.
    • Significant experience overseeing EMS operations, with current Alaska EMT-1 or NREMT preferred
    • A bachelor’s degree in Fire Science, Fire Protection, or a related management field from an accredited college is desirable, experience in related fields will also be considered.
    • Must maintain training standards as established by the Alaska Fire Standards Council under AS 18.70.350(1)(A) and (B).
    • Possess excellent administrative, team building and communication skills, both oral and written.

    Physical Abilities Required:

    • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
    • Ability to perform strenuous physical and mental tasks under difficult conditions.


  • 11 Mar 2019 10:33 AM | Abner Hoage (Administrator)

    Chena-Goldstream Fire & Rescue is seeking an individual with Fire and EMS experience, at the Company Officer’s level, to serve as a Shift Officer with responsibilities as a Maintenance and Facilities Coordinator. This position will oversee the maintenance program and scheduling of all department apparatus and vehicles as well as any maintenance needed on any department buildings. A career minded individual with a long term commitment to our department is preferred. Salary is $55,000-$65,000 DOE with a benefits package and reimbursement for moving expenses up to $10,000 (with receipts). In this role, you have the opportunity to showcase your leadership skills, as this position will be focused heavily on: building collaborative, positive relationships and mentoring staff, volunteers and students; recognition and leadership building; fire service leadership; and emergency medical services. Before applying, please review the full application packet located at www.cgfr.com that includes the Position Description and Employment Application. The following documents must be received via recruitment@cgfr.com or delivered to Chena-Goldstream Fire & Rescue, Station 42:

    • Completed Application.
    • Resume.
    • Copies of all current certifications required
    1. State of Alaska or IFSAC Firefighter II
    2. State of Alaska EMT III (Paramedic Training Preferred)
    3. Hazardous Materials Operations certificate
    4. I-100, I-200, I-700, I-800 certificates
    5. Valid Alaska Driver’s License
    6. Any other certifications pertinent to the position
    • Copy of Driving Record.
    • Copy of Criminal History Record.

    Should you be chosen for an interview, the following events will take  place;

    • Candidate is interviewed.
    • Candidate will instruct a ten (10) minute class on a topic that is in the State of Alaska. Firefighter 1 curriculum. Please use PowerPoint to accompany your presentation.
    • Candidate will demonstrate skills as an Incident Commander on multiple Type 5 emergencies.
    • Candidate will demonstrate EMS skills in a simulated medical or trauma scenario.
    • Candidate will write up a fire report on a specified incident.
    • Candidate will be administered a 50 question, multiple choice, written exam which will touch on general knowledge areas of FF1& II, Field Hydraulics, EMT I, II, III, Hazmat Ops and Leadership.
    • Candidate will be required to pass the department physical agility test.

    The final results will be reviewed by the Fire Chief. Employment offer for the Shift Officer’s position will be contingent upon passing a drug test, physician physical and background check.

    Position is open until filled.

    Chena Goldstream Fire & Rescue is an At-Will, Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • 28 Feb 2019 9:56 AM | Abner Hoage (Administrator)

    The Homer Volunteer Fire Department is looking for progressive leadership committed to supporting a strong volunteer force and an engaged career staff. The Fire Chief leads a combination fire department with 6 career positions and approximately 40 volunteers providing ALS ambulance service and fire service with an ISO 4/4Y. The entry level for line firefighters is Firefighter-I and for EMS it is EMT-I. It is an all hazards organization providing ALS emergency medical services, structural firefighting, wildland firefighting, marine firefighting, ARFF, rope rescue, confined space rescue, ice rescue, and a limited hazmat response. The scope of services requires a robust training program to train recruits, provide advanced courses, refresher training, and continuing education. The Fire Chief is also the Emergency Manager for preparedness, response and recovery. Kachemak City, a small neighboring community contracts with the City of Homer to provide their fire and emergency services. The Fire Department has mutual aid with an emergency service area surrounding the city. The Fire Department operates from three stations and responded to approximately 160 fire calls and 475 EMS calls yearly.

    Salary $36.00 - $45.11/ hour, DOE with benefits.

    A detailed job description and application is available at https://cityofhomerak.applicantpro.com/jobs/1014197.html

    Closing date for receipt of applications is April 1, 2019 The City of Homer is an EEO/AAE

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