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Fire Protection Technology Program Specialist

Title: Fire Protection Technology Program Specialist

Class: Academic Professional

Exempt Status: Exempt

Level: 3

Nature and Scope of Work

The Fire Protection Program Specialist is responsible for developing and coordinating educational classes and related activities for the Fire Protection Technology program. Incumbents are responsible for ensuring the educational and testing services are in compliance with Oregon Administrative Rules and state statutes; developing and enhancing curriculum, writing examinations, assisting with the development of class schedules, instructing, coordinating all work related experience activities, and participating in program planning.

Principal Accountabilities (includes some or all of the following)

  1. Coordinates student field internships and employment experiences with fire service providers, industrial fire protection and commercial fire system employers. Negotiates terms of experiences and ensures contracts are written and approved. Develops course rosters and facilitates the exchange of information with the Oregon State Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).
  2. Participates in course planning and the development of Fire Protection program curriculum. Develops and enhances course content guides, ensuring material meets state requirements. Develops exams.
  3. Schedules and instructs classes. Acts as liaison with other departments and with Fire Protection instructors on program requirements, curriculum, equipment, and other activities. Ensures equipment is current and operational. Recommends purchase of additional equipment as needed.
  4. Coordinates the State of Oregon DPSST accreditation process and other certified written and practical exams held at PCC. Designs and sets up training academies, assessment centers, physical assessment test and fire agency exams. Coordinates instructor and instructional support coverage.
  5. Coordinates and conducts marketing for Fire Protection program. Designs and develops brochures, fliers, and general information materials to promote the program. Interacts with public and private sector businesses. Acts as a consultant to businesses and students on Fire Protection program and State DPSST Fire Protection certification. Participates on consortium and advisory committees.
  6. Provides Professional Technical Education advising for current and prospective students.
  7. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Environment

Work is routinely performed in an office; outdoors during drill activities and in a live fire training environment. Occasional travel requiring the use of a personal vehicle is required in developing and monitoring field sites. Regularly scheduled evening and weekend hours are required.

Physical Requirements

Lifting of fire hose, fire equipment, fire hose appliances and other equipment in excess of 50 pounds is required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in public administration or other public or emergency service related field. Experience performing the duties of this job may substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Demonstrated experience as a fire fighter, fire officer and training officer with emergency response experience. In addition to a Bachelor’s degree the position requires the following:

  • State of Oregon DPSST FF II certification or equivalent
  • State of Oregon DPSST FO I certification or equivalent
  • State of Oregon DPSST Emergency Service Instructor I certification or equivalent

Must be able to obtain the State of Oregon DPSST certifications within six months of employment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of Oregon Administrative Rules that apply to fire service education, training performance and accountability.
  • Knowledge of State of Oregon DPSST Procedures for fire fighter testing and certification.
  • Knowledge of National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) standards related to fire personnel training qualifications and fire department operations.
  • Knowledge of standards related to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) nationally recognized standard curriculum.
  • Knowledge of nationally recognized standard curricula for Fire Training at those levels provided by PCC.
  • Knowledge of PCC policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of effective marketing methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge and skill in safely conducting operational procedures related to emergency response, PPE, SCBA, Fire Attack, live fire training, emergency driving and apparatus operation.
  • Skill in evaluating student performance against state and college requirements.
  • Skill in operating a computer and various software packages.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects and activities and change priorities quickly and frequently.
  • Ability to operate a variety of office equipment.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written forms.

Reviewed: 12/2018

New: 12/2007