Fire Division Training Chief: Wausau Wisconsin Deadline: January 5, 2020

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Fire Division Training Chief

Deadline: January 5, 2020

Salary: $55,515.20 – $69,409.60 Annually

Job Description:

The purpose of this position is to lead, manage, and administer all aspects of the fire service and EMS training including entry-level training and education, continuing education and standard compliance for incumbent members, specialized response training for appropriate members, and the professional development of those members aspiring to or already promoted to a successive rank.
  Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Maintain the professional standards for all fire department personnel.  This includes reviewing the applicable standards, regulations and requirements and identifying the need for compliance and workplace development.
  2. In coordination with the Deputy Chief, Battalion Chiefs and EMS Division Chief, plan and/or conduct regularly scheduled company and multi-company drills/training exercises in all job related disciplines.
  3. Develop and maintain job performance requirements for individual and company-level knowledge and skills.
  4. Develop lesson plans, lesson outlines, and training in accordance with set standard operating procedures and policies.
  5. Responsible for properly tracking employee training.  Maintain electronic training files for all members and all training programs.  Develop and produce monthly, quarterly and annual reports of training performance.
  6. Maintain thorough knowledge of the agency’s apparatus and the tools and equipment carried on them.
  7. Identify and apply for grant opportunities to enhance the training program.
  8. Continually evaluate best practices to refine, revise, enhance, improve, and update training programs and related content.
  9. Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, national standards, and best practices such as (but not limited to) OSHA, ISO, NFPA, DSPS, National Registry, and the City’s Insurance carrier.
  10. Develop and manage task books for recruits/new members, Firefighter/Paramedic, Driver Operator, Lieutenant and Battalion Chief positions.
  11. Routinely attend MABAS meetings.
  12. Maintain memberships in professional associations.  Attend conferences and seminars which support the training officer activities.

 Minimum Requirements:Education and Experience Requirements
This position requires a minimum of five years of full-time firefighting experience and an associate’s degree in Fire Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, or related field.  Consideration will be given to persons with a combination of education and experience which demonstrates an equal level of competency.
Required Certifications

  • State of Wisconsin -or- International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Firefighter II Certification
  • Emergency Services Instructor I
  • State of Wisconsin -or- International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Fire Officer I Certification
  • State of Wisconsin Paramedic License -or- ability to obtain licensure prior to hire
  • American Heart Association BLS Instructor
  • Hazardous Materials Operations certification
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 certificates
  • Wisconsin Driver’s License

Required Certifications within 2 Years

  • Emergency Service Instructor II
  • Incident Safety Officer
  • State of Wisconsin Fire Officer or International Fire Service Accreditation  Congress (IFSAC) II Certification

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate appropriately and effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide variety of diverse audiences to include subordinates, peers, superiors, elected officials, members of the media, and the general public.
  • Knowledge of methods and procedures of managing Emergency Medical Services
  • Knowledge of rules and regulations governing the operations of Emergency Medical Services
  • Knowledge of the principles of personnel management including recruiting, retention, training, and discipline
  • Knowledge of effective methods of supervision and ability to manage staff effectively
  • Knowledge of the National Incident Management System
  • Knowledge of basic and Advanced Life Support practices and procedures, and HIPAA regulations and procedures
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office products and tools
  • Ability to work under extremely stressful situations.
  • Ability to analyze and categorize data and information using established criteria, in order to determine consequences and to identify and select alternatives.
  • Ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory and/or judgmental criteria.
  • Ability to advise and provide interpretation regarding the application of policies, procedures and standards to specific situations.
  • Ability to utilize a variety of advisory and design data and information such as training reports, training materials, personnel records, equipment test records, maintenance schedules, EMS licenses, personnel evaluations, training forms, State statutes, ordinances, computer software manuals, labor contract, policy manuals, safety standards and manuals and educational curricula.
  • Ability to use functional reasoning in performing influence functions such as supervising, managing, leading, teaching, directing and controlling.
  • Ability to operate equipment and machinery, with some requiring complex and rapid adjustments, such as fire suppression equipment and related tools and computer keyboard.
  • Ability to exert physical effort in moderate to heavy work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling.
  • Ability to evaluate, plan and execute emergency and non-emergency operations.
  • Ability to wear respirators to include a self-contained breathing apparatus.

Physical and Working Environment
Ability to work under conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as temperature variations and extremes, odors, toxic agents, potential violence, noise, vibrations, machinery, electrical current, explosives, wetness, disease and/or dust, may cause discomfort and where there is a risk of injury.

Moderate exposure to environmental conditions that impact physical comfort such as poor ventilation and temperature extremes.  May require specialized clothing or wearing personal protective equipment as well self-contained breathing apparatus.  Damage to clothing is possible.
Close mental and visual attention is continuously required.  Moderate physical demands typically found in trades work with moderate exposure to workplace hazards.  Requires regular lifting, bending, twisting, turning, and use of power equipment.

 Additional Information:IMPORTANT!
All applications must completely filled out and have a Cover Letter and Resume attached in the “Attachments” section of the application.  Applications that are not complete and do not have the required attachments will not be considered.
When completing References section, include 3 professional references with current and valid email addresses.

The starting rate for this position is $26.69 – $33.37 per hour ($55,515.20 – $69,409.60 annually) DOQ.  This represents the minimum to midpoint of the salary range for this position.  The full range is $26.69 – $40.04 per hour ($55,515.20 – $83,283.20 annually). 

This position is classified as Exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is not eligible for overtime.

The standard schedule for this position is 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The City of Wausau will make arrangements to furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary and reasonable to afford an individual with a disability the opportunity to participate in the recruitment process. Please notify the Human Resources Department or phone (715) 261-6630 to request special accommodations prior to the application deadline.

Wisconsin Statutes, Sections 19.36 (7), 64.09 (5), and 64.11 (7) require public employers to treat the following items as a public record: Each applicant’s application, records, recommendations and qualifications except as provided in Section 19.36 (7), Wis. Stats. that allows the identity of an applicant to remain confidential if the applicant requests in writing that the City not provide access to this information.

If you choose not to have this information become a public record, you must make such a request in writing to the Human Resources Department. If you become a finalist for the position, your identity may be disclosed as required by law.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.


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