The City of Des
Plaines is seeking highly motivated and uniquely qualified applicants to become
our next Training & Safety Officer. The Training & Safety Officer is a non-sworn
administrative position in the Fire Department whose primary responsibility is
to ensure training is delivered to Fire Department Staff to facilitate their job
performance and workplace hazards & accidents are prevented or exposure to
hazards is mitigated.
This position is part
of the Fire Department Management Team and works under the general supervision
and guidance of the Deputy Fire Chief.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
and evaluates programs related to fire suppression, emergency medical
services, hazardous materials, fire prevention and special team training
activities; implements modifications to training programs as required to
ensure effectiveness, safety, injury-prevention and current technical or
Tracks, evaluates, and
coordinates training requests and scheduling for Department personnel to
attend out-of-department schools, seminars and conferences.
reports are accurate, complete, and maintained in compliance with applicable
standards and practices.
records and files on Department personnel. Completes necessary forms for
submittals to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Serves as the
Department Safety Officer, with the following responsibilities:
and illness prevention programs.
Physical fitness and
accidents and ensures the timely and complete reporting of accidents.
corrective action as it pertains to equipment and human behavior to reduce
injuries & accidents.
training on real-life losses with the goal of training to reduce/prevent
Leads the Department's
Occupational Health and Safety Committee and Training Advisory Committee.
Leads the Department's
accident review process.
Produces and submits
yearly budget requests for training, schools, supplies and safety initiatives.
Administers the Training/Safety Division budget on an ongoing basis.
Maintains the Fire
Department's training/safety website, posting training calendars, curriculum,
schedules, lesson plans, resource links and various other elements.
attendance, budget expenditures and purchases related to training and safety.
Performs other duties
as assigned by the employee's supervisor.
TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor's degree in
Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field is required,
along with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience designing, implementing and
evaluating training programs. An equivalent combination of education and
experience may be substituted provided the candidate possesses the minimum
knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties required of the
Valid State of
Illinois Driver's License with a safe driving record.
Ability to learn the
duties of employees in the fire service and utilize that knowledge to design
and deliver training to a diverse group of employees.
Knowledge of various
educational techniques designed to instruct a diverse group of individuals and
the ability to break down and present technical information to individuals
with various learning styles and knowledge bases.
Ability to perform
needs assessments based upon discussions or observations of departmental
operations and to diagnose training needs from operational problems.
Ability to correlate
the Department's development with changing conditions within the community and
Ability to follow
verbal and written instructions.
Ability to communicate
effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to establish
effective working relationships with Department members, City Staff, other
agencies and the general public.
Ability to foster and
enhance an organizational culture of safety, injury prevention, loss
prevention and risk management.
Ability to safely and
effectively use a Personal computer; multimedia equipment and software,
training aids and vehicle.
Physical Demands & Working Conditions:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to
sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk, use hands
to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision
abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust
Work is performed in an office setting or in a fire station. On occasion, the
employee in this position may be outside and exposed to weather conditions
(rain, temperature variations, extreme heat and cold).