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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 396F
Category: Protective Services


This is the senior, specialist, or leadworker level of the series. Within the Department of Corrections, directs the emergency response program for fire, medical aid, and hazardous materials emergencies on McNeil Island, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, protecting life and safety of McNeil Island staff, inmates and island residents. Monitors a fire suppression-training program that meets or exceeds state and local requirements;




In higher education, directs a shift of fire department personnel and functional operations.  May supervise fire officers and student fire fighters.

Typical Work

Assists in interviewing and making recommendations on appointments and with disciplinary actions;  

Plans, schedules and assigns staff and student fire personnel to shifts and duty assignments;  

Reviews and analyzes operational data and initiate or recommend corrective action;  

Assists in the development of departmental operating policies and procedures;  

Organizes and conducts lectures on fire safety, life safety, occupational safety and related subjects;  

Coordinates and performs safety and fire inspections to ensure compliance with applicable codes;  

Develops and directs training programs for campus and other area emergency personnel;  

Devises and conducts pre-fire planning surveys to enhance fire suppression capability;  

Conducts investigations of fires and hazardous material incidents to determine origin and cause;  

Assumes responsibility for Fire Department operations in absence of supervisor; 

Conducts classroom and high-risk field training in accordance with lesson plans, assuring all current applicable standards are met, assisting with planning and curriculum development as needed;  

Participates in the development of statewide fire service training goals and objectives;  

Identifies customer training needs, provides customer assistance with training related problems, which may include off-site visits, needs analyses, evaluations, and recommendations;  

Develops recommendations for firefighting training props and classroom instruction;  

May schedule and evaluate on-call and guest instructors as needed; 

May supervise lower level staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician is required prior to employment.

Desirable Qualifications

Four years of experience as a lieutenant or above at a fire department involved in fire suppression activities




Two years of experience as a lieutenant or above at a fire department involved in fire suppression activities which includes at least one year as a fire codes enforcement officer.

Class Specification History

New class consolidates 2677 Fire Officer II, 41940 Fire Chief – DOC; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.