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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 402E
Category: Protective Services

Class Series Concept

See Wildland Fire Management Technician.


Positions serve as a program coordinator in one or more of the following Wildland Fire program areas: fire prevention, fire training, dispatch operations, fire regulation, fire district assistance, helicopter operations, fire information systems, and logistics and intelligence. 

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions work under general direction and are responsible for organizing, monitoring, evaluating and making adjustments for a Wildland Fire program or activity using in-depth knowledge of the assigned program area.  

Typical Work

Serves as the region expert in wildland fire prevention, coordinating implementation of fire protection and prevention activities for the region, working with counties, Firewise Communities, fire protection districts, other agencies, homeowners associations, schools and fire prevention cooperatives;

Coordinates a region wildland fire training program, to include analyzing region training needs and coordinating, with district managers, fire training plans for region employees; providing support, coordination and assistance in implementation of the work capacity test, annual fire line refresher, agency specific training, and NWCG courses; issuing, reviewing and certifying fire line position task books for fire line positions; updating the Incident Qualification System experience and training records for region personnel and external fire service personnel located within region boundaries; issuing Fire Qualification Cards for region employees and external fire participants; serving on local fire service/PNWCG training and peer review committees; and instructing various NWCG training courses;

Supervises a region communication center providing supervision and operational support to ensure coordinated initial attack dispatch of agency employees and some external resources engaged in the fire suppression within boundaries of department protected lands; Ensures that region fire report processes, maps, operating procedures, mobilization guide, Forest Land Response Agreements and resource directories are current, complete and accurate;

Serves as the region expert in Industrial Fire Precaution Regulations, assisting in making weekly Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) decisions and coordinating IFPL waiver request decisions between region management and field staff; Coordinates region burn permit training, tool inspection training, and smoke management training;

Plans and prioritizes fire district and agency equipment needs obtained through Federal Excess Personal Property and Firefighter Property programs; Assists districts and agency in the acquisition, use and disposal of excess federal equipment; Coordinates required equipment inventories;

As the Helicopter Operations Coordinator, provides day-to-day operational coordination, oversight, and/or decision-making for agency helicopter operations, including staging, pilot rotations, maintenance, flight logs and other documentation; Assesses program for operational efficiencies, making recommendations for operational policy and procedural changes and the need for additional resources, assets and equipment;

Acts as the Resource Ordering Status System (ROSS) data steward, ensuring resources are accurately entered into the system; Represents department on interagency ROSS committee; Ensures that ROSS maintains operational functioning prior to and during incidents; Advises users on existing functionality or new developments to the system, coordinates downloading new ROSS modules and conducts ROSS training;

Serves as the agency Wildland Fire Intelligence and Data Coordinator, responsible for developing agency systems, processes, and standards for gathering, analyzing, organizing and disseminating wildland fire information and data to agency management, staff and partner agencies;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Fire behavior, fire weather, fire hazard, fire risk analyses, wildland fire suppression operations and tactics, interagency wildland fire operations and functions; Incident Command System; Forest fire regulations (e.g., Forest Protection Assessment and Outdoor Burning regulations); Various national and state fire computer systems (e.g., ROSS, NFDRS, ICS, IQS, WFDSS).

Ability to: Form and maintain effective working relationships; Be a successful leader and contributing team player; Effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing; Analyze organizational and operational problems and develop solutions; Make sound, timely decisions in stressful, fast-paced situations.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of experience implementing a specific wildland fire program (the specific program is designated for each position) OR two years as a Wildland Fire Operations Technician 4.

Class Specification History

Establishment, adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019
Add class series concept, adopted 11/10/2021, effective 1/1/2022.