Fire Life Safety Coordinator

Washington D.C
Jan 05, 2021
Jan 16, 2021
Full Time
Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Health, Emergency Management, Safety Management or a related health or science field with at least four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in one or more of the related primary areas described in the above summary, to include experience conducting the more complex investigations and developing requirements for special emphasis programs.

Equivalent combination of education and relevant experience will be considered if candidate can effectively demonstrate progressively responsible experience in one or more of the related primary areas described in the above summary, to include experience conducting the more complex investigations and developing requirements for special emphasis programs.

To be non-competitively advanced to the Fire Life Safety Officer, LS-10 level, the employee must have received an overall performance evaluation rating of "Exceeds Expectations" for the past one (1) year at the Fire/Life Safety Coordinator, LS-09 level, and/or have demonstrated the ability to perform the duties required for the Fire Life Safety Officer, LS-10 level.


Medical Group:

Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this class. Must be able to perform the essential functions of this job either with or without reasonable accommodation(s).

Mission Essential Designation:

In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.

Job Summary/Duties:

The incumbent will support the Office of Emergency Management with emergency plan development and maintenance including the Emergency Operations Plan, Emergency Operations Center Manual, and Continuity of Operations Plan. This position will take a lead role in coordinating Departmental representatives trained and solicit their knowledge and expertise in order to keep the plans updated. These plans are "living documents" and need constant attention and revision. Additionally, the incumbent will be involved with a number of public safety efforts, internal and external to WMATA, which require heavy research and writing. This position operates in cooperation with the priorities of emergency management and hours may vary depending on the incident/situation at hand.

Works actively with the management team for the Office of Emergency Management and Fire/Life Safety Officers to develop and maintain Emergency Plans; serves a lead role in coordinating meetings with departmental representatives involved with the emergency plans.

Ensures emergency plans work in concert with operations rules and protocols and jurisdictional plans. Ensures emergency plans are in compliance with FEMA guidelines, as well as WMATA's own System Safety Program Plan and Security and Emergency Preparedness Plan. Acts as the primary keeper of the plan documents, guaranteeing document control, and distributing final plans to appropriate personnel.

Schedules, arranges, and facilitates training in concert with the Emergency Plans on a regular basis to ensure WMATA staffs are aware and informed on emergency response, practices, and the plans themselves.

Participates with senior members within OEM in support of metropolitan transportation planning activities associated with the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and other regional planning organizations on topics associated with the maintenance and stability of Metro's systems.

Participates or serves as a liaison on local and state transportation projects and studies concerning the expansion of the Metrorail system or Metrobus services into areas not currently served by the Authority.

Assists with incident After Action reports and the development, tracking, and closure of corrective actions relevant to improving emergency practices (preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation) and guidelines outlined within the plans.

Writes, submits and/or contributes to Emergency Management reports and materials; weekly reports, the annual report, board reports, special reports, staff meeting agendas, presentations, memos, emails, letters, etc.

Assists in the monitoring or detection signs and symptoms of persons exposed to toxic gases.

Researches and summarizes relevant public safety, health, incident and emergency topics as well as current events as requested.

Supports emergency management activities including operations, training, and outreaches as requested.

Communicates effectively during presentations, meetings, and in emergency events.

The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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