Fire Life Safety Liaison

Washington D.C
Jun 11, 2021
Jun 23, 2021
Full Time
Join a dynamic team at the center of WMATA's ongoing Safety program transformation.

As a member of the Department for Safety and Environmental Management (SAFE), you will be leading efforts to engage our workforce and customers to advance our Safety Management System (SMS). The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is housed within SAFE. OEM has an opening for a Fire Life Safety Liaison Officer.

This position develops and implements the department's policies, procedures and programs as they relate to emergency management planning, training and exercise efforts, and requires a valid driver's license. Incumbent's responsibilities include execution of policy and program initiatives, developing training programs, writing emergency response plans and training curricula, conducting training courses and exercises, and writing after-action reports. Incumbent will preferably have experience with HSEEP and NIMS/ICS.

Ideal candidates should have a background in project management and communications and also have the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as critical thinking skills are considered essential.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science, Engineering, Public Health or related field
    • In lieu of a bachelor's degree, a high school diploma or GED and four (4) years of experience in fire prevention, fire suppression, accident investigation, engineering design review to satisfy the minimum education requirement

  • A minimum of six (6) years of experience in fire prevention, fire suppression, accident investigation, and engineering design review

  • A valid motor vehicle operator's license from the jurisdiction of residence

  • N/A

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

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:

The Fire/Life Safety Liaison is responsible for planning, coordinating, and investigating matters related to fire protection/prevention and rescue activities of the Authority. The scope includes development, promulgation, direction, control and coordination of training activities with local fire jurisdictions in support of and protection of WMATA facilities. The employee represents the Authority on the Council of Governments (COG) Rail Safety Sub-Committee of the COG Fire Chiefs Committee. The Fire/Life Safety Liaison Officer position is comprised of two primary functional areas; liaison with internal WMATA departments/offices and liaison with external agencies. The overall scope is fire prevention and protection.

Essential Functions:
  • Develops and plans procedures for fire/life safety, prevention, protection, firefighting and rescue activities within the WMATA system.
  • Develops and coordinates fire/life safety training programs for the Authority. Directs and oversees the implementation and facilitates local jurisdictional training of firefighting personnel to ensure operation are conducted in a safe manner.
  • Coordinates and directs the local fire jurisdictions in the conduct of fire safety inspections of WMATA properties, including operational conditions of firefighting apparatus to determine compliance with OSHA safety regulations, National Fire Prevention Codes and appropriateness according to industry standards when addressing chemical/ biological incidents. Conducts design reviews of WMATA facilities an equipment to ensure compliance with fire safety (OSHA and NFPA Standards). Makes appropriate recommendations to enhance the safety of facilities and equipment. Participates in technical meetings/conferences involving fire resistant standards for materials used in the construction and design facilities and equipment.
  • Serves as the Authority's principal liaison with jurisdictional and other fire service officials and organizations for both establishing procedures/guidelines and for coordinating technical/engineering needs. Serves on technical committees as appropriate to ensure proper guidelines are followed and implemented to maintain required level of fire safety and prevention.
  • Coordinates WMATA fire prevention/firefighting and rescue services with local firefighting jurisdictions to ensure personnel are familiar with WMATA facilities, equipment, and emergency services.
  • Coordinates and directs fire/life safety activities of other departments/offices within WMATA to ensure a high level of fire prevention/protection is maintained throughout the system, in the rehabilitation of existing facilities and the in construction of new facilities. Establishes fire prevention standards in compliance with promulgated safety regulations, such as OSHA and the National Fire Protection Codes.
  • Coordinates the development of exercises and tabletops to meet established Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) criteria. Assists in evaluating drills and exercises to determine adequacy of preparation and response. Develops modifications to emergency management plans to enhance identified opportunities for improvement.
  • Develops emergency evacuation plans for all WMATA facilities. Prepares necessary regulations for the protection of property damaged by fire. Inspects new facilities for attainment of established fire/life safety and/or chemical/biological rescue guidelines.
  • Develops and/or implements fire prevention education programs for employees applicable to both work and home as well as to jurisdictional fire and rescue personnel ensure their familiarity, safety, and understanding of WMATA facilities, systems and equipment.
  • Shares, verbally and in writing, facts and observations associated with emergency events, chemical/biological knowledge or best practices with WMATA officials and staff in Rail/Bus Operations, Transit Police and jurisdictional officers.
  • Conducts necessary statistical and trend analysis on associated fire safety activities and incidents.
  • Participates in the emergency on-call rotation assignments for the office.
  • May act as first responder for emergency calls within the Metrorail facilities or Metrobus system.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and 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.