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Glide Rural Fire Protection District - Recruitment & Retention Coordinator of Volunteer Firefighters

Posted: 8/31/2021
Salary: $22 per hour
Location: Florence, OR

Primary Duties: Plan, coordinate, and implement recruitment of volunteers to train as Firefighters. Assist with Firefighter training of new recruits. Improve volunteer retention.

Supervision Received: Works under the general guidance and direction of the Fire Chief.

Grant-Funded Position: This is a temporary, full-time position funded by a FEMA SAFER Grant, intended to improve Glide Fire District’s volunteer Firefighter staffing and deployment capabilities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Age 21 or older at time of hire.
  • Possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid Oregon State Driver’s License without suspension or revocation in any state.
  • Safe driving record on file with the DMV.
  • Current CPR card for BLS Provider, or ability to obtain.
  • No felony convictions or disqualifying criminal history.
  • Ability to meet the strenuous physical demands of a Firefighter/EMT.
  • Ability to meet the requirements of the District’s Policies, Standard Operating Procedures, and Standard Operating Guidelines, including those pertaining to substance abuse.

Required Special Qualifications:

  • CPR/First Aid BLS Instructor with American Heart Association, or ability to obtain.
  • NFPA or DPSST Firefighter One certification, current or expired. If expired, ability to obtain Oregon DPSST Firefighter One certification within 3 months of hire.
  • 5 or more years of experience as a career or volunteer Firefighter
  • DPSST Instructor One certification, or ability to obtain within 1 year of hire.
  • Experience teaching adults. 
  • NFPA or DPSST Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator certification, current or expired. If expired, ability to obtain Oregon DPSST Fire Apparatus Driver/Oper. certification within 1 month of hire.
  • NFPA or DPSST Pumper Operator certification, current or expired.
  • Ability to work Monday 1pm-9pm, and daytime hours Tuesday through Friday.
  • Be available some evenings and weekends to give presentations at community events, at club and church meetings, to recruit door-to-door, and to provide Firefighter training.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with volunteer or combination departments.
  • Experience in public speaking and presentations.
  • Experience in effective volunteer recruitment and retention activities.
  • Experience in marketing or sales, including planning and implementing a marketing program.
  • Computer skills including familiarity with Microsoft Office and social media.
  • Oregon EMT License, or ability to obtain within 1 year of hire.
  • Associates Degree.
  • NFPA Firefighter Two.
  • Wildland Firefighter Two.
  • Oregon DPSST Drivers Training or DOT/EVOC training certification.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  •  Value the role of the volunteer fire service in providing emergency services to rural communities.
  • Have experience working with volunteer Firefighters.
  • Be an enthusiastic and engaging speaker and instructor.
  • Be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Be willing to research and implement creative ways to recruit volunteers.
  • Be enthusiastic about performing outreach to community members.
  • Have the ability to prepare informative and dynamic presentations, and willing to learn ways to improve presentations.
  • Have the ability and willingness to recruit new volunteers using a door-to-door campaign.
  • Have a working knowledge of modern fire suppression, prevention, and emergency medical service principles, procedures, techniques and their application.
  • Have the experience and ability to act effectively and provide leadership during training, and in emergency and stressful situations.

Tools and Equipment - The applicant should have experience with and the ability to train others on the following tools and equipment:

  • Fire apparatus and equipment, firefighting foam, chemicals, and solvents.
  • Emergency medical apparatus and equipment.
  • Radios, pagers, computers, and telephones.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, coordinate, and implement the District’s volunteer recruitment and retention programs.
  • Develop effective recruitment presentations, materials, equipment, and displays.
  • Research new programs and opportunities for volunteer recruitment.
  • Speak and give recruitment presentations to large and small groups.
  • Develop and implement a variety of recruitment methods and campaigns, including door-to-door recruitment. 
  • Plan and implement a method to measure progress made in recruiting and retaining volunteers.
  • Evaluate recruitment and retention program effectiveness and work with the Fire Chief to develop strategies to provide continuous improvement.
  • Develop and provide monthly reports to the Fire Chief regarding opportunities for community outreach, new volunteers recruited, and training status of new recruits.
  • Plan, coordinate, implement, and track training of new volunteers to ensure Firefighter, EMS, Apparatus Operator, and Driver training is received in a timely manner.
  • Develop and facilitate the Volunteer Mentoring program.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Glide Fire employees and volunteers, other agencies, the local high school and community college, and the general public.
  • Promote the District’s Student Resident and Volunteer Sleeper programs.
  • Work with the Training Officer to develop and implement a volunteer Firefighter training program.
  • Assist the Training Officer with planning, coordinating, and implementing Firefighter 1 academies and burn-to-learns.
  • Develop lesson plans, Powerpoint presentations, and other materials for Firefighter drills and academy classes, as needed to assist the Training Officer.
  • Provide detailed written lesson plans for training within current NFPA guidelines. Submit lesson plans to the Training Officer and Fire Chief for review at least 1 week before scheduled training. In advance, recruit Glide Fire officers or other volunteers to assist with training drills.
  • Incorporate Glide Fire District equipment into training drills (i.e. TIC, Jaws, SCBA, Medical equipment).
  • Assist with weekly EMS, fire, rescue, and hazardous materials drills.
  • Evaluate volunteer Firefighters on their progress in training programs and their performance while responding to emergency calls.
  • Mentor personnel to improve quality of services.
  • Coordinate fire district personnel in providing firefighting services.
  • Critique personnel performance, notice skills needing improvement, and implement additional training as needed.
  • Maintain compliance with state and federal regulations as they pertain to fire and emergency medical services.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Respond to fire, MVA, and Haz. Mat. emergencies and perform fire suppression activities while working at the station, including but not limited to driving fire apparatus, operating fire pumps and related equipment.
  • Respond to emergency medical situations and render aid while working at the station, as per EMT standards and county protocols.
  • Attend Glide Fire Officers’ meetings and monthly District Board Meetings.
  • Provide recommendations for updating Policies, Standard Operating Procedures, and Standard Operating Guidelines.
  • Maintain personal licenses and certifications necessary to perform required duties, as well as compliance and familiarity with all district policies, standard operating procedures, and standard operating guidelines.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

About Glide Fire District:
Glide Fire is a volunteer fire district located in central Douglas County, Oregon in the unincorporated town of Glide. Glide is a gateway to the Rogue-Umpqua River Scenic Byway, North Umpqua Trail, and Crater Lake National Park. This is a popular tourism area for many outdoor activities including hiking, cycling, waterfall exploration, rafting, fly-fishing, hunting, and camping. Our fire district boundary encompasses an area over 27 square miles in size. We serve a population of approx. 4,200 citizens, and responded to 590 emergency calls in 2020.

The district has 19 active volunteers who respond to medical emergencies, structure fires, wildland fires, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous materials spills, and public assists. We operate 2 licensed BLS ambulances, 3 engines, 3 water tenders, 1 wildland engine, and 1 rescue vehicle from 1 main station and 1 substation. Glide does not have the ASA for this area, so rarely transports patients.

Paid staff include a full-time Fire Chief, part-time Training Officer, full-time Business Manager, part-time Bookkeeper, and part-time Janitor. The district is overseen by a 5-member Board of Directors. The Recruitment & Retention Coordinator of Volunteer Firefighters position is an “at will” position within the Fire District, which dictates that the employment and compensation for this position may be terminated at any time.

Application Requirements - Include the following in your application packet:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Completed Glide Fire District Employment Application
  • Copy of CPR card for BLS Provider (if available)
  • Copy of Oregon EMT or Paramedic License (if licensed)
  • Copy of NFPA Certifications as listed on page 1 “Required Special Qualifications”  Veterans claiming preference points must include copy of DD-214 or DD-215

Application Submittal:
Application packets will be received until 6pm on Monday, September 13, 2021. Emailed applications will not be accepted. Applications shall be submitted to Glide Rural Fire Protection District, Attention: Fire Chief, as follows:

  • By Mail: P.O Box 446, Glide, OR 97443
  • By FedEx or Hand Delivery: 18910 North Umpqua Hwy., Glide, OR 97443

Selection Guidelines:

  • Receive applications
  • Review qualifications, knowledge, skills, and experience
  • Interview most qualified applicants
  • Background and DMV checks
  • Final selection

This will fill one available position. Position open until filled. Glide Rural Fire Protection District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of that person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), equal pay, disability or genetic information.

View the website for more information about how to apply.