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Training Captain

Salary Range: Starting $78,000 plus (Salary Depends on Experience)  

SUMMARY: This is supervisory and administrative work assisting the Fire Chief in researching, planning, developing, and coordinating the training of all Fire Department personnel and ensuring compliance with state and federal guidelines and rules. This position will assist the Fire Chief in various other administrative duties such as preparation of monthly and annual reports, preparation of annual department budget, and special projects as assigned.  

Work involves the responsibility for directing and coordinating the activities of fire personnel. Normal firefighting command work is part of the duties. Work is reviewed through occasional inspection, review of reports, and evaluation of the department’s performance.  

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: — Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  1. Responsible for the management of the department training under the supervision of the Fire Chief. 
  • Develop and maintain annual training schedule to ensure that essential firefighting knowledge, skills, and techniques are being imparted.  
  • For maintenance of skills and certification of department personnel. Records all training activities completed by fire department personnel.  
  • Develops and updates lesson plans and drill scenarios and ensure compliance with current industry standards and regulations.  
  • Attends and assigns personnel to training classes, seminars, and conferences, both locally and nationally.  
  • Coordinates department participation in area-wide disaster response exercises and joint training with multiple agencies both within and outside of the fire district.  
  • Develops and regulates a training budget and purchases training supplies, programs, and training aids.  
  • Provide source and opportunity for advanced fire fighter and officer training.  
  • Provide sources for and/or deliver both initial and re-certification Emergency Medical Technician and AEMT level training.  
  • Coordinate Hazardous Materials Team training.  
  • Delivers department orientation training program to all new hires.  
  1. Schedules department activities under the direction of the Fire Chief. 
  • Schedule monthly department activities including monthly training, facility tours, hose testing, capacity testing, crew fire prevention activities, station tours, etc.  
  • Develop and update department policies and standard operating guidelines.  
  • Oversees building pre-plan system, assists in the development of building pre-plans, and maintains building pre-plan system.  
  1. Can be assigned as a suppression division officer as a Fire Captain.  Can be assigned to work shifts. 
  2. Assists Fire Chief with researching and preparing the department’s annual budget. 
  3. Develop, organize, schedule and deliver training for paid on call fire fighters. 
  4. Performs other duties as required. 

In addition to the above listed examples the Training Captain may be called upon to perform the duties normally assigned to a Fire Captain.  

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

The District requires the following as minimums to qualify for employment: 

  • Seven (7) years of experience as a full-time paid Firefighter or higher. 
  • Two (2) years of experience in a supervisory position. 
  • Must be fluent in the speaking and writing of English. 
  • Must have operational knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software. 
  • Must pass a criminal background check. 
  • Must be able to legally work in the United States. 
  • Must pass District’s firefighter fitness test. Details available upon request. 
  • Must pass the NWCG arduous Pack-Test. Walk three (3) miles wearing a 45-pound vest in 45 minutes. 

Knowledge of:  

  • Operations, services, and activities of fire suppression, pre-hospital medical, and Community Risk Reduction programs.  
  • Modern and complex principles and practices of firefighting.  
  • Methods and techniques of basic and advanced life support, rescue operations and hazardous materials handling.  
  • Hazardous materials and chemical spill response techniques.  
  • Procedures and equipment used in modern firefighting and emergency response activities. 
  • Operational characteristics, maintenance, and repair of various fire apparatus and equipment. 
  • Operational characteristics and maintenance of equipment related to the delivery of pre-hospital medical care and transportation.  
  • Principles of budget preparation and control.  
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.  
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations governing fire safety, pre-hospital medical care, personnel management, and the handling and storage of hazardous materials.  

Skill in:  

  • Supervising, directing, and coordinating the work of lower-level staff.  
  • Interpreting and explaining District fire policies and procedures.  
  • Rendering pre-hospital medical care.  
  • Preparing clear and concise reports in both written and electronic format.  
  • Analyzing emergency situations and developing appropriate response.  
  • Overseeing and participating in emergency and non-emergency response activities.  
  • Inspecting, maintaining, and repairing fire apparatus, equipment, and station building and grounds.  
  • Responding to requests and inquiries from the general public.  
  • Preparing and presenting public information and educational programs.  
  • Operating office equipment including computers and related word processing and spreadsheet applications.  
  • Using work related computer programs and software to input and extract pertinent data. 
  • Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.  
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers, governmental staff, elected officials, and community members.  
  • Interpreting and applying federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.  
  • Maintaining physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.  
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including County and other government officials, community groups, and the general public.  
  • Applying safe work practices.  

LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS 

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to obtain a Colorado driver’s license within 60 days of employment. 
  • Must provide proof of clean driving record. 
  • Colorado Firefighter I and II certification or equivalent is required.  
  • Current Emergency Medical Technician or higher certification/licensure (if not certified/licensed in the State of Colorado must obtain within 60 days).  
  • Must possess valid Caregiver CPR card or obtain within 30 days of employment.  

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed both within the fire station in close proximity to other workers and in various outdoor climates and conditions. Incumbent must be physically able to perform strenuous and hazardous tasks under emergency conditions and must have the stamina and the mobility to work a minimum of a 48-hour shift and to respond to major fire alarms and medical calls for service. Running, bending, stooping, climbing, pulling, and repetitive lifting of heavy objects. Incumbent must be able to pass a medical examination required of fire personnel to ensure fitness for duty. Ability to see and hear in the normal range with or without correction and communicate verbally and in written form with great clarity and must be able to be understood in situations with high degrees of noise. Possess the strength, stamina, and aerobic capacity to work effectively during prolonged periods of strenuous activities including hiking, lifting heavy objects, climbing ladders, operating heavy machinery, repetitive body movement, crawling, all while wearing protective clothing and equipment. Ability to work at heights, confined spaces, and dark environments while wearing protective gear and breathing apparatus. Sufficient manual dexterity which permits the employee to operate equipment used in firefighting. Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to perform all duties involved in protecting life and property. Sufficient vision and other powers of observation, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to effectively operate at a fire or related emergency scene. Work is performed in a variety of environmental conditions, both indoors and out, with exposure to wide temperature variations, noise, vibrations, fumes, smoke, grease, machinery and its moving parts, odors, dust and irritating or hazardous materials and chemicals. Protective clothing helmets, gloves, boots, etc., are required while responding to emergency calls. Incumbent must be able to meet the following physical demands. Incumbent will be required to respond to emergencies after regular working hours and on weekends and must be willing to work an irregular schedule, which will include weekends, holidays, evenings and/or varying hours. 

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS 

The district, in addition to the minimum qualifications, would like to employ a fire line officer with these additional qualifications: 

  • Prior Experience as Training Officer 
  • Fire Instructor Certified 
  • ALS Certified 
  • NWCG Engine Boss Certified 
  • Certified in Rescue Skills 
  • Fire Science Degree 
  • College Degree 

District Overview 

Nestled neatly in Colorado’s rich and fertile Yampa Valley, Oak Creek Fire Protection District is located in Routt County on Hwy 131, seventeen miles south of Steamboat Springs.  The district’s population of just under 2,700 comprises a lively collection of people from local ranching families to folks from all over the country.  The district covers approximately 278 square miles.  There are two main concentrations of populations.  The first is the Town of Oak Creek and the second is the neighborhoods of Stagecoach. 

The town of Oak Creek was first established in 1904 as a major coal mining town.  The towns population is just shy of 1,000.  Along with the residence the town consists of multiple retail stores, several eating establishments and bars.  There is the town hall, library, and the city run ice rink and mountain bike trails.  The town is located on Hwy 131. 

The neighborhoods of Stagecoach are located on County Road 16 stretching from Stagecoach State Park to Lynx Pass.  The area is fast becoming a favorite for people making this there home, away from the hustle of the resort town of Steamboat Springs.  The area is popular due to its vast views and mountain living. 

This area is well known for its activities and attractions during all seasons of the year.  During the winter downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing, and snowmobiling top the list.  During the summer road and mountain bike riding, hiking, camping, horseback riding, world class rafting and kayaking, and famous fishing top the list. 

Our district is home to Stagecoach State Park.  This is one of Routt Counties popular recreational sites.  The park’s highlight is a 780-acre reservoir with a full-service marina. Here visitors can boat, watch the wildlife or fish for plump northern pike and rainbow trout. Hiking is available along the Elk Run Trail (on the south shore) and the Wetlands Trail (at the inlet).  There is also a 15-mile trail that circles the reservoir and is groomed in the winter.  Along with the State Park we also border Sarvis Creek National Wilderness Area, Medicine Bow and Routt National Forest. 

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District was first founded in 1912.  OCFPD is responsible for fire and EMS incident response including transport.  In 2021 the district responded to a total of 285 incidents (118 fire, 128 EMS).  The district currently has three stations (Headquarters, Stagecoach, Wildland Barn).  District apparatus includes: 

  • 2 Type 1 engines 
  • 2 Type 1 ambulances 
  • 1 2500-gallon tender 
  • 1 Type 1 tactical 2500-gallon tender 
  • 2 Type 6 wildland engines 
  • 4 Type 3 wildland engines 
  • 2 utility trucks 
  • 1 chipper 
  • 2 command trucks 

The unique thing about this fire district are the dramatic changes that are happening.  

In November of 2020 the Oak Creek Fire Protection District transitioned from a volunteer to a combination career volunteer fire agency.  The main reason for this transition was the sharp decline in volunteer participation.  Without reliable response the district was forced to hire career firefighters.  Fortunately, the district’s budget allowed for this due to a voter approved mill levy raise (raised to 13.92 mills).  The district now supports nine fulltime positions and two part time positions.  The district is still committed to building a robust reserve program.  There are currently five reservists on the roster.  We are hoping to double that in the next 2 years. 

This transition made it necessary for the district to retool.  The fire board in the last 12 months have approved just over $1.2 million in spending for the upgrading of its fleet, equipment, tools, software, uniforms, and salary increases. 

The district also started its new wildland fire mitigation program in 2021.  The district hired a new 7-person wildland crew.  The program was a success with 2 major mitigation contracts as well as 15 wildland fire deployments.  For the 2022 wildfire season the district will be doubling its wildland crew.  The district will also be installing housing for the seasonal firefighters.   

Upcoming projects for the district include: 

  • Configuration and use of new PSTrax operation checks and logistics management system 
  • Configuration and use of Lexipol policy and training solution 
  • Remodel of Headquarters station for new resident firefighter program 
  • Start of resident firefighter program 
  • Acquisition and building of new training tower 
  • Acquisition and installation of vehicle exhaust system 
  • Acquisition of new SCBA’s and Filling Station 

This transition has also made training the top priority of the district.  The district has a low call volume, so training is of the upmost importance for our new firefighters.  

The personnel that have and will choose to be part of this organization are in a unique position to help build a new fire district.  The district is looking for progressive professionals that want to take pride in building a fire district that will be able to stand the test of time. 

Fire Line Officer

Salary Range: Starting $67,000 plus (Salary Depends on Experience)  

SUMMARY: This fire supervisory position reports to the senior Fire Captain.   

The fire line officer is responsible for assisting with the leadership and coordination of department activities through supervision of subordinates. The fire line officer makes company level, supervisory and operational decisions, pertaining to firefighting and emergency medical services, within the scope of the department’s operational policies, guidelines, and training program. 

This position will assist the district’s officers in various other administrative duties such as preparation of monthly and annual reports, preparation of annual department budget, and special projects as assigned.  

Work involves the responsibility for directing and coordinating the activities of fire personnel. Work is reviewed through occasional inspection, review of reports, and evaluation of the department’s performance.  

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: — Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  1. Responsible for assisting the district’s training captain with the following:
  • Follows the district’s training schedule to ensure that essential firefighting knowledge, skills, and techniques are being imparted.  
  • For maintenance of skills and certification of assigned personnel. Records all training activities completed by assigned personnel.  
  • Performs lesson plans and drill scenarios and ensure compliance with district policy.  
  • Attends training classes, seminars, and conferences, both locally and nationally.  
  • Attend re-certification for Emergency Medical training.  
  • Help in the delivery of department orientation training program to all new hires.  
  1. Schedules department activities under the direction of the Senior Captain. 
  • Monthly department activities, which can include monthly training, facility tours, hose testing, capacity testing, crew fire prevention activities, station tours, etc.  
  • Assists in building pre-plan system, assists in the development of building pre-plans, and maintains building pre-plan system.  
  1. 3. Be assigned as a suppression supervisor.  Will be assigned to work shifts. 
  2. 4. Assist in the development, organization, scheduling and delivery of training for career and paid on call fire fighters. 
  3. 5. Performs other duties as required. 

In addition to the above listed examples the fire line officer may be called upon to perform additional duties as required by the Senior Captain or Fire Chief.  

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

The district requires the following as minimums to qualify for employment: 

  • Five (5) years of experience as a full-time paid Firefighter or higher. 
  • Must be fluent in the speaking and writing of English. 
  • Must pass a criminal background check. 
  • Must be able to legally work in the United States. 
  • Must pass District’s firefighter fitness test. Details available upon request. 
  • Must pass the NWCG arduous Pack-Test. Walk three (3) miles wearing a 45-pound vest in 45 minutes. 

Knowledge of:  

  • Operations, services, and activities of fire suppression, pre-hospital medical, and Community Risk Reduction programs.  
  • Modern and complex principles and practices of firefighting.  
  • Methods and techniques of basic and advanced life support, rescue operations and hazardous materials handling.  
  • Hazardous materials and chemical spill response techniques.  
  • Procedures and equipment used in modern firefighting and emergency response activities. 
  • Operational characteristics, maintenance, and repair of various fire apparatus and equipment. 
  • Operational characteristics and maintenance of equipment related to the delivery of pre-hospital medical care and transportation.  
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.  

Skill in:  

  • Supervising, directing, and coordinating the work of lower-level staff.  
  • Interpreting and explaining District fire policies and procedures.  
  • Rendering pre-hospital medical care.  
  • Preparing clear and concise reports in both written and electronic format.  
  • Analyzing emergency situations and developing appropriate response.  
  • Overseeing and participating in emergency and non-emergency response activities.  
  • Inspecting, maintaining, and repairing fire apparatus, equipment, and station building and grounds.  
  • Responding to requests and inquiries from the general public.  
  • Preparing and presenting public information and educational programs.  
  • Operating office equipment including computers and related word processing and spreadsheet applications.  
  • Using work related computer programs and software to input and extract pertinent data. 
  • Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.  
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers, governmental staff, elected officials, and community members.  
  • Interpreting and applying federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.  
  • Maintaining physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.  
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including County and other government officials, community groups, and the general public.  
  • Applying safe work practices.  

LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS 

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to obtain a Colorado driver’s license within 60 days of employment. 
  • Must provide proof of clean driving record. 
  • Colorado Firefighter I and II certification or equivalent is required.  
  • Current Emergency Medical Technician or higher certification/licensure (if not certified/licensed in the State of Colorado must obtain within 60 days).  
  • Must possess valid Caregiver CPR card or obtain within 30 days of employment.  

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed both within the fire station in close proximity to other workers and in various outdoor climates and conditions. Incumbent must be physically able to perform strenuous and hazardous tasks under emergency conditions and must have the stamina and the mobility to work a minimum of a 48-hour shift and to respond to major fire alarms and medical calls for service. Running, bending, stooping, climbing, pulling, and repetitive lifting of heavy objects. Incumbent must be able to pass a medical examination required of fire personnel to ensure fitness for duty. Ability to see and hear in the normal range with or without correction and communicate verbally and in written form with great clarity and must be able to be understood in situations with high degrees of noise. Possess the strength, stamina, and aerobic capacity to work effectively during prolonged periods of strenuous activities including hiking, lifting heavy objects, climbing ladders, operating heavy machinery, repetitive body movement, crawling, all while wearing protective clothing and equipment. Ability to work at heights, confined spaces, and dark environments while wearing protective gear and breathing apparatus. Sufficient manual dexterity which permits the employee to operate equipment used in firefighting. Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to perform all duties involved in protecting life and property. Sufficient vision and other powers of observation, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to effectively operate at a fire or related emergency scene. Work is performed in a variety of environmental conditions, both indoors and out, with exposure to wide temperature variations, noise, vibrations, fumes, smoke, grease, machinery and its moving parts, odors, dust and irritating or hazardous materials and chemicals. Protective clothing helmets, gloves, boots, etc., are required while responding to emergency calls. Incumbent must be able to meet the following physical demands. Incumbent will be required to respond to emergencies after regular working hours and on weekends and must be willing to work an irregular schedule, which will include weekends, holidays, evenings and/or varying hours. 

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS 

The district, in addition to the minimum qualifications, would like to employ a fire line officer with these additional qualifications: 

  • NWCG Engine Boss Certified 
  • ALS Certified  
  • Certified in Rescue Skills 
  • Fire Science Degree 
  • College Degree 

 

District Overview 

Nestled neatly in Colorado’s rich and fertile Yampa Valley, Oak Creek Fire Protection District is located in Routt County on Hwy 131, seventeen miles south of Steamboat Springs.  The district’s population of just under 2,700 comprises a lively collection of people from local ranching families to folks from all over the country.  The district covers approximately 278 square miles.  There are two main concentrations of populations.  The first is the Town of Oak Creek and the second is the neighborhoods of Stagecoach. 

The town of Oak Creek was first established in 1904 as a major coal mining town.  The towns population is just shy of 1,000.  Along with the residence the town consists of multiple retail stores, several eating establishments and bars.  There is the town hall, library, and the city run ice rink and mountain bike trails.  The town is located on Hwy 131. 

The neighborhoods of Stagecoach are located on County Road 16 stretching from Stagecoach State Park to Lynx Pass.  The area is fast becoming a favorite for people making this there home, away from the hustle of the resort town of Steamboat Springs.  The area is popular due to its vast views and mountain living. 

This area is well known for its activities and attractions during all seasons of the year.  During the winter downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing, and snowmobiling top the list.  During the summer road and mountain bike riding, hiking, camping, horseback riding, world class rafting and kayaking, and famous fishing top the list. 

Our district is home to Stagecoach State Park.  This is one of Routt Counties popular recreational sites.  The park’s highlight is a 780-acre reservoir with a full-service marina. Here visitors can boat, watch the wildlife or fish for plump northern pike and rainbow trout. Hiking is available along the Elk Run Trail (on the south shore) and the Wetlands Trail (at the inlet).  There is also a 15-mile trail that circles the reservoir and is groomed in the winter.  Along with the State Park we also border Sarvis Creek National Wilderness Area, Medicine Bow and Routt National Forest. 

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District was first founded in 1912.  OCFPD is responsible for fire and EMS incident response including transport.  In 2021 the district responded to a total of 285 incidents (118 fire, 128 EMS).  The district currently has three stations (Headquarters, Stagecoach, Wildland Barn).  District apparatus includes: 

  • 2 Type 1 engines 
  • 2 Type 1 ambulances 
  • 1 2500-gallon tender 
  • 1 Type 1 tactical 2500-gallon tender 
  • 2 Type 6 wildland engines 
  • 4 Type 3 wildland engines 
  • 2 utility trucks 
  • 1 chipper 
  • 2 command trucks 

The unique thing about this fire district are the dramatic changes that are happening.  

In November of 2020 the Oak Creek Fire Protection District transitioned from a volunteer to a combination career volunteer fire agency.  The main reason for this transition was the sharp decline in volunteer participation.  Without reliable response the district was forced to hire career firefighters.  Fortunately, the district’s budget allowed for this due to a voter approved mill levy raise (raised to 13.92 mills).  The district now supports nine fulltime positions and two part time positions.  The district is still committed to building a robust reserve program.  There are currently five reservists on the roster.  We are hoping to double that in the next 2 years. 

This transition made it necessary for the district to retool.  The fire board in the last 12 months have approved just over $1.2 million in spending for the upgrading of its fleet, equipment, tools, software, uniforms, and salary increases. 

The district also started its new wildland fire mitigation program in 2021.  The district hired a new 7-person wildland crew.  The program was a success with 2 major mitigation contracts as well as 15 wildland fire deployments.  For the 2022 wildfire season the district will be doubling its wildland crew.  The district will also be installing housing for the seasonal firefighters.   

Upcoming projects for the district include: 

  • Configuration and use of new PSTrax operation checks and logistics management system 
  • Configuration and use of Lexipol policy and training solution 
  • Remodel of Headquarters station for new resident firefighter program 
  • Start of resident firefighter program 
  • Acquisition and building of new training tower 
  • Acquisition and installation of vehicle exhaust system 
  • Acquisition of new SCBA’s and Filling Station 

This transition has also made training the top priority of the district.  The district has a low call volume, so training is of the upmost importance for our new firefighters.  

The personnel that have and will choose to be part of this organization are in a unique position to help build a new fire district.  The district is looking for progressive professionals that want to take pride in building a fire district that will be able to stand the test of time. 

 

Wildland Engine Boss

If you are interested in any of these positions please feel free to call 970-761-8141 or email your resume to join@oakcreekfire.org

Seasonal Wildland Firefighter

If you are interested in any of these positions please feel free to call 970-761-8141 or email your resume to join@oakcreekfire.org

Seasonal (On-Call) Water Tender Operator

If you are interested in any of these positions please feel free to call 970-761-8141 or email your resume to join@oakcreekfire.org

Seasonal Wildland Fire Dozer Operator

If you are interested in any of these positions please feel free to call 970-761-8141 or email your resume to join@oakcreekfire.org

Part-Time Administrative Assistant

If you are interested in any of these positions please feel free to call 970-761-8141 or email your resume to join@oakcreekfire.org