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Training & Safety Officer

Des Plaines, Illinois



City of Des Plaines

1420 Miner Street, Room 503

Des Plaines, IL 60016

Phone: 847-391-5486

Fax: 847-827-2292



Salary: $75,750 - $102,263 annually

Population: 58,364

Sworn Officers: 92

Application Deadline: 9/14/18



The City of Des Plaines is seeking highly motivated and uniquely qualified applicants to become our next Training & Safety Officer. The Training & Safety Officer is a non-sworn administrative position in the Fire Department whose primary responsibility is to ensure training is delivered to Fire Department Staff to facilitate their job performance and workplace hazards & accidents are prevented or exposure to hazards is mitigated.


This position is part of the Fire Department Management Team and works under the general supervision and guidance of the Deputy Fire Chief.




  • Develops, implements, and evaluates programs related to fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, fire prevention and special team training activities; implements modifications to training programs as required to ensure effectiveness, safety, injury-prevention and current technical or procedural compliance.

  • Tracks, evaluates, and coordinates training requests and scheduling for Department personnel to attend out-of-department schools, seminars and conferences.

  • Ensures training reports are accurate, complete, and maintained in compliance with applicable standards and practices.

  • Maintains training records and files on Department personnel. Completes necessary forms for submittals to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

  • Serves as the Department Safety Officer, with the following responsibilities:

    • Risk management plans.

    • Accident, injury, and illness prevention programs.

    • Physical fitness and wellness programs.

    • Investigates all accidents and ensures the timely and complete reporting of accidents.

    • Recommends corrective action as it pertains to equipment and human behavior to reduce injuries & accidents.

    • Bases safety training on real-life losses with the goal of training to reduce/prevent losses.

  • Leads the Department's Occupational Health and Safety Committee and Training Advisory Committee.

  • Leads the Department's accident review process.

  • Produces and submits yearly budget requests for training, schools, supplies and safety initiatives. Administers the Training/Safety Division budget on an ongoing basis.

  • Maintains the Fire Department's training/safety website, posting training calendars, curriculum, schedules, lesson plans, resource links and various other elements.

  • Manages school attendance, budget expenditures and purchases related to training and safety.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by the employee's supervisor.



  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field is required, along with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating training programs. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted provided the candidate possesses the minimum knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties required of the position.

  • Valid State of Illinois Driver's License with a safe driving record.

  • Ability to learn the duties of employees in the fire service and utilize that knowledge to design and deliver training to a diverse group of employees.

  • Knowledge of various educational techniques designed to instruct a diverse group of individuals and the ability to break down and present technical information to individuals with various learning styles and knowledge bases.

  • Ability to perform needs assessments based upon discussions or observations of departmental operations and to diagnose training needs from operational problems.

  • Ability to correlate the Department's development with changing conditions within the community and industry.

  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with Department members, City Staff, other agencies and the general public.

  • Ability to foster and enhance an organizational culture of safety, injury prevention, loss prevention and risk management.

  • Ability to safely and effectively use a Personal computer; multimedia equipment and software, training aids and vehicle.



Physical Demands & Working Conditions:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Work is performed in an office setting or in a fire station. On occasion, the employee in this position may be outside and exposed to weather conditions (rain, temperature variations, extreme heat and cold).






The City of Des Plaines is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).










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