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Hazardous Materials Program Manager


City of Salem Fire Department

555 Liberty Street SE

Salem, OR 97301-3503

Phone: 503-588-6162



Population: 140,000

Salary: $5,399 to $6,250/month


Application Deadline: 03/12/04



This is a highly responsible technical and managerial position with the Salem Fire Department. The position is responsible for the administration of technical and managerial work in developing, directing, overseeing and managing the Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Program and comprehensive training program for response to HazMat incidents.


The work involves HazMat planning, mitigation and recovery for all State HazMat Team responses; maintains, develops, prepares and delivers vocational training for HazMat emergency responders by providing classroom lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on field training; conducts specialized training and education for HazMat Incident Command & Control, terrorism, and clandestine drug labs; maintains and organizes documents for all training, certification and task evaluations in compliance with federal, state and local requirements; and manages the HazMat budget.


On occasion the position will serve various roles such as Safety Officer, Planning Officer and/or Logistics Chief during multi-alarm incidents; liaison with the public, press, neighborhood groups, and business community; and represent Fire Training Chief and/or Fire Chief for internal and external committees. Expected to review laws and regulations relating to hazardous materials and perform other duties as required by the Fire Training Chief.


Associate's degree from an accredited college or university in Fire Science, Management, Education, Chemistry, Physical Science, Environmental Science or related fields, or any combination of education, experience and training in related field which provides the required knowledge and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Must possess NFPA Instructor I or state equivalent and HazMat Technician certifications, and Oregon Driver's License, class C.


Must be able to responsibly use emergency vehicles, and be familiar with desktop computers, operate and maintain telephone systems, cell phones, radios, calculator, and other miscellaneous office equipment. Must be physically and medically able to wear various type of respirators up to and including self-contained breathing apparatus, personal protective equipment up to Level A. Must be knowledgeable of hazardous materials categorization kits, specialized HazMat inventory and reporting software.


The position entails regular lifting of books, bending, stooping, climbing, working at great heights, lifting up to 50 lbs. and dealing with constant interruptions. Must be willing to travel and attend meetings, including out of state as necessary.


SELECTION PROCEDURES: Application, Interview and Performance Examination.







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