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When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.
This position is being announced under FEMA's Reservist Program. This is a 2 year appointment in the Excepted Service. Employment is on an intermittent basis.
As a Mobile Communications Operations Vehicle Operator in FEMA's Reservist Program, you will be responsible for the operation, set-up, and support of Mobile Communications Operations Vehicles (MCOV). The MCOV fleet consists of converted 39-foot recreational vehicles and purpose-built 26-foot F-550 cargo trucks retrofitted with satellite communications, workstations, and a wired and wireless Local Area Network (LAN) to provide voice and data connectivity to the FEMA network from field locations. The F-550 cargo trucks also have a UHF radio repeater and handheld XTS-5000 radios. MCOV Operators support multiple missions to include: command and control, mobile survivor disaster assistance registration, support to local, tribal, and state emergency managers, and other missions as assigned. Customer service skills are essential as successful candidates will deal directly with disaster survivors in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
Primary duties include the following:
- Prepare the MCOV and operational systems for deployment as directed;
- Conduct a chassis pre-trip inspection using the MCOV weekly log;
- Establish satellite configuration and connectivity;
- Setup and support a wired and wireless Local Area Network (LAN), computers, printers, and fax machines;
- Submit electronic MCOV status reports;
- Operate and maintain a radio repeater;
- Safely operate the MCOV in urban, suburban, and rural environments;
- Verify site suitability for elevation, length of cable runs, satellite connectivity, and access for refueling and maintenance
- Run cables and wiring according to MCOV guidelines considering safety hazards, foot traffic patterns, and shortest distance possible;
- Conduct an MCOV orientation for appropriate site staff.