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This position is located in Sierra Vista, AZ. Information about Sierra Vista and the Sierra Vista area can be found at SierraVistaAZ.gov.
Physical Demands: Arduous: Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities. Incumbent is subject to medical examination and must pass the work capacity test for arduous positions.
Work Environment: The work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions, etc. Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances. Incumbent may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots,hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc.). Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.
Directs the engine module to fire locations and positions engine in appropriate locations in consideration of safety of crew and equipment. Evaluates on-site conditions and makes tactical decisions maximizing available resources. Makes initial size up of fire situations, determines suppression method to use including hose lays, deployment of crew, point of initial attack, type of tools to use, and application of water, and hand line location and standards. Keeps dispatch and supervisor informed and requests additional assistance as necessary. Maintains records and prepares reports on crew hours and movement and history of action taken on fires. Determines probable causes of fire and preserves evidence of human-caused fires. Serves as initial attack Incident Commander on wildland fires, directing the fire line activities and tactics of firefighters, resources, equipment, and aircraft to make most efficient use of available resources. Responsibilities include operations, safety, cost containment, protection of fire origin, logistics, reports and administration. Deals with a variety of technical problems relating to fire weather, smoke management, fire behavior, and computer modeling.
- 50% or Greater
- Travel throughout the country during fire season is required.