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Fire and Life Safety Technician

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Fire and Life Safety Technician

Job no: 499816
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Environmental Health & Safety
Date opened: 18 Apr 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 02 May 2019 Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary:

The Fire and Life Safety Technician will assist the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) staff in the investigation of hazardous conditions, routine inspections and other fieldwork necessary for safety programs which protect the health and well-being of all members of the university community, including faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The Fire and Life Safety Technician works cooperatively in a team of cross-functional environmental, health and safety professionals to continuously improve the overall OEHS program.

The Fire and Life Safety Technician is responsible for assisting in providing a safe environment for the UMass community through the development, implementation, and administration of a campus-wide fire protection and prevention program, as well as ensuring life safety from physical hazards and construction. The incumbent will assist in the management of campus-wide fire prevention programs including planning and executing fire evacuation drills, addressing and mitigating fire and safety risks and threats, as well as providing educational programs, training, campus activity reviews, and compliance monitoring.

Examples of Duties:

  • Conduct building fire safety inspections and assist in developing systems and procedures for carrying out routine inspections of campus-wide fire safety-related systems; ensure university-wide compliance with procedures; collaborate with other departments ensuring inspections of assembly areas, stairwells and exit pathways and to check for adequate illumination, automatic fire doors, panic hardware, clear stairwell landings, corridors and exit paths, as well as exit signs, among others, in campus locations;
  • Assist in managing the fire extinguisher program; assist in managing the Hot Works Program, including issuing permits, inspecting work sites and preparing regular reports;
  • Present and disseminate fire and life safety educational programs and materials to university community members, as necessary; conduct periodic re-training for some staff as regulations change and procedures are updated;
  • Provide fire and life safety support services to the summer youth programs, including organizing and conducting evacuation drills as required;
  • Keep accurate records of all fire and life safety program activities, including inspections and corrective actions, equipment and complaints/suggestions for safety improvements;
  • In collaboration with other departments, evaluate compliance with fire safety codes to ensure safe conditions for large events and mass gatherings that are scheduled on-campus;
  • Assist in managing the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program, including regular inspections, maintenance, and repair, as well as the installation of new AEDs;
  • Support Life Safety programs such as confined space entry, lockout-tagout, fall protection, walking and working surfaces; respond to life safety program inquiries;
  • Provide support to the Facilities workers’ safety programs by developing safety signage and preparing educational materials for worker safety;
  • Assistant other staff with worker safety programs;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline and a minimum of one-three years of progressively responsible environmental health and safety work experience required or the following substitutions:

  • Associate’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline and a minimum of three-five (3-5) years of progressively responsible environmental health and safety work experience; or
  • High school diploma and a minimum of five-seven (5-7) years of progressively responsible environmental health and safety work experience.

Occasional use of level C chemical protective clothing and respiratory protection required. The incumbent may be required to work evenings and/or weekends or when the campus is closed.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Specific experience with laboratory, office and facility-based populations preferred.
  • Experience in the public sector and with diverse populations preferred.
  • Preferred credentials include Certified Fire Protection Specialist, Certified Fire Inspector and/or Certified Safety Professional or other certification in the area of fire loss prevention or other equivalent designations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficiency in the use of administrative software applications, including Microsoft Office;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the use and limitations of electronic instrumentation and the interpretation of results;
  • Working knowledge of federal, state and local fire and safety laws, regulations and standards, fire protection principles, inspection and education practices related to fire and life safety;
  • Working knowledge of fire protection, fire prevention, and life safety codes and standards;
  • Thorough understanding and application of fire and life safety programs;
  • Ability to interact effectively with a broad range of constituents, in a diverse and multicultural environment;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail;
  • Strong commitment to customer service.

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

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Applications close: 02 May 2019 Eastern Daylight Time




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Posted: 4/19/2019
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