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Part-time, Fire Service Driver

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Position OverviewThis position is primarily responsible for driving and operating semi-trucks while pulling specialized firefighting training props, setting up and operating props and equipment; assisting Lead Instructors in delivering training programs; and potentially serving as the Incident Safety Officer on certain training events to support training programs of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute (KFRTI). This position will drive, operate, and maintain KFRTI vehicles, props, and equipment in compliance with KU policies and procedures and State and Federal law. As a State Fire Training organization and the State Certification Entity for Kansas, Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute (KFRTI) is expected to help lead change in the fire service through training and credentialing. Employees of KFRTI must demonstrate a customer-friendly attitude, flexibility, and a strong desire to help the Kansas fire service as well as continue to improve their own training and education.

The Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute is a unit of KU Lifelong and Professional Education housed on the Lawrence campus. The Institute was created by the Kansas legislature to train Kansas firefighters in 1949. The Institute serves fire departments and firefighters through a “traveling instruction service” that provides 500 training events per year potentially reaching every community and every county in Kansas.

The mission of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute is to provide accessible, comprehensive training and credentialing for fire and emergency response personnel to promote health and safety in Kansas communities.

Currently, driving assignments begin from the Lawrence campus. Future driving assignments may begin from Northwest or Southwest, Kansas. Drivers should be available and accessible within the Lawrence, KS region or the Northwest or Southwest regions of Kansas. Job Description60% - Drive and Operate Specialized Vehicle, Props and Equipment
  • Drive Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute vehicles, including semi-trucks with trailers, to deliver training props to class locations.
  • Set up props and equipment at training sites, ensuring their readiness for training events.
  • Operate props and other equipment, including power tools and equipment, safely.
  • Assist lead instructor during training program deliveries.
  • Serve as an Incident Safety Officer on training events when trained and capable of doing so, for example live fire training events.
  • Report equipment problems, break downs, accidents, needs to Transportation Coordinator.
  • Return vehicles, props, and equipment in clean and original condition to KFRTI equipment storage location.
  • Maintain a Kansas Class A Commercial Driver’s License with a Hazardous Materials Endorsement.
30% - Coordinate with Lead Instructor
  • Coordinates class logistics with lead instructor. Point of contact for KFRTI after the class has been assigned by Program Manager.
  • Contact Lead instructor for logistical needs. Truck, trailer, location, water supply, AV equipment, local support, books, supplies.
  • Contact fire departments, confirm dates and location of training event, ask for local support needed. Identify locations of trash service, water supply, classroom, restrooms.
  • Keeps Lead Instructor apprised of details as needed.
  • Confirm training schedules for individual classes assigned by the Institute with the Assigned Lead Instructor and local fire department.
  • Coordinate appropriate local fire department support needed for the scheduled course.
10% - Other Duties
  • Due to limited staff, all personnel must perform a variety of duties that may fall outside of their position description. This position will also be required to perform other duties as assigned by the Director or his/her designee.
Position RequirementsSpecial Requirements
  • Persons in these positions are not eligible for travel reimbursement or wages for traveling to or from equipment storage locations to perform assigned duties.
  • In-state and limited out-of-state travel is required in this position. This position is frequently required to work a non-traditional schedule (including evenings and weekends).
  • Federally mandated alcohol and controlled substance testing is required as a condition of employment for those employees possessing Commercial Drivers Licenses and assigned duties of driving semi-trucks. Employees (in these positions) are subject to any of the following types of alcohol and controlled substance tests: pre-duty, reasonable suspicion, random, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up.
  • This position requires the ability to perform strenuous tasks associated with coupling and uncoupling semi-trailers, and setting up training props. These activities include having to pick up heavy objects in excess of 50 pounds and other heavy objects mounted on wheels and skids. These items must typically be moved and set up with limited assistance from other instructors and without the assistance of mechanical devices.
  • Persons in this position may periodically participate in live fire training exercises. Successful candidates must be physically capable of performing firefighting functions and being fit-tested into self-contained breathing apparatus.
  • Personnel will not be able to drive commercial vehicles until CDL training is complete and a CDL license is obtained.
Required Qualifications
    High school diploma plus five years progressive experience conducting/ providing fire service training.A Kansas Class A Commercial Driver's License with a Hazardous Materials Endorsement or the ability to obtain license within four month of employment.IFSAC or Pro Board National Certification as a Fire Service Instructor I or the ability to certify within 6 months of employment.IFSAC or Pro Board National Certification as a Fire Fighter I & II.Incident Safety Officer (ISO) certification or course completion through IFSAC, Pro Board, Fire Department Safety Officer's Association (FDSOA), or National Fire Academy or the ability to obtain certification within 1 year of employment.1 year experience coordinating projects and supervising co-worker assigned to projects.KFRIT completion of NFPA 1403, Live Fire Safety Operations, or ability to obtain in 1 year.
Preferred Qualifications
  • 3 years experience in a state fire training system as a part- time or full- time instructor.
  • 10 years of progressive fire service experience (including the training experience sited in the required qualifications sections).
  • 3 years experience in fire department apparatus maintenance or logistics.
  • 2 years experience as a commercial driver.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application consists of:

A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met.
3 Professional References

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline for applications is Monday, January 24th, 2022. Contact Information to ApplicantsAnn Ermey
Chief of Staff
[email protected]
913-897-8520 Advertised Salary Range$25.00/ hour Work ScheduleDrivers work when they accept driving assignments, the hours are not standard. There is not a regular weekly working schedule. Application Review Begins25-Jan-2022 Anticipated Start Date14-Feb-2022


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