Area Assistant Fire Management Officer – Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Area Assistant Fire Management Officer – Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Job Type(s): Programs / Services
Salary: $26.91
Deadline: January 27, 2021 11:59 pm
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Job Overview:

Working closely with the Area Fire Management Officer , the AFMO assists in the management and implementation of the Forestry Division Fire Protection Program for the Southern Land Office; including program activities in the areas of safe and effective fire response/fire suppression; fire prevention, community preparedness and homeowner risk reduction/fire adapted communities; as well as prescribed fire and fuel hazard reduction.  The AFMO also works to achieve mutually beneficial goals of the DNRC Fire Protection, Forestry Assistance, Good Neighbor Authority, and Trust Lands Management programs.   A primary responsibility of the SLO AFMO is to manage the County Coop fire protection arrangement across the seven counties of the SLO. The SLO also maintains resources and access to resources that enable the DNRC to intervene on the behalf of local government with agency resources to help local government firefighters control fires at initial or extended attack.  The AFMO is responsible for representing the SLO in many settings, as well as developing and maintaining effective working relationships with personnel from the Department’s other Land Offices; the Fire Protection Bureau and Forestry Division; cooperating local, state, tribal, and federal agencies; county governments; fire councils, districts, and departments.


Program Management/Administration:

  • Formulate and recommend short and long range plans for the area fire program to ensure effective fire protection for the area and the efficient use of personnel and budgeted resources. Allocates workload to Unit Field Offices; prepares annual program work plans; identifies and implements efficiencies; develops contingency plans with the input from division and area managers; assigns priorities to problems; defines procedures; allocates resources; defines roles and responsibilities; and organizes resources. Coordinates fire program planning with other state, Federal, county, local, tribal, and volunteer agencies on lands that include rural settings, forested lands, and Wildland/Urban Interfaces (WUI). Integrates changing technology, land ownership changes, population shifts, and forest changes such as drought or insect depredation into plans to maintain an adaptable, safe, and effective fire program plan.
  • Participate on DNRC and interagency task forces, boards, associations, and working groups related to regional fire programs.
  • Provide information to the Area Fire Management Officer for the preparation of biennial budgets by developing allocation recommendations and assisting with implementation for annual training, prevention, and suppression needs and recommending spending priorities by reviewing past funding practices, anticipated projects and expenditures, program goals and objectives, and related personnel and other administrative expenses.  Develop recommendations for staffing and equipment needs.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the State/County Cooperative Fire Management Program within the Area to ensure effective resource support and utilization.
  • Determine supply, equipment, and staffing needs to keep the Area Fire Program operational.
  • Represents the Fire and Aviation Program with other resource managers, cooperators, the media, other State agency decision-making personnel, and the general public Coordinates with and supports Fire and Aviation Management bureau staff in developing and implementing statewide interagency policies and procedures, DNRC regulations, and State rules related to Fire and Aviation Program. Reviews, negotiates and recommends changes to proposed programs, policies and regulations , and ensures uniform implementation. Evaluates effectiveness of policies and regulations.
  • Represents DNRC and Land Office on interagency coordinating groups to solve problems, plan fire suppression and prevention activities, coordinate programs, and allocate resources.
  • Builds and maintains the capacity of cooperating partners by leading, managing, and supporting a coordinated system of fire prevention, community preparedness, and fire information/outreach.
  • Provides firefighter training for the Area to develop and maintain staff and cooperator qualifications and skills.
  • Direct Area Fire Training programs for counties and Land Office staff by preparing, presenting, or arranging training to ensure the use of modern technology and proper techniques and ensure consistency in the application of training opportunities for all staff.
  • Provides safe, optimally functioning firefighting equipment (including communication systems and the repeater sites necessary for them to function correctly) and vehicles in conjunction with the Fire and Aviation Management Bureau by managing and coordinating inspections and preventative maintenance schedules including a yearly inspection of the entire fleet prior to the fire season.
  • Manages and coordinates the maintenance and deployment of assigned aviation assets such as helicopters and fixed wing airplanes used for fire spotting and fire suppression activities in conjunction with the Fire and Aviation Management Bureau.
  • Ensures the Land Office has an effective safety approach that increases firefighter and public safety, responds quickly to threats and to emerging opportunities to improve or sustain operations, and reduces costs while improving efficiencies. Serves on committees as safety coordinator, measures and monitors safety performance and evaluates trends in accidents and losses for discussion with safety committees.