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An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Agency Name: Department Of Conservation And Recreation

Official Title: State Firefighter I

Occupational Group: Fire Protection

Position Type: Non-Management

Civil Service Exam Required: Yes

Full-time/Part-time: Full-Time

Salary Range: $26,561.80 to $34,584.94

Bargaining Unit: 02

Shift: Day

Number of Vacancies: 1

Confidential: No

City/Town Location: Pittsfield

Facility Location: Western Region

Region: Western

Application Deadline: 02/10/2005

Posting ID: 3479

Duties: Under the general supervision of the District Fire Warden (State Firefighter II), the State Firefighter I assists with forest fire prevention, suppression and control efforts in the district to provide for the public's safety and to protect state property from fire.

Patrols assigned state forests, woodlands or other property though on-site inspection, through remote observation from fire towers and/or violations of fire safety laws.

Keeps fire fighting equipment in proper condition by performing routine maintenance and inspection to ensure preparedness for emergency situations.

Suppresses fires through the use of standard fire fighting techniques by using such equipment as fire engines, fire extinguishers, emergency generators, radio equipment, air packs, safety equipment, gas masks, protective clothing and patrol vehicles. Uses two-way radio and telephone to provide clear concise communication between fire tower, state and municipal officials.

Provides information to the public on fire protection, fire prevention and/or use of equipment, in training workshops, verbally and/or by posting or updating fire and safety posters to promote public awareness of fire safety.

Responds to calls for emergency assistance by determining appropriate action to be taken, providing fire fighting assistance and/or by providing emergency medical treatment to injured persons.

Investigates fires though visual inspection of sites and examination of physical evidence to gather information to be used in determining cause, to determine whether legal violations were responsible for the origin or spread of fires and to determine corrective action to avoid recurrence.

Participates in rescue operations by searching for lost persons, downed aircraft and flood or drowning victims.

Maintains assigned area by constructing fire roads and towers and keeping fire roads and power lines clear to ensure prompt and unobstructed access to emergency sites.

Determines the exact location of fires through the use of topographical maps, charts and/or diagrams to ensure rapid response to fires.

Training agency staff, other agency fire personnel and the general public in the methods and techniques of fire prevention and control; and related duties as assigned.

Special Requirements:

1. Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class 3 Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

2. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Class 2 Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

3. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) certificate from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

4. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid standard first aid and personal safety certificate and first respondent certificate issued by the American Red Cross.

5. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid certificate as a Deputy Environmental Police Officer within one year of employment.

Comments: This is a civil service position. If there is no civil service list for this title, employees appointed must take and pass the next Civil Service examination when administered.
The purpose of the Department of Conservation and Recreation is to protect, promote and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources for the well-being of all.

How to apply: Interested persons should respond in writing, accompanied by a resume, cover letter and a DCR application for employment, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date to:

Johanna Zabriskie, Acting Director of Human Resources
Department of Conservation and Recreation
251 Causeway Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02114
Attn: Michelle Brown

An application must be completed and returned with a resume.

Resumes will not be considered without an application. Applications are available on the DCR WEB site at

Agency Web Address:

Affirmative Action Officer: Ms. MaryBeth Burnand (Acting), (617) 626-1000
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