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Fire and Life Safety Technician

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Environmental Health & Safety
Pay Grade: 30
Date opened: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Standard 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;
  • Conduct ergonomic assessments for employees  upon request from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI); implement a screening process to encourage self-assessment utilizing online office ergonomics training;  prepare clear written reports and work cooperatively with Human Resources and  department heads; prepare regular summary reports;
  • 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;
  • Work with other departments to identify asbestos-containing building material that may be disturbed for renovation or construction; collect bulk samples for laboratory analysis and prepare a report on the sample results with recommended next steps; maintain detailed documentation of sampling locations and results;
  • 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. 

Qualifications: 

Bachelor’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 required.  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 in 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 7 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 

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Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other protected class. The University of Massachusetts Boston complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

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