Duties Summary

Job Corps graduates of fire certified programs are encouraged to apply.

This position serves as a Fire Dispatcher located on a forest unit and is responsible for supporting fire suppression activities. This may be a single agency dispatch office or interagency dispatch center located in a fire management organization.

Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates applications are due for these locations can be found on theForest Service website.
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  • Duties are listed at full performance level.
  • Follows established procedures to perform a variety of technical duties common to the dispatch of personnel, equipment, aircraft and/or supplies according to pre-defined plans or in response to resource orders from the field.
  • Initiates requests to higher organizational levels for additional resources as needed. Maintains resource status and tracking systems and operates telecommunications systems.
  • Collects, processes, collates and submits incident information to support fire operations (e.g. fire reports, smoke permits, spot weather forecasts, prescribed fire burn requests).
  • Organizes and reviews completed records of all orders placed and actions taken to ensure adherence to established operating procedures.
  • Inputs data into a number of fire-related computer applications (e.g., incident qualification records, fire reporting systems, and automated dispatch systems) and makes the initial assessment of outputs.
  • Processes and interprets weather information (e.g., spot weather forecasts, weather station observations, current and forecasted weather, lightning detection, and fuel moisture levels).
  • Serves as a dispatcher, receiving, filling, and tracking resource requests for fire and other emergency incidents.
  • Provides critical logistical support information to supervisor and makes recommendations concerning the efficient uses of available resources.
  • Records and maintains communication logs. Coordinates and may assist with fire training and orientation.
  • Gathers information for the development and maintenance of the dispatch mobilization guide and internal dispatch operating guides. Shares information with cooperators and other interested entities.

Travel Required
Occasional travel – Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments.

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