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Position Vacancy:
Emergency Management Coordinator/
Fire Inspector

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General Statement of Duties

Performs responsible administrative and technical work coordinating the emergency management services and functions for the County. Performs fire inspections of building to ensure compliance with state fire codes.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

An employee in this class plans, organizes and coordinates the emergency management activities, response to hazardous materials incidents, weather emergency response, or other disaster planning and response for the County. Work involves coordination with a wide variety of emergency service providers, state agencies, and local emergency support departments and agencies. Work involves a broad scope of public contacts, a variety of technical and detailed knowledge, and considerable independent initiative and judgment. The employee is subject to hazards in the emergency management work including working in both inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme temperatures, hazardous fumes, dusts, odors, mists, and gases.

Work also includes enforcing the State fire code.. Tact, courtesy, and firmness must be exercised in dealing with contractors and the general public. Work is supervised by the County Manager and is evaluated through conferences, results of work, reports, and public feedback.

Duties and Responsibilities


Essential Duties and Tasks

  • Develops plans for preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery of all types of man-made or natural disasters, including national security, weather, hazardous materials spills, fires, and others; coordinates plans, procedures, communications, and other emergency management methods with a wide variety of local fire, law enforcement, school, institutional, and other officials; also coordinates with FEMA and state emergency management staff; conducts tests of emergency plans.
  • Researches, develops and writes the multi-hazard plan and specific procedures in coordination with participating organizations; negotiates agreements with property owners for emergency use; serves on-call and responds to emergency situations including hazardous materials spills, missing persons, potential arson, hazardous weather conditions, etc.
  • Compiles a variety of data related to emergency management, emergency medical services, and county fire service and prepares and submits related reports; coordinates and participates in arson investigations.
  • Provides liaison services between and among County volunteer fire departments; law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services and other support agencies. Conducts periodic meetings, researches and updates departments on new techniques, equipment, and regulations; assists with procurement of equipment.
  • Provides information services to various groups on a variety of emergency and disaster services; provides public educational programming and brochures and makes public presentations.
  • Prepares departmental budgets, maintains accounts, purchases equipment and supplies and performs other administrative duties.
  • Perform fire code inspections and enforce the fire prevention section of the state building code.
  • Reviews building plans, site plans, blue prints, and specifications for adherence to fire codes and ordinances; receives applications for fire permits.
  • Advises contractors in interpreting and applying fire code regulations.

Additional Job Duties

Performs related duties as required.

Recruitment and Selection Guidelines


Knowledges, Skills, & Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local policies, procedures, and regulations pertaining to the various emergency management services and communications involving law enforcement, fire, and rescue operations.
  • Thorough knowledge of resources available for emergency management assistance.
  • Considerable knowledge of modern emergency management and emergency services practices and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of the use of information technology to prepare documents, maintain records, prepare brochures, conduct research, communicate, and perform other administrative activities.
  • Ability to interpret, explain, and apply a wide variety of policies, procedures, and regulations, including state building codes related to fire prevention.
  • Ability to prepare complex reports and makes effective public presentations.
  • Ability to react quickly, effectively, and professionally in emergency situations and major disasters.
  • Ability to use sound judgment and determine best options and decisions for handling emergency matters.
  • Ability to plan and organize work to meet deadlines and governmental requirements.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with law enforcement agencies, volunteer fire services, County officials, hospitals, schools, and the general public.
  • Thorough knowledge of State Fire codes for inspection including, fire prevention sections of the state fire codes.
  • Considerable knowledge of relevant FEMA regulations and administration.
  • Knowledge of the application of information technology to the work of the department.
  • Skill in collaborative conflict resolution.
  • Skill in interpretation of codes and in their application to specific situations.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting plans and specifications
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, community officials, and the public.
  • Ability to enforce regulations tactfully and firmly.
  • Ability to lead and supervise the work of subordinates including effective communication, training, and motivation.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective record-keeping systems.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to perform the physical life functions of climbing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
  • Must possess visual acuity to prepare and analyze data and figures, use a computer terminal and to perform extensive reading.
  • Must possess the visual acuity to inspect details of construction, prepare reports, and do extensive reading.

Desirable Education and Experience

Graduation from a community college or technical school with a two year degree in law enforcement, fire science, business, electronics, or related field, and considerable related emergency services experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirements

  • Possession of a valid North Carolina driver's license.
  • Ability to obtain North Carolina Emergency Management certification within two years of employment.
  • Ability to obtain Fire Prevention Code Enforcement certification.

A Mitchell County application may be downloaded here (PDF file) or obtained from Kathy Young, Human Resources Director at the Mitchell County Administration Building located in Bakersville, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. or a complete job description is available here (PDF file).  Applications should be returned to Kathy Young, Human Resources Director, 26 Crimson Laurel Circle, Suite 2, Bakersville, NC 28705. Deadline for applications is August 5, 2017.

Mitchell County is an equal opportunity employer.