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Hazardous Material Technician
at Waupaca County
- Job Summary
As a function of the Waupaca County Emergency Management Department, this casual position responds to chemical emergencies occurring in Waupaca, Portage, and Waushara County as the result of a spill, leak, release, fire, uncontrolled reaction, abandoned receptacles, and/or mishandling of material(s) as requested by the local Incident Commander through Waupaca County Central Communications.
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- Essential Responsibilities
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned:
Reports to established scene/staging as determined by the Incident Commander or Emergency Management Director.
Coordinates efforts with other agencies to mitigate situation.
Employs the use of the Incident Command System (ICS) as defined by the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Assists Incident Commander and Team Coordinator in assessing hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions and rapidly identifies the immediate hazards that may affect the public, response personnel, and the environment including: contamination, weather observations, referencing of materials, hazmat control zones, evacuation, air sampling, containment, and Incident Action Plan (IAP).
Utilizes proper protective equipment in accordance to incident level criteria.
Follows contamination control procedures to minimize the transfer of hazardous substances from the scene by establishing control zones and decontaminating people and equipment.
Implements Incident Action Plan (IAP) by providing support to the Incident Commander or designee in one or more of the following roles: HazMat Branch Director, HAZMAT Safety Officer, and/or Team member.
Performs duties, as assigned, to an entry team to assist with assessing degree of hazard, identifying products, identifying containment needs, and performing necessary actions to mitigate the incident as identified in the Incident Action Plan.
Performs duties, as assigned, to a rescue team to remain on standby outside the contaminated area and in an emergency, assist the entry team.
Performs duties, as assigned, as reference or recorder, to provide information and documentation to formulate the action plan.
Performs duties, as assigned, to Decontamination Leader to ensure proper decontamination procedures are followed, to prevent the transmigration of contaminants.
Performs duties, as assigned, to Decontamination Zone Team Member to set up and operate the decontamination system for decontaminating personnel and equipment leaving the contaminated area.
Maintains confidentiality during and after deployments.
Follows all safety practices and regulations including Incident Safety Plan.
Regular attendance and punctuality required.
Attends training, meetings, and conferences and maintains current knowledge of methods and procedures through professional literature, publications, internet, etc.
Performs other related duties as required or assigned.
- High school diploma or equivalent required.
- Hazardous material handling experience preferred, but not necessary to apply.
- A combination of educations and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.
Must be able to communicate effectively using clear and concise language.
Must have a valid Wisconsin Driver's license and access to reliable transportation required.
Must be available twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.
- Trained at the Operations or Technician Level and possess a current certificate in compliance with 29 CFR 1910.120 (q), as referenced in NFPA 472
- Operations level team members shall successfully complete: ICS-700, ICS-100, and Hazardous Materials Operations
- Training (Operations Certificate required).
- Technical College Fire Service Training, preferred.
- Technician level team members shall successfully complete: ICS-700, ICS-100, ICS-200, and Technician Training (Technician Certificate required).
- Certified Firefighter I, preferred.
- Team Officers shall successfully complete:ICS-700, ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-300, ICS-400, Technician Training (Technician Certificate required.)Certified Fire Fighter II and Certified Fire Officer I, preferred
- Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command.
Knowledge of hazardous materials/contaminations classifications and their effects.
Knowledge of decontamination methods and procedures.
Knowledge of Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know (EPCRA)
Knowledge of State and Federal regulations including: CFR 29, CFR 40, and CFR 49, and Wisconsin Statue 323.
Knowledge of Atmospheric Hazard Guide.
Ability to utilize communication system including radios and standard hand signals.
Ability to determine the potential for contact with hazardous materials.
Ability to gather facts and data and draw logical conclusions from such data.
Ability to prepare accurate records and reports in accordance with State and County regulations.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relations and working relationships with local, State, and Federal response agencies.
Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness, and creativity required in situations involving directions, control, and planning of an entire program or multiple programs.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and interact effectively with co-workers and the general public.
Must attend monthly training meetings.
Must attend annual eight (8) hour refresher course.