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Douglas County  2350
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Pay Range GC20S


This classification primarily develops, coordinates, and actively participates in emergency services and search and rescue activities provided by the Sheriff's Department as required by Oregon Revised Statutes; secondarily, ensures operating efficiency of departmental vehicles by coordinating maintenance work with the Fleet Services Department. Coordinator serves as a member of the Sheriff's Office management team.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

l. Develop, conduct training, analyze and implement County-wide emergency plan for disaster relief operations. Coordinate activities with other agencies to ensure that state emergency management requirements are met.

2. Develop, coordinate and participate in search and rescue operations which include locating lost persons, rescue or recover victims, locate downed aircraft, etc. Train, coordinate and direct volunteers and department employees as needed for emergency services/search and rescue activities and special assignments. Assist other police departments, fire and ambulance agencies when specialized equipment or additional personnel is needed.

3. Maintain necessary equipment for emergency services and search and rescue requests including, but not limited to: passenger vehicles, pick-ups, radios, dive equipment, maps, boats, trailers and generators.

4. Attend school and training workshops for specialized knowledge and then in turn provide standard procedure and medical training to employees and volunteers in emergency services and search and rescue activities.

5. Prepare bid specifications for and purchase and receive department vehicles, boats, rescue equipment, etc. Research and recommend type and number of vehicles purchased by the Sheriff's Office. Ensure all department vehicles are repaired, as necessary, and maintenance is provided on a regular basis. Maintain records and evaluate vehicle costs and budget.

6. Prepare and monitor emergency services budget. Recommend and order specified equipment for emergency services and other divisions of the department.


Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of emergency services and search and rescue operation techniques and procedures and equipment used; considerable knowledge of local, state, and federal rules governing emergency services and search and rescue activity; reasonable knowledge of emergency medical procedures; reasonable knowledge of scheduled maintenance required for department vehicles; reasonable knowledge of geographic area of Douglas County. Skill and ability to: Coordinate volunteers in a search and rescue program; safely operate all department vehicles, rescue equipment and communication equipment. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; adjust to priority changes and remain calm during confrontational situations; make decisions independently and use initiative and judgment in carrying out duties and responsibilities; establish and maintain records and reports; work in all types weather conditions day or night; ability to work with, train, and supervise volunteers and an extensive youth program; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, public agencies, community agencies, the military, advisory boards, vendors, contractors, victims, volunteers and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in public administration or four years progressively responsible work experience in emergency and search and rescue services, which includes at least one year of program management and/or supervisory responsibilities OR satisfactory equivalent combination of training and experience. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

Desirable qualifications: Knowledge of the four phases of emergency services; general knowledge of search and rescue field operations; ability to operate all Sheriff's Office vehicles, rescue equipment and communications equipment; possession of Emergency Medical Technician 1 certificate and/or nationally recognized Advanced Open Water SCUBA diving certificate.


Work is performed under the general direction of the Major. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.


Work is performed within established departmental policies and procedures, federal and state statutes, rules and regulations emergency services and search and rescue situations, County emergency operation plan, FEMA guidelines, emergency services and search and rescue reference material, equipment manuals, bid specification materials. A considerable amount of initiative and judgment is required of this classification in determining appropriate course of action to take in life-threatening situations.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed both in an office environment and field locations. Emergency and search and rescue services in the field require climbing, color identification, gripping with hands and fingers, hearing alarms and voice conversation, jumping, lifting up to 100 pounds, pulling, pushing, running, standing for long periods of time, swimming, twisting and walking mountainous terrain. Work involves everyday risks and discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A considerable amount of driving is required.

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