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Public Safety Educator

Forest Park

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Department: FIRE
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $53,499.41 - $71,689.22 


The purpose of this classification is to coordinate and implement the Department’s Community Public Safety Mission and provide additional department support by performing as a Public Safety Educator to the needs of the community. This position requires that the individual perform the work outlined below in the highest legal and moral standards of this department, the City of Forest Park, and the State of Georgia. The philosophy of this individual must be one of public service compromising their own personal interest for the common good of the public. The Fire and Life Safety Educator is responsible for working in a team to educate the public about the risks of fires, falls, high blood pressure, choking, and other threats to life safety, as well as informing them on how to best minimize their risks of suffering injury or death from said risks.


  • Develop a fire and life safety education budget so that capital operating and personnel costs are determined and justified.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive organizational public fire and life safety education strategy so that program goals, design, resources, implementation, and evaluation methods are included.
  • Identify sources, create, and participate in a collaborative fire and life education partnership so that a specific fire or injury priority is mitigated by the partnership.
  • Project current fire and life safety issues so that proactive planning is accomplished within the organizational mission.
  • Develop a public policy recommendation so that the justification for the policy is provided, the issue is explained, the policy identifies solutions, and the impact or benefit from adopting the policy is stated.
  • Select, create, and develop educational materials so that the materials created are accurate, address the issues, and are specific to the audience.
  • Establish administrative policies for the public fire and life safety education program so that program policies are clearly stated and support the organizational mission and policies.
  • Create a training program for public fire and life safety educators so that the educators are able to carry out the job performance requirements and that the training program goals are achieved.
  • Create an awareness campaign with the fire department so that all members are informed of their role within the organization’s fire and life safety mission.
  • Create a comprehensive public fire and life safety education report for policy makers so that educational strategies, goals, objectives, activities, impact, and outcomes are clearly described.
  • Prepare written budget proposals for a specific programs or activities, so that all guidelines are followed, and the budget identifies all program needs.
  • Establish public fire and life safety priorities with a program, so that local public fire and life safety education activities address identified risk priorities.
  • Develop an evaluation strategy, so that program outcomes are measured.
  • Design an evaluation instrument, so that the evaluation instruments measure the program outcome.
  • Prepare a request for support resources, so that the request conforms to the provider’s requirements.
  • Develop lesson plans so that the objectives are met.
  • Adapt an education program, so that the learning objectives are achieved.
  • Document and prepare written reports of all public fire and life safety educational activities so that all activities are recorded.
  • Maintain safety during fire and life safety activities so that public fire and life safety activities are conducted without injury to educators or students.
  • Notify the public so that the location, date, time, topic, and sponsoring agency are included in any publicity for a fire and life safety program.
  • Distribute educational information, so that the information reaches the audience within the specified time.
  • Coordinates the research, purchase, use and scheduling of the Forest Park Life Safety House and other educational props, audio-visual tools and printed educational material.
  • Coordinates special fire department public events that highlight the fire and life safety mission.
  • Serves as a First Responder
  • Respond to emergency medical calls as needed during scheduled work time.
  • Maintains certification and in-service training consistent with the program.
  • Attends training and meetings related to the scope of the job performance.
  • Supports the daily departmental administrative operation by answering telephone calls and providing guidance to the caller.
  • Provide general assistance.
  • Performs other functions as required or assigned.



    Education and Experience:

    Requires a High school diploma or equivalent with vocational/technical training in public fire and life safety education or a related field with five years of progressively responsible experience or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities, three years of experience or any combination of education and experience that provide equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities or an associate degree in Business Administration or a related field, possess a valid Georgia Motor Vehicle Operator’s License, Annual Refresher Training Requirements: At least 16 hours of approved annual (calendar year) training of a skill or nature related directly to this position.

    The Fire and Life Safety Educator is required to complete the following online trainings through the National Fire Academy Online within one month of hire. Q-118 Community Safety Educator (approximately 15 hours),  Q-0368 Introduction to Fire Behavior in a Single-Family Dwelling (approximately 2 hours). The Fire and Life Safety Educator is encouraged, and may be required, to complete additional classes or trainings pertinent to their job responsibilities.

    Special Qualifications:                                                            

    Previous experience in Fire and Life Safety Education, Public Safety, or any field related to the Fire Service, experience in education, Associate degree, and Spanish language fluency.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of existing organizational policy, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of learning theories; statistical analysis methods; resource evaluation techniques.
  • Knowledge of fire behavior; organizational structure, function, and operations; human behavior during fire; injury causes/prevention; hazard identification and correction/basic fire protection systems and devices; emergency reporting; firefighter personal protective equipment; special needs for those with disabilities and time management.
  • Ability to write reports and analyze data.
  • Ability to transfer content knowledge verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to communicate in writing and verbally.
  • Knowledge of report writing, professional appearance based on situation media characteristics, news process, organizational policies, methods for informal dissemination, laws, and procedures for the release of information.
  • Ability to communicate verbally, in writing, to exhibit professional demeanor, manage interaction with the media, and use various means of information technology.
  • Ability to perform mid-level information analysis including the ability to review, classify, categorize, prioritize and/or reference data, statues and/or guidelines and/or group, rank, investigate and diagnose. Requires discretion in determining and referencing such to establish standards to recognize interactive effects and relationships.
  • Ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others, such as the public and fire department staff relative to fire and life safety education initiatives, policies and procedures and standards to specific situations.
  • Ability to utilize a variety of reference, descriptive and/or advisory data and information such as instructional textbooks, statutory codes, local ordinances, schedules, financial statements, technical operating manuals, procedures, guidelines, and non-routine correspondence.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with all fire department staff, other town staff, the public and media.
  • Ability to perform mid-level information analysis including the ability to audit, deduct, assess, conclude, and appraise. Requires discretion in determining and referencing established criteria that may define consequences and develop alternatives.
  • Ability in influence, train, monitor, persuade, and convince, in favor of a desired outcome. Requires the ability to function as a lead person on specific projects.
  • Ability to apply principles of influence systems such as teaching, leading, managing, planning, coordinating, and controlling. Ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution.
  • Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental and/or subjective criteria, as opposed to criteria that are clearly measurable or verifiable.
  • Ability to operate, maneuver and/or provide simple but continuous adjustments on equipment, machinery or tools related to the presentation of public education programs such as computer, audiovisual equipment, or visual props.
  • Ability to safely navigate around an emergency incident to obtain necessary information to disseminate to the media without jeopardizing the operation at hand or causing injury to self.
  • Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, and limbs on performing coordinated movements such as demonstrations for public education.
  • Ability to complete tasks involving the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling weighted objects weighing 10 to 30 pounds. In case of the First Responder activities may involve heavy lifting of patients to make them accessible to perform CPR or other life saving techniques.
  • Ability to recognize and identify similarities or differences between colors, shapes, and sounds associated with job-related tasks.
  • Ability to work under safe and comfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors may cause discomfort and poses a limited risk of injury.
  • Ability to work in an emergency environment which may include inclement weather and conditions in the performance of the Public Safety and First Responder duties. Requires the ability to determine the proper personal protective gear for each circumstance.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to speak in front of large and small groups.
  • Ability to understand and explain basic concepts of fire science.
  • Ability to work with many different demographics, including children and elderly.
  • Ability to adapt material to fit different audiences.
  • Enthusiastic about Fire and Life Safety.
  • Giving presentations to groups of children and/or adults regarding the risks of fires, falls, and other hazards, as well as informing them of the best ways to minimize the risks of such events.
  • Going door to door to educate the public about the benefits of smoke detectors, distributing smoke detectors, and/or checking the functionality of existing smoke detectors.
  • Organizing, planning, and participating in events to accomplish the goal of educating the public about fire and life safety.
  • Participating in trainings related to fire and life safety education.
  • Utilizing a home safety checklist to perform home safety checks.
  • Assist in the development of Public Education teaching material.
  • Conducts Home Fire / Safety Inspections.



The work is light which requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
  • Mental Acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  • Repetitive Motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Speaking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
  • Visual Acuity: Have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.


Work may be performed with exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, fumes, smoke, hazardous materials, fire, unsafe structures, heights, confined spaces, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, disease, pathogenic substances, violence, animal/wildlife attacks, animal/human bites, or explosives.

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