MTA Metro-North Railroad - Firefighter/EMT Job Posting 10.02.2020


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Jan 31, 2014
MTA Metro-North Railroad has a current job opening for paid FF/EMT (Fire-EMS Officer) at Grand Central Terminal in NYC.

News coverage from Late 2019 on the GCT Fire Brigade:

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Job Title
Fire EMS Officer
Job ID
Manhattan - Midtown
Metro-North Railroad
Full/Part Time
GCT - Safety
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Application Deadline

October 30, 2020
Metro-North reserves the right to remove this posting prior to the Application Deadline.

MTA Metro-North Railroad is a dynamic organization, operating out of the jewel of New York City, Grand Central Terminal. We provide service to over 86.5 million customers, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut. A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is one of the busiest commuter railroad in the nation. MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe and reliable commute, excellent customer service and rewarding opportunities to its employees.
Position Objective

This position protects the Railroad’s employees, customers, tenants, equipment, and infrastructure from injury, damage, and loss by maintaining a comprehensive & proactive fire/life safety program, responding to and mitigating fire/rescue/hazardous materials incidents, providing pre-hospital emergency medical services, and by working with both internal and external forces to safely and efficiently minimize service disruptions. This position provides front line supervision of volunteer fire brigade personnel.

Respond to Fire, EMS and other emergencies as indicated by policy & guidelines and supervision.
Perform firefighting, rescue, hazardous materials response, and other tasks as outlined by NYS OFPC/DOH, NFPA, OSHA, FDNY, MNR and all other applicable standards and guidelines.
Provide pre-hospital emergency medical care according to state and local medical protocols.
Inspect and maintain equipment and facilities in support of these tasks.
Create/maintain accurate and detailed reports regarding all activities.
Interface and coordinate with other MNR forces and outside agencies during incidents in order to facilitate safe and efficient resolution of emergencies involving MNR facilities, personnel, and customers.
Receive emergency information and alarms from fire and building management systems, other dispatch centers, etc.
Process information as indicated by policy & guidelines and supervision, dispatch appropriate personnel & resources, coordinate/facilitate response & communications, make appropriate notifications, and document as appropriate.
Support MNR fire prevention and safety programs by assisting with and conducting inspections, drills, assessments, and employee/tenant/public education and training.
Assist with construction and event plans & specification review, and other code enforcement duties as directed.
Complete associated documentation and administrative tasks.
Attend regular training and ongoing continuing education to achieve/maintain certification/licensure and proficiency in required tasks and knowledge as outlined by NYS OFPC/DOH, NFPA, OSHA, FDNY, MNR and all other applicable standards and guidelines.
Complete administrative tasks as needed, as outlined by policy & guidelines, and as indicated by supervision.
Assist in management and administration of various projects and programs in support of emergency management, fire life safety and other Office of System Safety goals as required.
Required Qualifications

This position requires knowledge in Firefighting, Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Care, Fire Prevention, Emergency Management and areas related to these functions.
The incumbent will be able to reason with co-workers and others to successfully complete tasks in these areas.
This position requires problem-solving skills that will allow him/her to effectively solve problems a wide range of problems utilizing solutions formed from standing policies and guidelines, training, and experience.
This position will be accountable for actions that have a critical impact on company operations.
This position will operate within policies and guidelines, and will be steered by managerial direction.
Demonstrated ability to use a computer and the Microsoft Office suite of programs to receive/transmit, analyze, manipulate, format, and process data.
Ability to effectively use a computer to research information regarding codes, training, equipment, and other relevant information.
Demonstrated ability to effectively and efficiently manage multiple concurrent priorities, often under stressful or emergency conditions.
Ability to make life saving decisions under stressful or emergency conditions.
Demonstrated ability to effectively and efficiently communicate in written, electronic, and verbal formats.
Also must be able to effectively utilize computers, two-way radios, smart-phones, and other electronic devices.
Demonstrated ability to effectively and efficiently operate and manipulate various tools and equipment in support of the positions responsibilities. This includes, but is not limited to: hand tools, power tools, computers, communication devices, various forms of personal protective equipment, high volume hose lines, medical equipment, hydraulic rescue equipment, ladders, and various vehicles.
Candidate must be mentally and physically able to operate effectively and efficiently in various spaces and environments including, but not limited to: confined spaces, underground, uneven terrain, in close proximity to heavy machinery & equipment, and at heights in excess of 100 feet.
Candidate must pass an initial and ongoing comprehensive medical examination and history, as well as a physical agility test.
This position requires the ability to work various length shifts on a 24/7 rotating basis, with the possibility for mandated staffing and coverage, emergency call-in and response, and deployment to anywhere within the MTA operating area. This includes nights, weekends, and holidays in all weather conditions.
Valid driver's license.
Required Education/Experience

Associate’s Degree in Fire/Life Safety, Emergency Management, or a related field. Demonstrated equivalent experience, education, and/or technical credentials to include two (2) additional years of related experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
Minimum two (2) years of experience as a Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Public Safety Dispatcher.
*Volunteer Fire/EMS experience will be counted at a 50% basis (e.g., 2 years of active volunteer fire or EMS experience counts as one (1) year paid experience).
Must, at the time of hire, hold valid certification as a New York State Emergency Medical Technician Basic Level or Higher (certification must be valid for a minimum period of 12-months from the date of hire).
Must hold NIMS / ICS Certificates ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700, and ICS-800.
Possession of NYS Firefighter 1 or NYS OFPC/NFPA-approved equivalent.
NYS Hazardous Materials Operations certification.
Preferred Education/Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Fire/Life Safety, Emergency Management, or a related field.
Prior experience in a high-volume paid or volunteer Fire/EMS agency.
Prior training/experience in technical rescue disciplines; confined space, high-angle, trench, structural collapse.
Prior experience reading blueprints, plans, and construction/building specifications.
FDNY COF Z-50 Fire Safety Director High-Rise.
FDNY COF F-3 & F-7 Fire Guard Public Assembly and Fire Drill Conductor.
NYS Division of Code Enforcement-certified Building Safety Inspector.
Other Information

This is a safety sensitive position and subject to toxicology testing.
As an employee of Metro-North Railroad you may be required to complete a New York State financial disclosure statement, if you earn more than $101,379.00 or if you hold a position designated as a policy maker.
Employees driving company vehicles must complete defensive driver training once every three years for current MNR drivers; or within 180 days of hire or transfer for an employee entering an authorized driving position.
Selection Criteria

Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, not all qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the position are guaranteed an interview. To be selected for a position, one must meet the following criteria: (1) satisfy the minimum requirements listed in the job posting, (2) if applicable, successfully pass a written and practical exam, (3) satisfy a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), and (4) pass a verbal interview. Metro-North may also require the applicant to undergo a physical ability test, and, if the Company extends a conditional offer, may require him or her to undergo a medical examination, which may include toxicological testing. Failure to pass any step within the hiring process will result in the disqualification of your application.
Additional Criteria for Current Employees: Current Metro-North employees must be in active service to be eligible for consideration. Agreement Employees applying for a position outside of their present craft are required to have worked in your current union for at least one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline to be eligible to apply for a posted position, and have completed the agreed upon formal training commitment, including on-the-job training or lock-in requirement, if applicable (for example: Signal Trainee, Foreman-In-Training, etc.). If you are transferring to another craft, you may be required to forfeit your seniority in your present union. Non-agreement employees must have worked in your current position for a minimum of one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline. Along with a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), employees are also subject to an internal investigation, which includes an evaluation not limited to discipline records and performance assessments.
We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. If interested, please apply online at
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