RTA Job Information


In order to carry out the various aspects of the job descriptions, ideal potential candidates for the position of Regional Training Advisors would possess the following experience and attributes:


1)      Experience

  • 5 to 10 years of firefighting experience – mandatory 
  • may be an active or retired firefighter 
  • experience with a combination, volunteer or paid department – essential 
  • former work as a Fire Chief, Chief Officer with training responsibilities, or Training Officer in a rural area, for volunteers and other departments. Paid firefighters would qualify to serve combination and paid departments if needed. 
  • experience in organizing departmental training schedules and putting together training courses – a plus 


2)      Skill Level

  • Fire Fighter I – minimum requirement 
  • Fire Fighter II – preferred 
  • Structural Fire Fighter training (or willingness to take it, right away) 
  • Instructor I – minimum requirement 
  • Instructor II – preferred 
  • Hazardous Materials training – preferred 
  • Emergency Medical Services training – preferred 
  • NIMS training – minimum requirement 


3)      Attributes

  • Maturity to deal with sensitive human-resource challenges along with an understanding of the motivation of volunteers, coupled with a “can-do” attitude 
  • Resourcefulness in problem-solving 
  • Excellent communication skills on a one-on-one basis as well as an ability to speak well in both small and large group settings 
  • Strong understanding of grant-writing processes and procedures 
  • Capable of multi-tasking and detailed record-keeping 
  • Available for frequent evening or weekends since the majority of departments in the service areas are volunteer departments, as well as occasional over-night travel 


4)      Recommendations

  • Minimum of 2 recommendations from fire service leaders in their service area