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  • 515010
  • Temporary
  • Closing at: Feb 6 2023 at 23:55 MST


Manage and reduce fire risk to protect Arizona's people, communities, and wildland areas to champion the health of Arizona's natural resources. The Department of Forestry and Fire Management provides services through strategic implementation of cooperative natural resources and fire assistance programs, development and support of statewide fire policies, and coordination of resources across all-lands and jurisdictions.



Job Location:


2901 W. Pinnacle Peak
Phoenix, AZ 85027

Posting Details:

Salary: $24.6942 Hourly 

Grade: 18

Closing Date:   February 6, 2023

Job Summary:

Seasonal Overnight Initial Attack Dispatchers receive reports of incidents and initiate the initial response of appropriate fire resources. The position submits and processes requests to locate, allocate, and mobilize essential personnel, equipment, aircraft, and supplies to an incident and demobilizes resources following the conclusion of an incident. The work involves the coordination of numerous activities and functions into an overall efficient and effective support effort. At this level incumbents independently perform the full range of initial attack dispatch and logistical duties while ensuring compliance with standard methods, established contracts, rules, policies, procedures and guidelines. Incumbents routinely take action or make decisions without prior approval from higher level staff. Lead duties may be assigned.

Job Duties:

• Implement and develop knowledge of standard logistical and administrative procedures, guidelines, Incident Command System (ICS) terminology, methods and procedures and safety requirements used in the dispatch of personnel, equipment and supplies to support the needs of requesting incident.

• Practice proper dispatch policies, radio and communication procedures.

• Follow instructions without supervision, retain information, ask questions and elicit required information, speak and write clearly and effectively.

• Operate computers and utilize the computer for inputting data and records, maintain records, generate reports, and process requests to facilitate fire management operations

• Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

• Standard initial attack, logistical, and administrative procedures, guidelines, Incident Command System (ICS) terminology, methods and organizational requirements, and safety requirements used in the dispatch of personnel, aircraft, equipment and supplies to support the needs of requesting unit/ incident.
• Multi-channel radio and phone system communications procedures.
• Fire behavior influences such as weather conditions, topography, and fuels.
• Wildland fire suppression tactics and strategies sufficient to provide initial attack and logistical support to fire management operations.

Skills in:

• Evaluating the nature of calls received, determining proper response, prioritizing actions to be taken and dispatching appropriate response.
• Communicating clearly and concisely under stressful situations.
• Recognizing and analyzing hazardous conditions, making accurate decisions, and taking prompt effective action.
• Operating the computers and utilizing the computer for inputting data and maintaining records, generating reports and processing requests to facilitate fire management operations.
• Follow instructions without supervision, learn and retain information, ask questions and elicit required information, speak and write clearly and effectively;
• Accurately and effectively apply guidelines and references including state and federal policies, contracts, professional standards, policies, and procedures that are regularly used to perform logistics and dispatch duties.
• Accurately analyze fire detection reports.
• Remain calm under urgent and frequently changing conditions.

Ability to:

• Organize priorities.
• Communicate clearly and concisely.
• Work independently and supervise if needed.
• Work overnights and possible weekends and holidays.

Selective Preference(s):

The ability to type 35-40 WPM
FFT1 or FFT2
Expanded Dispatch Recorder through NWCG

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Arizona Drivers License must be obtained within 6 months of employment
High School diploma or GED
Certification as an Initial Attack and Support Dispatcher from the National Incident Qualification System, must be obtained within 1 year of employment.

And either:

Six months of trainee or entry level wildland firefighting or forestry related field experience. This can be at the federal, state or local level; Or
One year of general office clerical, warehouse, supply, or retail experience; Or
One year of radio dispatch experience; Or substitution
College or vocational education may substitute for the firefighting or forestry work experience (3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours of college coursework is equivalent to 1 month of experience; 150 hours of vocational education equals one month of experience).





Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lisa Ross at lross@dffm.az.gov for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-771-1427. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.