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Fire EMS Officer

Job ID: 4351
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: GCT - Safety
Date Posted: Nov 3, 2023





Fire EMS Officer


Office of System Safety


Grand Central Terminal/ Systemwide




$62,831.00 - $82,465.43


Open till Filled



Metro-North Railroad 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 railroads 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 and 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 Fire Brigade management and volunteer 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, Fire Prevention, Emergency Management and areas related to those functions.

The incumbent will be able to reason with co-workers and others to successfully complete tasks in these areas.

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/transit, 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, smartphones, and other electronic devices.

Demonstrated ability to effectively and efficiently operate and manipulate various tools and equipment in support of the position’s 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 pass an initial and ongoing comprehensive medical examination and history, as well as a physical agility test.

This position required 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.

Required Education/Experience

Associates 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 of 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 First Responder Operations Certificate or higher

Preferred Education/Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Fire/Life Safety, Emergency Management, or a related field

Prior experience in a high-volume paid or voluntary 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.

Pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics, all employees who hold a policymaking position must file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure (FDS) with the NYS Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (the “Commission”).

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 $108,638.00 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.



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MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.

The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.

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