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Life Safety Engineer

Bathesda (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center), Maryland
SUMMARY
As an Employee-Owned Company, VWI hires skilled employees who are eager to do more than just their assigned tasks. Our employees understand that positions and business needs change quicker than job overviews. This job overview should not limit our employees, but rather, encourage them to stretch their experience, adapt to change, grow their skills, and develop their ability to contribute to VWI’s employee ownership culture. This commitment requires our employees to perform other tasks and duties as assigned.

VWI allows for reasonable accommodations that enable an individual with a disability to participate in the application process, to perform the primary duties of a job, or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment that are available to individuals without disabilities. 

WHY THE JOB EXISTS
Position serves to support and assist Walter Reed National Military Medica Center facility management operations and construction projects.  Proactively addresses issues associated with current practices and processes for facility and construction programs.  The work provides on-site assistance for technical support in regards to fire and life safety matters for WRNMMC, and provide support to Facilities Management Department (FMD) leadership.  Assignments normally involve support for medical and dental facilities, technical and research laboratories, industrial facilities, and office buildings. The work includes necessary field investigation to support the work.

Work Location:  Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD.  One position is available.


PRIMARY DUTIES
Work involves a variety of the following duties:
  • Develop and implement fire protection and life safety programs, and procedures to ensure patient, visitor, staff, and medical center facilities safety in accordance with all city, state and federal fire and life safety codes. Act as liaison with the NSA Bethesda Fire Department, Base Operating Support Contractor, The Joint Commission (TJC), and other regulatory personnel to conduct surveys and follow-ups as required. Enforce existing regulations governing these activities and promulgate new standards and policies as needed.
  • Provide support in the preventive maintenance and inspection of fire protection system devices to include documentation.
  • Provide support in the firestop installation permit program for the medical center. Support in fire door and fire wall inspection and maintenance programs.
  • Coordinate and support fire protection system, mechanical (HVAC), medical gas outages, and water system outages for medical center customers.
  • Provide technical support to fire alarm and fire suppression designers, contractors, architects and engineers regarding fire and life safety issues.
  • Provide technical support to medical center departments to ensure compliance with TJC Environment of Care (EC) standards.
  • Support in developing plans for improvement of the existing fire protection systems.
  • Support in the review of building construction designs, fire protection oversight and audit programs, fire loss control methodologies, fire inspection reports, property damage reports from fire loss and fire prevention training activities.
  • Joint Commission Related Inspections: Monitor maintenance, inspections, testing, and reporting of hospital life safety systems such as fire walls, fire doors, and fire protection system devices.
  • Survey & Inspection: Routinely inspect WRNMMC facilities to determine facility conditions as it relates to life and fire safety compliance. Participate in weekly medical center wide environmental maintenance rounds.
  • Planning: Support with the development of plans and prepares project specifications and cost estimates. Assignments normally involve systems for medical and dental facilities, technical and research laboratories, industrial facilities, and office buildings. The work includes necessary field investigation to determine scopes of work.
  • Drawings & Specifications: Ability to produce and read drawings and specifications for new construction or modification of existing systems. Be able to read and interpret building plans, wiring diagrams, engineering drawings, specifications, sketches, and maintenance or repair manuals.
  • Cost Estimates: Support in the preparation of cost estimates.
  • Project Review: Support in technical reviews of project plans for code compliance or project feasibility.
  • Project Execution: Plan and coordinate various phases of work to accommodate the needs of tenant customers and those occupying spaces surrounding the work. The contractor shall obtain necessary clearances for work including approvals for utility outages, digging permits, fire prevention, safety, environmental clearances, sanitation, etc., from proper officials. The contractor shall also possess knowledge of conventional concepts, principles, and practices, along with a broad range of operational experience in all inter- related fields such as fire protection systems, mechanical systems, plumbing, and medical gas systems.
  • Quality Assurance: Perform quality assurance duties to support construction, repair, and maintenance contracts.
  • Troubleshooting: Investigate, analyze and resolve problems pertaining to the construction, maintenance, and repair of medical center facilities, systems, equipment, and sub-systems.
  • May be required to be present during the outages to coordinate planned work outside of normal working hours.
  • Work with Naval Facilities Engineering Command contractors in planning stages (connecting new mechanical and utility systems consistent with current systems).

KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS
  • Fire protection related bachelor’s degree preferred, or at least five (5) years of experience working in the field of fire and life safety in healthcare facilities particularly with multi- building facility inspections (internal and external) and best practices for fire and life safety programs.
  • Demonstrate at least four (4) years of life safety experience managing health care facilities components, and experience with NFPA, CMS, TJC, OSHA, NIOSH, and regulatory compliance.
  • Demonstrate excellent oral, written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of computer technology to generate letters, policies, databases and reports.
  • Demonstrated history of independent decision-making skills to direct and effectively manage the inspection process, ability to set priorities independently and collectively, ability to openly discuss conflicts/controversy, and ability to seek support when appropriate to make decisions and resolve conflicts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be proficient with the use of direct digital control (DDC) building automation systems and software.
  • Extensive knowledge of NFPA 101(Life Safety Code), NFPA 99 (Health Care Facilities Code), The Joint Commission (TJC) Environment of Care standards, ASHRAE standards, and ASHE standards.
  • Certified Fire Protection Specialist a plus but not required. Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
  • Must be able to work in setting with infectious diseases.

Compensation & BENEFITS
We believe in putting our people first and to further emphasize our commitment to our employees, we offer competitive and rewarding compensation and a comprehensive benefits package, providing excellent options for every employee.

VWI is an Equal Opportunity Employer
VWI allows for reasonable accommodations that enable an individual with a disability to participate in the application process, to perform the primary duties of a job, or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment that are available to individuals without disabilities.

VWI is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled
 

 

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