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City of Torrance
Class Code: 7200

Class Designation: Civil Service

April 2004

Representation Unit: Torrance Professional &
Supervisory Association


Emergency Services Coordinator


Under direction, develops, coordinates and maintains the City's emergency preparedness response and recovery programs; acts as staff to the City's Disaster Council, and represents the City at the local, regional and state level in emergency preparedness matters; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from the Administrative Analyst in that the incumbent is primarily responsible for developing, coordinating and maintaining the City's emergency preparedness response and recovery programs. Incumbents perform a full range of complex tasks and work under direction within a framework of established procedures. Work is judged primarily on overall results with great latitude in determining work methods and assignment requirements. Work may require the development of recommendations consistent with directives, policies and regulations.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives direction from a Police Captain. Provides technical direction to support staff and volunteers.

Examples Of Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties, however, they are not all-inclusive.
  • Assists the Disaster Council in planning, organizing and directing those functions assigned to the Council; and as Secretary to the Disaster Council prepares and distributes the agenda.
  • Develops and coordinates the City's Multi-hazard Functional Plan in accordance with the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS).
  • Trains emergency operations teams comprised of both executive and staff level personnel in emergency operations and procedures.
  • Develops and coordinates a comprehensive disaster preparedness and response plan to assure emergency response capabilities involving all City departments.
  • Provides assistance and guidance to City departments and support organizations in the development of individual emergency preparedness response and recovery plans, and of standard operating procedures.
  • Implements required tasks and duties as mandated by State and Federal regulations and prepares and submits required plans and reports in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Acts as the liaison for the City and coordinates emergency services planning and education between the City and local schools, business community, adjacent jurisdictions, utilities, volunteer organizations and other governmental agencies including: Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER), County Emergency Preparedness Commission, Torrance Amateur Radio Association (TARA) and the Veterinary Disaster Response Team.
  • Coordinates and conducts the City's emergency service drills and exercises, utilizing the City's Multi-hazard Functional Plan, involving all levels of City government, regional, business, educational and community resources.
  • Receives and responds to requests for information from the public, the business community, adjacent jurisdictions, utilities, volunteer organizations and other governmental agencies.
  • Coordinates and facilitates the proper and accurate documentation of records and reports pertaining to any EOC activation in compliance with OES/FEMA public assistance programs including all City departments involved in the activation and subsequent recovery operations.
  • Examples of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principal job duties:
  • Attends meetings and seminars to receive new information and developments in emergency preparedness and monitors and relevant legislation related to emergency preparedness.
  • Attends division and department meetings as required.
  • Serves on various committees as appropriate.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Principles and practices of emergency management and response procedures.
  • Principles of disaster planning, land use and identification of potential hazards.
  • Operational characteristics of communication systems.
  • Procedures, methods and legal requirements of emergency services program development and implementation.
  • State and Federal statutes and regulations pertaining to disaster planning and emergency operations, and civil disaster reporting procedures including the Petres Bill, the Stafford Act and the State Disaster plan.
  • Emergency planning and operational procedures for an emergency operating center.
  • The Brown Act as related to public meetings and other applicable State and Federal regulations.
  • City ordinances and administrative rules and regulations affecting departmental operations.
    Budget preparation principles.
  • General City operations.
  • Ability to

  • Plan, develop and coordinate City's emergency preparedness program.
  • Interpret and explain City emergency services policies and procedures.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations.
  • Prepare detailed disaster relief plans.
  • Research, compile and analyze technical data.
  • Communicate effectively with a wide variety of individuals.
  • Make effective oral presentations and conduct training sessions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff, other agencies, elected officials, community representatives, public and volunteers.
  • Plan, organize and ensure the completion of work assignments in a timely manner.
  • License or Certificate

    Possession of or ability to obtain a valid California Class C driver's license.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge and skills required is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

    Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor's degree in public administration or a related field. Three years of experience in the development, coordination and administration of an emergency management program.

    Special Requirements

    The work is performed primarily indoors in an office environment and requires working outdoors when conducting emergency drills. In the event of an emergency, must be able to work indoors/outdoors under adverse conditions for an extended period of time.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification in addition to training and course work may serve to meet the minimum requirements for promotion to Environmental Services Administrator.