Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Director of Certification

Fire Service Analyst (Hybrid)

Recruitment #220808-3884AR-001


Are you looking for a terrific career in public safety?
If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) is recruiting for a Fire Service Analyst located within the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control Division in Windsor Locks, CT. 

About Us: 

DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology. 

Position Highlights: 

The primary responsibility of this position is to manage our statewide fire service testing and certification program in compliance with CGS Sec. 7-323I (1), (2), agency regulations and National Fire Service Professional Qualification Standards. In addition, this position will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Certification Unit.

Certification is mandated by local fire department probationary, bylaw and contract requirements therefore it directly supports the Public Safety mission of the 300+ fire departments statewide. 

Testing and evaluation by the Unit occurs as students complete standards-based training delivered by the Connecticut Fire Academy, Regional Fire Schools and in some cases local fire departments. This allows both fire departments and their personnel to ensure compliance with state OSHA regulations and NFPA consensus standards. 

This position is also responsible for but not limited to managing and monitoring operations to ensure the division is meeting accrediting board requirements and is continuously preparing for future re-accreditation site visits. 

This role will be full-time, on-site in Windsor Locks, and will work a schedule of Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  

What we can offer you: 

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work - life balance! 
Learn more about how you can make an impact with DESPP

Selection Plan

Application Process: 

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified. 

Please ensure your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut. 

Throughout the Recruitment Process: 

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency. 

Selection Process: 

Candidates selected for an interview must provide the following at the time of interview: 

State Employees
  • Two (2) most recent performance evaluations
  • Cover letter
  • Completed CT-HR-13
Non-State Employees
  • Two (2) professional letters of reference from a current and/or previous supervisor
  • Cover letter 
  • Completed CT-HR-13
Candidates who have been selected for employment with the Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection are subject to a detailed background investigation, including a fingerprint supported state and federal criminal history record check along with reference checks. Selection for employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation.

Any pending disciplinary history within the past 2 years and review of attendance records are also considered in this selection process. 

Click here to complete the Criminal Convictions addendum (CT-HR-13). The CT-HR-13 can also be found on the DAS website by typing in "CT-HR-13" into the "Search Department of Administrative Services" search field. 

Contact Information: 

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Tyler Cashman at


In the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, this class is accountable for performing as a specialist in developing and administering statewide fire certification examinations.


Performs specialized related duties in area of fire certification examinations; plans, develops and monitors certification examinations for fire service personnel; reviews firefighter applications to assure that all practical skills have been evaluated prior to certification examination; develops and writes test items on firefighting procedure and techniques; arranges for and schedules practical skills evaluations such as donning breathing apparatus, carrying and raising ladders and advancing hose lines; schedules all written and practical examinations and reviews post test results; assists with development of new education, training and certification programs for general public and fire service; provides technical assistance to fire service organizations in order to insure compliance with federal and state fire training and certification regulations; assists in development of new guidelines for program standards; conducts refresher training for Fire Service Instructors; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of modern firefighting procedures and techniques including state fire regulations; considerable knowledge of firefighter qualifications and certifications and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Professional Qualification Standards; considerable knowledge of principles and techniques of test item development and administration; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to evaluate practical skills in firefighting techniques; ability to utilize computer software.


Seven (7) years of experience in education and testing.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in test development of firefighting procedures and techniques at the level of Trainer.


1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience in cognitive and manipulative skills development and analysis; 
  • Experience with or practitioner of accrediting entities (IFSAC & ProBoard) policies and procedures; 
  • Experience managing Subject Matters Expertise groups. 


Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.