Firefighter (Technological risks) /Pompier - Risques Technologiques

21 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
04 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Professional firefighter in the Technological risks section as part of CERN's Fire Brigade (FB).

The Fire Brigade forms part of the Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental Protection (HSE) unit. Its work is organised into four key areas of activity (shift leaders, dispatchers, advance life support and technological risks). The Technological risks pole deals with electricity, cryogenic and chemical risks as well as with radiation protection, extrication and rope rescue.

CERN's firefighters are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They must be ready to respond to an emergency at any moment, but they also carry out tasks relating to training and maintenance. Their training mission includes the provision of courses on first aid, self-rescue masks and the use of fire extinguishers. Their maintenance mission relates mainly to fire extinguishers and fire hose reels. The Fire Brigade's shift plan therefore includes shifts corresponding to the normal working hours of the Organization's personnel (8-hour working days) as well as 12-hour standby duty shifts.


In addition, the Fire Brigade collaborates closely with the fire services of the Organization's Host States: the SDIS 01 in France and the SIS de Genève in Switzerland.


As Firefighter in the Technological Risks section, you will be part of an international team. You will receive on-the-job training and you will be required to work in both French and English languages.



You will be required to:


  • Provide emergency response according CERN Fire and Rescue Service Mandate.
  • Provide assistance such as control of confined spaces, access requests, VIP, public events or other related with the Fire and Rescue Service.
  • Receive and provide internal and external training and drills.
  • Carry out safety equipment maintenance such as fire extinguishers, fire hose reels, defibrillators and other related equipment.
  • Participate in projects or activities carried out by the Fire and Rescue Service.
  • According to FRS's needs, replace a colleague in other position or section (Ambulance Crew; Safety Control Room Operator; Watch Manager).
  • Perform administrative and collective tasks fundamental to the running of the service.
  • Take part in group and individual physical training sessions.  


A professional firefighting qualification from a public or a private body acting under the delegation of a public service.

Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:

  • Demonstrated experience as a professional firefighter in a service or in industry involving regular operational activity.
  • Significant experience as part of a team handling one or more of the following fields: electricity, cryogenics, radiation protection, chemical, rope rescue, extrication.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Technical rescue operations: fire, hazardous materials, extrication, etc..
  • Emergency medical care: basic life support.
  • Use of Office software packages.
  • A driving license valid for fire engines and fire trucks (category C or equivalent).

The following qualifications would be an advantage:

  • Qualification as a crew manager
  • Qualification and/or certified instructor in one or more of the following fields: electricity, cryogenics, radiation protection, chemistry, rope rescue, extrication.

The behavioural competencies required for this post are:

  • Demonstrating Flexibility: demonstrating a willingness to accept changing circumstances; supporting initiatives for change; being able to deal with ambiguous or unpredictable situations; adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements.
  • Working in teams: working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities; contributing to promoting a positive atmosphere in the team through an optimistic and constructive attitude; addressing issues.
  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting; taking initiative beyond regular tasks and making things happen.

The language competencies required are:

  • Proficiency in English or French and willingness to learn the other language.

Eligibility and closing date

Employing a diverse and international workforce is a CERN core value and central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or personal situation.

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 02.04.2017.

By applying here, you allow CERN to consider your application for any position it considers relevant with respect to your profile. Please ensure you update your profile regularly with any relevant information and that you inform the recruitment service if you wish your file to be removed from the database.

Note on Employment Conditions

We offer a limited-duration contract for a period of 5 years. Limited-duration contracts shall terminate by default on their date of expiry.
Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require :

  • Shift work, including nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Participation in a regular stand-by duty, including nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work in radiation areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • Residence in the immediate vicinity of the Organization's installations.
  • A valid driving licence.

This postion requires:

  • The holder to have a place of residence within a 60-km radius of the Organization's facilities.
  • The wearing of the uniform is compulsory, as is the use of protective clothing and equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus.
  • That all firefighters comply with the internal rules and regulations of the Fire Brigade in addition to the CERN Staff Rules and Regulations.

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