Food Unit Leader, FDUL

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Incident Positions
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  • Reviews food unit layout with contractor to determine needs and/or changes.
  • Develops menu content with contractor.
  • Reviews and approve suggested menus to determine if menu content, variety, and serving sizes meet or exceed contract specifications.
  • Monitors food service to determine if improvements are needed in food handling, cooking, food preparation and storage.
  • Obtains feedback from incident personnel on adequacy of food serviced.
  • Conducts periodic inspections to ensure quality control standards of all meals and equipment are met.
  • Coordinates with contractor on meal count, number of meals ordered, meal scheduling and food handling requirements.
  • Ensures that special meal requirements are recognized and met.
  • Reviews and approves invoices and evaluations with contractor and disburse copies to appropriate personnel.
  • Ensures all inappropriate actions involving contractor personnel are reported to the contracting officer or COTR using appropriate procedures.
  • Ensures requested time frames are met.
  • Obtains a briefing from supervisor, Logistics Section Chief.
  • Provides for the safety and welfare of assigned personnel to the incident.
  • Establishes and maintains positive internal and external interpersonal working relationships.
  • Maintains unit log.
  • Participates at logistics planning meetings.
  • Determines requirements for type of food service and personnel needs for unit and place order.
  • Organizes and provides supervision for unit.
  • Establishes support system with other units.
  • Serves as contract administrator for national interagency mobile food service contract if used.
  • Ensures all health and safety requirements are met.
  • Maintains records of meals ordered and served.
  • Demobilizes mobile food unit in accordance with national policy.
  • Completes any required performance evaluations of kitchen and unit subordinates.
  • Conducts routine inspections.
  • May supervise camp crew.

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • Good understanding of national contract requirements.
  • Understanding of nutritional needs of firefighters.
  • S-357, Food Unit Leader
  • Knowledge of safe food handling.
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