Deputy Fire Chief Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general direction of the Fire Chief, is responsible for the safe and efficient operations of the Fire Department.  The Deputy Fire Chief will serve as second-in-command of the Fire Department and may be required to establish and/or perform in all functions of the incident command system.  Position directly supervises the department’s Battalion Chief’s and the Division Chiefs of EMS, Training and Support Services (Logistics).  This position is responsible for the oversight of emergency and non-emergency operational functions of the Department including budget, purchasing, grant management, policy and rule development.


EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A.  ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Has line authority commensurate with the rank and may assume command of fire scene or other emergency action from a subordinate officer and direct fire ground and other operations.

Coordinates with the Fire Chief and the rest of the executive management team.

Supervises all of the financial activities of the department.

Oversees personnel issues within the department including labor relations.

Participates in a leadership role at the City EOC.

Develops administrative and operational policies, standard operating procedures, rules and regulations.

Makes recommendations for department policies, procedures, and equipment purchases.

Develops, reviews, approves and implements new service delivery programs.

Responsible for grant submissions and administration.

Oversees special projects as directed.

Planning for department short and long term needs; transmits information to subordinates; researches and prepares special reports and studies; monitors departmental records and reports.

Serves as the liaison between the fire department, the communications center and airport operations.

Approves the purchase of specialized firefighting supplies and equipment  need  by the department.

Ensures all building maintenance/repairs are completed.

May be required to perform firefighting activities.

Must be capable of acting as Fire Chief in his/her absence.

Serves as the department’s Public Information Officer.

Responds to confirmed structure fires, and brush fires requiring more than a single station response and assists with firefighting operations as needed.

Conducts investigations of accidents involving departmental personnel and/or equipment as well as investigations into alleged criminal and non criminal acts of misconduct.

Must be knowledgeable and have an understanding of the departments Standard Operating Guidelines, Rules and Regulations, and the Union Contract and ensures they are enforced.

Must know the geography of the City with respect to streets, hydrants and building access information.

Participate in the career development of personnel.

Other job-related duties as required.


REQUIREMENTS

A.  TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Must have a Bachelor’s degree, in Fire Science, EMS, Public Administration/Business Administration or related field supplemented by advanced level course work in modern methods of firefighting.  Must possess a current State of Florida Certificate of Compliance as a Firefighter II, State of Florida Fire Officer I certification or equivalent, and Paramedic or EMT certification Must possess a valid Florida Driver License or the ability to obtain a valid Florida Driver License within 10 working days of employment. Must have at least 10 years experience in an organized paid professional Fire/EMS department** with at least 2 years experience in a supervisory capacity at the Battalion Chief level or higher.

B.  KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

Knowledge of the geography of the City with respect to streets, hydrants and building access information.

Knowledge and understanding of the departments Standard Operating Guidelines, Rules and Regulations, and the Union Contract.

Considerable working knowledge of computers and computer systems.

Knowledge of management principles and practices.

Knowledge of the strategy and tactics of handling fire, rescue, and medical emergencies and the ability to analyze and respond effectively under stress to each.

Knowledge of municipal budget preparation and accounting principals.

Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

Ability to carry out orders and ensure Department and City policies are adhered to.

Ability to motivate people.

Ability to exercise sound judgments in evaluating situations and making decisions.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, and the public.

Ability to work in a close and effective manner with the fire chief.

Ability to deal tactfully and persuasively with others in controversial situations.

Routinely exposed to confidential information; may disseminate such information consistent with departmental policies and procedures.

Accepts feedback from others.

Accepts responsibility for own actions.

Follows through with commitments.

Supports the organization’s goals and values.

Treats people with respect and inspires the trust of others.

Puts success of team above own interests and supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

C.  PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Meet or exceed NFPA 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Medical Program for Fire Departments requirements

Participate in the annual fitness evaluation

Be tobacco free for 12 months prior to and duration of employment

Ability to remain calm during extreme/difficult situations and maintain a command presence

Ability to operate a motor vehicle in a safe and efficient manner under normal and emergency conditions.

Ability to load and unload heavy objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

Ability to hear and understand normal conversation and normal radio communications.

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone, radio, and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, hear, talk, read, handle or feel objects and controls.

Ability to see and read letters, numbers, words, characters, and symbols which are both large and small as well as identifying colors.

Ability to print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters, and symbols that are legible and understood by others.

Ability to move back and forth and sideways while bending, kneeling, or squatting with approximately 50 lbs. of equipment.

Ability to stay in a bending, kneeling or squatting position for a substantial time while carrying approximately 50 lbs. of equipment.

Ability to go from a standing or sitting position to a bending, kneeling or squatting position or vice-versa, periodically with approximately 50 lbs. of equipment.

Ability to use power/hand tools.  (Dexterity required)

Ability to respond to emergency situations in which walking, running, climbing, reaching, bending, lifting, pushing and pulling 100 lbs. or more is required and the ability to respond quickly.

Ability to work in dimly lit, smoke filled or completely dark condition and during hot, cold and inclement weather.

Ability to crawl through dark, smoky, hot and confined areas with approximately 50 lbs. of equipment while dragging a charged hose.

Ability to learn complex tasks and remember how to complete task without assistance or training.

Ability to mentally and emotionally deal with emergencies that may result in severe injury or the loss of human life.

** Fire/EMS department – Defined as a fire department which also provides emergency medical pre-hospital care to the sick and injured.

THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION. WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT. 

Revision Date -10/26/17