Fire Chief Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the administrative direction of the City Manager, is responsible for all personnel and activities of the Fire Department. Incumbent plans, organizes, and directs the emergency organizations concerned with preventing loss of life and property by fire, supervising all aspects of the administration of the Department and sub-divisions. Work is performed with considerable independence and latitude in supervising.

 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Directs and is responsible for personnel, property, and operations of the department. Reviews departmental operations through written reports or personal observation and takes necessary action to improve operations.

Directs the administrative and departmental budget exercising control over expenditures and assessing the need for and recommending the addition of new personnel, material, apparatus or supplies.

Develops and implements departmental policy and procedures and ensures they are followed by members of the Department.

Responds to major alarms and personally directs activities at large fires or disasters and/or reviews the supervisory activities of subordinates at other emergencies. Works with other departments on mutual aid agreements.

Supervises and reviews the activities of various sub divisions within the Department such as the fire prevention, building inspection, and code enforcement.

Attends City Manager's staff meetings when scheduled as well as other meetings as required.

Meets with union representatives and handles grievances when they occur.

Sits in on union negotiations.

 

REQUIREMENTS

A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree program from an accredited college or university with major course work in Fire Science, Public Administration, or a related field. Master’s Degree is preferred. Formal training in modern fire administration methods and procedures, and at least seven years of experience in fire services with progressive supervisory experience to include at least five years of upper level fire management. Completion of minimum standards as required by the State of Florida. Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s license, or the ability to obtain within 10 working days of employment.

B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Must possess a thorough knowledge of principles of budgetary development and fire department administration in the areas of organization, fire prevention, fire rescue, building inspection, code enforcement, and program development.

Extensive knowledge of principles and practices of modern firefighting equipment and apparatus.

Ability to establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with department employees as well as the general public.

C. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to work in unpleasant conditions such as heat, cold, fumes, odors, wetness, humidity, smoke, and fire.

Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

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

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

Ability to use senses which include sight, smell, hearing, and touch as aids in the troubleshooting of malfunctioning equipment, firefighting and hazardous conditions.

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 lift, carry, push or pull heavy weights over uneven terrain, up/down stairs or ladders up to 100 feet in height.

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

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

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

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

 

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 – 4/14/14