Division Chief EMS Job Description

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This is a management position under the direction of the Deputy Fire Chief and is responsible for the safe and efficient operations of the Emergency Medical Services division. Under the direction of the Deputy Fire Chief and in their absence act in their capacity. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures directing Medical Rescue, Pre-Hospital Care, Quality Assurance, EMS/Fire Administration, Public Health Care Programs, Infection Control, Firefighter and EMS Training Programs, Personnel Development, Special Event Management, Disaster Planning, Special Needs Evacuation and Emergency Management. The position performs budget preparation and accounting functions, preparation of competitive bidding and purchasing of equipment and supplies. As a Chief Officer of the Fire Department, position may be required to establish and/or perform in all functions of the incident command system and perform Public Information Officer functions. Position works with the Logistics Officer to secure necessary supplies and equipment. Position interacts with other EMS systems, Medical Director and hospitals to ensure EMS system communications and compatibility. This position is primarily day shift position, some shift work and responses after hours may be required



Possess line authority commensurate with the rank and may assume command of Emergency Incidents, either at their discretion, in the absence of the Battalion Chief, at the request of a subordinate or at the direction of the Fire Chief or the Deputy Fire Chief.

Provides administrative and practical support for the Department’s overall emergency medical operation.

Coordinate with the Fire Chief and Deputy Chief in order to provide an effective management team.

Coordinate all the medical rescue resources and available technology to impact upon and improve patient care services for emergency and non-emergency patients.

Conduct quality assurance meetings to review high profile EMS reports.

Develop and implement quality assurance improvement techniques that evaluate and improve overall service delivery.

Review EMS patient care reports to ensure proper care and treatment, and determine areas for improvement.

Ensure that the City and employees obtain/maintain all required County, State, and Federal licensures and certifications.

Develop and implement policies and procedures that are required by County, State, and Federal agencies.

Ensure the Departments permitted vehicles are equipped with required equipment and supplies as required by Florida statute.

Preparation of annual EMS division budget, purchase requests, and maintains EMS budget through accepted accounting principals.

Ensure an adequate stock of EMS supplies and drugs are maintained.

Represent the Department at countywide EMS meetings (EMS Advisory, EMS Sub-Committee), Trauma Quality Management meeting, and State EMS meetings.

Responsible for the security and record keeping of all drugs ordered and stocked by the Department

In coordination with the Medical Director, is responsible for determining the proficiency and skill level of Department Paramedics prior to allowing such Paramedic to perform in a solo status.

Responsible for determining the ongoing proficiency of department EMT’s and Paramedics, including but not limited to lesson plan development.

Establish and maintain EMS standard operating guidelines.

Serves as the Infectious Disease Control Officer for the department

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

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

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

Provides assistance to On-Duty Battalion Chief(s) during their shifts, including being on-call after hours, if necessary

Participates in the career development of personnel

Responsible for evaluating and preparing grants for EMS activities and other department related activities.

Assists in maintaining harmonious labor relations

May be required to perform firefighting activities.

Act as the Public Information Officer as needed.

Other job related duties as required.




Associates degree in Fire Science, EMS, Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field, supplemented by a minimum of 10 years of  experience with at least 1 year experience as a Fire Lieutenant and 5 years recent experience as a working Paramedic in an organized professional fire department. Paramedic experience must be the equivalent of a Solo Medic approved by the Medical Director at a level reflecting current EMS protocols and standards. Current State of Florida Certificate of Compliance as a Firefighter, State of Florida Paramedic certification, and State of Florida Fire Officer I or equivalent is required.  Possession of a valid Florida Driver license or the ability to obtain a valid Florida Driver license within 10 working days of employment. Must be proficient in Microsoft office applications to include MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint presentations.


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

Considerable working knowledge of computers and computer systems.

Knowledge of management principles and practices.

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

Knowledge of municipal accounting principles.

Ability to motivate people.

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

Knowledge and understanding of the Department’s Standard Operating Guidelines, Rules and Regulations, departmental protocols, and the Union Contract.

Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

Knowledge of the position of Fire Medic along with the knowledge and skills to perform the duties as such.

Knowledge of Emergency Medical System best practices.


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.

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.

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 - 03/24/18