Battalion Chief Job Description

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This is managerial work directing activities of fire company operations during an assigned shift. This position has been determined to be management, and therefore is exempt from overtime. A Battalion Chief has direct command over Lieutenants on an assigned shift, subject to general regulations of the department and the direction of a superior officer. This employee is responsible for the efficient and effective fire department operations of their shift, shift discipline and ensuring the proper maintenance of stations, apparatus and equipment is accomplished at all fire stations. At an emergency incident, the Battalion Chief is responsible for ensuring the establishment of effective tactics and strategies for addressing the incident and ensuring the incident command system is used.

Possess the authority with the rank and may assume command of emergency situations at their discretion, at the request of a subordinate or at the discretion of a superior officer.




Responsible to the Deputy Chief for the efficient operation and supervision of units, personnel, equipment, and facilities under their command.

Enforcement and compliance of City and Departmental procedures, policies, and regulations.

Directly responsible for maintaining order, discipline, and morale among the members of their shift.

May be assigned the responsibility for ensuring daily staffing needs are met and comply with operational goals and objectives.

Monitor radio traffic and location of crews to ensure adequate coverage of the city during periods of excessive emergency calls or when on-duty crews are at training.

Ensure assigned project responsibilities are completed within required time frames and acceptable to the assigning chief officer.

Attend training classes with their crews and assist training division as necessary with practical drills.

Respond to all structure fires, Alert II or above, brush fires requiring more than a single station response, motor vehicle accidents requiring extrication, incidents involving MCI or emergencies requiring an Incident Command establishment.

Make decisions as to the best methods of extinguishing fires, and direct the use of firefighting equipment until relieved of command by a superior officer.

Be responsible for completing fire reports, daily reports, station log books, evaluations and other forms or reports as required.

Ensure all reports required by station personnel are complete and accurate.

Respond to Step 1 grievances as necessary.

Responsible for ensuring the proper use, maintenance and appearance of properties, equipment/apparatus. Whenever advised or becomes aware that repairs, replacement, or adjustments are necessary, shall report or make arrangement for the proper repairs are made within normal procedures.

Handle personnel problems and if necessary report them to the Deputy Chief or the Fire Chief in his absence.

May be required to perform firefighting activities.



Graduate from High School or certificate of equivalency required. Minimum of 10 years’ experience with at least one year as a Lieutenant or higher in an organized professional fire department. Internal Candidates must pass a written exam and be on the current acting list as identified in departmental SOG 1007. Must have an Associate’s degree, preferably in Fire Science, EMS, Public Administration/Business Administration or related field. Must have Florida Fire Officer 1 certification or equivalent. Education must be supplemented by either advanced level course work in modern methods of firefighting, fire control, leadership or ACLS, BTLS, PALS and completion of other training programs as set forth by the Department and regulations. Must possess a current State of Florida Certificate of Compliance as a Firefighter and State of Florida certification as an Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic. Possess and maintain a valid Florida driving license. External candidates will have six months to obtain their State of Florida firefighting and EMT/Paramedic certifications and obtain a valid Florida Driver License within 10 working days of employment.


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.

Ability to carry out orders and to see that Departmental and City Policies are adhered to.

Knowledge of the record keeping system in use by the department, the components of the system, and the function of each.

Ability to motivate people.

Knowledge of management principles and practices.

Considerable knowledge of and skill in the operations and maintenance of the various types of apparatus and equipment used in firefighting activities.

A thorough knowledge and an understanding of the Fire Department Rules and Regulation, Standard Operating Guidelines, and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Ability to lead subordinates effectively and maintain discipline; exercise sound judgement; promote harmony and to cooperate with other agencies.

Have the ability to prepare clear and concise reports and written employee evaluations in a fair and unbiased manner.

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

Ability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment such as, but not limited to, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine

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 chief officers.

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

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

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.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing.


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.

Maintain oneself in good physical condition in order to perform essential job functions.

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 - 3/16/18