General Statement of Duties
Performs responsible managerial, administrative and supervisory work in directing the activities and personnel of the City’s Fire Department.
Distinguishing Features of the Class
An employee in this class directs a variety of departmental activities to include firefighting and fire prevention in protecting the lives and property of the citizens. The Chief supervises the department paid and volunteer staff, prepares and monitors the budget, plans and evaluates work operations, and directs the hiring, training and counseling of personnel. The Chief evaluates the need for new equipment and programs, ensures a program of fire prevention, inspections, and fire investigations. The employee attends major fire calls and may take command at the site; consequently, skills must be maintained in the use of firefighting and fire equipment operation. The employee is subject to hazards associated with firefighting including working in both inside and outside environments, in extreme cold weather, and exposure to various hazards such as exposure to high heat, exposure to chemicals, and in the proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, and working in high places. Employee may be exposed to atmospheric conditions and blood borne pathogens, may be required to wear a respirator, and may be required to work in close quarters. Considerable judgment and expertise is required in directing departmental activities especially in training and setting and monitoring work standards. Work is performed under the general administrative supervision of the City Manager and is evaluated through observation, conferences, and written reports concerning the quality and effectiveness of fire and rescue work.
Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Duties and Tasks
Plans, organizes, and directs departmental operations and establishes overall departmental policies on fire and rescue related matters; develops short and long range goals.
Manages staff to assure effective firefighting operations and to maintain sufficient level of preparedness and training.
Analyzes personnel, property, and operations of the department; implements action on such information in order to improve departmental operations; regulates and balances workload; reviews work objectives and expectations.
Prepares budget projections of anticipated expenditures and needs; assigns personnel and equipment; evaluates the need for the repair of existing or the purchase of new apparatus and requisitions equipment and supplies.
Prepares and reviews operational and administrative reports.
Performs the hiring, promotion, discipline, and evaluation of departmental employees.
Ensures the development of new or the modification of existing policies, procedures, and/or standards.
Additional Job Duties
Responds to all major alarms and fire calls and may take command of fire ground operations; stays abreast of fire operations and programs including familiarity with modern fire equipment and suppression operations.
Develops an intergovernmental relationship with local, county, state, and federal agencies.
Performs related duties as required.
Recruitment and Selection Guideline
Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of fire service management, and skill in their application.
Thorough knowledge of modern firefighting practices and methods and of the equipment use.
Thorough knowledge of the laws and ordinances which pertain to fire prevention and control.
Knowledge of the types of industrial and commercial operations in the City and the potential fire hazards; knowledge of the hazards common to the various types of construction and the storage of inflammables and explosives.
Ability to prepare clear and concise reports analyzing departmental operations and to develop and manage a departmental budget.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
Ability to effectively supervise and evaluate the work of staff, and to plan, assign, and coordinate activities performed by personnel.
Ability to exercise sound judgment and react effectively in emergency situations, and to maintain good physical condition.
Ability to speak effectively before a group, to deal tactfully and firmly with the public, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and perform repetitive motions.
Must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and 10 pounds of force frequently.
Must posses the visual acuity to perform accounting, computer work, and extensive reading in addition to operating equipment.
Desirable Education and Experience
Completion of a two year associate science degree in fire science, and completion of advanced courses and seminars in fire administration and fire science, considerable experience of an increasingly responsible nature to include three years of supervisory experience at the Assistant Chief/Captain level in the municipal fire service; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license.
Salary Range: $53,757.80 – $79,803.76
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