Employment Opportunities  >>  Public Safety

Fire Chief

City of Fairburn

Posted: Mar. 2, 2018

End Date: Mar. 16, 2018

 The City of Fairburn has the following position available:
                             Fire Chief
                       Salary Range: $74,152.00 to $86,881.60 DOQ

This is an exempt, salaried executive position responsible directing and oversees all functions of the Fire Department and is responsible for maintaining discipline, order and proper conduct of all department personnel. The incumbent develops and enforces all laws, ordinances and policies regarding fire prevention and safety and approves all training programs.  This position directly supervises and oversees the duties of the Fire Marshal, the Training Officer, Battalion Chiefs and administrative employee(s). 
  • Direct and coordinate all department activities. 
  • Set objectives, and make long range plans for the department. 
  • Establish departmental rules and regulations and general orders. 
  • Supervise, evaluate and assist subordinates. 
  • Advise employees, gives commendations and takes disciplinary actions. 
  • Hold meeting with management staff and other department employees to give a forum for discussion and suggestions. 
  • Develop systems and programs to assist in upgrading department operations. 
  • Discuss and investigate complaints. 
  • Ensure that administrative policy and procedures are being followed. 
  • Prepare departmental budget and makes recommendations concerning priorities. 
  • Maintain contact with the community. 
  • Speak to community groups and schools regarding fire prevention/safety. 
  • Supervise all employees of the Fire Department; sets work schedules for departmental personnel; enforces departmental dress code, maintains good order and discipline within the Fire Department; supervises Command Staff to insure assignments are performed according to departmental procedures, and enforces City Fire Codes. 
  • Supervise fire emergency operations, commands all personnel at fire scenes to follow department procedures and methods, coordinates and facilitates attack on fire and supervises overall safety of fire scene operations. 
  • Speak with business persons to determine their problems or concerns and offers solutions. 
  • Attend staff meetings, classes and other events to keep abreast of trends and update skills. 
  • Work with other department heads, the City Administrator and elected officials. 
  • Maintain records and prepares reports. 
  • Perform such activities as requested by the City Administrator.
Communication skills
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, City officials, community organizations, other fire departments, other agencies, City departments, and the general public. 
  • Make effective verbal and written presentations. 
  • Speak publicly with groups and others concerning plans, programs, and goals of the Fire Department. 
  • Advise City management and the City Council of Fire Department progress. 
  • Respond courteously and tactfully to a demanding and diverse public in answering questions, explaining department policies, and handling complaints as needed.  
    Mental attributes
  • Attend various meetings and represent the Fire Department and/or section. 
  • Plan, organize, and direct a progressive public fire department with several functional areas. 
  • Organize and direct the activities of staff engaged in providing fire and other life safety services.  
  • Plan, direct, and control department activities such as: personnel recruitment; purchase of equipment; personnel and equipment utilization; accreditation requirements, and budgeting and control of expenditures. 
  • Coordinate Fire Department activities with other City departments. 
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, prepare, administer, and monitor the Department budget. 
  • Analyze and resolve operational and procedural problems 
  • Resolve complex problems involving diverse functional areas. 
  • Analyze information, statistics, and reports on department activities. 
  • Develop plan designed to maintain department efficiency and responsiveness. 
  • Analyze fire service needs, as well as the availability of resources, existing programs, and other related factors in developing department programs to meet those needs.
  • Provides direction on major projects or problem areas. Develops and implements policies and procedures applicable to administrative functions, and provides policy guidance and leadership.
  • Operate fire vehicles (i.e., automobiles, fire apparatus, and heavy construction equipment), requiring a standard Georgia Driver’s License to perform normal and emergency-level firefighting duties. 
    Knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of effective public administration, with special reference to Fire Department policies, personnel, and budget administration;
    Knowledge of modern management techniques, supervisory practices, and evaluation methods;
    Knowledge of governmental organization and management; the principles and practices of effective administration with particular attention to short and long-range strategic planning;
    Knowledge of the principles and methods of budget preparation and monitoring;
    Knowledge and skill in the area of activities, objectives, and ideals of fire and life safety services and operations;
    Knowledge and skill in the area of facilities, equipment, and the personnel needed to provide fire and life safety services and operations;
    Knowledge and skill pertaining to the methods, equipment, and materials used in providing fire and life safety services;
    Knowledge and skill in the area of progressive approaches to employee relations programs;
    Ability to: plan, organize, lead, and direct a progressive public agency with several functional areas;
    Ability to organize and direct the activities of a large staff engaged in providing optimum fire services;
    Ability to plan, prepare and administer an annual departmental budget;
    Ability to effectively analyze and resolve operational and procedural problems;
    Ability to develop formal agreements and contracts with other agencies and communities;
    Ability to make effective oral and written presentations;
    Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with staff, elected officials, community organizations, other agencies and City departments, and the general public.
    Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Fire Science, Public Administration, Management, Business or a related Healthcare field; Minimum of ten years of direct fire department supervisory experience; Ten or more years of progressively responsible administrative and supervisory experience in fire and life safety education, prevention, and emergency response work; or a combination of education and demonstrated successful work experience sufficient to perform the duties of the job.
    Incumbent must possess a valid Georgia Driver’s License; a current Georgia Firefighter certification; a current National Registry paramedic license, and a current Hazardous Materials Operations certification.
    It is preferred that the ten plus years of progressively responsible administrative and supervisory experience in fire and life safety education, prevention, and emergency response work is within a municipal or county fire department. It is preferred that candidate has current senior level Leadership Training from an accredited organization. It is preferred that instructor level certification in related field of fire and/or emergency medical certification is maintained. Preference is given for candidate currently performing essential functions described in an office of Fire Chief or equivalent position.  These will include but not be limited to: effective budget management, support and management of training division, Fire Marshal’s office, and Fire Safety educator.
Please go to our website  www. fairburn.com to fill out an application. Should you have any questions please contact Abril Montano in the HR Department 770 964-2244 x111.
               Closing Date for this position is: 03/16/2018