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Fire Chief

Hall County

Posted: Jun. 8, 2018

End Date: Jul. 6, 2018

Directs the activities of a large, multi-faceted department, which includes planning, coordinating, administering, and evaluating programs, projects, processes, procedures, systems, standards, and/or service offerings; ensures compliance with Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations, codes, and/or standards.
Plans, directs, and coordinates all activities of the Hall County Fire Services and Emergency Management Agency through subordinate officers who oversee daily operations assuring all fire suppression services and emergency medical services are available to Hall County citizens 24 hours a day.
Coordinates all fire and emergency medical activities including enforcing policies, procedures, and regulations; delegates and assigns subordinates to carry out day-to-day operations.
Coordinates with federal, state, regional, and local emergency management agencies/entities to ensure maximum cooperation and efficiency in public protection; serves on or heads committees or other activities engaged in determining goals, objectives and policy for emergency preparedness for the community.
Develops operating budget and capital budget recommendations; confers with staff and develops final recommendation for submission to the County Administrator; oversees all purchases of equipment and apparatus in conjunction with the County Purchasing Division.  Administers budgets; approves expenditures; reviews financial statements; manages financial operations.
Plans, organizes, directs, and manages the work force of the fire department; supervises subordinate
personnel, which includes counseling, disciplining, and conducting performance evaluations; manages the personnel administration of the department to include: interviewing and selecting new recruits; assisting supervisors with personnel matters; reviewing all performance evaluations; and recommending salary increases; participates in professional development activities and assures that subordinate personnel attend requisite trainings; receives and investigates complaints/grievances from personnel, and internal and external stakeholders.
Directs the preparation and analysis of department records and reports to secure efficient operations, meet service demands, and comply with authorized requests for information regarding departmental activity and personnel.
Monitors federal, state, regional, and local laws, regulations, policy, procedures, best practices and emerging industry trends in public protection to develop best recommendations to County Administration, Elected Officials or civic entities for improved or expanded public protection capabilities, laws, policies and procedures.
Develops recommendations and implements plans for any station expansion or service delivery changes.
Prepares, and may deliver, presentations to schools, community organizations, civic groups, etc., regarding department activities and programs in order to promote public understanding of department operations. 
Establishes and maintains positive public relations between the department and the community.
Initiates collaboration with internal departments and other organizations to promote organizational effectiveness, awareness and public relations.
Through collaboration with County Administration, formulates, then implements, the long term strategic plan for the department.
Responds to and provides oversight of major incident scenes as required, to direct operations and support commanding officers ensuring the implementation of appropriate action in accordance with established policy and procedures  
Develop and establish department goals and objectives; review shift schedules to ensure that adequate
Fire and EMS services are provided; develops, implements, and interprets policies and procedures
governing fire and emergency medical services rendered.
Education and Experience:
Associates Degree in Fire Science or a related field.
Bachelors Degree preferred.
Ten years experience in firefighting of which at least five years was in a management capacity.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the minimum level of qualifications stated above.
Licenses and Certifications:
Possess or have ability to meet current requirements First Class Firefighter's Certification as set forth by the Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Act..
Certified Paramedic
Valid Class C Drivers License and a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record (MVR).
Certified Emergency Manager preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, methods, training techniques, and equipment used in modern firefighting, rescue operations, and emergency medical services.
Demonstrated knowledge of modern fire department administration.
Demonstrated knowledge of the procedures of fire prevention and suppression.
Demonstrated knowledge of state and local laws and regulations pertaining to fire prevention and control.
Demonstrated knowledge of organization, administration, and personnel management practices.
Demonstrated knowledge of emergency management and planning.
Demonstrated knowledge of budgeting principles and creating budgets
Demonstrated ability to interact with Elected Officials, community leaders and other internal and external public safety departments and agencies.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinate officers, county government, and the public.
Demonstrated ability to plan and supervise the work of a number of subordinates.
Demonstrated ability to prepare complex and technical reports.
Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
Demonstrated ability to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear, and effective manner.
Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment and discretion in managing subordinates including the handling of emergency situations, determining procedures to be implemented, setting priorities, maintaining standards, and resolving problems.
ADA Minimum Requirements:
Physical Ability:    Essential functions continuously require the ability to remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) and the ability to move by walking; bend body downward and forward by bending spine and legs, and twisting at the waist, hips or knees; repetitive use of hands/arms; and move/transport items up to 10lbs. Additionally the essential functions require that incumbents be on-call and work irregular hours; attend regular work meetings and trainings;, handle confidential information, direct others; meet deadlines; operate equipment; use a computer/keyboard; use math/calculations; and stay organized.
Essential functions frequently require the ability to ascend and descend ladders, stairs, and ramps; reach overhead; repetitively use legs; grasp objects; and move/transport items 11lbs to 50lbs.
Additionally, essential functions occasionally require the ability to move oneself by crawling on hands and knees; the ability to position oneself by crouching/kneeling; maintain body equilibrium to prevent failing when walking, standing, crouching or navigating narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces, and move/transport items over 50lbs.
Sensory Requirements:  : Essential functions regularly require the ability to use effective verbal and written communication; use of hand/eye coordination and fine manipulation to use tools and equipment; communication, and visually discern differences in color,
Environmental Factors:  The essential functions continuously require incumbents to work with others or to work alone.
The essential functions of this position are occasionally performed with exposure to adverse environmental conditions, including inclement weather; extreme hot or cold temperatures; humidity and moisture; possible bodily injury from hazards including biological, chemical, electrical,  radiation, sharp objects/tools, heavy machinery, traffic, toxic or caustic substances, falling from high or exposed places, and falling objects, moving mechanical parts of equipment, tools, and machinery; excessive noise; constricted spaces; wet or slippery floors or surfaces; and vibration; extreme dry environments and flame torches.
This class specification should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.  It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job.  The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.