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Fire Chief

City of Cornelia

Posted: Nov. 6, 2018

End Date: Dec. 7, 2018

Purpose of Job
The purpose of this job is to plan, coordinate, and implement fire, rescue, and emergency management services for the City.  Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, management/supervision, developing policies and procedures, developing fiscal and capital budgets, representing the department at public functions, responding to emergencies, performing inspections, providing training, and performing additional duties as assigned. 
Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are normal for this job.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.
Manages the Fire Department; supervises and evaluates assigned staff, handling all employee concerns, directing work assignments, counseling and disciplining employees when necessary, ensuring training standards are met for all subordinate employees and completing employee performance evaluations.
Plans, directs, and coordinates city wide fire and emergency services, including fire prevention, suppression, and support services.
Advises the Manager, department directors, and other organizations of the nature, magnitude, and effects of various emergencies. 
Communicates and reviews policies to ensure compliance with the personnel system, department rules and regulations, and state and federal laws.
Conducts on-site inspections of fire stations and related facilities.
Prepares department budget, monitors expenditures, and approves department requisitions; develops capital improvement budget; attends budget meetings and public hearings.
Works with local government and community organizations in developing emergency management plans and capabilities. 
Commands emergency operations; responds to and assumes command of major emergencies involving extensive property damage, fires and/or explosions resulting in injuries or death, and other high risk incidents.
Coordinates fire and emergency service activities with other emergency service providers during disasters.
Attends training seminars, workshops, conferences and conventions.
Prepares correspondence, proposals, rules and regulations, policies and various reports.
Represents the Fire Department at public functions and makes presentations to business, civic, church, school and government organizations.
Advises and assists division managers regarding personnel problems; makes final decisions in hiring and dismissing employees.
Performs other related duties as required. 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Has extensive knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of the City and the operations and functions of the Fire Department and Emergency Management Agency.  Has extensive knowledge of management, human resource management/personnel, financial, fire suppression and fire investigation standards and strategies, unified government geography, hazardous materials, ISO grading schedules, pre-fire planning and hazard identification, and other practices, policies and procedures as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities.  Is able to develop and administer policies, procedures, plans, and activities, and to monitor performance of subordinates against measured established goals.  Knows how to develop and administer operations and staff plans and objectives for the expedience and effectiveness of specific duties of the position.  Is able to develop and implement long-term goals for the department in order to promote effectiveness and efficiency.  Has extensive knowledge of all applicable laws, ordinances, policies, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the job.  Knows how to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, operations, budgetary and equipment needs, etc. as they pertain to departmental and human resource/personnel operations and activities.  Is able to effectively communicate and interact with subordinates, management, employees, members of the general public and all other groups involved in the activities of the City as they relate to the Fire Department.  Is able to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear, and effective manner.  Has good organizational, management, human relations, and technical skills.  Is able 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.  Has the ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply regulations, procedures, and related information.  Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations using statistical calculations.  Is knowledgeable and proficient with computers.  Is able to read, understand and interpret personnel and financial reports and related materials.  Requires skill in operation and use of fire equipment and apparatus and first aid/CPR.  Knows how to use certain equipment such as fire-fighting equipment, emergency vehicles, computers, calculators, copiers, SCBA, two-way radios, protective clothing, scale master and maps.
Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions
Bachelor's degree in public administration, fire science, business administration or a closely related field with ten years of experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Supervisory experience is required.  Must have a valid Georgia Class A, B or F Driver's License.  Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the National Fire Protection Association, the Georgia Fire-fighter Standards and Training Act, and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.
                                            TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including fire-fighting equipment, emergency vehicles, computers, calculators, copiers, SCBA, two-way radio, protective clothing, scale master and maps.  Must be able to use body members to work, move or carry objects or materials.  Must be able to exert up to fifty pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to twenty pounds of force frequently.  Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for sedentary to heavy work depending on emergency circumstances.  Attendance is an essential element of the job.
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION:  Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information.  Includes giving assignments and/or directions to co-workers and assistants. 
Requires the ability to read a variety of informational documentation, directions, instructions, methods and procedures.  Requires the ability to prepare letters, memos, reports, etc., using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style.  Requires the ability to speak to individuals and/or to groups of people with poise, voice control, and confidence.  Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be adaptable to performing under considerable stress when confronted with an emergency. 
VERBAL ABILITY:  Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, and to follow oral and written instructions.  Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of administrative, technical or professional languages including law enforcement terminology. 
MOTOR SKILLS:  Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using office and fire and emergency equipment.  Requires the ability to handle a variety of items such as automated office equipment and fire and emergency equipment/machinery.  Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities.  Must have minimal levels of eye-hand-foot coordination.   Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.  Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (Talking -expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words).  (Hearing - perceiving nature of sounds by ear).  Must be able to communicate via telephone, two-way radio, etc.
Send resume to dfeorino@corneliageorgia.org
Diane Feorino
PO Box 785
Cornelia, Ga.  30531