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Assistant Fire Chief

Glynn County

Listing Summary

Summary: The purpose of this classification is to perform managerial, technical, and administrative duties in planning, organizing, and implementing fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire prevention, and support services resulting in effective and efficient operations of the Fire department. The Assistant Fire Chief assumes full command of the Department in the absence of the Fire Chief. 

Essential Job Functions: The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Provides mentorship, coaching, and accountability to subordinate personnel, helping achieve the Board of County Commissioners and the organization’s vision, initiatives, and directives.
  • Consistently and correctly enforces all County and Department policies, procedures, directives, rules, and codes of conduct. Ensure the proper adherence to safety policies and procedures.
  • Coordinates daily work activities; organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; monitors the status of work in progress and inspects completed work; consults with assigned staff, assists with complex/problem situations, and provides technical expertise.
  • Ensures departmental compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures; ensures adherence to established safety procedures; monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure the safety of employees and other individuals; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
  • Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge and awareness of applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; maintains an awareness of new equipment, methods, procedures, and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; participates in physical fitness training and continuing education activities; attends shift meetings, workshops, and seminars as appropriate.
  • Assists with the development and administration of the annual budget; researches and coordinates capital purchases, including bidding and purchasing activities; provides input regarding the acquisition of department equipment, apparatus, and protective clothing; monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budget.
  • Consult with the Fire Chief, other commanding officers, other public safety agencies, and other officials to review operations/activities, review/resolve problems, receive advice/direction, and provide recommendations; coordinate department activities with those of other departments, public service agencies, utility companies, outside agencies, or others as needed; serves as the Department liaison with federal, state, and local entities; communicates with Division Chiefs and Battalion Chiefs and other personnel to gather/exchange information on orders, problems, special situations, or other areas requiring attention. Establishes and maintains rapport with outside public safety partners. Represents the Department and the Fire Chief at community events and social functions.
  • Through leadership and supervision of Division Chiefs and Battalion Chiefs, responsible for maintaining the Department in a consistent state of operational readiness to respond to fires, emergency medical, rescue, disaster, and terrorist-related events.
  • Responds on and off-duty to emergency service needs and assumes an appropriate role within the Incident Management System. May assume the role of Incident Commander at an emergency scene, ultimately being responsible for all emergency operations and the safety of all personnel. May assume any role as assigned by the on-scene incident commander. Select and employ the appropriate tactics and strategies to preserve life and property. May serve as Operations Section Chief for the Department during times of disaster.
  • Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, CAD response and turnout times, incident data, internal investigation reports, fire incident reports, hose records, or other documents.
  • Communicates with immediate supervisor, employees, elected officials, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review the status of work, exchange information, resolve problems, or give/receive advice/direction.
  • May assume the role of Incident Commander under the National Incident Management System (NIMS) or Incident Command System (ICS) for all large-scale emergencies; may assume any role in NIMS/ICS command structure.

Required Skills:

· Performance Management —Monitors and assesses performance of other individuals, or the organization to make improvements or take corrective action. motivates, develops, teaches, and directs people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

· Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to understand, analyze, and evaluate complex situations and then to research information to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to the situation. Applies general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. Combines pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

· Judgment and Decision Making — Evaluating the best method of research and then exercising appropriate judgment in establishing priorities and resolving complex matters. Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

· Interpersonal Relationship — Deals with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Maintains high morale among all department employees. Shares knowledge with supervisors and staff for mutual and departmental benefit. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with employees, managers in other departments, representatives from organizations, and the general public. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions, and complaints from other departments and people.

Required Abilities:

· Coordination of Work - Ability to establish and implement effective administrative and management programs and procedures. Ability to plan and organize daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimate the expected time of completion of elements of work and establish a personal schedule accordingly. Attends meetings, planning sessions, and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules. Performs a broad range of supervisory responsibilities over others.

· Communication – Ability to communicate ideas effectively, including the preparation of reports and logs. Ability to listen and understand directions, information, and ideas presented verbally and in writing. Ability to handle a variety of customer service issues with tact and diplomacy in a confidential manner.

· Accounting and Budgeting — Ability to perform arithmetic, algebraic, and statistical applications. Ability to employ economic and accounting principles and practices in the analysis and reporting of financial data


Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Ten (10) years progressively responsible career with fire department experience.
  • Experience in budgeting, fiscal management, program management, personnel management, and policy development.
  • A combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities, may be considered in qualifying a candidate.

Certificates and/or Licenses:

Must satisfy, maintain, and keep current all Department, State, and Federal Certifications and Licensure requirements for the following:

  • Current Driver's License, unrestricted by court action
  • Georgia State Certified Firefighter or ability to attain within first six (6) months of appointment through Pro Board reciprocity.
  • Pro Board or Georgia State Certified Fire Officer II
  • Pro Board or Georgia State Certified Fire Officer III or ability to attain within the first year of appointment
  • Georgia State Licensed Emergency Medical Technician - Basic or ability to attain within two years of appointment
  • NIMS compliant including NIMS 300, 400, and 800 (by the end of the probationary period)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree from an accredited university
  • National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program Graduate
  • Center for Public Safety Excellence Chief Fire Officer Designation
  • Georgia Chief Fire Officer Certification
  • Georgia Fire Chief Certification
  • Pro Board or Georgia State Certified Fire Officer IV
  • Georgia State Licensed Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
  • Georgia State Licensed Paramedic


Other Requirement: Must reside within Glynn County or relocate to an area accessible to support all stations and operations.

To Apply:

External applicants will complete the Glynn County employment application, and submit a cover letter, resume, and copies of all required and preferred licenses/certifications. 


Salary: The salary for this position is $103,118.46 to $116,060.73 depending upon qualifications.

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