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Fire Chief FD/1
Fire Department Reports To: City Manager
Salary Grade: 25PS FLSA Status: Exempt
This position is responsible for planning, administering, and supervising fire prevention and suppression activities and emergency medical services for the City.
Develops and implements a comprehensive fire protection and pre-hospital care system to protect the City's residents and visitors.
Provides guidance and direction to senior officers and staff.
Directs the recruiting, equipping, training and staffing of qualified personnel in order to meet community needs in accordance with state and federal laws and industry best practices.
Prepares capital and operating budgets and monitors the department's assets and financial activities through the approval of expenditures.
Develops and implements comprehensive policies and ensures their uniform and fair enforcement.
Provides overall supervision of the City's fire and emergency medical service; maintains command and control of activities at large or complex incidents.
Represents the department within the City government, to regional, state and national public safety organizations, and to the community at large.
Ensures that robust professional development, fire code enforcement and fire prevention programs are accessible to internal customers and the community.
Motivates professional career and volunteer staff to respond effectively to the needs of the community.
Generates, reviews, and approves written reports and memoranda.
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Coordinates the City's disaster preparedness program.
Performs related duties.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
Knowledge of fire prevention, suppression, and investigation standards, practices, strategies, tactics, and apparatus.
Knowledge of National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) consensus standards.
Knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) standards.
Knowledge of state and federal employment laws.
Knowledge of emergency medical services systems, including dispatch and communication procedures.
Knowledge of local, state, and federal fire codes, local ordinances, and departmental rules and regulations.
Knowledge of the geography, street block numbers, and water supply locations of the City.
Knowledge of budgeting practices.
Knowledge of hazardous materials.
Skill in management and supervision under both routine and emergency situations.
Skill in decision making and problem solving.
Skill in reading maps and blueprints.
Skill in the operation and use of fire equipment and apparatus.
Skill in developing and implementing long-term operations plans.
Skill in public and interpersonal relations.
Skill in oral and written communication.
The City Manager assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.
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Guidelines include city, state and federal fire codes, National Fire Protection Association guidelines, established medical procedures and protocols, City personnel policies, local ordinances, and departmental standard operating procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application. This position develops departmental guidelines.
COMPLEXITY/SCOPE OF WORK
The work consists of varied administrative, managerial, supervisory, and technical duties. Emergency and life-threatening situations contribute to the complexity of the work.
The purpose of this position is to manage the delivery of fire protection and emergency medical services to the community. Successful performance helps ensure the protection of community life and property.
Contacts are typically with co-workers, elected and other local government officials, other department heads, other emergency assistance officials, architects, attorneys, community and business leaders, and the general public.
Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, provide services, motivate personnel, and educate the public.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table. The employee occasionally lifts light objects and uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity.
The work is typically performed in an office, except while at fire or other emergency scenes. The employee may be exposed to machinery with moving parts, irritating chemicals, extreme temperatures, hazardous situations, and inclement weather. The work requires the use of protective clothing and devices.
SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY
This position has direct supervision over Assistant Fire Chief – Operations (1), Assistant Fire Chief – Training (1), Fire Marshal (1), and Fire Administrative Coordinator (1).
Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field. Master’s Degree preferred.
Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, usually interpreted to require three to five years of related experience.
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Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the National Fire Protection Association and the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Act including: NPQ Fire Instructor II or equivalent and NPQ Fire Officer III or equivalent.
Must possess or obtain Georgia Paramedic Licensure and NPQ Fire Officer IV within 12 months of hire.
The qualifications listed above represent the credentials necessary to perform the essential functions of this position. To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.