DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
Under administrative direction, assists in planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the activities and operations of the Fire Department including fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, disaster preparedness, and related programs, services, and operations; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; occasionally serves as Duty Chief for assigned shift and responds to incidents; represents the Fire Department in the absence of the Fire Chief; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Fire Chief.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Assists in the management of all Fire Department services and activities including fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, disaster preparedness, and related programs, services, and operations.
- Participates in managing the development and implementation of Departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
- Establishes, within Department and City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocates resources accordingly.
- Assesses and monitors work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes.
- Assists in planning, directing, and coordinating, through subordinate level staff, the Fire Department’s work plan; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; meets with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
- Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training;
works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
- Participates in the development and administration of the Department budget; participates in and approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
- Responds to emergency alarms and may assume command of field operations; performs a management role in the direction of assigned personnel and equipment at the scene of emergencies involving fire, all types of accidents, hazardous materials incidents, and life-saving and rescue work.
- Oversees and controls the purchasing, maintenance, and inventory of all fire related equipment, vehicles, and property including communication equipment, vehicles and related equipment, computer equipment, and safety equipment; manages and supervises the apparatus and equipment maintenance program.
- Participates in facilities planning for the Fire Department to meet current and future needs of the community.
- May serve as Duty Chief for an assigned shift; responds to alarms as required by departmental policy and assumes command of operations unless relieved of command by a superior officer.
- Assists in directing disaster preparedness and other fire protection programs to minimize the loss of life and property within the community.
- Prepares and maintains special reports, letters, proposals, and records on fire activities; receives and evaluates a variety of documents, reports, and statistical information for the department.
- Provides complex administrative and management support as well as staff assistance to the Fire Chief; directs and conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends modifications to programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
- Participates on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees.
- Represents the Fire Department to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinates assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
- Explains, justifies, and defends department programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
- Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of fire prevention and suppression.
- Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
- Serves as acting Fire Chief as assigned; acts on behalf of the Fire Chief in the absence of same.
- Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
- Fire ground tactics and strategy; emergency incident management, specifically the Incident Command System (ICS); principles of incident safety; automatic and mutual aid agreements; hazardous materials incident management; and confined space and technical rescue techniques.
- Governmental codes, ordinances, and regulations and Civil and Criminal codes as they relate to the functions of the fire department.
- Fire science theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of emergency service operations including fire suppression, fire prevention, and fire investigation.
- Principles and practices of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
- Methods and techniques of emergency medical response.
- Operational characteristics of fire apparatus and equipment including Code 3 driving techniques.
- Principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
- Principles and practices of program development and administration.
- Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
- Current safety practices as they relate to equipment and procedures involved in the fire service.
- Methods and techniques of public relations.
- Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.
- Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
- Assist in the overall management of the Fire Department.
- Perform competently in dynamic, highly stressful situations; command fire department staff and operate vehicles and radios.
- Work extended hours and days to meet operational needs.
- Participate in the development and administration of goals, objectives, and procedures for the Fire Department.
- Analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments.
- Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs.
- Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff.
- Delegate authority and responsibility.
- Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
- Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
- Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
- Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.
- Prepare and administer large and complex budgets.
- Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
- Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
- Operate modern office equipment and computers including applicable software applications.
- Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
- Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Education/Training: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fire science, fire administration, public administration, or a related field.
Experience: Eight years of increasingly responsible experience in an agency providing a full range of urban fire protection services including five years of management and administrative responsibility at the level of Battalion Chief or above.
License or Certificate - Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license. Possession of CPR Certificate. Possession of Hazardous Materials First Responder Incident Command Certificate. Possession of Strike Team Leader Certificate. Possession of California State Chief Officer certification, or ability to obtain within one year of employment if new incumbent is from out of State. National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Certification is highly desirable.
Residency Requirements - Residency within the adopted General Plan for the City of Escondido is preferred.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Standard office setting with some travel to various locations to attend meetings or respond to emergency scenes, disasters, or critical incidents; occasional exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, airborne particles, noxious odors, gases, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in areas of limited and restricted entry and exit, and in high precarious places; extensive public contact; the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, the noise level may be very loud when responding to emergency calls and when working at a fire or other emergency incident; wear protective apparel including goggles, face protector, aprons, safety shoes and oxygen breathing apparatus; may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings. Work schedule is 9/80 with alternating Fridays off in a biweekly period. Work environment is both formal and informal, team oriented, having variable tasks, pace, and pressure. Work is usually performed indoors in office and in meeting rooms.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting and operate office equipment and to respond to emergency alarms and/or assume command of field operations. CONTINUOUS sitting and upward and downward flexion of neck; fine finger dexterity; light to moderate finger pressure to manipulate keyboard, equipment controls, and office equipment; pinch grasp to manipulate writing utensils. FREQUENT side-to-side turning of neck, walking, standing, bending, stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting at waist; moderate wrist torque to twist equipment knobs and dials; lifting objects weighing up to 20 lbs. from below waist to above shoulders and transporting distances up to 50 yards. OCCASIONAL squatting, kneeling, and reaching above and at shoulder height; moderate grasp to manipulate reference books and manuals; lifting objects weighing 20-35 lbs. from below waist to above shoulders and transporting distances up to 50 feet; operate a vehicle to travel to various locations; operate fire suppression and medical response, equipment, apparatus, and tools; verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents and to operate equipment.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
Date: January 2005
Revised by MH/Department