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Fire Battalion Chief, Staff

Salary: N/A

DEFINITION: Under general direction, manages the activities a group of fire stations, an administrative services section, an emergency services and hazardous materials section, or an enforcement section; plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates the activities of staff, and may command fire and other emergency operations; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Positions in this class have responsibility for a group of fire stations or for a major program such as code enforcement, emergency services and hazardous materials, or training; and manage extended attack and major emergency responses. The class of Battalion Chief is distinguished from Fire Captain by ongoing responsibility for a group of engine companies and by county-wide responsibility for fire and emergency operations on an assigned shift.


1. Manages multiple fire stations, an administrative section, emergency services and hazardous materials programs, or a section engaged in the inspection and enforcement of fire and building codes; directs operational, prevention, enforcement, investigation, and administrative activities; evaluates readiness of staff, equipment, and facilities; supervises and participates in activities to assure readiness.
2. Responds to and assumes command of extended attack, major emergencies, and other operations; acts as a strike team leader, agency representative, or other Incident Command System officer; evaluates fire ground operations and effectiveness, and makes changes as appropriate.
3. Directs and participates in planning of emergency response, fire prevention, code enforcement, administrative, disaster planning response and recovery, hazardous materials programs, and other departmental activities; plans and manages company-level training and professional development programs.
4. Analyzes data and develops recommendations for the budget, staff, equipment, facilities, and programs; prepares reports and makes presentations to explain and justify proposals.
5. Investigates complaints concerning fire hazards and department operations; develops solutions for problems to ensure compliance with departmental policies and with regulations.
6. Provides information to the public and the news media regarding department operations, programs, policies, and procedures; represents the department at interdepartmental, interagency, and community meetings.
7. Supervises and participates in suppression of fires, administering of emergency medical treatment, and response to hazardous materials incidents.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required; and:

1. Three years of broad and progressively responsible experience performing duties equivalent to those of Fire Captain with Santa Barbara County, including experience in supervision of fire suppression and fire code enforcement activities; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Applicants hired after December 26, 1988, shall be disqualified from further employment consideration if they use tobacco products in any form, on or off duty.

Knowledge of: firefighting problems, techniques, and equipment; national and state fire codes and administrative regulations; fire-related provisions of the Uniform Building Code; standards of the National Fire Protection Association; fire chemistry; current techniques of building inspection and arson investigation; Incident Command System, emergency medical management; hazardous materials response and management; disaster planning, response, and recovery; principles and practices of public administration as applied to the management of fire and other emergency services; principles and practices of public budgeting, financial management, personnel management, and records management.

Ability to: plan, assign, direct, and review the work of others; interpret and apply rules, regulations, and laws; analyze problems and emergency situations and develop solutions or strategies; make decisions, and exercise leadership in emergency situations; allocate resources; prepare correspondence and administrative reports; make presentations to various groups; establish and maintain working relationships with departmental staff, County officials, representatives of business and other government organizations, and the general public; function as a member of a fire company engaged in fire suppression, emergency medical, and other emergency response.


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