Fire Battalion Chief, Staff
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
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
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