DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, plans, organizes and
directs the activities of the Fire Department; and performs other
related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an at-will department head
class. The incumbent is exempt from Civil Service and serves at the
pleasure of the Board of Supervisors and County Administrator. The
Fire Chief is the chief administrative and operations officer of the
County Fire Department. The Fire Chief plans, organizes, and directs
the activities of a department that provides a full range of fire
services in the unincorporated areas of the County.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Administers the fire prevention, fire suppression, and
presuppression activities of a multi-station department.
2. Supervises firefighting and administrative personnel responsible
for wildland and structural fire protection, hazardous materials
response, emergency medical services, code enforcement, and arson
3. Provides policy direction to the incident commander at major
fires and disasters.
4. Serves on the County Disaster Council.
5. Represents the County in its relations with local, state and
federal fire and emergency response agencies, and represents the
department before the Board of Supervisors and community groups.
1) Three years of managerial and administrative experience in a fire
department or fire control agency and substantial multi-divisional
incident command experience on major incidents; 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.
Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C
Driver's License at the time of appointment.
Knowledge of: full-service fire or emergency operational functions;
principles of long-range planning; principles and practices of
personnel management and labor relations; funding strategies;
principles and practices budget and financial management; resource
management; conflict management; affirmative action.
Ability to: plan, organize, prioritize, coordinate and delegate
work; manage staff response to all forms of fire, medical, and other
emergencies; communicate effectively orally and in writing; analyze
data and make evaluations and recommendations; establish priorities;
formulate, explain and interpret policy; maintain relationships with
staff, other departments, elected officials, colleagues, business,
and community groups; persuade and motivate others; provide
direction and leadership to others; manage resources; develop staff.