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Fire Chief

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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.


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 investigation.
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.

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