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Fire Deputy Chief

Salary: N/A

DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, assists in the planning, organization, direction, and administration of the activities of the Fire Department, including Operations, Administration, Protection Services, Finance, Personnel, and Office of Emergency Services; acts for the Fire Chief in his/her absence; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This Class is distinguished from the Fire Chief by its emphasis on providing hands-on departmental direction, whereas the Fire Chief provides strategic, long-term planning extending beyond the scope of departmental administration.


1. Assists the Fire Chief in development and administration of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; creation of the departmental strategic plan, five-year plan, and capital plan. Reviews the effectiveness of such plans and recommends changes as necessary.
2. Provides policy direction to department's management team to enable them to make operational decisions; ensures coordination of operations for activities integrating two or more functions; designates responsibility in areas of functional overlap; evaluates and recommends changes in organization and allocation of staff and equipment in order to meet operational needs; oversees special projects.
3. Monitors revenues and expenditures to ensure departmental compliance with budget; evaluates the effectiveness of departmental performance measures and recommends changes and/or improvements as needed.
4. Advocates the Fire Department's position to various boards, commissions, other County Departments, community groups, outside agencies, and the media.
5. Commands Fire Staff or advises incident commander at major emergencies.
6. Acts as department head in Fire Chief's absence; provides leadership and direction for the department and in the area of public fire safety during the Chief's absence.


1. Three years of experience as a Fire Battalion Chief or equivalent management-level experience that included significant County/District-wide fire operational, administrative, and logistical responsibilities; 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 Class C California Driver License.

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 material 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 and program performance budgeting, financial management, personnel management, labor relations, and mutual aid; California Department of Forestry contracts and regional responsibilities.

Ability to: manage the spectrum of departmental operations and administration; plan, assign, organize, direct, prioritize, delegate, and review the work of self and others; develop, 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; work effectively under pressure; demonstrate leadership in all operations and administrative management; allocate resources; ensure compliance with mutual aid requests and CDF contracts; prepare correspondence and administrative reports; make presentations to various groups; represent the department to residents and other agencies in a manner that inspires trust and cooperation and maintains public safety; establish and maintain working relationships with departmental staff, County officials, representatives of business and other government organizations, and the general public.

Desirable Qualification: Bachelor's degree in Fire Administration or Public Administration, or completion of the State Fire Marshal's Fire Management series or equivalent recognized courses.

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