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Fire Division Chief

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DEFINITION: Under the general direction of the Fire Chief, Deputy, performs responsible administrative work in planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and evaluating the activities of a major division of the Fire Department; commands department operations at major emergencies; and acts as Fire Chief as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents of the class direct the overall activities of a major division of the Department which may consist of Fire Control and Fire Prevention duties. Incumbents may perform any, and all of the duties outlined below depending upon their assignment.

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:

1. Manages the business, planning, and training fire code enforcement, construction plan review, and arson investigation activities of the department; or manages the operations activities of the department, including fire station-based operations and programs.
2. Directs Battalion Chiefs in the management of their assigned programs, operations and staff; supervises, participates in, and evaluates operations, training, and recordkeeping systems.
3. Assists the Fire Chief, Deputy, in the formulation and administration of department policies; prepares and implements department procedures and regulations.
4. Establishes and maintains effective public relations between the department and the community by speaking before community organizations and meeting with local citizens, community groups, and others to discuss fire and emergency medical services and fire prevention activities.
5. Evaluates community needs and program effectiveness; develops recommendations for changes in program operations, staffing, equipment, and facilities; projects costs and impacts of proposed changes in programs, funding, staffing, and operations.
6. Responds to alarms to monitor field operations and to command major or sensitive emergency, inspection, and enforcement operations.
7. Prepares annual budget requests for division operations; monitors budget expenditures and ensures that expenditures are within the guidelines established in the budget.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

1. Three years of management level experience that included significant County/District wide fire operational, administrative and logistical responsibilities; or,
2. three years of experience performing duties equivalent to those of Fire Battalion Chief with Santa a Barbara County, including significant County/District-wide fire operational, administrative, and logistical responsibilities; or,
3. five years of experience performing duties equivalent to those of Fire Captain with Santa Barbara County, including experience in emergency operations, fire code enforcement, and logistical activities, and 24 semester (36 quarter) units in fire science, fire administration, public administration, or the State Fire Marshal's Fire Management series, and current status on a Santa Barbara County eligibility list for the Class of Fire Battalion chief; or,
4. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession and maintenance of a valid California Class C Driver License.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of public administration as applied to the management of fire and other emergency services; county government organization, powers, functions, and relationships with other governmental jurisdictions; principles and practices of personnel management, budgeting, and fiscal management, and records management; fire fighting problems, techniques, and equipment; national and state fire codes and administrative regulations; fire related provision of the Uniform Building Code; standards of the National Fire Protection Association; fire chemistry; current techniques of building inspection and arson investigation.

Ability to: plan, assign, direct, and review the work of others; manage department response to all forms of fire, medical, and other emergencies; prepare, interpret and apply rules, regulations, and laws; analyze problems, create solutions, and make appropriate choices among available alternatives; prepare correspondence and administrative reports; make presentations during meetings with individuals and groups; prepare reports and records, implement emergency service, code enforcement, and administrative programs; establish and maintain working relationships with department staff, County administrative officials, representatives of business and other government organizations and the general public.

Desirable Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Fire Administration or Public Administration, or completion of the State Fire Marshal's Fire Management series.
 



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