Fire Division Chief
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
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
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
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
7. Prepares annual budget requests for division operations; monitors
budget expenditures and ensures that expenditures are within the
guidelines established in the budget.
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.