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Fire Chief


Salary Range

$66,706 - $98,675 depending upon qualifications

Job FLSA Status


Public Safety


Job Details

This is highly responsible technical and administrative work planning and directing all activities of the City Fire Department.
The Fire Chief is responsible for the administration and coordination of all fire department activities through the supervision of subordinate officers and review of their activities. The employee establishes policies, procedures and regulations for the department; makes decisions pertaining to fire fighting and fire prevention operating standards within the limitation of laws, regulations and established policies from higher authority, and approves training plans and programs. Work includes the preparation of the annual budgets, specifications for the new fire fighting equipment and personnel. Reports to the City Manager who reviews work primarily in the broad procedures and interest of insuring fire safety for the city.
Staff car, public safety radio, cell phone, pager, first aid equipment, personal computer including word processing software, audiovisual equipment.

Job Duties

Plans, organizes, assigns and directs departmental operations with respect to equipment, apparatus, and personnel; approves training plans and programs for the department; recommends long range plans for equipment, facilities and manpower to the City Manager.
Supervises and coordinates the enforcement of fire prevention laws and ordinances such as safety regulations for public assemblies, the handling and storage of combustible materials and the use of inflammable liquids and explosives; oversees issuance of occupancy certificates and various special permits.
Personally takes charge of all fires occurring in schools, churches, hotels, motels, hospitals, nursing homes, theaters, and other places of public gatherings; industrial plants, large businesses, bulk oil plants, and factories; answers all second alarm fires.
Exercises purchasing and budgetary control; prepares specifications for new equipment and apparatus; develops personnel recruitment and promotion programs and policies subject to approval of the City Manager; recruits and promotes personnel within the approved policies and procedures.
Directs the preparation and analysis of fire records and reports to secure efficient operation, to meet service demands, and to comply with authorized requests for information regarding department activities and personnel.
Supervises inspection of city for fire hazards; coordinates investigations of arson with Fire Marshall.
Attends City Council meetings as necessary; attends regional and other educational meetings to keep abreast of modern fire fighting methods, investigations, and administration; addresses civic clubs, schools and other groups and participates in mass media informational and educational programs to explain and promote public understanding of departmental work and fire prevention policies.
Directs the planning, organization and conducting of a citywide fire prevention educational program and personally participates in the program.
Performs related duties as required.

Job Qualifications

(A) Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of modern fire department administration; thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, equipment and apparatus used in modern fire fighting and in the protection of life and property from fire; thorough knowledge of the rules and regulations of the fire department; geography of the city and the location of streets, principal buildings, fire hydrants, and fire alarm boxes.
(B) Skill in the use of the tools and equipment listed below. 
(C) Ability to plan, install and carry out programs of departmental operations and activities, personnel training and fire prevention; Ability to speak and write effectively; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, department heads, agencies, and the general public.

Job Education

(A)  Graduation from a college or university with a bachelor's degree in public management, business administration, fire science technology, fire safety engineering or related degree with college level courses in fire administration; and

(B) Ten (10) years high level command experience, three years of which must have been equivalent to Fire Captain or higher inclusive of a minimum of 1 year performing administrative type work; or

(C)  An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Job Computer Skills

Must possess or have the ability to obtain the Chief Fire Office Designation (CFO) through the Commission on Professional Credentialing;
Must be or have the ability to become a certified firefighter through the Georgia Firefighters Standards and training Council;
Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid State Driver's License.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk, use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, controls, or tools listed above; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions.  The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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