Fire Battalion Chief

City Of Visalia, CA Visalia , CA 93291

Posted 3 months ago

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The Visalia Fire Department is recruiting for Battalion Chief. There are two positions available and an eligibility list is being established. For more detailed information about the department and position click here to review the recruitment brochure.

JOB TITLE: Fire Battalion Chief

DEPARTMENT: Fire Department

BASIC FUNCTION:

Under direction, to perform professional administrative and managerial duties for the Fire Department and serves as a key member of Department management; acts on behalf of the Fire Chief as required in support of overall Department objectives. May be assigned as a Shift Battalion Chief and/or assigned on a 40-hour work week. Performs related responsibilities as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

This class is distinguished from the Fire Captain by its management responsibility for major divisions within the Fire Department; as opposed to a Captain's responsibility for a specific station and shift.

Examples of Duties: KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensures that department goals and objectives are accomplished through supervising and coordinating staff efforts; developing and implementing policies, procedures, and work plans; and reviewing and evaluating division performance.

  • Performs division administrative activities including budget preparation and monitoring, preparation of a variety of reports, capital expenditures, development of work plans, programs and long-range planning.

  • Participates in the development, review, evaluation and interpretation of Department policies, procedures, regulations, and other decisions affecting the Department to ensure efficiency.

  • Enforces fire prevention standards, laws and ordinances.

  • Develops, plans, schedules, coordinates and conducts department personnel training; assesses training needs; and oversees and ensures quality training activities.

  • Plans, assigns and supervises the work of prevention inspectors and arson investigators engaged in building and other inspections.

  • Reviews and prepares unit reports on inspections and investigations; inspects commercial, industrial, mercantile, manufacturing and residential properties within the City, with special attention directed to hazardous or unusual techniques or processes employed.

  • May serve as the department Training Officer, Fire Marshal, Administrative Officer or Shift Duty Chief.

  • Plans, implements and directs new recruit and in-service training programs.

  • Checks and approves commercial building plans involving public assemblage, hazardous processes, hotels, motels, homes for the aged and institutions of incarceration.

  • Plans and conducts programs of public education and information.

  • Develops and administers the City's Safety and Disaster Preparedness/SEMS plans and training programs.

  • Ensures completion and maintenance of all required records related to training, safety and disaster preparedness.

  • Investigates complaints from the public and answers questions relative to hazards and violation of standards.

  • Coordinates investigations with other public or private agencies.

  • Oversees and assists in the determination of the cause of fire by examining the fire scene and fire debris, developing the necessary expertise in the determination of fire cause.

  • Prepares various reports as assigned, including those relating to budget and expenditure items.

  • Conducts special work projects and programs as assigned by the Fire Chief.

  • Inspects apparatus and equipment maintenance and makes recommendations for necessary repair, modification or replacement.

  • Inspects stations and companies for operational readiness.

  • Assists in coordinating Fire Department activities with other City departments and divisions and with outside agencies.

  • Plans, organizes, trains and supervises the Fire Reserve personnel and work programs.

  • Functions as emergency incident commander; assumes command at emergency incidents and direct operations; determines strategy, deploys apparatus and directs departmental supervisor in controlling emergency; and minimizing loss of life and property.

  • Develops and implements community relations and information programs; represents the City and Department to the community through public education, presentations, and through the media.

  • Plans and administers other department programs or functions as assigned by the Fire Chief.

  • Acts on behalf of the Fire Chief as required.

  • Performs related duties as required.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:

This position reports to Fire Chief and supervises assigned staff.

Qualifications / Requirements:
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of/Skill in/Ability to:

  • Federal, state and government agency laws and regulations pertaining to Emergency Management, emergency medical service, fire/life safety, arrest, search and seizure and occupancy loads.

  • Firefighting operations and rescue operations, procedures, equipment and safety precautions.

  • Incident command system and disaster operations.

  • Techniques of stabilizing disaster scenes and containing destructive forces.

  • Fire chemistry, pump evolutions, and practical hydraulics.

  • Hazardous materials and their properties, and Haz-Mat ICS.

  • Safety precautions and procedures.

  • Methods and practices of fire/arson investigation.

  • Legal processes required in collecting evidence relating to cases of suspected arson.

  • Fire prevention, fire code interpretations and inspection procedures.

  • Principles and practices of developing and conducting training in specialized technical subjects.

  • Principles and practices of fire administrations and general management and organization.

  • Principles and practices of organization and public administration.

  • Principles, practices, and techniques of planning, research and program development and implementation.

  • Municipal budget preparation, monitoring and analysis.

  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

  • Modern office methods, recordkeeping and procedures including use of computers and various programs such as word-processing and spreadsheets.

  • Rapid and appropriate physical and mental response to emergency situations.

  • Operate firefighting and rescue equipment used in the Department.

  • Effectively deploy personnel and equipment in fire suppression and rescue operations.

  • Plan, schedule, make work assignments, set priorities, train, evaluate and discipline subordinates.

  • Identify fire and safety hazards and nuisances to recommend the appropriate corrective action.

  • Develop and implement tactics, strategies and decisions at the scene of an emergency.

  • Effectively develop training programs, make presentations and train large and small groups.

  • Prepare, monitor and analyze budget.

  • Public relations.

  • Report preparation and presentation.

  • Research methods, analyze and compile technical information.

  • Short and long-range planning.

  • Direct, evaluate, and supervise the work of assigned personnel.

  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form.

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skill and ability is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skill and abilities would be:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Fire Science, Fire Technology, Public Administration or related field is desirable. [This educational requirement becomes effective for appointments made after January 1, 2020.]

  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience as a Fire Captain or comparable position, with experience in the development and administration of programs within a fire department and with demonstrated ability to make effective contributions to a management team.

  • Agency approval to act as a Battalion Chief or equivalent.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License at time of appointment.

  • Possession of a current EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) certification.

  • Haz Mat IC/Scene Manager (CSTI) Certification or ability to obtain within one (1) year of appointment.

  • CSFM Chief Officer Certification is desirable.

Additional Information: PHYSICAL STANDARDS:

Lift and carry heavy equipment and people; endure long periods of extreme heat and physical exertion; enter burning areas and other hazardous life-threatening situations; and may sit for long periods of time.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Following the filing deadline, applications will be evaluated. Applicants who appear to have the most relevant qualifications in terms of education, experience and training will be invited to participate in the appraisal process. The process may include an appraisal interview, practical exercise, final interview, as well as full reference and background checks. References will only be contacted when a mutual interest has been established

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this classification and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

FLSA: Exempt


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Fire Battalion Chief

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