Thank you for your interest in our Fire Division Chief position. We look forward to the opportunity to consider you as an applicant.
To be considered for this outstanding career opportunity applicants must submit an application with detailed information in each section of the application: Education, Work Experience, Certificates and Licenses, and Skills.
In addition to submitting a detailed application, you must attach copies of all of the certificates and license required for the position. Failure to do so will result in your application being disqualified. Resumes may be attached but will not be accepted in lieu of a complete, detailed application.
INTERVIEW & ASSESSMENT PROCESS: Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications and who attach all of the required documents (certificates and license), will be invited to participate in the Interview and Assessment process on: MAY 16th & May 17th.
The Interview & Assessment Center will consist of the following elements:
Interview Exercise: Designed to evaluate your abilities as related to the organizational leadership role of a Division Chief.
Operational Exercise: Designed to evaluate your abilities as related to the incident action planning and command role of a Division Chief.
Verbal In Basket Exercise: Designed to evaluate your abilities as related to the organizational management role of a Division Chief.
For planning/scheduling purposes, please make note of the interview and assessment process dates. Additional details will be sent via email once our screening process is complete (on or before MAY 3rd at 5 p.m.).
With a population of more than 60,000 people, Tulare is centrally located in the State of California between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and is recognized as the Agri-Center of the World. Emergency services are provided by four (4) in service fire companies from three (3) strategically located fire stations with in the City of Tulare. Three of the companies are staffed with three personnel (Captain, Engineer, and Firefighter/Paramedic) and one patrol unit is staffed with two personnel (Captain and Engineer/Paramedic). A Division Chief is on duty twenty-four hours a day to perform as an incident commander, supervise fire suppression activities, and provide personnel supervision. The department consists of two (2) divisions: Fire Suppression and Fire Prevention.
Plans, organizes, coordinates and administers all functions and activities of the fire suppression divisions of the City's Fire Department while assigned to a 56 hour assignment. This classification will work as a 24 hour shift commander for one of three emergency response platoons while managing, or assisting in the management of field operations; oversee associated programs and projects as well as assisting the Fire Chief with the Department's overall administration; conducts immediate response activities; fosters cooperative working relationships among City departments, divisions, and with intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and various public and private groups; provides highly responsible and complex professional assistance to the Fire Chief in areas of expertise.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general direction from the Fire Chief. Exercises general direction and supervision over assigned staff.
This assistant department head classification assists the Fire Chief in managing activities throughout the City and the surrounding area to provide comprehensive fire suppression services. This class has responsibility for the Fire Suppression Division of the department, functions for the Fire Chief on a relief basis, and is distinguished from that latter class in that the Fire Chief has overall management responsibility for all departmental functions, staff and activities. The Fire Division Chief is further distinguished from the Fire Chief in that the Fire Division Chiefs are assigned to a 24 hour shift and to specific suppression division such as Training and Emergency Medical Services; Equipment and Stations; and/or Dispatch/Communications and Disaster Preparedness. Fire Division Chiefs may also fill in for the Battalion Chiefs on a relief basis as needed.
Examples of Essential Functions
Examples of ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (Illustrative Only) Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
Provides command and control to incidents occurring in the City of Tulare area, including responding to fires, extrications, and other hazards, monitoring calls, and participating in service provision.
During an assigned shift, directs fire suppression, rescue operations and other public service through Fire Captains and Fire Battalion Chiefs.
On a rotational basis, serve as the Duty Chief Officer, having responsibility for a 24 hour platoon/shift on an average of 10 shifts per month.
Ascertains the need for and type of additional equipment necessary to handle emergencies; makes technical decisions as to the best methods of extinguishing fires after observing the fire and receiving reports from company officers.
Supervises the rendering of emergency medical services.
Provides command and control on multiple company incidents.
Assumes any of the command functions of the Incident Command System as required; assumes control of an emergency scene; directs and supervises forces in the suppression of fires and in the control of incidents involving hazardous chemicals and other materials as required.
Administers, manages, and coordinates City Emergency Operations Center and Disaster Preparedness, including planning, organizing, and directing related functions and participating in staff training, emergency plan development, and emergency operations.
Assumes role and responsibilities of Fire Chief in his/her absence, including applying departmental policies and procedures regarding personnel issues, department commitments and the Emergency Operations Center and meeting with various entities regarding related issues.
Manages and participates in the development and administration of the division's and/or department's budget; forecasts funds and specifications needed for staffing, apparatus, equipment, supplies, and facilities; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; directs the preparation and implementation of budgetary adjustments.
Selects, trains, motivates, and directs personnel; evaluates and reviews work for acceptability and conformance with Department standards, including program and project priorities and performance evaluations; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and participates in termination procedures; responds to staff questions and concerns.
Plans, organizes, and directs operations of various Department programs, including administering and managing program operations and monitoring program success in meeting established goals and objectives.
Manages the resources of the assigned division and programs to assure the emergency response capability of the department is properly trained and equipped for the assigned duties and responsibilities; inspects facilities and equipment for repair, readiness, level of maintenance and supplies necessary to support demand of programs; implements management philosophy and direction and provides feedback to resolve conflicts.
Establish appropriate performance targets and objectives for staff and conduct timely, objective and impartial employee performance appraisals.
Evaluates existing conditions and Federal, State, and local codes applicable to assigned divisions and programs; recommends policies, procedures, and ordinance revisions as necessary.
Assists in preparing specifications for apparatus and equipment.
Conducts and coordinates contract negotiations for special services, including drafting contracts and proposals and meeting with related entities in developing contracts.
Provides needed information and demonstrations to City employees and the public regarding fire safety and related issues.
Supervises, plans and coordinates Fire Department operations and activities in conjunction with the Fire Chief, including recommending, developing and implementing procedural and policy improvements, coordinating events and activities as assigned, providing technical data and research information for presentations and reports, preparing, administering, and overseeing related budgets, and directing and participating in personnel management.
Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.
Prepares, maintains, and reviews a variety of records, forms, reports, schedules, recommendations and other administrative records related to operations, support services, administration, training, or other special programs as assigned.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other Fire Department personnel within and outside of the City; works closely with a variety of public and private organizations, community groups, and other City, County, and State officials in developing programs and implementing projects for fire prevention, code enforcement, and administration.
Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions and reviews materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas.
Determines response jurisdictions for all stations and apparatus within department and review periodically.
Acts as a Strike Team Leader, Division or Group Supervisor, Safety Officer or other overhead position requested and qualified for on in-and-out of County Mutual Aid requests.
Responds to questions and comments from the public in a courteous and timely manner.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications / Requirements
Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to the public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.
Principles and practices of contemporary emergency management including: Large Scale Disaster Management, fire fighting tactics and strategy, hazardous materials incidents,emergency medical incidents and complex rescues.
Practices and protocols for multi-agency response and coordination at large scale emergencies.
Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures.
Principles, practices, procedures, equipment, and apparatus used in firefighting, rescue, and various other emergency responses.
Organization and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs.
Municipal budget development and financial accounting practices.
Geography of the City, including locations of streets, hydrants, sprinkler and standpipe hookups, and alarm panels.
Practices and techniques of hazardous materials response, containment and clean-up.
Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and ordinances.
Safety practices and equipment related to the work.
Develop, implement, and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient fire suppression and prevention services.
Evaluate assigned division and specialized program needs and their overall effectiveness; and make recommendations for improvements, changes in operation, or staffing requirements.
Enforce City policy and Departmental Standard Operating Procedures and maintain reasonable organizational decorum and discipline.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Supervise, select, train, motivate, and evaluate the work of staff.
Plan, direct, and review fire suppression, inspection, fire and life safety code compliance, emergency medical service, and hazardous material emergencies operations and activities.
Analyze situations and identify pertinent problems/issues; collect relevant information; evaluate realistic options; and recommend/implement appropriate course of action.
Identify and respond to community and City Council issues, concerns, and needs.
Perform fire suppression and associated rescue and salvage work in a safe and effective manner.
Deal with hazardous materials incidents in conformance with department procedures.
Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
Prepare and maintain a divisional budget.
Establish and maintain a variety of manual and computerized record keeping and project management systems.
Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines.
Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software programs.
Analyze complex problems, both for emergency incident situations and for administrative and management environments, evaluate alternatives and make prudent recommendations.
Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines in politically sensitive situations.
Education and Experience: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
Eight years of full-time paid experience in an organized Fire Department which includes at least five (5) years of responsible administrative and supervisory experience as a Captain and possession of a two-year degree in fire science, public administration, or emergency Medicine from an accredited community college or a Bachelors Degree in fire science, management, or public administration from an accredited college or university.
Possession of a valid Class C California driver's license with a satisfactory driving record.
Possession of a California State Fire Marshal Fire Officer Certification or California State Fire Marshal Fire Company Officer Certification.
Possession of a California State Fire Marshal Chief Officer Certificate or the California State Fire Marshal Chief Fire Officer Certificate.
Possession of an Emergency Medical Technician I Certification.
Possession of a valid healthcare provider CPR Certification.
Ability to obtain within 12 months Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations and Hazardous Materials Incident Commander Certifications.
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; mobility, physical strength and stamina to respond to emergency situations and use emergency apparatus and equipment; perform medium to heavy physical work, to work in confined spaces, around machines, and to climb and descend ladders; to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to discern colors and assess emergency situations, including medical incidents, to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. This is partially a sedentary, partially a field classification that requires operating in emergency situations and to identifying and assessing problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator, operate standard office equipment, and to operate above-mentioned apparatus and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect work sites, and push and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials, objects, and individuals necessary to perform job functions.
Employees partially work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. The work also involves work in the field with exposure to loud noise levels, extreme temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, substantial heights, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.
May be required to work on evenings, weekends, and holidays and monitor radio traffic on 24-hour shifts as assigned.
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