COLUMBIA COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

135 NE HERNANDO AVE., SUITE 203

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

POSITION TITLE: ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF

FUNCTION: Responsible for the management of various departmental operations including fire safety, fire suppression, special operations, and plans review. Work is performed under the general direction and supervision of the Fire Chief. Successful performance helps ensure the protection of community life and property and affects local insurance rates.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Must obtain the required minimum documented training as set forth by Florida Law. Must obtain the required training as set forth by the Columbia County Fire Department. Must obtain and maintain Florida State Firefighter Certification. High school diploma or GED required and five (5) years of experience as a Lieutenant or an officer in charge in a similar or larger fire service.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of fire-fighting standards, practices, strategies, tactics, and equipment. Knowledge and/or willingness to learn the geography, streets, buildings, and fire hydrant locations of the County. Knowledge of first aid principles and applications. Knowledge of budgeting practices. Knowledge of hazardous materials. Knowledge of National Incident Management Systems. Skill in management and supervision under both routine and emergency situations. Skill in decision making and problem solving. Skill in oral and written communication and interpersonal relations. Skill in the operation and use of fire equipment and apparatus. Knowledge of professional guidelines including county and state fire codes, national Fire Protection Association guidelines, local ordinances, and departmental rules and regulations. Ability to maintain professional relationships with elected and other local government officials, other department heads, representatives of emergency assistance agencies, employees, and the general public.

SALARY: $55,000 annually plus benefits

MAJOR FUNCTION: Responsible for the management of various departmental operations including fire safety, fire suppression, special operations, and plans review. Work is performed under the general direction and supervision of the Fire Chief. Successful performance helps ensure the protection of community life and property and affects local insurance rates.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Plans, organizes, and coordinates programs, projects, and activities. Assigns tasks and duties to mid-level subordinate supervisors. Conducts fire safety inspections and investigations. Inspects completed buildings, receptacles, vehicles, or storage places for fire code compliance. Performs follow-up inspections on completed buildings when code violations are noted. Inspects buildings for fire code compliance prior to the issuance of business licenses or permits for the conduct of business. Enforces county and state fire codes and ordinances regarding flammable materials, fire alarm system installations, fire escape maintenance. Maintains the means and adequacy of exit in case of fire from factories, schools, halls, theaters, amphitheaters, night clubs and lounges, and other public places. Works with state and local agencies in the event of a fatal fire or fire with injury. Performs fire safety and public safety education and acts as an instructor for in-service training Information Center (JIC) Leadership in the Countywide Emergency Operations Center during Center activations and Emergency Declarations. Evaluates performance of subordinates and provides coaching and counseling as needed. Develops, reviews, and revises standard operating procedures. Prepares written reports for the Fire Chief. Directs and participates in training of personnel. Assists in the coordination of departmental emergency management functions and activities with other County departments. Assists Fire Chief with budget preparation and administration, staff recruitment, and promotions. May assume command and control of major emergency activities, and may assume command of the Fire Department when directed by the Fire Chief. Reviews plans for compliance with applicable safety codes.

NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Performs other related duties as assigned WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is typically performed in an office, except while at scene. The employee is exposed to noise, dust and dirt, machinery with moving parts, irritating chemicals, extreme temperatures, hazardous situations, and occasional inclement weather. The work requires the use of protective clothing and devices.

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL ABILITIES/DEMANDS: The work is performed with the employee sitting, standing, walking, bending, crouching or stooping. The employee must be able to lift heavy objects (at least 75 pounds), climb ladders, use tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and be able to distinguish between shades of color. Acceptable eyesight and hearing (with or without correction), ability to communicate orally and in writing and the ability to perform repetitive motion required

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES: Possession of an appropriate valid driver’s license issued by the State of Florida. Must maintain a Florida State Fire Inspector Certification Must maintain a Florida State Firefighter Certification 

 

 Applications will need to be returned via mail P.O. Box 1529 Lake City, FL 32056, fax 386-758-2182, email lisa_roberts@columbiacountyfla.com, or in person at 135 NE Hernando Ave Suite 203, Lake City, FL 32055.