Battalion Chief: De Pere Wisconsin

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Battalion Chief

Salary: $76,107.00 – $104,374.00 Annually

Job Description:


The City of De Pere is seeking an experienced fire service professional to fill a Battalion Chief position. 
The Battalion Chief is a working supervisor that supervises 6-10 employees between two stations.  The City of De Pere has three Battalion Chief positions.  The Battalion Chiefs are primarily stationed at the administrative offices and supervise the Lieutenants at both stations.  The Battalion Chief plans, directs, coordinates, and supervises the day-to-day operations of the assigned shift to establish and maintain a safe work environment that ensures a high degree of operational readiness to maximize the level of service provided to the community.  The City of De Pere Fire Rescue Department exists to serve the community and responds to primarily EMS calls. 
The City of De Pere is a positive, team-oriented organization with a commitment to providing exceptional customer service to its community.  The City of De Pere strives to attract, develop, and retain critical talent by promoting a diversity of thought, valuing differing perspectives, and empowering employees to share their authentic viewpoints at all levels and functions within the City.  Diversity and inclusiveness enhance our employee’s ability to be thoughtful, effective and efficient while providing the very highest level of municipal service to our community.  If you enjoy a busy, positive work environment and the chance to contribute to the quality of life for a whole community, this job may be the right fit for you!

Typical Work Schedule: Works 24 hour shifts. Plus additional hours as required for training, meetings, emergencies, etc.
Salary: The 2020 full salary range is $76,107 – $104,374.  Applicants may be hired anywhere within the range, but are typically hired between steps 1 and 6.  Step 6 is $86,964.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Essential Functions

Plan, direct, and coordinate the day-to-day operations of the assigned shift to establish and maintain a safe work environment that ensures a high degree of operational readiness to maximize the level of service provided to the community.
Supervise employees, including conducting evaluations of performance, enforcement of City policies and department guidelines, receive and investigate complaints of policy or guideline violations, assist in internal investigations, and make recommendations to the Fire Chief or Assistant Fire Chief regarding matters involving employee performance, evaluation, discipline, investigation, or retention.  Recommend and issue corrective action or counseling. 
Participate in labor negotiations and union grievances and provide recommendations to the Fire Chief regarding modifications to the collective bargaining agreement. 
Participate in and provide managerial recommendations to the Fire Chief in matters involving hiring and promotions of department personnel.  Assist the Human Resources department with background investigations.
Make strategic and tactical decisions regarding incident operations which are consistent with department policy, operational procedures, standard operating guidelines, and modern fire suppression and emergency management practices.
Assist with long-range planning efforts and coordinate the development of pre-incident emergency response plans for facilities within the City.
Function as a member of the Incident Command Team which may include Incident Commander, Incident Safety Officer, Resource Unit Leader, Division/Group Supervisor, or Senior Advisor.
Conduct shift briefings with other Battalion Chief at the beginning and end of shifts. Review daily activities with assigned companies and officers.  Keep Fire Chief and/or Assistant Fire Chief apprised of daily schedule, staffing, and activities.
Review fire, emergency medical, inspection, and administrative reports of subordinates for accuracy, completeness, and clarity. Follow up as necessary.
Perform administrative assignments as delegated by the Fire Chief, such as fire operations, emergency medical service, training and maintenance.
Assist or lead the development of policies, operational procedures, and standard operating guidelines in order to enhance the overall operation of the department.  Ensure employees are following all safety procedures.
Direct and plan for the care and maintenance of department apparatus, equipment, and facilities.  Assist in the planning, acquisition, and evaluation of the same.
Ensure that scheduled training and education are conducted and completed.  Identify areas where members may require additional training and or education. 
Educate City officials, civic groups, businesses, and citizens on fire prevention and fire codes.  Work closely with community leaders, communities, boards, councils, etc. 
Maintain the ability to credibly testify in a court hearing.  Maintain prompt, predictable and reliable attendance. Maintain the ability to lawfully operate a motor vehicle. 
Perform Lieutenant duties.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of modern methods of fire department administration, principles and practices of fire suppression, pre-hospital emergency medical care, technical rescue, disaster management, and the use and maintenance of firefighting and emergency medical apparatus and equipment.  Considerable knowledge of statutes, standards, codes, and ordinances pertaining to fire safety, building construction, electrical installations, and the storage/handling of hazardous materials.  Working knowledge of leadership principles and practices.  Knowledge and understanding of community fire and safety education programs, design, and implementation.   
Comprehensive skill in the application of modern fire suppression and prevention techniques, evaluation, and implementation of tactical and operational requirements.  Skill in selecting, assigning, training, and evaluating subordinates.  Skill in the operation of equipment needed to effectively perform the duties and responsibilities of the position, including modern office equipment. Considerable skill in planning, scheduling and directing the work of others.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with business representatives, elected officials, department heads, the general public, and other City employees.  Ability to develop and maintain an effective working relationship with department staff and the public.  Ability to utilize a computer and related software.  Ability to acquire a thorough knowledge of the City, including  streets, buildings, water supply, hazards and related items.  
May be required to demonstrate minimum competency by successfully passing approved tests.

Minimum Requirements & Physical Requirements


  1. Associate Degree in Fire Science or related field; Bachelor’s preferred.
  2. Ten years fire service experience, including five years experience in a supervisory/command position with a full service municipal, county or state agency performing fire and EMS service responsibilities. Work history should show a progression of increased responsibility culminating in role equivalent to a Fire Officer.
  3. Certified as Firefighter I and Firefighter II.
  4. Certified as a Driver/Operator Pumper and Aerial.
  5. Certified as Fire Officer I.
  6. Current National Registry or State of Wisconsin Emergency Medical Technician – Basic certification or higher.
  7. Valid unencumbered Wisconsin driver’s license and safe driving record.
    A combination of education and/or experience may be considered.


  1. Ability to perform the following activities:
  2. Climb four flights of stairs while wearing fire protective ensemble weighting at least 50 pounds or more and carrying equipment/tools weighing an additional 20 – 40 pounds
  3. Wear personal protective ensemble and SCBA, search, find and rescue-drag or carry victims ranging from newborn to adults weighing over 200 pounds
  4. Must be able to hear and have correctable vision
  5. Ability to run, climb, reach, apply leverage from unusual positions, enter cramped and difficult to enter spaces in low visibility and unknown dangers
  6. Ability to maneuver and direct heavy nozzles and fire streams, raise and climb ladders while wearing heavy protective clothing and breathing apparatus
  7. Ability to work in extreme environmental conditions including height, super-heated smoke and fire filled buildings, cold and noise
  8. Frequent standing, walking, sitting
  9. Ability to focus for long periods of time on projects
  10. Ability to reach


How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.


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