Battalion Chief – Fire Prevention and Education: Appleton Wisconsin Deadline: February 24, 2019

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Battalion Chief – Fire Prevention and Education

Deadline: February 24, 2019

Salary: $33.26 – $49.88 Hourly

Job Description:


This is a management position responsible for managing and directing the prevention and public education functions of the Fire Department. This position participates in the formulation, determination and implementation of management policy and possesses effective authority to commit Fire Department resources.  The work involves supervision and scheduling of professional staff, administration of the Prevention and Public Education Programs, coordinating community wide fire prevention and public fire education activities, fiscal and personnel management.  Works with the Fire Chief in various administrative functions such as community risk assessment, code development, department budget development, long-term capital improvements, labor negotiations, and other personnel-related matters. This position works under the direct supervision of the Deputy Fire Chief.


  • Manages and directs the Prevention and Public Education programs.
  • Implements and administers a fire prevention/inspection program based on national standards and state and local fire and building codes.                               
  • Develops departmental and City wide fire prevention programs, following department policy, program objectives, available resources, community needs, and trains personnel for public education activities. 
  • Coordinates the activities of station/company personnel engaged in fire inspection activities of public, commercial and industrial buildings and occupancies.                    
  • Directs follow up inspections through Fire Prevention staff and with the Shift Commanders, and engine company inspectors.
  • Plans, develops, implements, and presents diverse public fire and life safety education activities and programs which fit the needs of the citizens of Appleton and other target audiences.  Coordinates the efforts of the Public Education Team.
  • Acts as a liaison between the news media and the Fire Department for all emergencies, as deemed appropriate by the Incident Commander. Coordinates the efforts of the department’s assigned Public Information Officers (PIO’s) and serves as the lead PIO for the department.
  • Directly supervises employees assigned to the fire prevention and public education programs.
  • Directly supervises the fire investigation programs and when necessary, assists in conducting fire origin and cause investigations.
  • Prepares and administers disciplinary procedures according to City policy and labor agreement.
  • Provides employee growth and development through counseling and performance reviews and training as determined by the Fire Chief.
  • Fills in for Shift B/C’s to cover for vacations, illnesses, training, or leaves of absence.
  • Ability to respond to major alarms to command and coordinate fire ground emergency scene operation and assist and participate in Fire Suppression and Operation activities.
  • Reviews and approves purchase orders/requests from the Fire Prevention and Public Education programs.
  • Participates in department physical fitness activity to maintain minimum fitness levels.
  • Represents the department/City as a liaison with other governmental agencies and departments, as assigned.
  • Attends various meetings as needed to represent the department’s position.
  • Administers and enforces labor agreements, City and department policies, and S.O.G.’s.
  • Coordinates and manages the fire department pre-fire planning program.
  • Maintains regular punctual and predictable attendance, works overtime and extra hours as required and maintains flexibility in work schedule to accommodate Fire Department needs and activities.


  • Works directly with the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, and Assistant to the Chief to develop and manage Fire Department budgets.
  • Works directly with the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, and Assistant to the Chief to develop and implement Capital Improvement Projects.
  • Attends training as needed in the public safety and fire prevention programs.
  • Ability to use area demographics, NFIRS statistics, and various diagnostic tools to target area needs and plan appropriate interventions.
  • Inspects property, new and existing buildings, and special events for fire hazards.
  • Assists in the development and delivery of technical programs related to fire code compliance and other education activities.
  • Initiates marketing of the Fire Department.
  • Drafts press releases and provides official statements to the media on departmental and community education activities and initiatives as required.
  • Coordinates the fire department annual report as well as the awards program.
  • Assists with fire department annual fit testing and PPE inspections on a bi-annual basis to ensure coordination and consistency across the department.
  • Coordinates and manages the fire department juvenile firesetter program (FireWise).
  • Oversees the coordination and delivery of the Citizen’s Public Safety Academy in collaboration with the Appleton Police Department as well as assisting with department family events.
  • Other job duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science or related field, at least five years fire fighting, fire suppression, supervision, training, operations, and management experience, or any combination of education, experience, and training which provides the skills and abilities described in the job description and be capable of performing all essential functions of the position.

  • Thorough knowledge of all fire operations and emergency techniques and procedures authorized by the Appleton Fire Department or nationally recognized good practice.
  • Thorough knowledge of policies, rules and regulations, and S.O.G.’s of the Fire Department and City.
  • Ability to plan, schedule, and coordinate work.
  • Ability to prepare and present annual budget proposals.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of fire and life safety prevention principles.
  • Thorough working knowledge of fire chemistry, building construction, fire and building codes and the ability to apply this knowledge to specific fire and emergency situations, inspection activities, etc.
  • Thorough knowledge of fire operations, administration and public management.
  • Knowledge of the physical layout of the City, major buildings/target hazards, water supply, hydrant locations, etc.
  • Knowledge of inspection and sprinkler applications, life safety codes and city ordinances for developing programs and providing public information and enforcement activities.
  • Knowledge of and ability to administer advanced first aid and CPR.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and evaluate impact of public education programs and other prevention programming.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse groups within and outside the City organization.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with news media and other agencies and appropriate skills in public speaking and public relations.
  • Ability to deliver effective educational programs through existing staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to recognize and identify fire and life safety issues that need to be addressed and to take immediate and appropriate action.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Wisconsin Certified Fire Fighter II, Fire Officer and Fire Instructor I.
  • Ability to interact effectively with personnel at all levels of the department and organization.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Wisconsin Drivers license.

Supplemental Information

Staff Development (mentoring)
Problem Solving
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How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.


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