Battalion Chief: Haines Florida Deadline: September 10, 2018

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Battalion Chief

Deadline: September 10, 2018

Salary: $56,512.89 Annually

Job Description:


Under the direction of the Deputy Fire Chief, performs assigned duties necessary to assist in management of daily operations of the Fire Department. Manages daily operations necessary to achieve exemplary services for the protection of life and property through regulatory compliance, personnel development and training, and efficient and effective resources management. The Battalion Chief has direct command over Lieutenants on an assigned shift, subject to general regulations of the department and the direction of a superior officer. This employee is responsible for shift discipline and for the maintenance of apparatus and equipment at the fire station. At an emergency incident, the Battalion Chief is responsible for establishing effective tactics and strategies for addressing the incident and the establishing of the incident command system. Possess the authority with the rank and may assume command of emergency situations at their discretion, at the request of a subordinate or at the discretion of a superior officer.


Performs all duties of a firefighter and an EMT.
Responsible to the Deputy Fire Chief for the efficient operation and supervision of units, personnel, equipment, and facilities under their command. Commands all firefighting, lifesaving and fire prevention operations in fire district; sets up command post at fire or accident scenes; may set up or assume multiple command posts at a single incident; supervises overhaul and salvage operations.
Directly responsible for maintaining order, discipline, and morale among the members of their shift. Instructs company officers in all aspects of their work and enforces departmental regulations; makes regular inspections of company personnel, quarters, equipment and records.
Ensures all reports completed by station personnel are complete and accurate. Completes all necessary reports, correspondence, and documentation as required in the performance of assigned duties.
Approves requests for equipment, supplies and repairs. Inspects, tests, and evaluates new types of firefighting equipment, recommends types, kinds and quantities of each for future procurement; establishes standard methods of use for equipment. Responsible for insuring the proper use, maintenance and appearance of properties and equipment / apparatus. Whenever advised or becomes aware that repairs, replacement or adjustments are necessary, shall report or make arrangement for the proper repairs are made within normal
Supervises training operations for companies, individuals, and recruits as the evaluation officer. May participate in annual training sessions such as confined space and high-angle rescue; reviews and reports on
In the absence of the Fire Chief and or Deputy Fire Chief, the Battalion Chief may be in charge of all Fire Department operations. Advises citizen emergency response team; interacts with federal and outside
Performs additional duties as assigned.

Required knowledge and experience is normally obtained through the completion of an advanced education from an accredited educational institution of higher learning resulting in an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science or related field; Advanced Certifications in related field may be considered in lieu of an Associate’s Degree. Minimum seven (7) years of firefighting experience with a fulltime career department, State of Florida Firefighter II Certificate of Compliance, State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) License / Certification, State of Florida Pump Operator Certificate of Competency, Fire Service Instructor I Certificate of Competency, Fire Safety Inspector I Certificate of Compliance, and Fire Officer II Certificate of Competency.
Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science or related field preferred.
Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) from the National Fire Academy, Fire Officer III Certificate of Competency, State of Florida Paramedic License / Certification, Fire Safety Inspector II and Fire Service Instructor II preferred.
Must possess good oral and written communication skills.
Must be able to communicate and present oneself in a professional manner, and have the ability to successfully work with confidential information.
Thorough knowledge of commercial and residential operations and related potential hazards.
Thorough knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
Knowledge and ability to use Florida Fire Prevention Code to enforce statutorily the required codes involving life safety.
Ability to work under high demands, short time constraints, and pressure of a fast paced work environment.
Ability to remain up-to-date on Federal, State and City regulations, and Occupational Health and Safety standards in order to implement best practices and policies affecting department activities.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working and professional relationships with City and other public employees, public officials, contractors, consultants, business and the general public.
Ability to lift and/or carry 150 pounds during emergency fire and medical rescue.
Ability to use Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.).

Must possess a valid Florida Class E driver license.
Must pass post offer pre-employment Drug Screen and Physical Examination, and applicable Background Checks.

This position may be required to report for work when a declaration of emergency has been declared in Polk County.

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


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