Deputy Fire Chief: Fort Myers Florida Deadline: January 8, 2019

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Deputy Fire Chief

Deadline: January 8, 2019

Salary: $83,387.20 – $133,390.39 Annually

Job Description:


The following documents MUST be uploaded and forwarded with your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Copy of your College diploma
  • State of FL Firefighter Certification
  • Florida State Fire Officer II Certification
  • Florida State Fire Instructor III Certification
  • Florida State Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic Certification
  • NIMS Compliant – ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800 Certifications
Failure to provide all of the documents listed above will automatically disqualify the applicant.
This is an executive staff position that serves under the general direction of the Fire Chief. The Deputy Chief performs managerial, technical, and administrative work in commanding, developing, directing, and supervising all Fire Department activities. This position serves as the second in command of the Fire Department.

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees, planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employee behaviors; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


  • Assist the Fire Chief with development of long-range, strategic plans, and programs to provide an appropriate level of emergency medical, special operations and firefighting services to the City. Assist the Fire Chief in the planning, development and implementation of policies, procedures, goals, objectives, and priorities.
  • Responsible for human resource administration within the Fire Department including coordination and interaction with the Human Resources Department, Legal Department, and Fire Union. Participates in union negotiations.
  • Counsels and assists Fire Department personnel at all levels with work-related situations, City policy and program clarification. Review and/or advise on all personnel disciplinary actions. Prepares and maintains reports, files, and correspondence of an administrative or confidential nature.
  • Plans, administers, and manages the Fire Department hiring process. Administers the department promotional processes.
  • Assume the responsibilities of the position of Fire Chief in his/her absence. Acts as liaison with the public, community groups, professional organizations, outside agencies, and other City departments and divisions. Represents the Fire Department before the City Council, Planning Commission, and various civic and governmental agencies.
  • Directs the preparation and analysis of records and reports to secure efficient operations and to comply with City and State reporting requirements.
  • Communicates with other departments and public agencies for the dissemination of information; leads and participates in public education and community outreach programs. Address citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner.
  • Assists the Fire Chief and the Fiscal Manager in formulation and implementation of the Fire Department Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Budget. Monitors and approves purchasing and expenditures.
  • Provides leadership, guidance and supervision to Division Chiefs in the completion of their responsibilities.
  • May assume any role in NIMS/ICS command structure. Must be available to work in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) before and during an emergency activation. Responds as Lee County IMT Strike Team/Task Force Leader. Reports to working incidents, if available, to observe operations and to identify training needs.
  • Attend meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions to maintain and improve upon knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • This position requires regular and reliable attendance and the employee’s physical presence at the workplace.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Knowledge of municipal budgeting and accounting principles, practices and processes; knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to the fire service.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, public education, and administration; thorough knowledge of rules and regulations of the City of Fort Myers and the Fort Myers Fire Department.
  • Thorough knowledge of supervisory and management practices and techniques.
  • Ability to implement modern firefighting, emergency medical care, and rescue principles, practices, techniques, and procedures, including mechanical, chemical, and related characteristics of a wide variety of flammable and explosive materials and objects;
  • Ability to make effective and efficient use of personnel, equipment, and apparatus in emergencies; ability to instruct effectively, maintain discipline, stimulate interest, and command respect of subordinates.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the public; ability to read, write and speak the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance.
  • Proficient in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software.
  • Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to interact collaboratively and productively and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals of diverse backgrounds including elected and appointed government officials, City employees, representatives of other agencies, and the general public.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Fire Administration or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in fire supervisory/management, administrative, and/or command experience or related work.
  • At least ten years fire service experience with a fully career department.
State of FL Firefighter Certification
Florida State Fire Officer II or higher
Florida State Fire Instructor III
Florida State Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic
Valid Florida Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record.
NIMS Compliant – ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800
Must maintain all required certifications.

Supplemental Information

This work typically requires the following physical activities to be performed.  A complete description of the activities below is available upon request from Human Resources.
  • Balancing – maintain equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing, or crouching.
  • Climbing – ascending, descending ladders, stairs, ramps, requires body agility.
  • Crawling – moving about on hands, knees, or hands, feet.
  • Crouching – bending body forward by bending leg, spine.
  • Feeling – perceiving attributes of objects by touch with skin, fingertips.
  • Fingering – picking, pinching, typing, working with fingers rather than hand.
  • Grasping – applying pressure to object with fingers, palm.
  • Handling – picking, holding, or working with whole hand.
  • Hearing 1 – perceiving sounds at normal speaking levels, receive information.
  • Hearing 2 – receive detailed information, make discrimination in sound.
  • Kneeling – bending legs at knee to come to rest at knees.
  • Lifting – raising objects from lower to higher position, moving objects side to side, using upper extremities, back.
  • Pushing – use upper extremities to press against objects with force, or thrust forward, downward, outward.
  • Reaching – extending hands or arms in any direction.
  • Repetitive Motion – substantial movements of wrists, hands, fingers.
  • Speaking – expressing ideas with spoken word, convey detailed, important instructions accurately, concisely.
  • Standing – for sustained periods of time.
  • Stooping – bending body downward, forward at waist, with full motion of lower extremities and back.
  • Talking 1- expressing ideas by spoken word
  • Talking 2 – shouting to be heard above ambient noise.
  • Visual Acuity 1 – prepare, analyze data, transcribing, computer terminal, extensive reading.
  • Visual Acuity 2 – color, depth perception, field of vision.
  • Visual Acuity 3 – determine accuracy, neatness, observe facilities/structures.
  • Visual Acuity 4 – operate motor vehicles/heavy equipment.
  • Mental Acuity – ability to make rational decisions through sound logic, deductive reasoning.
  • Pulling – use upper extremities to exert force, haul or tug.
  • Visual Acuity 5 -close acuity for inspection of small defects, machines, use measurement devices, or fabricate parts.
  • Walking – on foot to accomplish tasks, long distances, or site to site.
Work performed is primarily:
  • Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force  occasionally,and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Responds to, and actively participates in, fire suppression activities, which may include heavy lifting.
  • Contact with internal and external customers, vendors and the public. 
  • Occasionally exposed to varying and adverse weather conditions.
  • May be exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; smoke inhalation including toxic gases; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; explosives; and risk of vibration. Contact with citizens with unknown medical problems.May be required to work hours other than the regular schedule including nights, weekends, holidays and during emergencies.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions described herein.  Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.

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


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