Deputy Fire Chief: Verona Wisconsin Deadline: March 18, 2018

Deputy Fire Chief

Deadline: March 18, 2018

Salary: $71,957.00 – $89,398.00 Annually

Job Description:

Under the general direction of the Fire Chief, this position involves responsible managerial and administrative work related to the development and delivery of major fire service programs. The employee in this position must exercise considerable judgment and discretion in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating departmental programs and services. The work involves considerable emphasis on supervising employees engaged in the day-to-day operations of the Fire Department and integrating and coordinating departmental and inter-departmental programs and activities. This position also involves considerable interaction with government and community leaders, committees, boards, councils, commissions, associations, entities, and allied community service providers.

The following duties are normal for this position; however, the duties listed are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Supervises, along with the Fire Chief, subordinate employees, including making recommendations regarding hiring and discipline.
  • Plans, directs, coordinates, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Department to establish and maintain a safe and harmonious work environment that ensures a high degree of operational readiness at all times that maximizes the level of service provided to the community.
  • Responds to fires and other calls for emergency assistance when requested and in compliance with all department procedures and operational guidelines.
  • Serves as the “Officer-in-Charge” when scheduled or as required.
  • Initiates the National Incident Management System and/or incident command system and serve as the “Incident Commander” when scheduled, in the absence of the Fire Chief or other higher-ranking officer, or when necessary.
  • Collects information and complete necessary reports concerning Fire Department operations and complete related administrative tasks.
  • Assists and/or leads the development of policies, procedures, and standards in order to enhance the overall operations and functions of the Fire Department and assigned program area(s) of responsibilities.
  • Develops systems and approaches to define and meet community fire service needs.
  • Assists with long-range planning efforts and develop pre-incident emergency response plans for facilities within the City of Verona that have been determined to be a target hazard or pose a life-safety hazard.
  • Establishes, maintains, and nurtures a high degree of cooperation and trust with and between governmental and community leaders, communities, boards, councils, commissions, associations, entities, and allied community service providers.
  • Promotes a positive atmosphere in all aspects of the Fire Department, one that helps one another and builds a team that works together for the common goal of professionalism and a high level of service to the people that we serve.


  • Assist in the development of the annual fire department operating budget.
  • Assist in the development and annual review of the fire department capital improvement plan.
  • Represent the Fire Chief and departmental interests in a wide variety of inter-departmental and inter-agency initiatives and activities, as assigned.
  • Other duties may be required and assigned.



  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent(possessed at the time of the application for employment)
  • Five years of fire service leadership experience in a position with the duties associated with a mid-level Officer position or higher.  Such experience would normally be gained after attaining the licenses or certifications listed below.   Graduation from an accredited technical college with an associate’s degree in fire science or graduation from an accredited university with a bachelor’s degree in fire management, public administration or related field is preferred.
  • A thorough and complete knowledge of Federal, State, and Local fire prevention, building, and fire inspection codes; the plan review process; and code enforcement.
  • Other combinations of training and/or experience that can be demonstrated to result in the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position will also be considered.


  • Possess and maintain a valid Driver License during entire course of employment.
  • Firefighter II (State of Wisconsin Certification or equivalent).
  • Fire Inspector I (State of Wisconsin Certification or equivalent).
  • Fire Instructor I (State of Wisconsin Certification or equivalent).
  • Fire Officer I (State of Wisconsin Certification or equivalent).
  • Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (State of Wisconsin Certification or equivalent).
  • National Incident Command System (NIMS) up to and including ICS 400.
  • Ability to climb ladders and work at considerable heights.
  • Ability to work in personal protective clothing that restricts movement and vision.
  • Ability to operate all Verona Fire Department apparatus and equipment, with the exception of T-8 the 1988 Ford with manual transmission.
  • Ability to wear self-contained breathing apparatus and work in hazardous environments.
  • Completion of an eighteen (18) month probationary period.


  • Knowledge of accepted firefighting tactics and rescue protocols.
  • Knowledge of hazardous materials management strategies.
  • Knowledge of the National Incident Management System and the incident command system.
  • Organizational, Instructional, and Problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to effectively supervise others.
  • Ability to be professional in appearance and actions.
  • Ability to positively interact with the public.
  • Ability to think clearly and react effectively in emergency situations.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral or written instructions.
  • Ability to use reason and good judgment in dealing with all kinds of people.

Very heavy work: exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Work Environment:   Both inside and outside. A job is considered “both” if the activities occur inside or outside in approximately equal amounts. Routinely exposed to weather, elevated temperatures, and wet or humid conditions. Occasionally exposed to extreme heat, freezing cold or other hazards that pose a risk of bodily injury. Occasional exposure to smoke, odors, toxic conditions, dust, poor ventilation, vibrations, and noise.

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

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