Fire Chief: Huntington Beach California Deadline November 15, 2015

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Fire Chief

Deadline: November 15, 2015

Salary: Up To $216,819 Per Year

Job Description:

The Fire Chief is responsible for the administration

and operational direction of all fire prevention,

emergency response, and marine safety operations.

Reporting to the City Manager, the Fire Chief plans and

oversees the organization and function of fire operations at

eight (8) fire stations, and the Central Net Operations JPA

Training Center. The Fire Chief ensures that all federal, state

and local fire codes are enforced including coordination

and oversight of building, facility and oil field inspection

compliance. The Fire Chief directs programs and operations

related to emergency response and disaster preparedness,

including, but not limited to HazMat programs, the

Emergency Operations Center, and Urban Search and

Rescue. The Fire Department oversees Marine Safety

Operations and the Fire Chief is responsible for leadership

and oversight of all open water and beach safety programs,

including the City’s Junior Lifeguard program.

Goals and Objectives for the new Fire Chief include, but

are not limited to:

  • Maintain a state of operational readiness to meet

the increasing demand for response to fire, medical,

hazardous materials, urban search and rescue, and other

all-risk emergency incidents.

  • Work with a consultant to develop a “Standards of

Cover” for the department to address increased service


  • Provide leadership and direction for a County-wide AVL

Deployment Study that is currently underway in Orange


  • Provide leadership and oversight as part of a three-city

Community Paramedicine Alternate Destination Pilot

Study that has recently begun with Fountain Valley,

Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach.

  • Continue the department’s commitment to technology

including enhancements to ePCR, HazMat data

reporting, fire inspections, and plan check systems.

  • Evaluate the need to provide a sixth fire department

ambulance in the City.

  • Complete replacement of the fire department’s 800

MHz radio system and Mobile Data Terminals in all


  • Continue integration of Marine Safety into the fire

department including review of policies and procedures.

  • Complete purchases and place into service a new ladder

truck and a new engine as part of the fire department

apparatus replacement plan.

  • Maintain a strong labor-management partnership.

Desired Qualifications:

The individual selected has an adaptable, contemporary

approach to department operations, is well versed in

applicable uses of data to monitor, measure, and manage

performance and capacity. The ideal candidate understands

and is knowledgeable regarding current uses of technology

and is familiar with online and social media strategies

designed to enhance community engagement. As a

progressive leader, the new Fire Chief is open-minded and

flexible regarding ideas, and resists being rooted in tradition

for tradition’s sake. The new Fire Chief will be community

oriented and supportive of the department’s visibility and

commitment to the Huntington Beach community.

Any combination of experience, training and education

that provides the required knowledge and abilities is

qualifying. The ideal candidate possesses a Bachelor’s

Degree from an accredited college or university in Fire,

Public or Business Administration or a directly-related field

and eight (8) years of progressively responsible fire service

experience including four (4) years of Senior Command

Level administrative and supervisory experience. Master’s

Degree is preferred.

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

City’s Website Click HERE

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