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City of Sachse

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Job title: Fire Chief
Job location: Sachse, TX 75048 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted: 02/28/13
Job type: Full-Time
Compensation: Hiring range $81,139 - $92,000

Job Classification

Job Category:Fire/Paramedics

Job Description

Job description:
The purpose of this position is to direct all activities and operations of the department, including fire suppression, emergency medical response, fire prevention, fire investigation, code enforcement and emergency management planning operations. This is accomplished by directing employee functions and tasks; developing presenting and administering budget activities; serving as the chief spokesperson and representative of the department; analyzing operations; and providing consultation and recommendations to management and elected/appointed officials. The successful candidate should be able to live (or locate within one year of employment) inside a fifteen (15) minute response time for emergencies.

Essential Job Functions:
•Directs the fire administration, inspection, training, suppression and prevention functions, code enforcement, and emergency management.
•Manages the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; develops, recommends and administers policies and procedures.
•Establishes short and long-range department priorities, goals and objectives; develops and maintains short and long-range financial plans and strategies.
•Establishes, within City policy and budgetary constraints, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocates resources accordingly
•Assesses and monitors work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs the implementation of changes.
•Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the department budget; develops and approves the forecast of departmental funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
•Evaluates and makes recommendations regarding new apparatus and equipment.
•Prepares and implements the city-wide emergency management plan.
•Oversees the selection, hiring, training, evaluation, disciplining, and supervision of departmental employees.
•Provides staff assistance to City Administration; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; provides information regarding the effectiveness of fire and code enforcement services.
•Develops city policies as they relate to the fire, emergency medical and code enforcement services as well as emergency management; makes policy recommendations to the City Manager and City Council for consideration.
•Prepares and manages the departmental budget and capital improvement programs.
•Represents the Fire Department to other departments, elected officials, outside agencies and citizens; coordinates activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
•Represents the Fire Department as its spokesperson before the media.
•Responds to citizen inquiries and resolves difficult and sensitive complaints and issues
•Directs and participates in the research of alternative approaches to fire suppression, hazardous material handling, fire prevention, and emergency programs. Acts as scene commander on major fire and rescue operations as necessary.
•Performs other related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Education, training, experience:
•Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science or related field, and seven (7) to ten (10) years fire experience including four (4) years as a senior level chief officer; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
•Must pass a post-offer pre-employment drug screening and/or physical exam.
•Must possess and maintain a valid Class C Texas Driver’s License.
•Must become certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as Head of Department of fire suppression.
•Advanced Certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
•May be required to acquire additional certification.
•Must maintain Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification; Paramedic preferred.

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