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Assistant Chief

at Alachua County, Florida

Pay: up to $33.76/hour
$33.76 - $
Posted: 6/22/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2484719

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Minimum Qualifications

Associate's degree in fire science, emergency medical services, or a directly related field and eight (8) years experience of which three years must have been at a Chief Officer level or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination and criminal history background check are required prior to employment. Applicants within six months of meeting the minimum education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status.

Upon submission of application, proof of the following must be provided via attached to application,email to, or fax via to 352-374-5233 :

1. Current Fire Officer I (NFPA-1021) dated before November 18, 2013 or State of Florida Fire Officer II dated on or after November 18, 2013.

2. Current State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance.

3. Current state of Florida Paramedic certificate with attending privileges as approved by the Alachua County Medical Director.

4. Current designation as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider.

5. Completion of a minimum certified sixteen (16) hour emergency driving course.

6. A valid Florida Driver License is required and a Motor Vehicle Record that meets the requirements of Alachua County policy # 6-7; Motor Vehicle Records will be reviewed prior to employment. If in the past 24-month period, the record shows more than 3 moving traffic violations, and/or a conviction/pending charge for driving under the influence, the minimum qualifications are not met for the position.

7. A sworn affidavit attesting to the non-use of tobacco products must be submitted by all external applicants. Please call Human Resources at 374-5219 or email for this form.

8. Successful applicants must meet all requirements for Drivers as listed in Florida Statutes 401.281.

Upon appointment to position, the following must be completed and maintained as a condition of employment:
Certification by the Alachua County Medical Director is required and must be maintained as a condition of employment.

Position Summary

This is responsible supervisory, technical and administrative work in planning and directing the activities of the assigned Branch within the Operations Section of the Alachua County Fire Rescue Department.

This is an emergency essential classification. Upon declaration of a disaster and/or  emergency, employees in this classification are required to work.

An employee assigned to this classification directs and manages operational functions of the assigned Branch including formulating and recommending policies and procedures, allocating and monitoring resources, responding to fire and medical emergencies, and supervising and evaluating staff.
Work is performed under the direction of the Operations Section Chief and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of the results obtained.

Examples of Duties


Exudes a positive customer service focus.
Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.

Responsible for formulating and recommending the short and long range planning of training, development and operations of the assigned Branch.
Supervises and coordinates the activities of subordinate supervisors and employees including determining work procedures and schedules; issuing instructions and assigning duties; reviewing work; recommending personnel actions; conducting performance reviews; administering discipline; and conducting departmental training and orientation.

Confers with Section Chief and supervisory personnel in order to determine program management and staff development needs.

Responds to medical and fire related incidents.

Initiates command procedures in compliance with the Department's Incident Command System.

Reviews data and analyzes past and current year activities of assigned Branch in order to prepare budgets and justify funds requested.

Formulates and recommends programs, policies and procedures.

Maintains a close working relationship with other Fire/Rescue/EMS professionals to ensure a coordinated and efficient delivery of services is provided.

Evaluates effectiveness of patient care delivered and compares patient outcomes with national standards.

Makes recommendations and formulates departmental standard operating procedures.

Compiles statistical reports on interviews, transfers, performance ratings, and promotions to evaluate performance of subordinates.

Makes recommendations for the specifications and selection of equipment and vehicles.

Maintains accurate records, logs and files, and prepares reports as required.

Makes recommendations involving the assigned Branch budget; monitors and makes recommendations for expenditures.

Counsels and recommends departmental employees for educational programs or for promotion or transfer.

Writes applications and proposals to submit to fund-granting authorities, such as government and foundations.

Remains current with Local, State, and Federal regulations, standards, and guidelines related to fire/rescue services.

Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Thorough knowledge of laws, rules and regulations relating to operations of community emergency agencies.

Thorough knowledge of current emergency medical and fire services principles and practices and procedures.

Thorough knowledge of emergency scene management and fire ground tactics and strategies.

Thorough knowledge and understanding of industry-wide fire/rescue standard operating procedures and guidelines.

Thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of administration and organization including general budgeting, accounting, and personnel techniques and management principles and practices.

Ability to supervise and organize the work of staff, develop capable staff, enforce disciplinary procedures, coach and counsel staff, and effectively appraise employees' work performance.

Ability to analyze emergency situations quickly and accurately; establish command and operational priorities; and respond with appropriate courses of action.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including public speaking and preparing written reports and memoranda.

Ability to develop efficient policies and procedures.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, assisting agencies, civic groups, fire and medical professionals, and the general public.

Ability to lift and/or move patients and/or equipment, as needed, in emergency situations

Ability to analyze and evaluate program activities and procedures.

Ability to obtain, and maintain, physician certification attesting to general good health and freedom from communicable diseases.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk, and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds; frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds; occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet, humid conditions (non-weather); work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme heat (non-weather); work with explosives; risk of radiation, and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Supplemental Information

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration or public safety related field.

2. State of Florida Certified Public Manager

3. National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer.