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ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF (Administration/Community Outreach)

$68,706.00 – 87,600.00

Follow Link To Apply: Assistant Fire Chief (Administration/Community Outreach)

JOB SUMMARY

This position is an assistant to the Fire Chief in planning, organizing and directing the operations and programs of the combined City of Columbia and Richland County Unified Fire Service; oversees the department’s response to fire, rescue, hazardous materials and other incidents, ensuring the best possible control in emergency situations in order to protect the lives and property of those in need of assistance; oversees the development and implementation of community outreach initiatives to ensure a link between the Fire Department and the community to reduce risk, facilitate public fire and life-safety education, enhance code enforcement, and to ensure that the department is responsive to the needs of the communities it serves; develops and manages the annual budget; and performs related technical, administrative and supervisory work as required. This incumbent works within broad policy and organizational guidelines and does independent planning and implementation, reporting progress of major activities through periodic conferences and meetings.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Assists the Fire Chief in planning, organizing and directing assigned programs and activities of the Fire Department;
  • Assists in ensuring the department’s compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and standards of safety;
  • Oversees evaluative processes that look for ways to better serve the community through non-traditional services and ensures that new services are professionally implemented and set high standards;
  • Oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of the department’s strategic plan and standard operating guidelines;
  • Oversees development and implementation of community outreach initiatives to ensure a link between the Fire Department and the communities it serves to reduce risk, facilitate public fire and life-safety education, enhances code enforcement and to ensure that the Department is responsive to the communities’ needs and concerns including multi-ethnic populations;
  • Supervises Fire Department personnel through the chain of command; assigns workloads and establishes work schedules. Supervisory duties include instructing; assigning, reviewing and planning work of others; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; allocating personnel; selecting new employees; acting on employee problems; approving employee discipline and recommending discharge, and recommending employee promotions and salary increases;
  • Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy; evaluates and makes recommendations as appropriate; offers advice and assistance as needed;
  • Coordinates the work of volunteer fire personnel;
  • Participates in department training programs;
  • Oversees the department’s work committees;
  • Reviews reports submitted by subordinates for completeness and accuracy; ensures the maintenance of accurate and up-to-date work records;
  • Participates in the formulation of policies and procedures related to firefighting and related fire activities;
  • Evaluates and trouble-shoots services for effectiveness and efficiency, making recommendations to the Fire Chief for improvements and carrying out the Chief’s directives;
  • Supervises the daily administration of the Fire Department;
  • Prepares specifications for and supervises the procurement, maintenance and use of all fire engines and related apparatus; procures all equipment, tools and materials necessary for fire suppression, hazardous materials response and rescue activities;
  • Responds to structural and other major fires and emergencies; assumes command of firefighting activities and directs fire personnel at the fire scene; supervises salvage operations;
  • Attends and participates in public functions to promote fire prevention, code enforcement and establish and maintain favorable public relations;
  • Addresses neighborhood associations, civic clubs and other groups regarding fire protection and rescue services to promote public understanding and prevention of fires and accidents;
  • Monitors internal and external customer service to ensure that the public receives exemplary services and that all employees, including volunteer personnel, are properly supported in their needs, including fair and impartial treatment;
  • Receives and responds to public and news media inquiries, concerns, complaints and requests for assistance regarding areas of responsibility;
  • Supervises approvals for all matters that concern department wide health and safety, manages the health and safety program and maintains compliance with national standards and regulations;
  • Develops and manages the budget, monitors spending for operational expenditures and salary;
  • Interacts with the City of Columbia Fleet services to assist in maintaining operational fleet readiness, the expenditures billed by Fleet services to insure applicability and accuracy;
  • Performs duties of Fire Chief and/or Assistant Fire Chiefs in other divisions as necessary in their absences;
  • Performs general administrative / clerical work as required, including but not limited to preparing reports and correspondence, copying and filing documents, entering and retrieving computer data, reviewing mail and literature, attending and conducting meetings, etc.;
  • Attends required training courses and seminars; attends conferences, conventions, and other meetings to remain knowledgeable of modern fire / rescue service methods and administration;
  • Remains available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, for emergency response; and
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO PERFORM WORK:

  • Bachelor’s degree in fire science or closely related field;
  • Thirteen (13) years of relevant prior experience;
  • Valid South Carolina Class “D” Driver’s License;
  • S.C. Firefighter Certification;
  • Must be a Battalion Chief or higher in rank;
  • Must be available after hours to attend community meetings.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The work is considered medium-to-heavy in nature and involves walking, standing, climbing, balancing, stooping, lifting, pushing, pulling or raising objects and also involves exerting between 20 and 50 pounds of force on a recurring basis and 50 to 100 pounds of force on an occasional basis.

 


 

FIRE TRAINING OFFICER (MEDICAL) – COLUMBIA FIRE DEPARTMENT

$ 47,858.00 – 61,019.00

SCHEDULED WORK HOURS: 8:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M.

Follow Link To Apply: Fire Training Officer (Medical)

 

JOB SUMMARY

This position provides basic and specialized training for new and existing fire personnel and volunteers; maintains training records; and performs related work as required. The incumbent works within a general outline of work to be performed, and develops work methods and sequences under general supervision.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Serves the department as Medical Training Officer; plans, develops, and conducts training programs such as certification and specialized medical training;
  • Conducts training programs such as basic training for recruits and volunteers, in-service training, and specialized training such as driver and officer candidate training;
  • Supervises, plans, and coordinates personnel in high risk training and emergency response environments;
  • Serves the department as liaison with the S.C. DHEC; coordinates local and regional training to ensure all minimum requirements are met for personnel to obtain recertification hours and modern medical training;
  • Assists in developing standard operating guidelines and medical programs to meet OSHA, DHEC and other compliance requirements;
  • Develops lesson plans, training manuals and study guides; oversees training program evaluations and participant testing; coordinates local and state training resources and equipment;
  • Maintains and coordinates department’s medical training records; coordinates with the National Registry and S.C. DHEC to ensure all required training hours are in compliance and standards are met annually;
  • Serves the department as Quality Assurance Officer, overseeing the department’s medical reporting program and conducts required Q&A for medical reports; tracks departmental demographics;
  • Supervises the testing and maintenance of Fire Department medical equipment;
  • Attends training, conferences, seminars, and meetings to remain knowledgeable of modern fire suppression, training and prevention methods and administration; maintains required certifications;
  • Performs general administrative / clerical work as required, including but not limited to preparing reports and correspondence, copying and filing documents, entering and retrieving computer data, attending meetings as required; entails a general understanding of operating policies and procedures and the ability to apply these to complex administrative problems;
  • May be required to work overtime in order to complete assigned work assignments;
  • Remains available for emergency recall during times of natural/man-made disaster and high call volumes as requested; and
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO PERFORM WORK:

  • High school diploma or GED;
  • Eight (8) years of relevant prior experience;
  • Valid South Carolina Class “B” Driver’s License;
  • S.C. Firefighter I and II, Fire Instructor I, Fire Officer I, and Basic Rescue and Haz-Mat Response certifications;
  • Have or be able to complete the City of Columbia Fire Captain’s Academy within eighteen (18) months from date of hire or promotion.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • National Registry Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic;
  • S.C. EMT Instructor;
  • CPR/First Responder/BLS Instructor;
  • ACLS Instructor Certification preferred;
  • PHTLS or BTLS Instructor; and
  • PALS Instructor.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The work is considered medium-to-heavy in nature and involves walking, standing, climbing, balancing, stooping, lifting, pushing, pulling or raising objects and also involves exerting between 20 and 50 pounds of force on a recurring basis and 50 to 100 pounds of force on an occasional basis.