Fire Chief

DATE: 7-28-00

JOB TITLE: Fire Chief


DIRECTION OF OTHERS: All fire department personnel

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Bachelor's degree in fire science, public administration, or a closely related field. Ten years of experience in the fire service, 5 of which are in a supervisory capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

NATURE OF WORK: Performs a variety of technical, administrative, and supervisory work in planning, organizing, directing and implementing inspection, emergency response, safety, emergency management and public education services within the department.

I. Plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates all fire department operations.

II. Establishes policies for fire department operations in order to implement directives from the City Administrator or City Council.

III. Reviews departmental performance and effectiveness. Formulates programs or policies to alleviate deficiencies.

IV. Prepares the annual budget for review by the City Administrator and City Council.

A. Implements approved operated and capital improvement budget.

V. Responds to major alarms and may direct activities as required.

A. Supervises the fire investigation program to determine the cause and origin of all fires.
B. Assures that counseling is done for juvenile fire setters and prosecution is started for all suspected arsonists.

VI. Supervises the inspection program for enforcement of applicable fire codes, applicable fire related Minnesota Statutes, and city weed and nuisance ordinance.

A. Assures that new and existing occupancies are inspected for code compliance.

VII. Supervises the departmental in-service training activities for all personnel.

VIII. Handles department commendations, discipline and grievances.

IX. Prepares and submits routine reports to the City Administrator and City Council regarding a variety of departmental operations.

X. Meets with elected and appointed city and county officials to coordinate all aspects of the department's activities.

XI. Supervises the public safety education program. Assures that the program covers as much of the total population as is practical.

XII. Prepares the working schedule for all departmental personnel.

XIII. Serves as the Emergency Management Director for the City.
A. Develops and maintains the city emergency operations plan.
B. Coordinates multi-agency input to the plan.
C. Coordinates activities with county, state, and federal officials as necessary.
D. Participates in countywide planning and preparedness activities.

XIV. Serves as the Safety Director for the City.
A. Establishes a comprehensive safety program for all city employees.
B. Assures adequate training for all employees to meet applicable laws and standards.
C. Supervises the employee Safety and Health Committee activities.


I. Represents the City regarding transactions with other government bodies and agencies concerning departmental matters.
A. Initiates and studies a variety of programs pertaining to departmental functions.
B. Presents City views for consideration in matters under discussion.

II. Develops public understanding of work and activities of the Fire Department.
A. Answers citizen questions and requests for materials and information.
B. Follows up on citizen complaints in areas pertaining to the department.
C. Maintains good public relations with the City Council, industries, businesses, and with the general public.
D. Attends meetings of civic organizations, schools, and other public functions to promote programs of the department.
E. Maintains a work schedule permitting easy access for the public.

I. Must possess a valid Minnesota driver's license.

I. Position may use, but will not be limited to the operation of the following
equipment: vehicle, radio, pager, personal computer, scanner, fax, telephone,
calculator, first aid equipment, and fire fighting equipment.

I. Hours may vary, but generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is an exempt position.

II. Office environment and construction job site activities, which may include walking, climbing, and bending, in a normal construction environment. This may include exposure to the natural elements, dust, insects, and conditions that could be hazardous or dangerous relative to construction sites. Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, include smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and high, precarious places. Occasionally is exposed to wet/or humid conditions, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.

III. As approved by the City Administrator and availability of funds, continuing education and training will be provided to ensure a competent level of ability to perform the duties of this position and to allow maintenance of required licenses and certifications.


In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands: This position requires an equal amount of time spent standing, walking, and sitting. Lifting, pushing/pulling, or carrying objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds is sometimes required, with a maximum of seventy-five (75) pounds infrequently required. Climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, twisting, and bending are sometimes required. Repetitive movements of the hands are sometimes required. Audio, visual, and verbal functions are essential functions to performing this position. The majority of the workday is spent indoors.