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Job Specification 00856@

BATTALION FIRE CHIEF

 

DEFINITION


 Under  direction  of  the Fire Chief or  a  Deputy  Fire  Chief,
 assists  in  the  management  and discipline  of  the  municipal
 uniformed  fire  department  by  supervising  a  group  of  fire
 companies  engaged in providing fire protection for persons  and
 property; does other related duties.

 NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
 purposes only.  A particular position using this title  may  not
 perform   all   duties   listed  in  this   job   specification.
 Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

 
EXAMPLES OF WORK:


 At   fires,  takes  charge  of  responding  companies,   deploys
 firefighting   forces,   orders   needed   reinforcements,   and
 supervises  firefighting  activities  and  the  use  of   needed
 apparatus, equipment, and materials.

 Makes   periodic  inspections  of  firefighting  personnel   and
 equipment to ensure efficient performance.

 Inspects  fire department company headquarters for  cleanliness,
 orderliness,  and  maintenance of the building,  equipment,  and
 apparatus from the standpoint of serviceability.

 Supervises   and  takes  a  leading  part  in  fire   prevention
 activities within an assigned municipal area.

 Conducts  training  classes for subordinate  fire  officers  and
 firefighters.

 Speaks  before  groups  of citizens and others  on  modern  fire
 department methods, procedures, and practices.

 Makes  and supervises the making of investigations of violations
 of   fire  laws,  ordinances,  codes,  and  fire  hazards,   and
 institutes needed action.

 Makes investigations of fires to determine needed action.

 Prepares reports.

 Supervises the establishment of records and files.

 Plans,  organizes,  and assigns work of the organizational  unit
 and  evaluates  employee performance and conduct,  enabling  the
 effective  recommendation of the hiring, firing, promoting,  and
 disciplining of  subordinates.

 Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
 and/or  manual  recording and information systems  used  by  the
 agency, office, or related units.

 REQUIREMENTS:

      EDUCATION:

      Graduation  from high school, vocational high  school,  or
 possession of an approved high school equivalency certificate.



      EXPERIENCE:

      Two  (2)  years  of  supervisory experience  involving  the
 extinguishing of fires.

      CERTIFICATION

      In  accordance  with NJAC 5:73-1.6(b), c &  (d),  effective
 February  17, 2000, applicants for this position must possess  a
 valid  Incident Management Level 1 certification issued  by  the
 New  Jersey  Division  of Fire Safety, Department  of  Community
 Affairs.

      AGE:

      Not  less  than  18 nor more than 35 years of  age  at  the
 announced closing date for filing applications for the position.
 In  determining  maximum age eligibility of veterans,  the  time
 spent  in   active military service during the periods specified
 in  Civil  Service  Law  and Rules will  be  deducted  from  the
 attained age.

      NOTE: Age   requirement  does   not   apply   in   those
 jurisdictions  whose members are not enrolled in  the  Police  &
 Fire Pension System.

      NOTE: When an applicant has reached his/her 35th birthday,
 (s)he  is  considered to be over 35 years old.  Age  limits  are
 based  on  the  announced closing date for filing Department  of
 Personnel applications.

      LICENSE:

      Appointees  will be required to possess a driver's  license
 valid  in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle,  rather
 than employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties
 of the position.

      Medical Examination

      As  a  prerequisite  for  appointment,  appointees  may  be
 required  to pass a thorough medical and psychiatric examination
 to   be   administered   by   the  appointing   authority;   any
 psychological, medical, or  physical condition or  defect  which
 would  prevent  efficient  performance  of  the  duties  of  the
 position,  cause the appointee to be a hazard to himself/herself
 or  others, or become aggravated as a result of  performance  of
 these duties, will be cause for rejection.

 KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

 Knowledge of laws and ordinances which are significant from  the
 fire prevention point of view.

 Knowledge  of  the proper methods of fighting various  types  of
 fires.

 Knowledge  of the location of schools, large buildings,  streets
 and fire alarm boxes in the municipality.

 Knowledge of the types of communication available for fire use.

 Knowledge of procedures likely to be effective in enlisting  the
 support  of  citizens  and others in taking  fire   preventative
 measures.

 Ability  to  analyze  and  interpret  laws,  ordinances,  rules,
 regulations,  standards,  and  procedures  and  apply  them   to
 specific situations and cases.

 Ability  to  supervise  the  maintenance  and  repair  of   fire
 department buildings and equipment.

 Ability to note and initiate action.
 Ability  to  obtain new and improved equipment,  materials,  and
 supplies.

 Ability  to  remain  cool,  decisive,  and  alert  in  emergency
 situations.

 Ability  to supervise the performance of firefighters  at  fires
 and the use of equipment and apparatus.

 Ability  to speak effectively before large and small  groups  on
 subjects relating to fire prevention and the procedures used  in
 fighting fires.

 Ability to make investigations of fire hazards and violations of
 fire laws and to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative
 reports.

 Ability  to  utilize various types of electronic  and/or  manual
 recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or
 related units.

 Ability  to  read, write, speak, understand, and communicate  in
 English   sufficiently  to  perform  duties  of  this  position.
 American  Sign  Language or Braille may also  be  considered  as
 acceptable forms of  communication.

 Persons  with  mental or physical disabilities are  eligible  as
 long  as  they can perform essential functions of the job  after
 reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations.  If
 the  accommodation  cannot be made because it  would  cause  the
 employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

 CODES: LG - 00856@           CGS                    3/07/00

 This job specification is for local government use only.