BATTALION FIRE CHIEF
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
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.
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.
Graduation from high school, vocational high school, or
possession of an approved high school equivalency certificate.
Two (2) years of supervisory experience involving the
extinguishing of fires.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Ability to remain cool, decisive, and alert in emergency
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
Ability to make investigations of fire hazards and violations of
fire laws and to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative
Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or
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.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.