DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF
Under direction of the Fire Chief, assists in the management and
discipline of the fire department designed to provide fire
protection for persons and property; does other related duties as
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 reenforcements, and supervises
the use of firefighting forces, equipment, and apparatus.
Makes inspections of firefighting personnel and equipment to
ensure efficient performance.
Inspects the quarters of department personnel for
cleanliness/orderliness, and available equipment and materials
for service ability.
Supervises fire prevention control.
Conducts training classes for subordinates, officers, and
Makes investigations of violations of fire laws, ordinances,
codes, and fire hazards, and institutes needed action.
Has charge of the fire department in the absence of the Fire Chief.
Supervises the establishment and maintenance of personnel
and fire records and files.
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
Four (4) years of supervisory fire 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 Affairs.
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: The age requirement does not apply
in those jurisdictions whose members are not enrolled in the
Police & Fire Pension systems.
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.
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 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 methods of fighting various types of fires.
Knowledge of the use of firefighting equipment and apparatus.
Knowledge of the location of schools, large buildings, streets,
and fire alarm boxes in the municipality after a period of
Knowledge of the types of communication available for
Knowledge of procedures likely to be effective in enlisting
support of citizens and others in taking fire preventative
Ability to analyze and interpret laws, ordinances, rules,
regulations, standards, and procedures, and to apply them
to specific situations and cases.
Ability to supervise the maintenance and repair of fire
Ability to note and initiate action and to obtain new/improved
equipment, materials, and supplies.
Ability to remain calm/decisive/alert in emergency situations.
Ability to supervise the efficient performance of firefighters at
fires, and the use of equipment and apparatus.
Ability to speak effectively before groups on subjects relating
to fire prevention, and procedures used in fighting fires.
Ability to make investigations of fire hazards and violations of
Ability 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 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.
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.