Job Specification 01506
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
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
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
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-01506 CGS 3/07/00
This job specification is for local government use only.