Position Summary: The Deputy Fire Chief is primarily responsible for analyzing, developing, leading, and implementing comprehensive, effective programs that will provide the highest level of service and protection to Riley County. The Deputy Fire Chief reports directly to the District Fire Chief and regularly assumes command of the District in the absence of the Fire Chief.
The responsibilities of the Deputy Fire Chief will fall into four primary categories: Strategic Direction – Implement strategic direction through the identification and achievement of organizational, operational, training, and staffing objectives which are fiscally sound and closely aligned with the District’s budgetary resources and strategic initiatives; Operational Management – Actively direct and manage the achievement of all District operational, support services and/or emergency response and investigations initiatives while maintaining the District’s 24-hour operational readiness and ability to respond safely to calls; Personnel Management - Promote and ensure the performance excellence of suppression and/or support personnel through interactive performance management, progressive training programs, and motivational leadership; Public Relations – Act as a high level representative for the District in external interactions with the media, civic organizations, citizens, and other governmental agencies for the dissemination of fire service and District related information, coordination of inter-agency emergency response coverage, and the establishment of cooperative working relationships to assist in achieving District operational objectives.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Manage fleet of 40 plus Fire Apparatus to ensure operational readiness.
- Facility management of 15 Fire Stations.
- Supervise a volunteer workforce of 170 plus volunteer employees.
- Assist with the Fire District’s Fire and First Response training programs.
- Manage the Fire District’s operational equipment to ensure readiness.
- Assist with strategic planning for Fire District.
- Assist with fire suppression, investigation and code enforcement.
- Serve command staff role at major emergencies and assume the position of fire chief in a declared disaster.
- Complete Kansas State Fire Marshall Office fire reporting requirements per statute.
- Oversee annual inventory of all department owned equipment.
- Attend various fire-training schools or seminars necessary to perform the functions of the job.
- All other duties as assigned.