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Fire Chief Job Description

Plans, organizes, directs, and administers all operations of the fire department including fire administration (public relations, management of budget, personnel, supplies, equipment, structures, and compliance/enforcement of regulations, policies and procedures), fire suppression, fire investigations, fire prevention, hazardous material response, rescue, and other emergency services. 

Develops and coordinates plans for efficient and effective fire prevention, fire suppression and life saving services within the department's jurisdiction, and makes recommendations to the department relative to the long term needs for maintaining, and improving effective operations; 

Develops and recommends to the department and enforces department policies and procedures necessary for orderly department operations and maintain compliance with federal, state and recognized policy making entities (i.e. National Fire Protection Association); 

Ensures that the department is adequately staffed at all times, including scheduling officers and duty crews for minimum department personnel responses to emergencies; 

Oversees the administration of the department's fire prevention program including building inspections, local code enforcement, as well as enforcement of federal and state laws, and conducting community education programs; 

Annually recommends a proposed operation s budget the department. Monitors expenditures for conforming to appropriations and purchasing regulations established by the department; 

Supervise the maintenance, repair and replacement of all equipment and ensure that all equipment and buildings are properly maintained and in good working order; 

Presents monthly and yearly reports to the department and Clinton Township on department activities; 

Attends training programs oriented to the duties of the fire chief; 
Oversees and provides for departmental training at all levels to ensure safe and effective operations; 

Provides for attendance/membership on all necessary associations, boards, committee's, etc. to insure department representation.  Recommended attendance, Clinton Township Supervisor's meetings; 

Responds to emergency calls as necessary and may assume command and direct activities under the department's jurisdiction and authority. 


Thorough knowledge of modern firefighting methods and techniques and ability to apply this knowledge to various fire control and fire prevention problems; 

Thorough knowledge of the use and operation of a wide variety of firefighting equipment and apparatus; 

Ability to plan, assign, and coordinate the work of a group of employees engaged in fire prevention and fire control activities; 

Considerable knowledge of municipal fire administration; 
Ability to maintain discipline, to lead and command effectively, and direct firefighters and equipment under emergency conditions. 

Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent; 

Minimum of 6 years of extensive experience in firefighting work of a progressively responsible nature, serving at least 2 years as chief officer. 

Must have and maintain a valid PA driver's license; 

Completion of Fire Officers Training, Incident Command, Fire Service Management. NIMS 100, 200, 300 and 700, Completion of Hazardous Materials First Responder, CPR, Basic 1st Aid & AED Certified or equivalent training or education for aforementioned requirements. 

Responsible for all fire department operations and activities, and ensure that all personnel are trained and qualified for the duties they are expected to perform; 

Maintain communication among township supervisors, area fire chiefs, and subordinates; 
Establishment of goals, objectives, and priorities for the continued operation of the department; 

Delegate authority and responsibility for the achievement of the department's goals, objectives, and priorities; 

Enforce rules, regulations, codes, and ordinances adopted by the city council; 
Required to attend certification classes and seminars outside of the immediate area, as well as meetings 

Ability to supervise subordinates, maintain discipline, direct training, and cooperate with other officers and employees; 

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing to superiors and the public in the form of presentations, reports, and training; 

Prepare, recommend, and administer the budget to achieve the goals and priorities of the department; 

Determine, recommend, and purchase the equipment necessary to execute the functions of the department; 

Conduct interviews, and determine eligible candidates for appointment to and promotions within the department; 

Preparation of a master plan for future department operations; 

Ability to complete written reports of fires, medical emergencies, and inspections; 
Must provide the necessary services during natural or manmade disasters; 

Must complete a minimum of twenty (30) hours of training per year. 


Hearing, seeing, speaking; 

Walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling. Can expect to be called at any time regardless of time or weather conditions. 


Reading, writing, communications; 

Having contact with persons experiencing adverse trauma; 

Having contact with residents and businesses regarding fire hazard violations; 

Ability to make decisions in emergency and pressure situations; 

Communicating verbally and in writing to peers and subordoinate  officers; 

Ability to comprehend and complete tasks based on verbal and written objectives; 
Ability to work under pressure situations. 


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