Canonsburg , PA

Deputy Fire Chief

Canonsburg, PA Full-time
Posted on March 3, 2019

Deputy Fire Chief

Peters Township is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Deputy Fire Chief.

General Description:
The Deputy Fire Chief is managerial employee who assists the Fire Chief in the planning, directing, and administration of the Peters Township Fire Department. This individual coordinates various functions within the Fire Department and serves as the Department’s operations manager. In the absence of the Fire Chief, the Deputy Fire Chief assumes the duties of the Fire Chief.
At fire scenes, the Deputy Fire Chief is actively engaged in the fire suppression activities. While the Deputy Fire Chief may be responsible for coordinating the Fire Departments response, the Deputy Fire Chief will on occasion perform the duties of a firefighter.

Skills, Duties, And Responsibilities:
Required Skills And Abilities:

Language Skills:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the Peters Township
Council, Township advisory boards, managers, employees, volunteers, the general public, business representatives and contractors.
Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely both orally and in written reports.

Mathematical Skills:
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and apply them.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals with and without a calculator.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportion, percentage, volume, and area.

Reasoning Abilities:
Ability to solve problems and manage emergency crises while exhibiting calm and controlled composure.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish and verify facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form and explain them to others in a clear, concise, and understandable manner.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situations where only limited standardization exists.

Physical Abilities:
Constantly Incurred (More than 75% of time on job)
Ability to stand, Ability to walk, Ability to sit, Reaching at high or low level, Repetitive finger movement, Ability to use both hands and both legs, Ability to communicate orally and to hear conversations, Ability to pull hand over hand, Ability to climb stairs, Ability to use legs/arms to climb, Ability to balance, Ability to stoop, Repetitive twisting or pressure involving wrists or hands, Specific visual requirements, Use of depth perception.
Frequently Incurred (Between 25% - 75% of time on job) Ability to kneel, Ability to repeatedly bend, Ability for rapid mental/muscular coordination simultaneously.
Occasionally Incurred (Less than 25% of time on job)
Ability to lift and carry heavy loads (Max 175 lbs.). Ability to push heavy loads (Max 200
lbs.), Ability to pull heavy loads (Max 175 lbs.), Ability to crawl. Ability to operate a truck/motor vehicle including vehicles with standard transmissions.

Other Skills and Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of the current principles and practices of firefighting
Thorough knowledge of equipment and apparatus including their safe operation and the ability to explain these to others in a clear, concise, and understandable manner.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of providing emergency medical response and the ability to explain these to others in a clear, concise, and understandable manner.
Knowledge of the principles of municipal fire department administration in the areas of organization, fire prevention, fire rescue, training, and program development.
Ability to plan, evaluate, assign, and coordinate activities, personnel, and equipment.
Ability to establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with department employees, volunteers, as well as the general public.
Ability to visually identify hazardous materials placards and shipping documents and the ability to utilize this information to determine and execute a course of action.
Ability to capably perform all actual firefighter duties in the event of a manpower shortage.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities:
Independently responds to fire emergencies regardless of time of day, or weather conditions.
Under the direction of the Fire Chief establishes an operational plan for the Fire Department, Assigns duties to career and volunteer firefighters to complete tasks. Monitors performance and progress.
Directs fire personnel and is responsible for property and operations of the department
Schedules career and volunteer staff to ensure compliance with the collective bargaining agreement as well as operational needs.
Manages career firefighters in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, the Township employee handbook, and other applicable Township policies including provisions related to discipline and grievances.
Under the direction of the Fire Chief evaluates the need for and recommends the addition of new personnel, material, apparatus or supplies.
Prepares drafts of new policies for supervisory review and implements departmental policy and procedures as directed.
Develops, maintains, reviews, and updates fire department Standard Operating Guidelines,
Procedures, or Preferred Operating Methods.
Provides continuity between the 24 hour crews and maintains communication between shifts.
Schedules and notifies crews of events, fire prevention visits, inspections, and non-emergency details.
Assists the Fire Chief with Emergency Management functions related to the Emergency Operations.
Plan, Tier II reports, target hazard planning, and community risk reduction.
Develops and carries out training activities for departmental personnel. Counsels personnel on training opportunities; reviews training accomplishments and ensures accurate recording of training of individuals.
Responsible for developing, updating, and implementing a comprehensive fire prevention and inspection program.
Responsible for the maintenance and repair of Fire Department building and apparatus, coordinates the maintenance of Fire Department records, prepares reports and correspondence.
Exhibits calm and controlled composure to resolve conflict and manage crisis.
Assists in the investigation of fires and explosions to determine cause and origin.
Maintains records related to Firefighter training and skills certifications.
Maintains records related to EMT and Paramedic training and skill certifications.
Reviews and maintains records related to emergency medical calls to insure the appropriateness and quality of service.
Performs other essential duties as assigned or required.

Non- Essential Duties And Responsibilities:
Attend seminars, classes, or programs related to fire services and communicates relevant information to the staff.
Documents and prepares all pertinent forms or reports pertaining to injuries, fire investigation and incident responses.
Responds and coordinates with other municipal fire departments through mutual-aid agreements.
Performs other non-essential duties as assigned or required.

Required Education, Training and Experience
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well as, GIS and fire incident tracking software.
Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in fire service with Three (3) years at a minimum rank of Captain or comparable title with responsibility for significant portions of departmental administration and operations.
Firefighter II certification from any state by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.
Pennsylvania Department of Health or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician certification
Possesses Class B Commercial Driver’s License with Air Brake Endorsement from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania within 150 days of being hired and maintains.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in fire science or public administration or related field from an accredited institution of higher learning.
Fire Officer I certification from any state by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.
Managerial experience with a combination or career fire department preferred.
Credentialed Fire Officer through the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) or Fire Officer (FO)
Completion of National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

Additional Requirements:
Obtains within 60 days and maintains Peters Township Department skill certifications as an Interior Firefighter, Truck Driver and Pump Operator, Aerial Truck Operator and Rescue Truck Operator.

On an annual basis or upon return to work after serious illness or injury must be able to pass the Peters Township Fire Department Physical Agility Test.

Residency is required within 8 driving miles of a Peters Township Fire Station within twelve (12) months from
the start date of employment.

Supervision From The Following:
This position typically receives routine supervision from Fire Chief.

Supervision To The Following:
This position typically gives supervision to all career and volunteer firefighters.

Work Environment:
The location of work performed by the employee is varied and is based on the development of emergency situations, thus the work is performed whenever and wherever the situation may dictates. The employee frequently works with fire apparatus in weather and temperatures that are harsh. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee will be exposed to hazardous situations and conditions. The employee must occasionally visit and inspect facilities that are accessible only by uneven paths of travel, ladders, and stairways.
Part of the time the employee works in a routine office setting and may be seated for extended periods.

Peters Township is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against the disabled.