County of Volusia

Since the inception of the Fire Dept. in the 1960s, Volusia County Fire Rescue has established itself as one of the up and coming progressive fire departments of our area. With past accomplishments in our rearview and an exciting future ahead of us, Volusia County Fire Rescue is seeking an innovative and progressive  Fire Rescue Chief with experience in leading a high-performance organization. The succeeding Fire Rescue Chief must be visible and engaged within the department and in the community, develop effective relationships with other agencies, members of the International Association of Firefighters and exhibit outstanding communication skills with all stakeholders to maintain the high standards and excellence of service the community has come to expect.

Opportunities for excellence include working within budget and staffing constraints while continuing to ensure operational efficiency in equipment, community risk reduction, and consistent demands relating to increasing service and staffing levels, training and employee recruitment and retention.

*** Positions/incumbents assigned to this classification are at will and serve at the pleasure of the County Manager.***

Illustrative Duties

(NOTE: These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.)

Director/Command Officer of Special Risk member(s) whose duties include on-the-scene fighting of fires, fire prevention, and fire training

Designs, develops, and implements the County’s Master Plan for Fire Control.
Coordinates the overall County fire protection to include budgeting, administration, and training.
Coordinates with various advisory and planning committees for County development.
Coordinates with various local, County, State, and Federal agencies regarding fire prevention, suppression, and emergency medical services issues.
Prepares yearly budget requests based on plans.
Administers budget in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Prepares capital long-range budget program for the County.
Directs the preparation and analyzes records and reports to ensure efficient operations and to meet fire, rescue and emergency medical service demands.
Directs the operation and maintenance of apparatus and equipment.
Ensures strategic plans are in place.
Addresses civic and other groups regarding the activities and programs of the fire service to promote public understanding of its work.
May be assigned to other county locations based on operational needs.
Attends work on a regular and consistent basis.
Must adhere to Federal, State, County, and Local Ordinances.
Responds to emergency situations.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Business/Public Administration, Political Science, Public Planning, Fire Administration or other related fields from an accredited college or university AND have five (5) years full time paid senior fire officer management experience in planning, directing, and coordinating activities in a Fire/Rescue department.


Must possess and maintain:
State of Florida Certificate of Compliance from the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training within one (1) year of appointment.
Florida EMT license or Florida Paramedic license within one (1) year of appointment.
A valid driver’s license and a State of Florida driver’s license within one (1) month of appointment.
Proof of completion of an approved Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) in accordance with Florida Statutes within two (2) months of appointment.
Complete NWCG S-130,  NWCG S-190, within two (2) years of appointment
Proof of completion of ICS-100 (G100), ICS-200 (G200), ICS-300 (G300), and ICS-400 (G400) upon appointment

NOTE: State of Florida Fire Officer certification and State of Florida Paramedic Certification may be required

TOBACCO POLICY: It is this organization’s policy that individuals hired into special risk positions may not use any form of tobacco at any time, whether on or off duty, as a condition of employment. Candidates must be nicotine/cotinine-free by the time of pre-employment physical/drug exam, including nicotine-containing products used in tobacco replacement therapies.

Note: This position is mission essential and must be available for on call duty during emergency situations/activations.

***Must successfully pass medical physical examination including drug screening and physical ability test***
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of the principles and practices of management.
Knowledge of the current developments in fire suppression and prevention.
Knowledge of the principles of the Fire Administration.
Knowledge of current firefighting training techniques.
Knowledge of current emergency medical services systems.
Able to plan, evaluate, assign, and coordinate activities performed by fire and EMS personnel.
Able to interact and communicate with elected officials and professional staff to solve complex problems.
Able to express oneself clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, officials, and the general public.
Able to work under stressful conditions.
Must be able to relocate to other county locations based upon operational needs.


Physical Demands: Moderate work. Must be able to see, hear, talk, smell, stand, crouch, balance, handle, and finger dexterity. Visual acuity (color, peripheral vision, and depth perception) necessary to read schematics and operate a motorized vehicle.

Environmental Demands: Primary inside work. Occasional response to emergency calls working in an external environment.

Mental Demands: Ability to read and comprehend professional, scientific and technical journals, manuals and procedures; legal documents, statutes, ordinances; financial reports; memos, instructions, manuals. Ability to write business letters, speeches, financial reports, evaluations, opinions, summaries. Ability to speak clearly and concisely relating information, details, and procedures to a layman; public/extemporaneous/persuasive speaking. Ability to perform general mathematical functions. Ability to analyze data and develop conclusions. Ability to identify and resolve problems.
Volusia County is a drug-free workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.

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