The Town of West Hartford
Announces An Open Competitive Examination
For the Position of
APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ELECTRONICALLY
Application Deadline: Salary Range:
Friday, August 24, 2018 $130,000 – $150,000
To direct, plan and manage all functions and operations of the community’s Fire Department. Work involves coordinating and directing all department activities related to the protection of life and property and the mitigation of emergency situations, and requires technical knowledge to make decisions regarding emergency medical services, fire protection and suppression, rescue operations, hazardous materials incident management, fire inspection, prevention and education, equipment and apparatus maintenance, disaster management, and other related services. May serve as Director of the Emergency Management and Fire Marshal. Works independently under the administrative direction of the Town Manager within governing laws, regulations and ordinances with performance evaluated on results achieved.
Essential Job Functions
Consults with and advises the Town Manager on fire and emergency medical services operations and issues. Plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates departmental activities related to emergency medical services, fire suppression, fire inspection and prevention, rescue programs, hazardous materials incident and disaster management. Analyzes information on departmental effectiveness and efficiency and plans for short and long-term resources, procedures, and scheduling to meet objectives.
Establishes short- medium and long-term goals to accomplish strategic plans and objectives. Develops performance standards and conducts administrative reviews and program evaluations in order to monitor and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of department services.
Inspects and evaluates the operations of the department through direct review of activities, reports and documents; ensures compliance with Federal and State requirements including OSHA, NFPA, Office of Emergency Medical Services, and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Develops quality assurance measures and monitors and evaluates service delivery. Directs the preparation and maintenance of fire records and files; provides information to regulatory agencies and prepares required narrative and statistical reports, forms, and records.
Responds to all large fires and major emergency incidents and directs operations in accordance with the Incident Management System in responding to such events.
May serve as Fire Marshal, or provide administrative direction to an appointed Fire Marshal, who organizes and directs inspections for compliance with state and local fire safety regulations and issues orders for correction of hazardous conditions as required. Investigates fires to ascertain origin, cause, damage and violations of the fire code. Ensures enforcement of fire safety laws and directs Town fire prevention, fire safety and fire inspection programs. Oversees review of building plans for Fire Code compliance and for adequate Fire Protection System installation provisions. Oversees district inspections by fire companies and reviews inspection reports.
Selects and supervises, directly and through subordinates, departmental personnel; conducts and reviews performance evaluations; coaches, mentors, and positively motivates direct reports and other departmental personnel; approves salary adjustments and authorizes disciplinary actions; administers and complies with all collective bargaining agreements, Personnel Rules and departmental policies and procedures. Responsible for personnel actions including the hiring, assignment, disciplinary action, and terminations; Ensures appropriate administration of all collective bargaining agreements and day to day labor relations. Participates in negotiations with employee organizations; resolves or assists in resolving union grievances.
Responsible for ensuring through subordinate officers and department training programs that appropriate staff development and training is provided for employees to improve performance, assure standard safety procedures are utilized and to be in full compliance with all local, state, and federal laws and requirements.
Directs and oversees the preparation of the annual department operating budget and capital budget; participates in the presentation and defending of the budget to appropriate authorities; administers approved budget and revises operations to affect economies. Monitors and controls budgetary expenditures of departmental fund allocations and develops strategies for resolving department budget problems; recommends, reviews specifications and authorizes purchase of equipment, apparatus and supplies in accordance with Town policies and procedures.
Interacts with department staff, other town offices, other fire departments, elected officials and regarding department goals and programs; provides community and interagency support.
Attends meetings and appropriate boards, commissions and community organizations to answer questions and to present reports, plans and recommendations; confers with Town officials and the public to provide information and respond to citizen inquiries, questions, and complaints; speaks in public with news media and before community groups, schools, and other agencies.
Maintains current knowledge of profession through peer association, continual review of relevant literature, attendance at meetings, seminars, specialized schools, and through continuing education related to duties and responsibilities.
Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively to provide quality customer service.
Assures effective and timely response to emergency situations.
Maintains certificates as required by Federal, State and local jurisdictions.
Performs other related duties as required.
Additional Job Functions
May serve on regional, state, and/or professional fire associations to promote and enhance services to the community.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of modern firefighting equipment, fire protection systems, technology and fire prevention methods and the ability to keep abreast of industry developments of municipal fire service administration, organization, and operation, coupled with considerable skill and ability in every phase of municipal fire and emergency services provided by the department.
Thorough knowledge of firefighting apparatus and equipment maintenance practices and procedures.
Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and operational procedures as applied to a large municipal multi-station fire/EMS operation in a first-ring suburban community.
Thorough knowledge of personnel management and training techniques; working knowledge of labor relations and collective bargaining, federal emergency management and pertinent legal issues.
Ability to provide effective leadership by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with Town officials, subordinates, associates, state and federal authorities, officials of other agencies, civic leaders, the media and the general public.
Ability to direct the operations of staff and equipment under emergency conditions involving danger and loss of life and property; ability to command a fire scene, including planning attack, directing companies in fire attack and directing rescue operations.
Skill in oral and written communications and effective presentations, supported by considerable skill in the use of a personal computer and related applications.
Ability to administer the activities of a municipal fire department and to supervise the work of a municipal fire and emergency management function.
Ability to initiate, organize, and execute municipal programs and projects and to administer related policies and procedures.
Ability to analyze reports, operating records, and fire/EMS problems to develop and implement policies, plans and activities.
Ability to make difficult decisions within deadlines in an environment of limited resources and competing claims.
Ability to interpret and apply policies, procedures and regulations with clarity, firmness and tact; ability to utilize resourcefulness and sound judgment in emergency situations.
Ability to negotiate varied terrain and to handle all the physical and emotional aspects of fire service work in all weather conditions, coupled with the ability to drive a motor vehicle in Connecticut.
Ability to competently operate specialized fire control and standard office equipment.
An employee in this class is considered to issue and administer orders rather than to execute them directly, however the incumbent may be required to participate in the manual labor of firefighting under certain conditions. Works independently with minimum supervision. Work is performed primarily in a business office environment subject to some interruptions, however may be required to work in various fire stations. Position requires an ability to frequently move throughout town and travel to off-site locations for attendance at meetings, fire and emergency management scenes. Must be mobile, able to push/pull light objects and occasionally lift objects up to 50 pounds. Must be able to perform such tasks as writing, filing, typing, using a calculator and skills that require hand-eye coordination such as using a keyboard. Must be able to effectively work under stress from demanding deadlines, changing priorities and conditions, and emergency scenes. Manages and coordinates multiple priorities adhering to established timeframes and performance standards. May interact with agitated or hostile individuals. Attends to tasks/functions for more than sixty-(60) minutes at a time. Works for extended periods at personal computer. Must be able to communicate in English and be understood clearly; hearing requirements include the ability to effectively interact with individuals or groups in person or by telephone. Attendance and participation required at meetings outside the normal business workday. Work requires the exercising of independent judgment and authority in making decisions, addressing emergencies and directing members of the department. Hazards to personal safety may arise from personal, mechanical, and natural sources and include possible loss of life. Responsible for a twenty-four hour per day, seven days per week operation. During times of emergency, special, or weather events may be required to work extensively outside of, and in addition to, the normal work week. This position serves at the pleasure of the Town Manager, subject to Section 7-302, Just Cause Dismissals for Municipal Fire Chiefs, and all other applicable sections of the Connecticut General Statutes.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science or Administration, Emergency Services, business or public administration or a related field, Master’s degree preferred; Twelve (12) years of progressively responsible experience in the fire service, including a minimum of four (4) years at the rank of subordinate chief officer managing multiple-company/station operations delivering fire and EMS services; certification as Fire Officer II; completion of the Executive Fire Officer Program of the National Fire Academy; the ability to be certified by the Fire Marshal’s Office as Fire Marshal and maintain certification in accordance with CGS §29-298; certification as Licensed Paramedic (preferred); and demonstrated experience in a collective bargaining environment, or a combination of education and experience deemed equivalent by the Town Manager.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and a driving record compliant with the Town of West Hartford Safe Driving policy.
Method of Selection
An evaluation of education and professional experience will determine qualified candidates and those that will be further considered. Telephone interviews may be conducted with a selected number of qualified applicants as a further screening prior to face-to-face interviews.
The Town reserves the right to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to participate in any portion of the selection process.
To be considered, please complete an Application for Employment for the Town of West Hartford that can be found on our website at www.westhartfordct.gov under “Jobs”. Applications must be completed by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018, unless such date is extended by the Executive Director of Human Resources, or designee. Please attach a letter of interest, resume, including salary history, and five professional references.
APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ELECTRONICALLY
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F
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