Fire Battalion Chief
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18-01 Fire Battalion Chief

Posted on: 2017/07/10

Minimum Qualifications:
•An Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university in fire science, fire protection, emergency medical services, fire administration, public administration, business administration or a closely related field, or the equivalent number of college credits from an accredited college or university applied towards a Bachelor’s degree or higher level degree. 
•Two years experience as a LAFD Captain or three years full time Captain experience with a career fire department comparable to LAFD; must include two years supervisory experience.
•Must be eighteen years of age.
•Must be a United States citizen.
•Must possess, or ability to obtain within first thirty days of employment, and maintain a valid New Mexico CDL-E driver’s license.
•Must possess and maintain an Incident Safety Officer (ISO) certification or equivalent. 
•Must possess NFPA 1021 Fire Officer II certification.
•Must possess ICS 100, 200, 700, 800b and 804 certifications
•Must meet the qualifications for Fire Officer III as stated in NFPA 1021 by the end of probation. 
•Must possess ICS 300 and 400 certifications or equivalents by the end of probation.
•Must possess, or make application for a DOE Q clearance within 30 days of employment and have the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance and is subject to additional federal background investigation.  Prior to issuance of the Q clearance, must be eligible at all times to be escorted into secured areas until such time as the initial investigation period has expired and a Q clearance is issued.  Subsequently, should Q access authorization be under review, but not suspended or revoked, and employee remains eligible to be escorted into a secured area, a reasonable time for reinstatement shall be allowed.
•Successful completion of an examination by LANL Occupational Medicine and be free of any physical condition as listed in the LAFD Medical Standards.
•Be free of any mental or emotional condition, which might adversely affect performance. Will be required to be examined by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.
•Successful completion of mandatory drug screening and subsequent random drug screenings. 
•Successful completion of the background investigation, including FBI fingerprint check. 
•Must not have been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude.

Preferred Qualifications:
•Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science or related field, or higher level degree. Degree must be from a regionally or nationally accredited university/college.
•Supervisory and management training related to the Battalion Chief position.
•Current DOE Q clearance.
•ICS 300 and 400 certification.
•Fire Officer III (IFSAC or Pro Board) certification as stated in NFPA standards.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•Advanced knowledge of a fire behavior and fire suppression principles, methods, techniques and practices.
•Knowledge of principles of personnel deployment, supervision and training.
•Knowledge of principles of fire ground hydraulics, fire and rescue apparatus, equipment and building construction.
•Knowledge of emergency medical techniques.
•Knowledge or ability to gain knowledge of county/LANL street layout and water systems. 
•Knowledge of current Fire Code, ordinances, and practices.
•Knowledge of training techniques to provide on-the-job training to crewmembers.
•Knowledge of effective methods of crowd control, safety, building evacuation techniques and traffic rules. 
•Skill in the use of first aid procedures and CPR. 
•Skill in analyzing situations quickly and objectively, and determining the proper course of action.
•Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. 
•Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments. 
•Ability to safely operate tools, apparatus, vehicles and equipment used in fire suppression, rescue and medical assistance operations.
•Ability to perform mathematical calculations in hydraulics to support training and fire suppression. 
•Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
•Ability to work extended hours and various work schedules.
•Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, as well as by radio.
•Ability to be reached by telephone at all times.
•Ability to maintain confidentiality.
•Ability to operate, access, retrieves and input information using computer equipment. 
•Ability to function as a positive role model for subordinate personnel; lead by example, maintain open lines of communication, provide constructive feedback, and build teamwork.
•Ability to function as a member of the management team, supporting management decisions and functioning as the liaison between company and management personnel.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
•Oversees the supervision of personnel, which includes hiring, work allocation, training, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance. Serves as mentor and coach to personnel.
•Maintains records and plans; develops procedures and ensures compliance with Fire Chief Directives, federal, state and local regulations and laws.
•Manages and ensures compliance with approved budget.
•Participates with other members of LAFD staff in developing plans, policies, and procedures concerning all areas of LAFD activity.
•Manages regular and special projects for timely and cost-effective completion.
•Investigates and reviews personnel matters, document findings and takes corrective actions.  Recommends and delivers disciplinary action, as required.
•Responds to emergencies and assumes command when necessary.
•Responds to the Emergency Operations Center to provide assistance with emergency management, and is responsible for emergency management planning following the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS).
•Serves as a resource to staff officers, equipment manufacturers, standards-making organizations, regulatory agencies and functional specialists regarding recommended changes in equipment, procedures, and recommended methods to eliminate unsafe practices and reduce existing hazardous conditions.
•Assists and makes recommendations regarding the testing of new equipment, its acceptance or approval by the Fire Department and suitability for continued service.
•Schedules and coordinates special training for other agencies and groups by LAFD personnel.
•Assists in the coordination of community wide emergency exercises.
•Conducts post incident analysis.
•Schedules and/or trains and instructs employees in modern firefighting principles, practices, and procedures.
•Participates in the applicable physical agility LAFD program for Chief Officers and annually thereafter.
•Manages apparatus and station maintenance and inventories.
•Investigates and resolves citizen complaints.
•Ensures all necessary communication and paperwork requested for the Fire Department operations is clear, accurate, concise and timely.
•May act as Fire Chief or Deputy Fire Chief when necessary.
•Manages the Operations pre-fire plan program and manages companies at hazardous materials incidents.
•Reviews EMS and fire reports from companies and collects data for quarterly reports.
•Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and works cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.
•May assist with labor/management relations and ensure compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
•Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
•Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
•Conducts training. 
•Performs other duties as required.

Additional Essential Duties and Responsibilities for temporary assignment as a division lead:
•Researches and develops recommendations for annual operating and capital budget for assigned division.  Participates in drafting final departmental budget; analyzes budget performance and approves expenditures.  Prepares grant funding requests, assures compliance with grant requirements and manages grant funds.
•Directly supervises assigned civilian staff assigned to the division.
•Strategic planning for division that directly supports the LAFD Strategic Plan.
•Performs public education and public relations functions, including public speaking and presentations, etc.  
•Coordinates development and/or revision of Mutual Aid Agreements with other agencies.
•Assists with emergency/non-emergency programs with technical staff of the NNSA/DOE, DOE prime and subcontractors, Los Alamos National Laboratories, other federal agencies operating on lands surrounding Los Alamos, and the communities of Los Alamos and White Rock.  May assist with the development of emergency preparedness programs. 
•Provides strategic initiatives, analysis, trending, forecasting, planning, safety recommendations and related needs for programs to the Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief.
•Conducts research and continuous quality improvement efforts for the purpose of improving emergency response and customer service.
•Prepares reports and keeps Command Staff informed of program status.
•Provides operational coverage for the Duty Battalion Chief when they are committed.

Specific examples of work related to operational programs include:

Battalion Chief of Safety Division
•Manages all aspects of and sets standards for the department's Safety Programs.
•Maintains records, collects and analyzes safety data. 
•Responsible for training programs, such as defensive driving, infection control and physical fitness.
•Ensures compliance with OSHA and NFPA standards.
•Identifies and analyzes health and safety hazards.  Develops and implements corrective actions to deal with these hazards.  Takes immediate action to correct unsafe conditions.
•Prepares reports for the Fire Chief on LAFD accidents, occupational injuries, illnesses, deaths, and exposures.
•Coordinates with Human Resources/Risk Division regarding LAFD accidents, occupational injuries, illnesses, deaths, and exposures.
•Chairs the LAFD Health and Safety Committee.
•Oversees testing of new equipment and service testing of apparatus and equipment to determine suitability for continued service.
•Responsible for Annual Testing and Compliance Programs, including the collection, review, revision and retention of all appropriate records.

Battalion Chief of Emergency Medical Services Division
•Manages all aspects of and sets standards for the EMS Programs in emergency and non-emergency situations.
•Manages, schedules and coordinates EMS activities for the department and service area.
•Responsible for the testing, evaluation, and training of department personnel. Coordinates public education/training/outreach programs in EMS.
•Conducts research for the purpose of improving emergency response customer service.
•Provides direction for certification and licensure requirements needed to ensure compliance of all department personnel.
•Ensures compliance with State and Federal medical guidelines.
•Researches, directs, and manages procurement of medical equipment and supplies.
•Provides assistance to the department’s Emergency Medical Director and Pharmacist.
•Provides oversight of the ambulance billing process and electronic records process.
•Directs standards for certifications, licensure, and re-licensure requirements needed to ensure compliance of all department personnel.
•Assures contract compliance with department’s EMS Medical Director and Pharmacist consultant.
•Oversees procurement and inventory of medical equipment and supplies.
•Oversees testing, evaluation, and training of department personnel and training of the public.

Battalion Chief of Operations
•Manages an assigned shift.  Coordinates, assigns and directs the work and activities of personnel.
•Supervises the effective preparedness, operation, utilization and maintenance of fire and rescue apparatus and equipment.
•Responds to emergencies to coordinate and direct the activities of personnel and equipment.
•Transmits and carries out County and LAFD directives and policies.  
•Coordinates and evaluates training programs of the LAFD.
•Researches, develops, and standardizes methods and resources employed in emergency services. 
•Coordinates with LAFD divisions for the support of and participation in drills and exercises for outside agencies, including LANL, as assigned.

Battalion Chief of Training Division
•Manages all aspects of and sets standards for the department’s Training Programs and ensures compliance with NFPA standards, the Cooperative Agreement and other regulations as necessary.  
•Responsible for implementation and delivery of required training.
•Collects, reviews and retains all appropriate training records.  
•Coordinates and works closely with HR Division and other agencies regarding all LAFD operational recruitment processes, inclusive of LAFD promotional processes. 
•Prepares and has oversight of the Recruit Academies, and training proficiencies for Officer, Driver Engineer and Firefighter.
•Ensures compliance with NFPA standards and all applicable contractual requirements, i.e., facility site specific requirements and other federal, state, or local regulations.
•Assures scheduling and coordination of special training conducted for department personnel by other agencies, as well as special training for other agencies and groups by LAFD personnel.
•Oversees testing, evaluation, and training of department personnel and training of the public.

Battalion Chief of LANL Training, Exercises and Drills
•Manages all aspects of and sets standards for the department’s LANL Training, Exercises and Drills and ensures compliance with NFPA standards, the Cooperative Agreement and other regulations as necessary.
•Responsible for the Pre-Incident Plan Program including the collection, review, revision and retention of all appropriate records.
•Ensures all maps and procedures for response to LANL facilities are current and accurate and are in compliance with the Cooperative Agreement.
•Works closely with other departments and agencies on preparedness and exercises, and other projects within the County of Los Alamos that are related to the County’s Life Safety Code. 
•Manages the department’s Hydrant Testing programs.

Battalion Chief of Fire and Life Safety Division
•Interprets and enforces the current Fire Code, the Life Safety Code and other federal, state, local code and ordinances.
•Ensures plans are reviewed and revised on prescribed schedule and that they are in compliance with fire contract.
•Manages the Insurance Services Organization rating program.
•Develops, implements, and maintains a Fire and Life Safety Inspection Program.
•Reviews proposed construction projects within the County of Los Alamos that are related to the Fire Department Life Safety Code.
•Performs fire cause investigations and informs customers regarding fire prevention recommendations.

Battalion Chief of Wildland Fire/Public Education Division
•Develops, implements, and maintains the Fuels Mitigation/Forest Restoration Program to reduce fuels in the interface areas.
•Provides public education services to Los Alamos County, LANL and when possible, surrounding communities.
•Writes and manages department grants for public education and fuels mitigation programs.
•Serves as the LAFD representative to the Interagency Wildfire Management Team (IWMT).
Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 150 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.  The employee may be exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; and vibration.  The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.

Work Environment:
Work is performed in an office, a fire station and outdoor setting with high noise level.  Work may involve potential exposure to radiation, high explosives, high voltages, toxic and exotic chemicals, fluid borne pathogens, smoke, heat, rugged terrain, and human tragedy, under all weather conditions at any time of the day or night.  Wildland Urban Interface firefighting and aircraft rescue firefighting conditions may also be experienced.  Some travel, 24-hour on-call status, call out for emergency and non-emergency situations, occasional evening meetings and on duty status may be required. Current tour of duty consists of 48 hours on duty, 96 hours off duty.  Assignments may mandate a 40 hour workweek at the discretion of the Fire Chief.

This position requires mandatory and random drug testing and screening; therefore, all applicable Federal/State regulations or laws and County Rules and Policy covering random, post-accident, pre-hire, and return to duty testing will be conducted prior to and during employment.

Each and every county position requires the following professional skills and abilities as key and necessary elements of performance.  Employees are required to:

•Demonstrate regular and reliable attendance;
•Work well with others and participate fully in a team oriented environment;
•Interface with other employees and customers in a courteous and respectful manner;
•Project positive support of their department and all county organizations at all times; and,
•Maintain and enhance the county’s commitment to customer service excellence.
How to Apply:
County application is required.  Apply at the Human Resources Division, County of Los Alamos, 1000 Central Avenue, Ste. 230, Los Alamos, NM  87544.  Applications are available in our office, at or by calling (505)662-8040.  All vacant positions are listed on the above website and on our Job Line at (505)662-8039.  

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the examination process, notify the Human Resources Division at (505)662-8040 at the time of application.  Some documents can be provided in accessible formats.  Contact Human Resources at the above number if an accessible format is needed.
Applications become a public record upon receipt and may be made available for public inspection.

Selection Procedure:
The Incorporated County of Los Alamos does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in employment or the provisions of service.


Deadline for Submissions: 07/28/2017