Deputy Chief of Fire Rescue

  • Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
  • Gainesville, FL, USA
Full Time Engineering Government Legal Management Science

Job Description


SALARY: $77,875.20 - $124,779.20 Annually

Associates degree in fire science, emergency medical services, or a directly related field and four years experience as a Paramedic and four years as a Florida Minimum Standards Firefighter, of which three years must have been at the District Chief level; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience.  Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination and criminal history background check are required prior to employment. Applicants within six months of meeting the minimum education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status. Upon submission of application, proof of the following must be provided:
1. Current Fire Officer I (NFPA-1021) dated before November 18, 2013 or State of Florida Fire Officer II dated on or after November 18, 2013.
2. Current State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance.

3. Current State of Florida Paramedic certificate.

4. Current designation as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support provider.
 5. A valid Florida Driver License is required and a Motor Vehicle Record that meets the requirements of Alachua County policy # 6-7; Motor Vehicle Records will be reviewed prior to employment. If in the past 24-month period, the record shows more than 3 moving traffic violations, and/or a conviction/pending charge for driving under the influence, the minimum qualifications are not met for the position.
 6. Successful applicants must meet all requirements for Drivers as listed in Florida Statutes 401.281.

Upon appointment to position, the following must be completed and maintained as a condition of employment:

  1. Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, International Trauma or Basic Trauma Life Support certification must be obtained within the first twelve months of employment.
  2. Certification by the Alachua County Medical Director within 30 days of employment.
  3. Must possess or complete a certified minimum 16-hour driving course within 30 days of employment.


1)  A sworn affidavit attesting to the non-use of tobacco products.

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 Position Summary: This is responsible supervisory, technical and administrative work in planning and directing the Operations Division of the County's Fire Rescue Department.

This is an emergency essential classification. Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, all employees in this classification are required to work.
An employee assigned to this classification directs the administrative and operational functions of the department including formulating and implementing policies and procedures, allocating and monitoring resources, responding to fire and medical emergencies, and supervising and evaluating staff.
Work is performed under the direction of a higher level supervisor and reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of the results obtained.

 Exudes a positive customer service focus.
Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.

Responsible for the short and long range planning for the efficient delivery of emergency medical and fire services of the Department.
Supervises and coordinates the activities of subordinate supervisors and employees including determining work procedures and schedules; issuing instructions and assigning duties; reviewing work; recommending personnel actions; conducting performance reviews; and conducting departmental training and orientation.

Responds to medical and fire related incidents.
Initiates command procedures in compliance with the Department's Incident Command System.
 Maintains a close working relationship with other Fire/Rescue/EMS professionals to ensure a coordinated and efficient delivery of services is provided.

Develops, maintains, and monitors a training and quality assurance system that includes Medical Director supervision and complies with state requirements.
Evaluates effectiveness of patient care delivered and compares patient outcomes with national standards.

Makes recommendations and formulates departmental standard operating procedures.

Makes recommendations for the specifications and selection of equipment and vehicles.

Maintains accurate records, logs and files, and prepares reports as required.
Makes recommendations involving the Operations budget; monitors and makes recommendations for expenditures.

Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.
 NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
 Considerable knowledge of laws, rules and regulations relating to operations of community emergency agencies.

Considerable knowledge of current emergency medical and fire services principles and practices.

Considerable knowledge of emergency scene management and basic fire ground activities.
Considerable knowledge of modern principles and practices of administration and organization including general budgeting, accounting, and personnel techniques and management principles and practices.

Ability to supervise and organize the work of staff, develop capable staff, enforce disciplinary procedures, coach and counsel staff, and effectively appraise employees' work performance.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including public speaking and preparing written reports and memoranda.

Ability to develop efficient policies and procedures.

Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with assisting agencies, civic groups, fire and medical professionals, and the general public.

Ability to analyze and evaluate program activities and procedures.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk, and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds; frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds; occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet, humid conditions (non-weather); work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme heat (non-weather); work with explosives; risk of radiation, and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


Biological Chemical Research, Business Unit Management, City Planning, Chemical Engineering, Civil & Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, General Business, General Science, Heavy Equipment Operation, Human Resources, Inventory Planning and Management, ISO Certification, Logistics and Transportation, Medical Practitioner, Project Management

Education Requirements

Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, M.B.A., Ph.D, Other Doctorate Degree


$77,875.20 - $124,779.20 Annually