Assistant Fire Chief

Steese Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.   Fairbanks, AK   Full-time     Emergency Med Tech / Paramedics
Posted on May 30, 2024
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$75,920.00 - DOE Annually
Benefits include health, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K with a 12% match.

JOB SUMMARY:
This exempt position directly reports to the Deputy Fire Chief. This position directs departmental training, manages strategic workforce planning and initiatives, and supervises training division personnel. Coordinates, implements, and administers all Fire Department training activities. Researches training programs, develops new training curriculum, researches new technology in tools, develops lesson plans for instructors, develops and conducts cognitive and practical skills testing, monitors annual training requirements of all members, and prepares a budget for all training activities. Ensures that all personnel are trained and competent to effectively, efficiently, and safely execute all responsibilities consistent with the department's standard operating procedures for emergency services delivery. Plans, develops, and implements comprehensive training programs and curriculum related to all Fire Department activities. Instructs occasionally to meet training needs. Identifies instructional needs by conducting a periodic departmental training needs analysis. Evaluates and coordinates all training requests and scheduling for department personnel to attend out-of-department schools, seminars, and conferences. Conducts and implements special projects and ensures operational currency. Serves on committees and task groups as assigned. Assists with strategic workforce planning and succession planning. Participates in the process of selection and qualifications of recruits. The Assistant Fire Chief will also function as a Battalion Chief and serve as Incident Commander when necessary. Furthermore, the Assistant Fire Chief is required to meet developmental benchmarks outlined in the "Terms of Employment." The position entails working 8 hours per day, totaling a forty-hour workweek. Additionally, it necessitates being available to cover battalion shifts as needed.

JOB DUTIES:
Essential Functions

  • Direct the Development and Implementation of Departmental Training: Ensure that all Fire department personnel are trained and competent to effectively, efficiently, and safely execute all responsibilities consistent with the department's standard operating procedures and guidelines for delivering emergency services. Administer department policies and procedures for the management of instructional resources, staff, facilities, records, and reports. Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive training programs and curriculum related to fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, fire prevention, and special team training activities. Identify instructional needs by conducting a periodic department training needs analysis. Design programs or curricula that support the department's goals, ensure knowledge and skills are job related, are performance based, ensure adult learning principles are utilized, and ensure programs meet time and budget constraints. Implement modifications to training programs as required to ensure effectiveness and current technical or procedural compliance. Evaluate and coordinate all training requests and scheduling for department personnel to attend out-of-department schools, seminars, and conferences. Administer a record management system so the information meets all agency and legal requirements and can be readily accessed. Develop forms and appropriate reports for the documentation of training activities for the department and individual staff members. Ensure all training reports are accurate, complete, and maintained in compliance with applicable standards and practices. Maintain training records and files on all department personnel.
  • Manage and Lead Strategic Workforce Planning: Develop a strategic workforce planning strategy and approach for the Fire Department. Lead the analysis of the workforce plan and identify skills/competency requirements and critical skill gaps across the department. Work with the Fire Chief and their designees to integrate department workforce planning goals and concepts. Create, communicate, and operate an annual and long-range workforce plan, including succession management and training and development plan. Evaluate achievement of workforce planning goals. Serve as the lead in the screening and hiring of vacant positions.
  • Recruitment and Retention: Create strategic recruitment campaigns tailored to attract diverse candidates, including outreach efforts in local communities, schools, and online platforms. Organize recruitment events, informational sessions, and training seminars to engage potential volunteers and scholarship firefighters, showcasing the rewarding nature of fire service and the opportunities for personal and professional growth. Develop and implement retention initiatives focused on fostering a supportive and inclusive environment within the fire department, offering mentorship programs, recognition ceremonies, and ongoing training opportunities to ensure the commitment and longevity of volunteer and scholarship firefighters.
  • Manage Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives: Provide project management, strategic planning, and implementation support for key organizational initiatives as assigned by the Chief. As assigned by the Fire Chief, participate in Fire Department special projects and strategic initiatives, including developing and implementing the strategic plan and long-range strategic initiatives. Perform highly responsible, complex, and varied professional administrative and analytical work in developing, implementing, and administrating department-wide programs, projects, or policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:
Education:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Bachelor's degree in a general professional or technical field. Experience may be considered in lieu of education.

Experience:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of active experience serving in various leadership capacities within a fire department.
  • Experience with a volunteer or combination fire department is preferred.

Certifications/Licenses:

  • It requires a comprehensive background investigation, including a local, state, and federal criminal history check and sex offender registry check. 
  • Valid Alaska driver's license
  • Must meet insurance standards and maintain insurability under the Department's policy.
  • Certified IFSAC/ProBoard Firefighter I
  • Certified IFSAC/ProBoard Firefighter II
  • Certified IFSAC/ProBoard Fire Instructor I (FSI II preferred)
  • Certified IFSAC/ProBoard Fire Officer I
  • Current EMT-3A, AK-AEMT, or paramedic certification or the ability to obtain within one (1) year
  • I-100, I-200, I-700, I-800 certificates (I-300 and I-400 preferred)
  • Certified IFSAC Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator (FADO): Driver/Pumper Certification or the ability to obtain within one (1) year
  • Certified IFSAC Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator (FADO): Pumper Certification or the ability to obtain within one (1) year
  • Certified IFSAC Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator (FADO): Mobile Water Supply Certification or the ability to obtain within one (1) year
  • Current BLS Provider certification
  • Current BLS Instructor certification or the ability to obtain within one (1) year
  • Rapid Intervention Technician documented training (preferred)

REQUIREMENTS TO PERFORM WORK:
Knowledge of
:

  • Alaska Fire Standards Council and the Training and Education Bureau's (TEB) role and the services available to the training division of fire depts.
  • TEB's fire training program audit processes.
  • Insurance Services Office (ISO) evaluation criteria for fire department training.
  • Fire Department training requirements and instructional needs.
  • Safety principles and practices of fire suppression and prevention.
  • The safe use and maintenance of firefighting equipment and apparatus.
  • Local geography, cold weather operations, and resources of the fire service area.
  • Patient care in rural environments and off-road rescue operations.
  • Firefighting equipment and apparatus
  • Promotional processes.
  • Applicable laws, regulations, city, borough, department policies and procedures, and quality and safety standards.
  • Annual and long-range training plans.
  • Local, state, and federal laws relevant to personnel matters.
  • Procurement processes

Fire Department data and record management system.

  • Incident Command System staffing needs during emergency and non-emergency events.
  • Public Safety Record Management System software.
  • Incident Command System.
  • Public Safety Radio Systems and Communications.
  • Department policies and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Respond to and assist in a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • Oversee station activities and assign company activities at emergency incidents.
  • Operate within various Incident Command functions as needed during large incidents.
  • Research training programs, develop new training curricula, and research new technology in tools.
  • Safely instruct others in the operation and use of firefighting equipment and apparatus.
  • Establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with the public, peer agencies, and other employees.
  • Communication, both written and verbal forms; ability to read maps; observation; firefighting techniques; application of advanced life support procedures and CPR.
  • Physically fit to perform arduous emergency scene duties, including entry into structure fires and lifting of patients at EMS scenes
  • Must be able to pass the department physical agility test. May require medical certification of physical fitness.
  • Develop lesson plans for instructors, develop and conduct cognitive and practical skills testing, monitor annual training requirements of all members, and prepare a budget for all training activities.
  • Identify instructional needs by conducting a periodic departmental training needs analysis.
  • Evaluate and coordinate all training requests and scheduling for department personnel to attend out-of-department schools, seminars, and conferences.
  • Manage the Fire Department records management system so the information meets all agency and legal requirements and can be accessed readily.
  • Maintain training records and files on all department personnel.
  • Create, communicate, and operate an annual and long-range workforce plan, including succession management, training, and development.
  • Obtain and maintain required certifications.
  • Read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical journals and procedures, financial reports, legal documents, and governmental regulations.
  • Prepare and manage the annual budget for the Training Division.
  • Write policies, speeches, formal presentations, technical and legal documents, and correspondence.
  • Operate general office equipment, including scanners, printers, copiers, telephones, computers, and vehicles.
  • Utilize specialized software and systems, including Microsoft Office Suite, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, Timekeeping software, Public Safety Record Management System, and other associated software.

OTHER JOB INFORMATION

Work Environment:
Primary Work Location:
Office Environment, vehicle, and outdoors (Training facilities, fire stations, and classrooms).

Protective Equipment Required: Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), turnout gear (coat, pants, and boots), gloves, helmet, safety glasses, steel toe shoes, and hearing protection.

Environmental/Health and Safety Factors: Occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and hazards. Monthly exposure to extreme temperature, wetness and humidity, noise and vibration, and physical hazards. Rare exposure to mechanical hazards, electrical hazards, fire hazards, communicable diseases, physical danger or abuse, and chemical hazards and explosives.

Physical Demands: Continuously requires vision, hearing, and talking. Frequently requires standing, fine dexterity, walking, lifting, carrying, sitting, reaching, pushing/pulling, climbing, foot controls, balancing, bending, crouching, and twisting. Occasionally, it requires kneeling and crawling. Medium strength demands include exerting 20-50 pounds occasionally, 10-25 pounds frequently, or up to 10 pounds constantly.

Mental Demands: Frequently requires time pressures, frequent change of tasks, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working closely with others as part of a team, and noisy, distracting environment. Occasionally requires emergency situations and tedious or exacting work. Often requires irregular schedules and overtime.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance

The Steese Volunteer Fire Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Disclaimer
The above information in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work employees perform within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

The Assistant Fire Chief supervises the following:

  • Battalion Fire Chiefs
  • Captains
  • Lieutenants
  • Engineers
  • Firefighters
  • Medics

JOB CONTACTS:

  • SVFD volunteer and paid emergency services personnel
  • Local, State, and Federal elected officials
  • General Public
  • Steese Fire Service Commissioners
  • Steese VFD Board of Directors
  • FNSB Staff
  • Other area emergency services organizations
  • University of Alaska Community and Technical College

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
1. The employee shall be required to maintain physical fitness commensurate to the demands of structural firefighting, EMS emergencies, and training duties.
2. The individual must pass the Department's physical ability test annually.
3. The employee shall be required to cultivate a positive attitude and work ethic with members of this organization while performing the position's duties.

4. Yearly performance evaluations will take place. The employee shall meet the expectations of the job.
5. All Steese Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. members, whether volunteer or paid, are at will. The Fire Chief may dismiss your membership at any time, for any reason, with or without notice. There are no contracts for membership for either paid or volunteer personnel.
6. There is no probationary period for volunteer or paid positions within the Steese Volunteer Fire Department.
7. Certified to operate all department apparatus within six (6) months of hire date.
8. Achieve IS-200 and IS-800 certificates within three (3) months of the hire date.
9. Achieve Lead Medic status within two (2) years of hire date.
10. Achieve IFSAC Fire Service Instructor II certification within two (2) years of hire date.
11. Achieve IFSAC Fire Officer II certificate within two (2) years of hire date