CHIEF OF FIRE RESCUE SERVICES                                                                            5129



An employee in this class is responsible for directing and coordinating the individuals responsible for the daily activities of the functional divisions of the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services. Functional divisions include, but are not limited to, the Fire Marshal's Office, Fire-Rescue Communications, Emergency Management Office and fire training center maintenance. The incumbent is responsible for planning and implementing divisional and departmental policies and procedures.  Work is performed under the general direction of the Commissioner, and is reviewed through conferences and reports.  Does related work as required.



                Reviews and evaluates operations and performance of all divisions within the department, prepares progress reports and recommends improvements;

                Supervises the preparation of written documentation requested by other agencies and governments, volunteer fire and emergency agencies, the media and the public;

                Responds to fire, EMS, and other emergency incidents as necessary;

                Coordinates department operations and policies with other County departments and agencies, the volunteer fire and EMS community, and other fire related organizations on the federal, state, and local level;

                Assists with the general supervision of departmental personnel matters;

                Supervises and coordinates the maintenance, repairs and usage reports on the department’s vehicles and equipment;

                Supervises and coordinates service requests for repairs, alterations and maintenance of buildings, telecommunications systems and equipment in facilities the department is responsible for;

                Supervises and coordinates the department’s information technology systems operations, the development of new technologies and other computer related activities;

                Assists the Commissioner in preparing and presenting the operating and capital budgets to the County Executive’s Office and the County Legislature;

                Represents the department in the absence of the Commissioner at meetings, public forums, conferences, and other activities as required.



Comprehensive knowledge of volunteer fire or emergency operations; comprehensive knowledge of regulatory codes that apply to Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services; thorough knowledge of the methods and techniques of office management and organization; good knowledge of the principals and practices of personnel administration; ability to direct the work of subordinate employees in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to develop, implement and enforce departmental policies and procedures; ability to keep complex records and prepare reports; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Federal, State and County agencies and the general public; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.



                OPEN COMPETITIVE

                Graduation from a standard senior high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma recognized by the New York State Education Department and six (6) years of experience as a chief officer in a fire department that included administration of the entire department or as coordinator of a government agency’s emergency preparedness, management, or response program.


NOTE:  Additional education in the areas of Fire Science/Administration or Homeland Security from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State will be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of two (2) years.


SPECIAL NOTE:  Qualifying experience as chief officer must have been as a chief officer, assistant chief, deputy chief, or battalion chief in a fire district, fire department or comparable fire agency. Experience as a lower level officer such as lieutenant or captain will not be credited.




                a) Two (2) years of permanent competitive status as an Assistant Chief of Fire Rescue Communications, Chief County Fire Marshal, or Director of Emergency Preparedness,; or;

                b) Three (3) years of permanent competitive status as a Coordinator of Emergency Medical Services in the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services.



1.  At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, candidates will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.


2.  At the time of appointment, candidates are required to hold the following licenses and certificates, and have completed training requirements as listed below:

                NYS Hazardous Materials Technician; and,

                ICS 400 certification; and,

                Fifty (50) hours of emergency management training; and,

                Minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of NYS DHES grant training at the time of appointment; and,

                NYS Emergency Medical Technician- Basic (or higher) certification attained within ten (10) years prior to appointment, or within one (1) year after appointment.


3.  All employees hired after January 1, 1985, must successfully complete the required basic training program entitled Minimum Standards for Code Enforcement Personnel, established by the State of New York Fire Fighting and Code Enforcement Personnel Standards and Education Commission.  The program must be completed in the appropriate time period as specified in the regulations, and upon completion, the required in-service training programs shall be attended as scheduled.

4.  Candidates must enroll and complete the NYS DHSES Emergency Management Certification and Training program (Tier 2) in the appropriate time period specified by regulations while employed in this title.