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Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Fire Chief/Ambulance Director in Anaconda, Montana

DEPARTMENT:FirePOSITION:Chief (Non-Union Position)ACCOUNTABLE TO:Chief ExecutiveSALARY RANGE: $69,000 - $75,000 Annually - EXEMPT POSITIONSUMMARY OF WORK:Under the broad policy guidance and supervision of the Chief Executive, performs administrative, supervisory and technical duties for firefighting, fire prevention and Emergency Medical Services. JOB CHARACTERISTICS:Nature of Work: This position makes critical decisions regarding firefighting procedures and may involve strenuous physical activity under life-threatening situations. Work is performed primarily in office, vehicles, and outdoor settings, in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night shifts. Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations. Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, including smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in office settings, and loud at an emergency scene.Personal Contacts: Frequent contact with public, hospital staff and with other departments and officials.Supervision Received: This position receives minimal supervision.Supervision Exercised: Directs the activities for the fire department staff, officers and volunteers. Essential Functions: This position is responsible for all Fire department operations and activities, including fire administration (public relations management of budget, personnel, supplies, equipment, structures, and compliances/enforcement of regulations, policies and procedures), fire suppression, fire investigations, fire prevention, hazardous material response, rescue, and all other emergency services. AREAS OF JOB ACCOUNTABILITY AND PERFORMANCE:•Works in planning, organizing, directing and implementing fire prevention, and suppression to prevent or minimize the loss of life and property by fire and emergency medical conditions.•Directs Emergency Medical Services and is responsible for providing billing agent with proper EMS information.•Responsible for EMS training and direction over out of area transports.•Submits requests for Federal and State Grants.•Enforces Federal and State Fire codes.•Issues burn permits and enforces law regarding open burning.•Performs CPR, Search and Rescue, and other life-saving activities when needed.•Plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates Fire and EMS operations.•Establishes policies and procedures for Fire Department in order to implement directives from the Chief Executive.•Plans and implements Fire programs for the Fire District and the Affirmative Action Plan.•Reviews performance and effectiveness and formulates programs or policies to alleviate deficiencies.•Supervises and coordinates the preparation and presentation of an annual budget and directs the implementation thereof.•Plans for and reviews specifications for new or replaced equipment.•Responds to alarms and directs activities at the scene of major emergencies.•Supervises the inspection of buildings and other properties for fire hazards and enforced fire prevention ordinances.•Directs the operation of departmental in-service training activities.•Controls the expenditure of departmental appropriations.•Handles grievances, maintains departmental discipline and the conduct and general behavior of assigned personnel.•Reports to the Chief Executive regarding the department’s activities and prepares a variety of other reports as appropriate including an annual report of activities.•Plans departmental operation with respect to equipment, apparatus, and personnel.•Supervises the implementation of such plans.•Coordinates activities of Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Fire Council.•Takes command of all incidents involving bomb threats, explosions, and hazardous material spills.•Assigns personnel and equipment to such duties and uses as the service requires.•Evaluates the need for and recommend the purchase of new equipment and supplies.•Meets with elected or appointed officials, other Fire/EMS officials, community and business representatives and the public on all aspects of the Department’s activities.•Attends conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field.•Represents the City Fire/EMS Departments in a variety of local, County, State and other meetings.•Performs the duties of command personnel as needed and fulfills obligations during duty days or duty weeks.JOB REQUIREMENTS:Knowledge: This position requires a thorough knowledge of modern firefighting methods, equipment and hydraulics, or fire-prevention methods and techniques, state and local fire codes, department rules and regulations, city/county roads and streets system, and city/county water distribution system; must be certified to at least the level of Emergency Medical Technician-B with advanced life support endorsements; applicable laws, and ordinances.Skills: This position requires skills in: departmental administration, budgeting and personnel management; the use and maintenance of firefighting equipment and facilities including but not limited to: emergency medical service equipment, fire apparatus, fire pumps, hoses, and other standard firefighting equipment, ladders, first aid equipment, radio, pager, applicable computer and software programs, and telephone; firefighting and prevention techniques.Abilities: This position requires ability to: direct personnel and equipment in dangerous and life-threatening situations; train, assign and supervise personnel; communicate effectively orally and in writing; follow verbal and written instructions; establish effective working relationship with fellow employees, supervisors and the public; meet departmental physical standards and perform work requiring good physical condition; effectively give and receive verbal and written instructions.EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:The above knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to:•High School Diploma or GED and ten years progressively responsible experience in Fire/Emergency Medical Service department, including three years in a supervisory capacity.•Must be twenty-one years of age or older at time of hire.•Must possess Emergency Medical Technician-B with advanced life support endorsements.•Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid State of Montana Driver’s License without record of suspension or revocation in any state.•Must have no felony convictions or disqualifying criminal histories within the past seven years.•Must establish residency in the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Fire District within ninety (90) days of appointment.•Must be proficient in reading and writing the English language. JOB PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:Evaluation of this position will be based primarily upon the satisfactory performance of the preceding job description requirements and duties. Examples of the performance criteria include, but are not limited to, the following:•Performs assigned duties.•Provides leadership and coordination during emergencies.•Competently supervises the inspection of buildings and other properties for fire hazards and enforces fire prevention ordinances.•Submits accurate reports to the NFIRS reporting system.•Works with State of Montana-EMS Division, Fire department medical director (assigned physician) in keeping current with Emergency Medical standard operating procedures.•Maintains and prepares accurate records and submits accurate reports.•Takes appropriate steps in protecting life and property during fires and other emergency situations.•Efficiently plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates Fire and EMS operations.•Attends and participates in important meetings such as Local Emergency Planning Committee, Anaconda Fire Council, Anaconda Community Hospital trauma review, and any other applicable meetings.•Provides EMS billing agent with all proper information in order to obtain a high success of collection.•Effectively plans departmental operation with respect to equipment, apparatus, and personnel.•Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with fellow employees, supervisors and the public.•Prepares all quarterly reports and monitors state and federal grants.Disclaimer: The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified. Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons. Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice. This job description supersedes earlier versions.