Chief of Fire Support Services

  • 108813


SUMMARY: Under general supervision, oversees the daily activities of the Support Services Division in the Fire Rescue Department, coordinates and directs the maintenance and remodeling projects of the Department’s buildings and facilities, and coordinates new construction projects for the department; may performed other duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)

  1. Oversees and coordinates new construction projects, renovation and remodeling projects and the repair and maintenance of the department’s buildings and facilities.
  2. Manages the operations of the Support Services Division of the Fire Rescue Department.
  3. Coordinates with the MIS division on computer support services for the Fire Rescue Department.
  4. Acts as liaison with outside contractors providing services to the Department.
  5. Acts as liaison with other City departments on services to be provided to the Fire Rescue Department.
  6. Assist with budget preparation to ensure funds are available for maintenance and repair of fire rescue facilities.
  7. Attends meetings and participates in Emergency management activities.
  8. Coordinates the purchasing of personal protective equipment for the Department. Meets with vendors to coordinate purchases.
  9. Participates in departmental planning sessions, committees and citywide committees.
  10. Meets with neighborhood groups and city personnel regarding new facilities for the Fire Rescue Department.

  • Knowledge of the City’s organizational structure.
  • Knowledge of modern fire, EMS, and emergency management practices.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws, rules and regulations related to the fire rescue service.
  • Knowledge of operational standards and safety practices.
  • Knowledge of all city codes and ordinances related to area of assignment.
  • Knowledge of supervisory and management principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Knowledge of the City Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
  • Skill in budget preparation and management.
  • Skill in project management, development, and implementation.
  • Skill in evaluating and solving complex problems.
  • Skill in time management.
  • Skill in records management.
  • Skill in operating standard office equipment to include computers and all peripherals.
  • Skill in the operation of all firefighting equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and make appropriate decisions.
  • Ability to interact with outside agencies.
  • Ability to keep accurate records.
  • Ability to recognize needed levels of repair and maintenance for the facilities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of the workday.
  • Ability to lead workers effectively, maintain discipline, accept lines of authority, promote harmony and cooperate with other officers and workers.
  • Ability to apply Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems; to interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form; and to exercise independent judgment to adopt or modify methods and standards to meet variations in assigned objectives.
  • Ability to apply Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:Work involves moderate work generally in an office setting. There is frequent need to walk, sit, talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle or feel and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of random drug and alcohol testing and mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Currently employed as a West Palm Beach Fire Rescue firefighter with twelve (12) years of service, including four (4) years as a supervisor and two (2) years as a West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Department Captain. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Fire Science, Public Administration, or related field, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. State of Florida Firefighter and EMT or paramedic certifications are required. Employee must not have been suspended, for disciplinary reasons, within the last two (2) years. A valid Florida driver’s license, Class D (or better) with an E endorsement, is required, and must have completed an approved emergency vehicle operator’s course (EVOC). Must not, within the last three years, have been convicted of reckless driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances and have not had a driver’s license suspended under the point system provided for in Chapter 322, Florida Statues
FLSA Code: Exempt
B/U: None
Last revision date: July 2004
Overtime: No
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