JOB: Fire Chief – Los Alamos, NM

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    Stephanie Slade

    Position Summary

    Under general direction of the County Administrator, plans, directs and manages the Los Alamos Fire Department providing a program of fire prevention and protection, leads and directs firefighters in suppression of fires and in preserving lives, the environment and property. Oversees the training and development of personnel in modern firefighting, emergency medical services, fire prevention methods, and serves as a member of the Senior Management Team. Maintains confidentiality of privileged information. The Fire Chief serves at the pleasure of the County Administrator.

    The general level and nature of this position are described in the headings below. This is not an all- inclusive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this classification.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    *Knowledge of and experience with sophisticated incident command systems and practices.
    *Knowledge of modern fire suppression and prevention and emergency medical services principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment.
    *Knowledge of first aid and resuscitation techniques and their application.
    *Knowledge of applicable laws, ordinances, departmental standard operating procedures and regulations.
    *Knowledge of resources available for disaster relief and other emergencies.
    *Knowledge of basic firefighting theory and specialized firefighting techniques of the operation of fire communications equipment.
    *Knowledge of and proficiency in performing advanced techniques of modern fire protection and suppression, water distribution and fire sprinkler systems, various types of fire detection and alarm systems.
    *Skill in employee relations, labor relations, management and administrative skills.
    *Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
    *Skill in problem solving, human relations, and time management.
    *Skill in organizing, preparing, and presenting information clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
    *Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications, such as spreadsheets, database programs, project management software and office automation.
    *Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division heads, other employees, public officials and a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
    *Ability to independently recognize fire hazards and determine corrective measures.
    *Ability to independently make decisions, sometimes under stress, that influence the effectiveness of the fire protection and prevention programs.
    *Ability to maintain confidentiality.
    *Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
    *Ability to supervise and train assigned staff, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
    *Ability to work both independently and as a member of a professional team.
    *Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
    *Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
    *Ability to assess operational requirements and to plan and organize work flow patterns and schedules.

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