JOB: Fire Chief – Newport, Rhode Island

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    Stephanie Slade

    Job Description

    Directs the firefighting operations at all major city fires and emergency incidents.

    Manages the day-to-day operations of the fire department under the policy direction of the City Manager; supervises the operation of the fire department, including employee duty assignments, the care and maintenance of stations, apparatus and equipment, the requisition of equipment and supplies, the formulation of department rules and regulations and the maintenance of records.

    Plans and implements fire, EMS and other emergency services programs to implement policies and achieve goals.

    Develops and implements programs for training, fire prevention, and testing and maintenance of fire fighting equipment.

    Conducts employee interviews and prepares recommendations for promotions and new hires. Evaluates personnel and determines disciplinary action as required.

    Prepares and manages the department budget and controls expenditures; prepares specifications for apparatus, equipment, tools, clothing and other items to be purchased; prepares and submits monthly reports to the City Manager regarding the department’s activities and prepares a variety of other reports as appropriate including the fire service annual report.

    Oversees building(s) and vehicle maintenance; plans and implements vehicle upgrade schedule.

    Researches and plans the development of long and short-range goals for the department in all areas. Formulates and reviews policies to ensure that the needs of the community are met in regards to protection of life and property from fire and other disasters; promulgates and issues general and special orders covering every function of the department.

    Conducts investigations on the causes of fires in conjunction with local and state law enforcement officers in cases of fire-related criminal activity, such as arson; administers the enforcement of all codes, ordinances and laws relating to fire prevention and suppression.

    Responds to all medical aid calls; oversees the City’s emergency medical services and the work of the ambulance services; supervises and trains emergency medical technicians.

    Acts as representative of the fire department before Council meetings, citizen groups, and other law enforcement organizations; represents the fire department at community, civil, and social events.

    Performs the duties of command personnel as needed; fulfills obligations during duty days or duty weeks.

    Participates in mutual aid with other area municipalities.

    Job Requirements

    Bachelor’s degree in fire science or business or public administration, supplemented by completion of Rhode Island Firefighters Academy courses.

    Ten (10) years of firefighting experience, five (5) of which have been in a supervisory capacity as an officer in a fire department; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Thorough knowledge of modern fire fighting principles, equipment and techniques; thorough knowledge of the City, fire risks and other potential exposures; knowledge of various fire department maps.

    Ability to plan, assign, direct and review the work of a large number of subordinates; to direct large scale operations of firefighters and equipment under emergency conditions; prepare and manage budgets; conduct inspections and investigations; maintain good public relations.

    Skill in all of the above listed tools and equipment. Good organizational and communication skills.

    Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Responder’s First Aid training and EMT Certification are required.

    Possession of a Rhode Island motor vehicle operator’s license.

    Continuous training with the Rhode Island Fire Academy.

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