Job Title: FIRE CHIEF Continuous Salary: Negotiable
Job Type: Full-Time Location: 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22201, Virginia
Arlington is looking for an experienced, progressive senior level manager to lead its nationally known Fire Department. The Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD) operates 10 fire stations with a $55M operating budget and 319 employees who provide services through three major programs: (1) the Operations and Emergency Services Program (Fire/EMS) which provides emergency and non-emergency response to requests for service; (2) the Fire Prevention and Community Services Program which houses Code Enforcement, Fire and Environmental Investigations, Public Education and the Hazardous Device Team; and (3) the Business Services Program which is comprised of technical, financial, human resources and administrative support functions.
The Chief is responsible for overall department strategy and direction, collaboration with other County agencies, and inter-jurisdictional/regional relationships while an Assistant Chief manages day-to-day operations through three Deputy Chiefs. The Fire Chief, who reports directly to the County Manager, provides leadership for the department by:
- Setting and communicating a strategic vision for the department;
- Delivering timely, cost effective and efficient all-hazard approaches to community services;
- Assessing operations and providing the vision to examine alternative forms of service delivery that may improve responsiveness and/or enhance resource conservation;
- Engaging citizenry to foster support, input, and prioritization of needs for service delivery;
- Predicting or adjusting priorities and services through analysis of performance measures and other analytical data;
- Enhancing collaboration with other County agencies on mutual issues including Police, Emergency Management, Sheriff, and Public Health and with other local, regional, and federal public safety agencies and other public sector organizations; and
- Managing change proactively and fostering a climate that embraces change.
For information about the Fire Department follow this Fire Department link.
Selection Criteria: The successful candidate will be a well-respected, experienced leader for a metropolitan fire department with a strong record of accomplishments and a history of collaborating with internal and external organizations to provide the highest level of proactive services. The ideal candidate will:
- Have a supportive and motivating leadership style that motivates, inspires and engenders team building and fosters cooperative relationships within the Fire Department and with County leadership, the County Board and the community;
- Be a progressive leader who understands modern fire suppression and prevention and emergency preparedness strategies and techniques;
- Practice accountability and stewardship and instill pride and confidence in staff;
- Be accessible, approachable, open minded, flexible, visible, engaging and genuinely care about department members;
- Value, embrace and drive change, technology, process improvement and innovation;
- Evaluate results and impacts of change on the workforce and community ensuring core services are not compromised;
- Engender trust and credibility where “actions match words”;
- Be an effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills;
- Be capable of setting and communicating a strategic vision for the department and community with an understanding of how to drive the workforce toward achieving a shared common vision;
- Mentor and value professional development and foster a work environment that motivates individuals to excel in their areas of responsibility;
- Demonstrate cultural competency and an understanding of diversity and inclusion concerns in recruiting, retention, and selection efforts and an ability to work in a culturally and ethnically diverse community;
- Collaborate and demonstrate an ability to build rapport with elected officials, peers, community representatives, County leadership, department staff and association leadership and build partnerships at the local, state, and federal levels to achieve the ACFD vision, to secure resources, and to advocate for department, workforce or community interests; and
- Have a record of ethical and professional conduct that can withstand intense public scrutiny.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
The successful candidate will have a background that includes a combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Emergency Services, or related field and considerable supervisory and management experience in a senior command role, preferably at the level of Chief or Assistant/Deputy Chief for a municipal or similar Fire Department.
The preferred candidate will have a Master’s Degree in Fire Science, Emergency Services, or related field and leadership certifications that indicate professional achievement such as National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer, Center for Public Safety Excellence Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Incident Command System (ICS) 400, Fire Officer III and Instructor III.
Professional and personal characteristics will include:
- Knowledge of Arlington County operations and preparedness to respond to all hazards and modes of service delivery;
- Fiscal Management experience including knowledge of budgetary needs and challenges and fiscal responsibilities of an urban Fire Department;
- Awareness of industry concerns and challenges and professional standards;
- Familiarity with regional concerns and challenges and the ability to command respect from area partners and to negotiate solutions or win-win approaches; and
- Professional motivation to achieve what is in the best interest of the workforce, department and community.
Special Requirements: Please go to www.arlingtonva.us/pers to apply. Attach a cover letter and resume to the on-line application. The submitted materials should address the areas listed in the position information section of this announcement.
Specifically your cover letter should include: a description of why you are interested in the position in Arlington County and should describe your experience in the following areas: (1) budgeting, and capital improvement; (2) labor relations; (3) leadership development and succession planning; (4) performance management especially as it relates to deployment of services and accountability; and (5) regional partnerships. Be sure to describe the size of the organization(s) you served including budget and staff; the range of services and functions you managed and to whom you reported.
Your cover letter should also describe major issues and challenges facing your current organization and your specific role in implementing policy or program changes to address those issues or challenges. Be sure to describe any significant accomplishments that you directed, led and/or implemented.
Applications and resumes will be reviewed continuously. Interviews will be scheduled with those candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of applications have been received.
A comprehensive reference/background check will be conducted for the top candidates and employment will be contingent upon completion of a physical exam.
Additional Information: The salary range is negotiable up to $210,912. Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected.
The Fire Chief is part of the Executive Management Accountability Program (EMAP), a pay-for-performance management system, in which Senior Executives are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and are evaluated and compensated on the basis of a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan and results achieved.
As an Employer of Choice, Arlington County offers a generous benefit package including:
- Excellent health and dental plans, including retiree medical and dental coverage
- Life and disability insurance
- Retirement program that includes a defined benefit plan, an optional 457 plan, and an optional deferred retirement option plan (DROP)
- 10 paid holidays, plus generous leave program
- Take home car
- Alternative transportation programs, including subsidized mass transit and bike/walk benefits
- Continuous learning program that includes tuition reimbursement
For details about our benefits please follow the County Benefits link.
Arlington, Virginia, is an attractive, well-planned community with a unique blend of vibrant, developed urban areas and quiet neighborhoods, an excellent location next to the Nation’s capital, a high living standard, and an effective, fiscally responsible, pro-active government. An urban County of about 26 square miles it also has a well-developed and valued parks and recreation network. Arlington is best known to visitors as the home of the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington has won recognition as an innovative, progressive and dynamic organization that is well-known for its community-driven processes with significant and meaningful opportunity for public participation and a dedication to providing for those that need assistance. Over the years, Arlington has received extensive national recognition for its forward-thinking policies and practices. Since the 1930s our community has viewed itself as a learning organization, one that strives to constantly improve for the benefit of all its citizens. That culture is infused throughout our workforce and among our citizens.
The County Board (governing body) consisting of 5 elected at large members, encourages a high level of citizen involvement in local government. Arlington has an estimated population of 212,900 and is among the most densely populated jurisdictions in the country. About 36% of residents are Hispanic, African-American, Asian or multi-racial. Arlington County public school children speak 98 languages and hail from 126 countries. More than 70% of adults have bachelor’s degrees and 36% have graduate or professional degrees.
Civic engagement is a strong value in this community. The County government continually creates effective venues for all citizens, with a special emphasis on those who are traditionally under-represented in civic processes, to become involved. This commitment to inclusive civic engagement ensures that social equity is built into the development of public priorities and policies.
The County Vision is that Arlington will be a diverse and inclusive world-class urban community with secure, attractive residential and commercial neighborhoods where people unite to form a caring, learning, participating, sustainable community in which each person is important.
For more information about Arlington County Government and the community please use this County information link.
Responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls to protect life and property; combats, extinguishes and prevents fires; drives emergency apparatus, including a life support unit; participates in rescue extrication operations and provides emergency medical care to the sick, requiring Advanced Life Support (ALS) certification; and performs related work as required. Duties are performed under direct supervision.
Note: We are only accepting applications with National Registry and/or Virginia State EMT-P or EMT-I Certification. All other applications will not be considered.
Note: After appointment, Firefighter/Medics are required to maintain their ALS certification for 10 years as a condition of employment.
Note: The appointee will start at the salary for F18-1 (currently $53,732). After successful completion of recruit fire school and ALS internship, appointee will receive a two-step increase from their current step. For additional information about this job opportunity, visit the Fire and Rescue Department’s website. The position’s Class Specification and Compensation Plans are located on the Fairfax County website. For additional information about this job opportunity, visit the Fire and Rescue Department’s website. The position’s Class Specification and Compensation Plans are located on the Fairfax County website.
Illustrative Duties Fire Suppression
- Responds to fire alarms and a variety of emergency calls;
- Connects hose to hydrant, and pulls and deploys pre-connected hose lines;
- Wearing self-contained breathing apparatus and protective clothing, enters burning buildings with hose lines;
- Operates a nozzle and places a stream of water on a fire;
- Mounts and operates master stream appliances from an aerial ladder or elevating platform;
- Ventilates burning buildings by opening windows/skylights or by opening holes in roofs/floors;
- Positions ventilation fans to safely inject fresh air and exhaust heat, smoke, and gases;
- Performs salvage operations (e.g., removes fire debris and water, locates hidden fires, and operates shut-off valves for gas, electricity, oil and water);
- Operates chemical and hand extinguishers;
- Raises, lowers and climbs ladders;
- Uses radio and computer-aided dispatch equipment;
- Drives motorized apparatus in emergency and non-emergency conditions;
- Operates fire pumps at proper pressures and flows;
- Searches for victims in burning, smoke-filled buildings or other hazardous environments;
- Removes persons from danger;
- Performs heavy rescue operations;
- Administers first aid to injured persons;
- Takes vital signs and stabilizes patient;
- Collects pertinent information for patient assessment, including the patient’s medical history;
- Conducts assessment for treatment of a patient with trauma-induced injuries;
- Performs water rescues from land and boats;
- Assists in the search and recovery of drowned victims;
- Operates emergency lighting appliances;
- Operates self-contained breathing apparatus in hazardous environments and confined spaces;
- Identifies and protects flammable or hazardous materials at fire scene;
- Restores apparatus and equipment to service after use;
- Refills self-contained breathing cylinders;
- Maintains specialized fire equipment and protective gear;
- Studies area geography, street names and locations, target hazards, pre-plans, water supply, and other firefighting resources;
- Studies building construction to identify structural weaknesses and fire behavior;
- Instructs citizens in fire prevention and life safety techniques;
- Examines building plans for pre-fire planning purposes;
- Pre-plans for fires in residential areas to provide information regarding hydrant locations, exposures, types of occupancy, and areas of high life or monetary loss risk;
- Pre-plans for fires in industrial and commercial buildings to provide information regarding location of hydrants and standpipes, building layout, hazardous material
- storage, occupancy patterns, and structural information;
- Participates in the inspection of businesses and public places for fire and life safety hazards;
- Inspects wiring and heating systems, basements, and attics of residences, and recommends ways to eliminate fire hazards;
- Inspects storage of hazardous and flammable materials and refers unsafe practices to the Fire Prevention Division;
- Inspects heating, cooling, ventilating, and electrical systems in commercial buildings and refers unsafe practices to the Fire Prevention Division;
- Inspects exits at public assemblies to ensure they are clearly marked, operate properly, and are clear of obstructions;
- Prepares inspection reports;
- Recognizes and preserves evidence on the causes of fires;
- Performs public relations duties (e.g., teaching school children about fire safety).
Advanced Life Support
- Serves as the ALS provider on an Engine, Advanced Life Support Unit (ALSU),
- Paramedic Training Unit (PTU) or other apparatus as assigned;
- May serve as crew leader (Lead) on a Basic Life Support Unit (BLSU) or Advanced Life
- Support Unit (ALSU) in providing patient care;
- Provides advanced emergency medical care to stabilize the condition of the critically ill or injured prior to transport to a medical facility;
- Conducts patient assessment (e.g., evaluates the respiratory, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems);
- Confers with the supervising physician or hospital via radio or telephone, providing the patient’s medical history and condition;
- Performs differential diagnosis, initiates treatment, and determines subsequent treatment based on patient reactions, responses, and condition;
- Administers medication intravenously, subcutaneously, intramuscularly, endotracheally, interosseously, or sublingually;
- Administers advanced emergency medical procedures (e.g., creating airways, interpreting and treating cardiac arrhythmias, performing defibrillation, electronic pacing, cardioversion, and/or electro-cardiographic monitoring);
- Treats general medical emergencies (e.g., drug overdoses, seizures, diabetic reactions) and trauma-induced wounds;
- Performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
- Carries out emergency childbirth procedures;
- Notifies authorities of suspicion of child abuse;
- Sets priorities in a multiple casualty situation;
- Participates in multiple casualty and other types of drills within the station and battalion;
- Ensures that the ALSU is maintained ready to respond to emergency calls;
- Participates in the inventory of medications with another ALS or BLS provider;
- Keeps abreast of changes in techniques, procedures, equipment, and regulations;
- Operates the mobile display terminal (MDT) to mark the status of the unit, review premise history, etc;
- Completes the Electronic Patient Care Report (ePCR) utilizing the ePCR handheld device;
- Assists in the extrication of entrapped victims, using prescribed techniques.
In Each Functional Area
- Attends training sessions, participates in drills, and participates in the physical fitness program;
- Participates in firefighting, rescue, and emergency medical service duties;
- Performs housekeeping tasks in fire stations and on the grounds of fire stations;
- Utilizing computers and other related equipment, maintains records as necessary and completes incident reports.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities In All Functional Areas
- Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, departmental policies and procedures, standard operating procedures, manuals and safety bulletins covering the area to which assigned;
- Knowledge of the Personnel Regulations;
- Knowledge of streets and target hazards in an assigned area;
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of fire suppression;
- Knowledge of the Department’s Exposure Control Plan;
- Knowledge of blood borne and airborne pathophysiology;
- Knowledge of equipment used to provide protection from blood borne/airborne pathogens;
- Knowledge of the purpose and operating characteristics of various nozzles, hose connections, and master stream devices;
- Knowledge of the friction loss/carrying capacity characteristics of various fire hose sizes/types;
- Knowledge of the chemistry and physics of fire, fire hazards, fire causes, and fire suppression;
- Knowledge of fire behavior, especially involving the likelihood of extension;
- Knowledge of emergency medical procedures and department protocols, techniques, drugs, and equipment, and the ability to apply them appropriately;
- Knowledge of medical terminology;
- Knowledge of Advanced Life Support techniques;
- Knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of major systems of the body;
- Knowledge of the causes, signs, and symptoms of shock;
- Basic knowledge of mechanics and hydraulics;
- Basic knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of fire, smoke and heat;
- If assigned as Lead, ability to direct other providers (ALS and BLS) in patient care;
- Ability to accurately assess and monitor a patient’s condition;
- Ability to use oxygen therapy equipment, airway management equipment, fracture immobilization devices, and various types of equipment and techniques used to move patients;
- Ability to effectively rescue injured persons from hazardous situations;
- Ability to use a computer-aided dispatch system, two-way radio, and mobile display terminal;
- Ability to understand and use a variety of modern firefighting and emergency medical techniques;
- Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions;
- Ability to apply judgment and deductive reasoning to information about fire situations or emergency medical calls, recognize the relevancy of each item of information, reach logical conclusions, and adopt an effective course of action using accepted techniques;
- Ability to use sound judgment in making independent decisions;
- Ability to define operational problems and devise appropriate solutions;
- Ability to remain composed in difficult or stressful situations requiring emergency action,
- and to make sound decisions promptly under emergency conditions;
- Ability to communicate clearly and accurately, both orally and in writing;
- Ability to organize ideas and present them effectively;
- Ability to read, understand and apply job-related, written material;
- Ability to learn streets, hydrant locations, location of target hazards, geography, and similar information concerning the response area to which assigned;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
- Ability to accept constructive criticism;
- Sufficient hand-eye coordination and dexterity to operate and regulate Fire Department pumps and perform physical firefighting tasks which involve tying knots, raising and climbing ladders, and connecting and disconnecting hose couplings and other hose appliances;
- Ability to drive pumping apparatus and perform firefighting tasks that involve pulling, lifting and carrying;
- Ability to do strenuous firefighting work for occasional extended periods of time, and to change from a state of rest to a state of strenuous activity in a short period of time;
- Ability to effectively use the Electronic Patient Care Report (ePCR) handheld device.
Employment Standards MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
- Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to high school graduation or a G.E.D. issued by a state department of education.
- Possession of a Class “A” medical rating in the assigned medical group.
- For Class “B” and “C” medical ratings, accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- A Class “D” rating will not be considered.
- Certified as an Advanced Life Support Provider at National Registry EMT-P or EMT-I or Virginia State Certification as EMT-I or EMT-P.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES REQUIRED: Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver’s license at the time of application, and at all times during employment in the uniformed service. Following successful completion of Fire and Rescue recruit training:
- Certification as a Hazardous Materials First Responder in accordance with Fairfax County training standards;
- Certification in the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC); AND
- Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic electronic defibrillation (AED);
- Certification as a full Advanced Life Support provider (Status A, C) in Fairfax County and in full accordance with all current county training standards;
- Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS);
- Certification in International Trauma Life Support (ITLS);
- Certification in Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS); and
- Certification in Basic Trauma Life Support.
- Successful Completion of Incident Command System (ICS) 100.
- Successful Completion of Incident Command System (ICS) 700.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Must complete a criminal background investigation, a polygraph examination, and a physical ability test to the satisfaction of the employer prior to appointment.
- Must be at least 18 years old at the time of application.
- Applicants selected must be able to obtain a Class A medical rating in the assigned medical group prior to starting work.
- Must be tobacco-free and nicotine-free at the time of appointment, and be willing to sign a Conditions of Employment Agreement to not use tobacco or tobacco products on- or off-duty.
- Must successfully complete Fire and Rescue Recruit Training, the department’s ALS Certification Training and internship standards, and a one year probationary period following graduation from recruit school.
- Must complete a credit check, driving record check and a public safety back.
- Must successfully complete pre-employment physical, including a TB test.
Certification as a National Registry EMT-P or Virginia EMT-P.
Fairfax County is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or disabled veterans’ status. Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. Minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY.
Interested men and women who aspire to become a Bridgeport Firefighter are strongly encouraged to apply. You must be CPAT certified to apply for the written examination. For CPAT info, visit www.ct.gov/cfpc. For any questions, please contact our department’s Recruitment Team at (203) 337-2068.
Below is the link to the BFD Recruitment Facebook Page.