Division Director - Fire and Rescue Services
Frederick County Government - Frederick, MD

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Exempt; full-time; 40 hours per week (Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.); full benefits

This professional position holds the rank of Chief and directs all facets of fire and rescue services within Frederick County. This position performs administrative and supervisory work in the management of fire protection, injury prevention, pre-hospital emergency medical services, rescue and fire suppression activities, protection from hazardous materials emergencies, and disaster services. The Frederick County Fire and Rescue Service (FCFRS) incorporates career personnel and volunteers. Supervision is given to career Bureau Chiefs, support staff, and Volunteer Corporation Chiefs. Supervision is received from the County Manager. This position serves at the pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).

Examples of Work:
  • Serve as Chief of FCFRS responsible for the all operational and administrative functions of fire and rescue services in Frederick County including emergency incident operations, fire and injury/illness prevention programs, training and education programs and administrative support including planning, payroll, purchasing and personnel functions
  • Perform duties, responsibilities and operates under the authority outlined in Article IV- Fire and Rescue Services Code of Frederick County Maryland
  • In conjunction with the Fire and Rescue Advisory Board, develop, implement and review policies, procedures and standards related to all areas of fire and rescue services; recommend policies and procedures to the BOCC when applicable
  • With advice from the Fire and Rescue Advisory Board and in consultation with other agencies/organizations, develop and implement short and long-terms goals and strategic plans for the provision of fire and rescue services
  • Prepare, monitor, administer and justify the DFRS annual budget; account for expenditures of funds
  • Establish overall work objectives for staff, assign, coordinate, review and evaluate work performance of staff, complete performance evaluations, administer employee disciplinary actions
  • Initiate the development of training programs and instruction of personnel in methods of fire fighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials handling and proper use of equipment
  • Promote disaster preparedness activities, and fire and injury prevention and safety campaigns
  • Respond to emergency incidents, assume command of the incident and direct emergency incident operations, when warranted
  • Develop programs to provide the efficient use of fire and rescue personnel and equipment within the County‚Äôs Emergency Preparedness/Disaster Planning to minimize losses in Frederick County
  • Evaluate and make recommendations for construction of fire stations, apparatus acquisitions and equipment purchases
  • Represent Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services, Frederick County Government and the BOCC to civic groups, committees, boards, organizations and other groups; attend meetings and conferences and make public presentations
  • Perform other related duties as required

Qualifications & Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in Fire Administration, Public Administration or a related field
  • Minimum 15 years in one or more areas of progressively responsible fire and rescue services management, which must include extensive supervisory, budgetary and administrative work experience
  • Nationally certified Firefighter II, Fire Officer IV, and Instructor Level II or ability to obtain the listed certifications within 6 months of hire
  • Valid Maryland State EMT-B certification or equivalent certification from another state with ability to obtain the specified certification within 6 months of hire
  • Possession of a valid automobile operator's license with a bility to obtain a Frederick County Employee Driving Permit
  • Comprehensive knowledge of modern pre-hospital emergency medical care, rescue and fire fighting techniques and fire and injury prevention methodology and disaster management
  • Extensive knowledge of federal, state and local regulations, as well as OSHA and MOSHA
  • Extensive knowledge of modern firefighting equipment and apparatus
  • Working knowledge of current technologies, equipment, codes, certification requirements, fire and rescue tactics and techniques, electronics and other areas pertinent to operations
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with County agencies, the Fire and Rescue Advisory Board, Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and its member companies, the Frederick County Career Fire Fighters and Paramedics Association, International Association of Fire Fighters Local #3666 (or authorized bargaining unit), advisory groups, elected officials, media representatives, co-workers, and the general public
  • Ability to effectively administer and prepare budgets and to compile and analyze detailed fiscal and statistical information
  • Ability to effectively supervise, direct and evaluate the work performance of others
  • Knowledge of organizational and personnel management, with the ability to effectively supervise, direct and evaluate the work of professional, support staff and volunteer personnel
  • Ability to effectively utilize computerized systems and equipment, including word processing, spreadsheets and e-mail software
  • Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communication skills, including public speaking skills and the ability to prepare clear and concise reports
  • Completion of the National Fire Academy (NFA) Executive Fire Officer Program
  • Completion of Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence
  • Experience providing emergency, fire and rescue services in a combined career and volunteer environment

Additional Information/Examination Process:
  • Flexibility in routine work schedule to accommodate meetings at various times, including nights and weekends
  • Available on-call 24/7 to respond to significant events and/or emergencies
  • Abstinence from all tobacco use for term of employment
  • This position is subject to random drug testing
1) An evaluation of training and experience
2) One or more interviews
3) A pre-employment psychological examination
4) A pre-employment physical examination and drug test with determination of tobacco use
5) A pre-employment background investigation

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