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Fire Battalion Chief (Fire Marshal)

DAVIS, CA Full time
Posted on September 24, 2017

Human Resources 
23 Russell Blvd, Davis, CA 95616

 An Equal Opportunity Employer 


Fire Battalion Chief (Fire Marshal)

CLOSING DATE: 10/20/17 05:00 PM

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City employment application required. 


A City of Davis online application must be submitted along with the Supplemental Questions included with this bulletin to be considered for this position.  Paper applications will not be accepted.  To apply, please visit

To plan, organize and direct the activities of an assigned battalion within the Fire Department including fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency response and/or medical services, hazardous materials services, training, and apparatus and facilities maintenance; to coordinate battalion activities with other divisions and departments; and to provide highly complex assistance to Command staff.

Shift Assignment: 56-hour work-week with primary responsibility for overseeing the daily operation of fire suppression or related areas as assigned, representing the fire administration in contact with the public, other agencies, and court.
Fire Marshal Assignment: 40-hour work-week with primary responsibility for enforcing applicable regulations, periodic inspection of non-dwelling occupancies, investigating fire cause and origin, overseeing the daily operation of fire prevention, representing the fire administration in contact with the public, other agencies, and court.  Incumbent also willing and able to serve in the capacity as a response Battalion Chief as needed and called upon.


Knowledge of:         
Fire Department organization, policies, rules and regulations.

Municipal, state and federal fire related laws, ordinances and codes including applicable standards in the NFPA.

Principles, methods, practices and techniques of fire suppression, prevention, and administration.

Proper utilization, maintenance, and procurement of fire apparatus, equipment, tools, devices, and facilities

Allocation and deployment of personnel and equipment.

Record-keeping techniques.

Oral and written communication skills.

Safe work practices.

Principles and practices of administration, supervision and training.

City organization, operations, policies and objectives.

Chemical properties of a variety of hazardous materials.

Budget preparation, management and control.

Principles of municipal fire department administration and operations as well as policies and procedures of all related functions.

Incident management practices including NIMS, ICS and general incident command and control.

Development of long-range plans and objectives.

Familiar with technology as it relates to fire prevention software systems for records automation. 

Modern office practices, procedures, equipment and software applications.

Principles and practices of fire science; laws, codes and regulations related to fire prevention.

Building construction and electrical problems.
 Ability to:
Organize, implement and direct the operations/activities of an assigned fire battalion.

Develop long range plans and objectives for assigned area.

Demonstrate leadership and managerial abilities.

Consistently identify, establish and follow through on goals and objectives.

Plan, direct and evaluate the work of subordinate supervisory and technical personnel.

Develop, understand and interpret related codes and local ordinances and objectively apply their intent.

Deal courteously and tactfully with the public in explaining and gaining compliance with codes.

Enforce federal, state and city fire codes, laws and ordinances.

Prepare and manage related budgets.

Assure the preparation and maintenance of records and reports.

Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with co-workers,
supervisors, other city staff, and the public.

Relate to others in a professional, courteous and respectful manner.

Promote diversity and multi-cultural understanding in the workplace and the community.

Maintain a work environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Be proactive addressing potential employee issues.

Resolve conflicts and negotiate efficiently.

Work unusual and prolonged work schedules during emergencies.

Wear full Personal Protective Equipment including self-contained breathing apparatus and work in immediate danger to life or health situations.

Maintain confidentiality of politically sensitive materials and information.

On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job and observe safety rules. 

Intermittently analyze problem equipment; identify safety hazards; locate equipment; interpret work orders; remember how to operate equipment; explain work to other employees.

Establish and/or maintain an effective fire prevention program.

 Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Five years as a full-time, paid firefighter.
Five years increasingly responsible administrative or supervisory experience in a municipal fire department command position.