Chief of Fire Rescue

  • Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
  • Gainesville, FL, USA
Full Time Engineering Government Health Care Professional Services Science

Job Description


SALARY: $88,272.70 - $149,976.94 Annually

Beginning salary commensurate with qualifications and experience; the starting salary is normally within 20% of the entry of the range based upon experience.

Bachelors degree in Fire Science Technology, Emergency Medical Services, Public Administration Management or a closely related field and five years experience as an Assistant Chief or higher level chief administrative officer in a fire rescue department that provides a full range of emergency and non-emergency services, such as but not limited to: advanced life support, emergency and non-emergency medical transport, fire suppression, fire prevention and fire inspection; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination and criminal history background check are required prior to employment. An incumbent of this job classification will be required to file a financial disclosure statement (form 1) with the Supervisor of Elections in their county of residence in compliance with Florida Statutes, Chapter 112, Part III.  Such filing is required within 30 days of placement in a covered position, annually thereafter by no later than July 1 of each year in which they serve in the covered position, and within 60 days of leaving the covered position. 
 Upon submission of application, proof of the following must be provided and maintained as a condition of employment: 
 *Current State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance or Special Certificate of Compliance in accordance with Florida Administrative Code 69A-37.054. Out-of-State Training within twelve (12) months of hiring. *Current State of Florida Paramedic Certificate or ability to become licensed in Florida within 12 months of hiring. *A valid State of Florida Driver's License (Class "E") with current EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operators Course) certificate or to be completed with six (6) months of hiring.
*Alachua County residency required while employed in this position.

 Position Summary:

This is administrative and management of the County's Fire Rescue Department including Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management, Enhanced 911 and Fire/Rescue services.

This is an emergency essential classification. Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, all employees in this classification are required to work.

An employee assigned to this classification is responsible for all activities, operations and functions of the Fire Rescue Department including: finance budget administration, staffing, planning and policy formulation.

Work is performed under the direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports and observation of results obtained.


  • Strategic Thinking
  • Management /Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Job Knowledge Self- and Interpersonal Strengths

 Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including:  integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.

Manages fire prevention, suppression and investigation activities to achieve established goals.Manages emergency and non-emergency medical care and transport and non-transport services are provided in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations to achieve established goals.

Emergency Management preparation, resource allocation, planning and operations are kept current and effective.
 Manages Enhanced 911 to provide optimized support and fiscal accountability for citizens and emergency responders.
 Supervises and coordinates the activities of subordinate supervisors and employees including determining work procedures and schedules; issuing instructions and assigning duties; reviewing work; recommending personnel actions; conducting performance reviews; and conducting departmental training and orientation.
Establishes and maintains excellent working relationship with other agencies, and ensures coordinated and integrated county emergency plans and services.

Provides ongoing review of federal, state and local emergency services, laws, rules and regulations to determine impact on the County.
Directs program activities, ensuring that high quality services are provided.
 Prepares and presents budgets for senior management team approval, County Manager review leading to County Commission approval, with specific reference to current and future plans, accomplishments, and supporting data.

Directs the business and financial affairs of the Fire Rescue Department including preparation of requisitions, budget amendments and transfers.  Monitors and accounts for expenditures in accordance with established procedures.
Directs the establishment and implementation of all Standard Operating Procedures for the various programmatic areas within the Fire Rescue Department.

Develops, implements, and updates procedures and management systems that optimize performance.
Responds to significant emergency incidents to assist, observe, and/or assume upon observing the need for expanded command, control, and effectiveness.

Initiates command procedures in compliance with the Department's Incident Command System.

Coordinates site command and fire rescue activities and emergency medical care with municipal and County firefighters on emergency and non-emergency incidents.

Negotiates and ensures compliance of Fire/EMS agreements with the municipalities and other agencies.

Provides command and lead role of the Alachua County Fire Services Network within the incorporated area or if specifically designated within service agreements.
Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

 Considerable knowledge of modern principles and practices of administration and organization including general budgeting, accounting, and personnel techniques and management principles and practices.

Considerable knowledge of current principles and practices of emergency management, emergency medical services, fire rescue services and operations, enhanced 911 and communication.
Considerable knowledge of the laws, rules, and regulations relating to community emergency services.

Knowledge of state and local laws, and rules and regulations pertaining to programmatic areas within the department.
Ability to supervise and organize the work of staff, develop capable and effective teams, maintain organizational norms, standards of conduct and performance, mentor teams, measure and compensate employee performance within existing compensation policies.

Ability to develop, prepare and monitor complex budgets.
Ability to decide upon a reasonable and effective course of action in emergency situations to prevent, mitigate, intervene, restore public safety conditions and aid recovery.

Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, using multiple tools including public speaking, preparing written reports and memoranda, social media, news reports, computers, smart phone, radios, etc..

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and operate as a team with subordinates, other professionals, elected and appointed officials, and the medical community.

Ability to develop departmental objectives and direct effective long- and short-range plans for the accomplishment of stated objectives.
Ability to establish and utilize effective public relations programs and techniques to promote community awareness of the Fire Rescue Department and its programs.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, and talk or hear.
The employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move in excess of 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places, and is occasionally exposed to wet, humid conditions (both weather and non-weather); fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outdoor weather conditions; extreme heat (non-weather); risk of electrical shock; radiation, and vibration.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office environment, however noise levels can be extremely loud and chaotic during emergency incidents.


Administrative Support, Business Development, Business Unit Management, Chemical Engineering, Civil & Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, General Business, General Science, ISO Certification, Law Enforcement, Medical Practitioner, Nursing, Occupational Health and Safety, Project Management, Public Health Administration, Security Intelligence & Analysis, Site Superintendent

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, M.B.A., Other Graduate Degree


$88,272.70 - $149,976.94 Annually