Deputy Fire Chief – Fire Marshal

CITY OF MILPITAS, CA
Published
January 2, 2022
Location
Milpitas, CA
Job Type
 

Description

Definition
Under general direction from the Fire Chief, manages and performs professional, technical, administrative, and operational duties as Deputy Fire Chief for the Milpitas Fire Department; as assigned, this position will provide technical and administrative management oversight of the Fire Prevention, Loss Management and Hazardous Material/Environmental Protection Unit; reviews plans and specs for buildings and fire protection systems; advises builders and developers; supervises and conducts fire investigations; as duty chief oversees and provides technical staff assistance on an assigned shift; as training chief, develops and conducts training programs; oversees public relations and education programs; performs other administrative 40 hour assignments as determined by the Fire Chief; may be required to work nights and weekends at off-site locations.

This sworn and unrepresented classification performs independent and responsible work in promoting and ensuring fire safety through inspection, education, and enforcement; provides fire department personnel with effective technical and organizational Fire/EMS training programs. An incumbent in this classification exercises independent judgment and discretion; formulates administrative policies for the effective use of assigned personnel; actively supports the direction and policies established by the Fire Chief and City Manager, as well as policies established by the City Council for the delivery of public safety service to the citizens. This classification is distinguished from the Assistant Fire Marshal classification as the latter serves as the division chief in the Fire Prevention Division. May act as the Fire Chief in his/her absence.
Examples of Duties

  • Plans, organizes, directs and coordinates the activities of fire personnel in various fire sections/divisions in the Fire Department.
  • Directs all aspects of on-going activities for the various training programs for Fire Department personnel (both for management and front-line staff).
  • Coordinates the Joint Fire Training exercises with other jurisdictions.
  • Performs complex inspections in all types of building occupancies to ensure they are in compliance with the Fire Code, ordinances and regulations.
  • Reviews construction plans for adherence to fire and life safety regulations.
  • Performs supervisory duties to direct reports and to others through subordinate supervisors such as:
    • establishing standards for acceptable work products and evaluating performance;
      • interviewing applicants and recommending selections:
      • reviewing, approving and implementing disciplinary actions and terminations;
      • assigning work and planning and scheduling staff's work activities and deadlines;
      • reviewing work and recognizing employees' work efforts and accomplishments;
      • providing career development mentoring and recommending training and career development opportunities;
      • ensuring that employees are properly trained;
      • reviewing and approving timesheets and requests for leave; and
      • supporting and ensuring compliance with City and Department policies and procedures including those related to equal opportunity and to safety.
  • Investigates complaints, writes and issues Violation Notices, Fire Marshal Notice & Orders, and Citations, as well as perform other related enforcement duties as necessary
  • Evaluates, reviews, and ensures compliance with established rules, federal, state and local codes/regulations, policies and procedures and recommended safety fire standards.
  • Inspects and tests fire alarm systems, fire sprinkler systems, heat and smoke detection devices and other fire protection and control mechanisms.
  • Confers with, answers questions for, and provides direction to property owners, contractors, engineers, architects and others regarding life-safety and fire protection requirements, as well as hazardous materials regulations.
  • Plans, directs and participates in departmental fire prevention and public education activities.
  • Directs and conducts fire investigations to determine cause and origin and work cooperatively with law enforcement agencies in arson cases.
  • Prepares reports, completes forms and maintains various conventional and computerized inspection records.
  • Contributes to the preparation and administration of the department's operating budget and annual strategic plans.
  • Interprets applicable codes for fire prevention and engine company personnel; coordinates and supervises fire prevention and engine company inspection programs.
  • Manages City Weed Abatement Program.
  • Serves as authorized ombudsman for critical customer service issues relative to regulatory disputes and alternate methods or materials proposed; represents the Fire Prevention Division before the City Council, Commissions and Committees on Fire Department related issues.
  • Works interactively with other divisions and departments to ensure a uniform Fire Code Adoption and Ordinance, as well as achieving consistent county-wide regulations to the extent possible.
  • May respond to fires as command staff in non-operational suppression activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Typical Qualifications
Knowledge of:

  • principles, practices, methods and techniques of fire prevention, investigation and fire suppression.
  • employee development, supervision and training.
  • Hazardous materials regulations and applications.
  • Laws, ordinances and regulations regarding fire prevention, inspection, code enforcement, and fire suppression.
  • Fire protection devices and systems.
  • Building materials construction and methods.
  • Computerized systems for maintaining data and preparing reports and correspondence.

Ability to:

  • Administer and evaluate fire prevention, inspection, code enforcement, and applicable suppression programs.
  • Effectively interpret, implement and enforce provisions of Federal and State laws, City and Fire Department rules, regulations and policies.
  • Identify fire and life safety hazards. Gather, analyze and evaluate facts and draw logical conclusions relative to the interpretation and enforcement of laws, ordinances and regulations regarding life safety and prevention of fires. Implement corrective
    measures necessary to abate hazards.
  • Communicate requirements, policies and decisions to the public in a courteous, respectful, and effective manner.
  • Supervise, plan and direct the work of subordinate personnel.
  • Prepare clear and concise written reports and correspondence.
  • Make effective oral presentations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of people contacted in the course of work.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours and perform call back work as required.
  • Perform heavy and hazardous physical labor, stoop, bend, crawl, climb and lift and wear protective clothing and breathing apparatus as required to perform inspections and investigations.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge would be:
Experience

  • Ten (10) years increasingly responsible experience in fire suppression, fire prevention, hazardous materials and/or emergency medical care work, including at least three (3) years supervisory experience as a Chief Officer, at the rank of Assistant Fire Marshal, Battalion Chief or higher.

Education

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in fire administration or fire technology, business or public administration or a closely related field.

License or Certificate

  • Possession and continued maintenance of a valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record.
  • Laws of Arrest- Penal Code 832 certification within one (1) year of appointment;
  • ICS 100, 200, 300, & 400 certifications required within one (1) year of appointment
  • NIMS IS 700 & 8-- certifications required within one (1) year of appointment.
  • California State Fire Marshal Chief Fire Officer 3A, 3B, 3C, &n 3D courses required within one (1) year of appointment.
  • California State Fire Marshal Fire Investigation 1A, 1B, & 1C training required within one (1) year of appointment;
  • Time-period may be extended at the discretion of the Fire Chief for California State Fire Marshal Office, ICS, and NIMS IS courses that are not available within the one-year timeframe.
  • Incumbents shall be required to obtain and maintain any other license(s) and/or certification(s) that may be required by future regulation - Federal, State, local and/or industry standard(s).

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

  • State Board of Fire Services (or equivalent) certification as a Fire Officer.
    • Fire Investigator certification through one or combination of the following certification programs - California State Fire Marshal's Office, National Association of Fire Investigators, or International Association of Arson Investigators.
  • Fire investigation experience in terms of responding to and processing an actual fire scene event, as well as generating a valid Fire Cause & Origin Report as the Lead Fire Investigator of Record that reflects and supports the said experience.
  • Knowledge of hazardous materials and chemistry.
  • Experience in responding to or handling hazardous materials emergencies.
  • Experience with enforcement of the Fire Code including inspections and plan review.
  • Work experience in the construction trades.
  • Professional fire suppression experience.

Supplemental Information
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Under the direction of the Fire Chief, exercises direct supervision and management over technical, professional, and clerical staff.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Incumbents in this position are required to file a Conflict of Interest Statement upon assuming office, annually, and upon leaving office, in accordance with Resolution No. 8833.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Milpitas will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the Human Resources Department.

The City of Milpitas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

RETIREMENT
Membership in CalPERS (2% at 60 or 2% at 62 with three year average salary). City of Milpitas employees do not participate in Social Security,but do contribute to Medicare.

MEDICAL INSURANCE
Choice of CalPERS Medical Plans. City pays coverage up to the Kaiser rate (currently $1,998.07/mo. for family). Employees who waive health coverage are eligible to receive $125 per month in lieu of medical plan coverage with proof of other coverage.

RETIREE MEDICAL
Employees are eligible upon CalPERS retirement from the City to receive up to 100% retiree medical coverage (currently based on the Kaiser health rate), based on years of service.

DENTAL & VISION
City provides full family coverage for dental and vision at no cost to the employee.

LIFE INSURANCE
City provides $50,000 term policy. Supplemental employee-paid life insurance is available up to $500,000, based on carrier acceptance.

DISABILITY INSURANCE
City provides a Short-Term Disability plan similar to State Disability Insurance (SDI) coverage. Employees do not participate in SDI. Long-Term Disability coverage of 60% of base salary up to $1,500 per month is available after a 60-day waiting period. Additional buy-up options for LTD are available.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION
City contributes $75 per month on the employee's behalf.

VACATION
Employees earn 16-36 days of vacation based on years of service.

MANAGEMENT LEAVE
Employees earn40 hours of Management Leave per year.

HOLIDAYS
Employees receive 12 paid holidays and one (1) floating holiday per year.

SICK LEAVE
Employees earn 12 days annually.

TUITION REIMBURSEMENT
Employees are eligible to receive up to $3,000 per fiscal year in tuition reimbursement.

FITNESS PROGRAM
Employees are offered free access to City-sponsored sports and fitness programs.

The City also offers a flexible spending benefits plan, employee assistance program, and other voluntary insurance. Contact Human Resources (HR) at 408-586-3090 for more information on employee benefits.

01

Please select all of the certifications, education and/or training that you have completed or possess:

  • Laws of Arrest -Penal Code 832 certificate
  • ICS 100 certification
  • ICS 200 certification
  • ICS 300 certification
  • ICS 400 certification
  • NIMS IS 700 certification
  • NIMS IS 800 certification
  • California State Fire Marshal Chief Fire Officer 3A
  • California State Fire Marshal Chief Fire Officer 3B
  • California State Fire Marshal Chief Fire Officer 3C
  • California State Fire Marshal Chief Fire Officer 3D
  • California State Fire Marshal Fire Investigation 1A
  • California State Fire Marshal Fire Investigation 1B
  • California State Fire Marshal Fire Investigation 1C

02

Check all the boxes that apply to your experience and/or qualifications. I certify that I have the following:

  • State Board of Fire Services (or equivalent) certification as a Fire Officer.
  • Fire Investigator certification through one or combination of the following certification programs- California State Fire Marshal's Office, National Association of Fire Investigators, or International Association of Arson Investigators.
  • Fire investigation experience in terms of responding to and processing an actual fire scene event, as well as generating a valid Fire Cause & Origin Report as the Lead Fire Investigator of Record that reflects and supports the said experience.
  • Knowledge of hazardous materials and chemistry.
  • Experience in responding to or handling hazardous materials emergencies.
  • Experience with enforcement of the Fire Code including inspections and plan review.
  • Work experience int he construction trades.
  • Professional fire suppression experience.

Required Question

Closing Date/Time: 1/30/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

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