Battalion Chief - Training / Operations

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue - Oak Harbor, Washington

Application Deadline:

Salary Information

75500 annual

Job Description

++Position summary:++

Under the direction of the Fire Chief the Battalion Chief of Training/Operations will plan, develop, coordinate and implement the services and activities of the Fire and EMS division training requirements and programs; to coordinate activities with other divisions of NWFR and outside agencies: and to provide highly responsible and complex staff assistance to the Chief officers of the department.

++Scope of Responsibility:++

Incumbent has a high degree of understanding of department and functional operations and can work with considerable initiative. With senior management guidance, incumbent performs work-requiring administration of department policy and procedure and establishes precedents within delegated areas of responsibility. Work product has noticeable impact on departmental operations. Incumbent must have the ability to exercise discretion regarding confidential matters, which requires considerable tact, sense of timing and the ability to engender trust. Incumbent provides supervision and training to lower-level instructors and staff.

++Essential Duties and Responsibilities:++

Training Development & Implementation

  1. Plan, develop, schedule, coordinate, and implement the full range of training programs for the Fire Department; prepare lesson plans and training manuals; plan and schedule training exercises; teach classes in classrooms and at training grounds testing the knowledge and performance of fire personnel.

  2. Oversee and coordinate the attendance of Departmental staff at training programs and seminars.

  3. Establish and supervise the maintenance of the training records system as required to renew and obtain certifications and to maintain a current promotional priority list.

  4. Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for training activities; identify resource needs; recommend and implement policies and procedures.

  5. Participate in monitoring and evaluating firefighter performance; identify training needs; review training evaluation results with employee and work to correct deficiencies.

  6. Participate in the development and conduct of entry level and promotional examinations.

  7. Research and develop new training programs. Maintain the training library; manage the department's video equipment.

  8. The Training/Operations Chief will be directly responsible for the development of a training division within the department and the continued supervision and evaluation of all personnel assigned to the division.

  9. Participate in the development and management of department safety programs. This position will be directly responsible for safety procedures during all training evolution's.

  10. The Training/Operations Chief will be part of the command staff and senior management team.

  11. The Training/Operations Chief will assist the other Chief Officers with the operational oversight and readiness of the department members and their functions.

  12. The Training/Operations Chief will provide command and control of emergency responses 24/7 on a rotating basis with the other chiefs.

  13. The Training/Operations chief will be responsible for enforcing policy and procedures of the department and reviewing policy and procedures to recommend changes or additions to the Fire Chief and then sent to the Commissioners for approval.

**Financial **

  1. Participate in the preparation and administration of the training budget; submit budget recommendations; monitor expenditures.

  2. Research and apply for grants that will enhance training programs and increase opportunities for the professional development of department members.

**Fire Safety/Suppression/Emergency Response **

  1. Respond to incidents for critique purposes or for command assistance; may perform the duties of Incident Commander at fire scenes.

  2. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of fire science.

  3. Serve on equipment committee to research and procure department equipment.

  4. Will serve as a member of the department safety committee.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Additional Information

North Whidbey Fire & Rescue is actively seeking to hire a Battalion Chief of Training / Operations. The new Battalion Chief will be supported by our Chief, Battalion Chief, three full-time office administrators, and 81 part-time and volunteers in the delivery of EMS, Fire suppression, hazmat response, water rescue, high angle rescue, public education and strong public relations.

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue established in 1950 provides fire services for North Whidbey Island. Our District includes seven fire stations, administrative headquarters, 15 pieces of apparatus, 2 basic life support ambulances and 3 command vehicles, covering 55 square miles and a population of over 15,000. In 2018 we responded to nearly 2500 incidents.

Whidbey Island is a large island located in Island County, WA. Whidbey is around 30 miles north of Seattle and lies between the Olympic Peninsula and the Seattle-Metro corridor of western Washington. The island forms the northern boundary of Puget Sound. It is home to a strategically significant Naval Base: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NAS Whidbey). Whidbey Island lies in the famed rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains to the west. It is divided economically into two different regions: the northern end and the southern end. The economy of the northern end is strongly influenced by the presents of NAS Whidbey. The health care industry is represented by WhidbeyGeneral Hospital, a county-run hospital located in Coupeville with extension clinics on the North and South end of the Island. The Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor has a limited service hospital for military personnel. Whidbey Island hosts many festivals and celebrations throughout the year and offers an abundance of fishing, hiking, camping, boating and other outdoor activities that can be enjoyed year-round.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21+
  • Education: 5+ Years
  • Experience: 5+ Years

++Minimum Qualifications:++

Qualifications include two years of specialized training beyond high school and a total of five or more years of combined education and experience in the areas of Personnel management, fire suppression and prevention and incident command. Experience with county government and knowledge of department and function operations is required. Must have Fire Officer-1 and Instructor -2, The position requires strong interpersonal skill with department members and outside agencies.

++**Physical Demands & Working Conditions: **++

Work in a combination of indoors in a normal office environment and outside in the elements. The work performed may be of a physical nature at times involving lifting of 60 pounds or more is required working in hazardous environment’s such as extreme heat, cold, low visibility and other conditions that require attention to safety. Occasional driving on department business is necessary.

Some requirements in this job description may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. All requirements are subject to modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and experience required. To perform this job successfully, the worker must possess the abilities and aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise. The department retains the discretion to add duties or change the duties of this position at any time.

Contact Informaton

Mark Kirko

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue
2720 Heller Road
Oak Harbor, Washington 98277
phone: 360-675-1131

How to Apply

Application Procedure: Interested applicants shall submit a cover letter, resume and completed application form to:

North Whidbey Fire & Rescue 770 NE Midway Blvd., Ste. 201 Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Completed application packets must be received no later than 1700 hours on April 19, 2019. Following the closing date, all application packets will be reviewed based upon the qualifications and criteria outlined in this information packet. Those candidates that the department determines to be best qualified will be invited to complete supplemental questions. Once the supplemental questions have been received and reviewed, selected candidates will be invited to participate in an assessment center. Participation in the assessment center will be at the candidates’ expense.

Salary: $75,500. The District also provides an excellent benefits package that includes paid medical & dental, generous vacation and sick leave, a department vehicle and more.

Closing Date: April 19, 2019 at 1700, PST. Contact the District office at (360) 675-1131 for questions.

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