Deputy Fire Chief

Carson City Fire Department - Carson City, Nevada

Mar 7, 2023

Application Deadline:
Apr 30, 2023

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$99,601.42 - $159,362.11 annual

Job Description

If you like the outdoors and want to live in a beautiful location near Lake Tahoe, Reno and Sacramento, this may be the job for you. This management position is with the Carson City Fire Department, an all-risk, state-of-the-art Department. For more information about the area, please visit:


Under general direction, assists in planning, organizing and administering a comprehensive City fire protection and prevention system, including fire suppression, prevention, emergency medical response, and training divisions; manages specified program areas through subordinate managers and supervisors.


This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

  • Assists in developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the department; coordinates the preparation and administration of the annual budget in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Plans, organizes, administers, reviews and evaluates the activities of operational, technical and office support staff through subordinate managers and supervisors.
  • Contributes to the overall quality of the department's service provision by developing and coordinating work teams and by reviewing, recommending and implementing improved policies and procedures.
  • Manages the day-to-day operations of all assigned functional areas; manages maintenance and repairs for facilities and equipment.
  • Assumes personal command of fire suppression, or disaster control activities at major incident scenes.
  • Manages the planning and implementation of such broad based response programs as the Incident Command System and the Emergency Medical Response programs; ensures that such programs comply with OSHA and other regulatory agency requirements.
  • Manages all fire prevention activities, from public education and information programs to ensuring that fire codes and ordinances are appropriately enforced.
  • Manages the provision of training and the deployment of personnel.
  • Directs the selection of staff and provides for their training and professional development; interprets City policies and procedures to employees; ensures effective morale, productivity and discipline of department staff.
  • Directs the conduct of and conducts analytical studies; develops and reviews reports of findings, alternatives and recommendations; directs the maintenance of accurate records and files.
  • Represents the City in meetings with representatives of governmental agencies, professional and business organizations, employee organizations, and the public.
  • Maintains or directs the maintenance of accurate records and files.
  • Drives a motor vehicle in order to attend off-site meetings, visit various work locations, and respond to emergencies.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with elected officials, public, and staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment
  • At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Fire Sciences, or related field; AND four (4) years of fire administrative or command experience at a Battalion Chief level; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.


The following licenses/certificates must be possessed at time of hire/promotion unless otherwise stated and must remain valid and in good standing during employment:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Nevada or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate preferred at time of hire, but must be obtained no later than three months after date of hire
  • Valid CPR card

Required Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of:

· Principles of fire management, suppression, prevention and education in an urban area.

· Principles and practices of emergency medical response.

· Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the management of employees through multiple levels of supervision.

· Principles and practices of developing teams, motivating employees and managing in a team environment.

· Principles and practices of budget development and administration.

· Applicable laws, codes and regulations; computer applications related to the work.

· Record management principles and practices.

· Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, often in situations which may be stressful.

Skill in:

  • Planning, organizing and administering assigned functions in a comprehensive fire suppression and prevention, and emergency medical response control system.
  • Administering programs and staff through subordinate supervision.
  • Training others in policies and procedures related to the work.
  • Developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards.
  • Developing effective work teams and motivating individuals to meet goals and objectives and provide customer services in the most cost effective and efficient manner.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Taking effective action in emergency situations.


_*_Under General Direction *__- Incumbents at this level have considerable latitude in the application of departmental policy, and they follow general guidelines or professional and administrative standards in accomplishing assignments. They are responsible for planning and organizing their own workload, but ordinarily cannot change methods of their assigned work unit, established operations, or departmental policy without supervisor approval. Supervision is minimal, indirect, and usually limited to technical oversight.


The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mobility to work in a typical office setting and an emergency scene, use standard office equipment, sit for extended periods of time, and serve as on-scene emergency coordinator; strength to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and up to 20 pounds frequently to lift, carry, push, pull or move objects; vision to read printed materials; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone; exposure to traffic conditions, smoke, inclement weather conditions and human body fluids.

Additional Information


1. Unclassified employees are “At Will” and as such, may be terminated at any time for any reason, or no reason.

2.Continued employment is contingent upon all required licenses and certificates being maintained in active status without suspension or revocation.

3.Any City employee may be required to stay at or return to work during emergencies to perform duties specific to this classification or to perform other duties as requested in an assigned response position. This may require working a non-traditional work schedule or working outside normal assigned duties during the incident and/or emergency.

4.Employees may be required to complete Incident Command System training as a condition of continuing employment.

5.New employees are required to submit to a fingerprint based background investigation which cost the new employee $56.25 and a drug screen which costs $36.50. Employment is contingent upon passing the background and the drug screen.

6. Carson City participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered employment with Carson City must complete Section 1 of the Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documentation as soon as possible after the job offer is made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 775.887.2103 or go to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at [www.ucis.gov_](

7. Carson City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All employees covered by this job description are subject to drug and alcohol testing in accordance with the Carson City Fire Department’s Drug and Alcohol Policy which mandates drug and alcohol testing and includes pre-employment, random and reasonable suspicion testing. Employees in violation of the policy are subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment.

Job Requirements

  • Age: n/a
  • Education: n/a
  • Experience: n/a

Contact Information

Shane McGowan

Carson City Fire Department
777 S. Stewart St
Carson City, Nevada 89701
phone: 7752837237

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