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Battalion Chief

Location : Ocala
Job Type : Regular
Reference Code : 11428880
Hours : Full Time
Required Years of Experience : 5
Required Education : Bachelor's Degree
Travel : No
Relocation : No

Job Description :
Veterans Preference

Position is Full-Time, hours not specified

Salary: $43.27 - $66.83 per hour, DOE 

Major Function

This is a managerial position responsible for management of emergency personnel in a combination system, coordinating physical and human resources as required for emergency preparedness and response, ensuring training and readiness of all personnel and equipment in assigned battalion or group, and on-scene command and control of major incidents. Responsible for researching, formulating, and recommending departmental budgets, policies, procedures, hiring, firing, and disciplinary actions.

Positions allocated to this job description work a variable shift supervising operations throughout the county. Under the general supervision of the Division Chief(s), work involves multi-company supervisory and administrative duties, routine exercises of independent judgment, wide-ranging impact of decisions, and the requirement for advanced technical, managerial, and leadership skills.

Essential Function

The following statements describe the principal functions of this job and its scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including working in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise to balance the work load.

  • Plans, manages and coordinates the activities of the battalion, including supervising subordinate company officers and personnel in assigned battalion.

  • Directly responsible and accountable for all aspects of battalion management including battalion operations, special teams, personnel and equipment at all times.

  • Operates a quick response emergency vehicle responding to emergencies in a safe and effective manner to provide incident emergency management.

  • Properly maintains operational readiness by directing staff to maintain minimal manning levels within all County career staffed positions.

  • Participates in the development of goals and objectives for stations and personnel, and monitors progress toward achieving positive results.

  • Responsible for providing recommendations to Human Resources as part of a hiring committee for battalion personnel.

  • Responsible for disciplinary actions of battalion personnel. This includes recommendations for dismissal to the Division Chief and Human Resources.

  • Attend meetings of the volunteer stations within battalion.

  • Observes performance of subordinate officers in order to conduct performance appraisals.

  • Conduct investigations into accidents or incidents involving equipment loss, personnel, volunteers, and/or citizens.

  • Responsible as the primary communications conduit between headquarters and the company officers, field personnel and volunteers.

  • Responsible for directing all departmental human and physical resources in response to all fire and rescue emergency calls within the battalion or adjacent battalion when needed.

  • Deploys and directs multiple companies and equipment at emergencies scenes and orders specialized units as needed.

  • While on the scene, monitors personnel and equipment to ensure safe and effective response while mitigating impact of a hazard.

  • Conducts After Action Reports of significant incidents involving career personnel, volunteers, and/or citizens and recommends actions for correction as well as proposes implementation of budgetary impacts of those recommendations.

  • Maintains sufficient personnel, schedules daily shift assignments, authorize leave, special assignments and authorizes overtime.

  • Participates in the development, change, implementation and application of departmental policies, performance standards, rules, regulations and standard operating procedures.

  • Personnel in this job description are normally assigned special projects or programs for which they have responsibility. Programs include emergency medical services, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, fleet maintenance and apparatus replacement planning, pre-fire planning programs, and others of a department-wide nature.

  • Responsibilities for special project assignments include, but are not limited to, exercising independent judgement and discretion during preparation of program guidelines, supervising subordinate personnel within the program, preparing grant proposals and executing grant spending, preparing operating guidelines and protocols, maintaining relationships with the appropriate state and federal agencies, attending meetings, and making presentations.

  • Manages budgetary expenditures within assigned program and/or project.

  • Proposes budgetary impacts and plans to address assigned program and /or project needs.

  • Mediates grievances and provides solutions consistent with County and departmental policies.

  • Important managerial functions include, among others: long and short range planning both for the battalion and as a participant in the overall departmental planning efforts; preparing and executing budgets for the department.

Secondary Function

  • Performs the duties of subordinate personnel as needed.

  • Attends conferences and meetings on the current trends in the field, represents Marion County Fire Rescue in a variety of local, county, state and other meetings.

  • Attends local community and civic organization meetings to provide presentations and to serve as liaison.

  • Attends department staff meetings and workshops.

  • Represents the department on committees, at special meetings, and in public education and informational programs as required.

  • Performs other assigned duties as may be determined necessary to fulfill the mission of battalion chief.

  • May be call upon to perform functions of Division Chief in their absence.

Customer Service
Performs high volume of customer service both indirectly and directly by telephone and in person. Routinely interacts with representatives of various broadcast and print media. High profile public position must deal closely with news media and others while under highly stressful circumstances. Handles extremely sensitive health-related and death-related communication with family members.


Direct supervision over employees and station commanding officers. Includes assigning, directing, evaluating, and reviewing work of subordinate employees. Responsibilities include interviewing, selecting, and training employees, evaluating job performance, appraising productivity, handling employee grievances or complaints, or disciplining employees, promotions, status changes, planning, scheduling, and coordinating work operations, determining work techniques when appropriate, monitoring work for legal or regulatory compliance, and providing for safety and security of the workplace.

Required Qualifications :
Education and Experience
Bachelors degree in fire science, administration, emergency management, or a related field to be obtained within 5 years of start date, ten or greater years of career experience in fire and emergency service work in progressive leadership roles, including experience as a promoted career company officer; or any equivalent combination of military, education, or experience preferred; supplemental and technical training and education preferably will include course work in incident command, hazardous materials, technical rescue, emergency medical services management, fire prevention, arson investigation, disaster and emergency management and personnel management.

Licenses and Certifications
Maintain a valid state of Florida Driver License for required travel. EVOC required before operating any County owned vehicles. Successful applicants must meet all requirements for Drivers as listed in Florida
Statutes 401.281.

Must possess a current state of Florida firefighter certification, EMT and/or paramedic, and Fire Officer I. Certifications in Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Service Instructor, Safety Officer, Live Fire Training Instructor, and Fire Officer II or greater preferred. Must obtain Incident Safety Officer Certification and Fire Officer II within 12 months of promotion.

A sworn affidavit attesting to the non-use of tobacco products must be submitted by all external applicants.

Specialized Skills and Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of modern emergency service principles, procedures, and techniques in fire suppression and prevention, emergency medical services, hazardous materials protection, disaster management, aircraft rescue, and specialized technical rescue operations; extensive knowledge of incident management system. Ability to maintain effective managerial control of widely dispersed personnel and apparatus under extremely stressful conditions.

  • Ability to handle multiple emergencies simultaneously and correctly allocate resources.

  • Extensive knowledge of applicable laws including departmental standing operating procedures, and county and department rules and regulations, and the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

  • Ability to take a teamwork approach to the job by cooperating with others, offering to help others when needed, and considering larger organization or team goals rather than individual concerns. Includes the ability to build a constructive team spirit where team members are committed to the goals and objectives of the team.

Skills :
Fire Fighter/Fire Officer/Fire Inspector Hire, Discharge, Transfer, or Promote Record keeping Supervise, train, and evaluate staff performance Written and Oral Communication
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