Website Argonne National Laboratory

Department of Energy National Laboratory

The Argonne Fire Department has an exciting opportunity for a Fire Chief who will be responsible for both fire prevention and emergency response to safeguard personnel and property.  You will be responsible for the management, leadership, and supervision of emergency medical service, hazardous material response, technical rescue, employee fire prevention, emergency preparedness response activities, and various FD related training programs of the Fire Department and lab employees. The Fire Chief will be accountable for the administration of the fire and medical response programs, open flame permits, fire extinguisher inspection program, mutual aid participation and employee awareness programs.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the following:  firefighting, rescue, emergency medicine, hazardous material response, fire protection, emergency preparedness, staff management and employee relations, bargaining unit relations and management and operations concepts.
  • Understand budgeting procedures and report writing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of emergency management principles and the integration of the fire department in the site emergency management program
  • Ability to manage personnel and make decisions under both routine and emergency conditions.
  • Proficiency in managing and operating a specialized emergency organization.
  • Capable of interacting with all levels of management.
  • Ability to evaluate department needs and plan accordingly.
  • This level of knowledge and skill is typically achieved through attainment of a Bachelor`s degree or equivalent in emergency preparedness or related fields plus 12+ years of experience or equivalent in a responsible supervisory position in an emergency services organization.
  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.
  • Required to have a minimum of Fire Officer II certification from State of Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshall and NIMS certification of Incident Command System ICS 100/200/300/400/700/800.

This description documents the general nature of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of the hired individual. Consequently, the Fire Chief role may be required to perform in the capacity of a Battalion Chief or other duties as assigned.

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