• Full Time
  • Placentia, CA
  • Salary: Annual Salary: $125,736 - $145,555.14

Website City of Placentia


The Deputy Chief is the top-level administrative management position reporting directly to the Fire Chief. Employees at this level possess a thorough knowledge of City and department policies and procedures,
principles of emergency management, fire suppression techniques, budget and personnel administration, employee discipline, and public safety principles and practices.


The City of Placentia is seeking an experienced leader within the fire service community who has a proven track record of leading emergency responders with an open and approachable management style. The ideal candidate will be a creative problem solver and an out-of-the-box strategic thinker that is able to approach situations from new and innovative positions. The incoming Deputy Chief will have an unblemished record of ethical and professional conduct and their actions will demonstrate and promote the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. The new Deputy Chief will be self-driven to identify and correct all issues that impact the operational success of PFLSD and establish and maintain trust between management
and the rank and file.

  • Assisting the Fire Chief in the planning, implementing, and directing of the services and activities related to the delivery of Fire Department
    Operations, including but not limited to fire suppression, emergency medical delivery, hazardous situation mitigation, disaster response, and budget preparation.
  • Directly supervising and managing the Battalion
    Chiefs assigned as Shift Commanders.
  • Responding to emergency incidents and assume command as Incident Command when appropriate.
  • Establishing strategies and programs to meet the
    department operational goals; continuously reviewing operational activities and programs to identify issues and creating solutions for improving service delivery; recommending and administering new policies and procedures to increase department efficiency and
  • Coordinating department activities with other City
    departments and outside agencies; provide technical advice.
  • Building strong and cohesive relationships with the workforce, labor groups and external stakeholders.
  • Supporting ongoing health and wellness initiatives while ensuring utmost safety for all staff of the department.
  • Ensuring effective and efficient training through data analysis, personnel feedback, and strategic planning. Ensuring continuity across all shifts regarding SOGs, SOPs, and Policies and Procedures.
  • Promoting strong leadership characteristics to develop future leaders. Represent the City through professional interactions with the public, community groups, and organizations.
  • Serving on the Operations Committee of the Orange County Fire Chiefs Association (OCFCA).
    Coordinating with Battalion Chiefs to establish daily operational priorities.
  • Providing direct supervision to the suppression supervisory staff. Reviews the operations of the fire suppression shifts to assure the accomplishment of primary goals and objectives.
  • Ensuring conformance to policies, regulations, and procedures. Assists in the development and administration of the department budget. Responsible for daily payroll of personnel.

Candidate must have knowledge of:
The Incident Command System, NIMS, NFPA Standards, and other official periodicals pertaining to the effective management of a fire department. The principles and practices of fire prevention, inspection, suppression, and emergency medical services. The operation and maintenance of apparatus and equipment. Insurance Services Organization (ISO) system and the relationship to fire service goals and objectives. The fire service accreditation process. Leadership, supervisory and management principles and practices. Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, codes, and regulations.
Principles of personnel management including: performance evaluation, performance improvement, motivation, and mentoring.
Firefighter’s Bill of Rights for investigations, discipline,
and documentation. Current trends in the fire services training, education, and community outreach.

A valid Class C California driver’s license and the ability
to maintain insurability under the City’s Vehicle Insurance Policy.

  • California State or National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Instructor I or equivalent.
  • California State or NFPA Fire Instructor II Certification
    or equivalent.
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Certification from
    California or NREMT (active).
  • Applicable Incident Command System Coursework
    Certification in area of assignment. Hazmat On-Scene
    Incident Commander Certification.
  • California Chief Officer Certificate required by the end
    of the probationary period.
  • Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center from
    Public Safety Excellence is desirable.


  • Annual Salary – $125,736 – $145,555.14, depending on
  • Schedule – The City operates on a “4/10” work schedule.
  • Retirement – The City contributes up to 10% of the
    employee’s base salary into an ICMA-RC defined
    contribution account with a 4-year vesting period.
    Educational Incentive Pay – Additional 2% for associate’s,
    4% for bachelor’s, and 6% for master’s degree.
  • Tuition Reimbursement – Eligible after one (1) year of
  • Telecommunications Allowance – $75 per month.
  • Health Insurance – Up to $1,877 per month for family coverage to
    purchase health insurance through the CalPERS Health
    Benefits program. Medical opt out also available.
  • Dental & Vision Insurance – Fully paid premiums for dental and vision insurance.
  • Life Insurance – Fully paid life insurance policy equal
    employee’s annual salary. Additional life insurance
    available for purchase.
  • Disability Insurance – Fully paid premiums for short-term
    and long-term disability insurance.
  • Flexible Spending Account – Employees may voluntarily
    contribute to a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account.
  • Deferred Compensation – Employees may voluntarily
    contribute to a deferred compensation plan.
  • Holidays – 13 paid holidays per year.
  • Vacation – 80 hours per year; 120 after 3 years of service.
    Alternative Health & Wellness – 96 hours per year; this
    program includes an incentive of up to $1,250 per fiscal
  • Management Administrative Leave – Up to 80 hours per

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a compelling cover letter and resume that reflects your scope of responsibility and
significant accomplishments to [email protected]
If you have questions about the position or the recruitment process, please contact Bob Hall at (714) 309-9104. Application materials will be screened in relation to the criteria described in this brochure. Candidates deemed to be the most highly qualified will be invited to
participate in the selection process. The selection process will include phone interviews with the most qualified candidates, panel interview, and final interview with the City Manager and Fire Chief. Appointment is subject to completion of a thorough background and reference checks, and pre-employment medical exam.

APPLY BY: APRIL 16, 2021

To apply for this job please visit www.placentia.org.