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The County of Volusia is seeking a Fire Division Chief who is performance driven and sets the bar for performance through their behaviors and actions; one who has a high degree of integrity and who is team and customer service focused. This position is located in DeLand, FL and will be responsible for the day to day operations both administrative and technical, overseeing management and daily operations within branches or activities of the Fire Rescue Division which includes the monitoring of standards for performance consistent with the Division’s goals and objectives. Incumbent works directly with the division’s Battalion Chiefs to ensure the overall operational efficiency of the division and interacts with other fire agencies to ensure good communication and community relations. Incumbent must be able to perform critical decision making and able to exercise independent judgment and initiative. The incumbent works under the general direction of the Fire Chief and within standard operating procedures and responds to emergency incidents as required by division policy and performs related duties, as required.


(NOTE: These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.)

• Assumes the assigned responsibilities and duties in the absence of the Deputy Fire Chief.

• May plan, organize and direct specific fire and rescue operations with respect to equipment, apparatus, and personnel.

• Assists with and coordinates fire rescue matters with various team leaders in the development of long-range fire protection and suppression programs.

• Assists in the preparation of Fire Rescue’s annual budget document to include the administration of budget in accordance with established policies and procedures and preparation of a long-range capital budget.

• Assists in the preparation and analysis of records and reports to ensure efficient operations and to meet fire rescue demands.

• May assume command and direct operations of a fire scene or other emergency situation from a subordinate officer; including natural disaster scenes, hazardous materials incidents, technical rescue operations, or aircraft emergency scenes.

• Makes recommendations and submits drafts of General Directives, Standard Operating Guidelines, etc. for the purpose of establishing and/or clarifying policy and procedure.

• Ensures that all personnel under his/her command complies with Federal, State, and local regulations and that the terms of collective bargaining agreements are complied with, and all Division standards are met.

• May make recommendations and provides input for proposals to be submitted for inclusion in the collective bargaining process.

• Responsible for the effective operation, quality of service and morale of all battalions and personnel assigned to their command.

• Assists in the selection process of new employees to include making recommendations for suitable training or initiating when appropriate, actions to reprimand, suspend, demote, promote and transfer division personnel.

• Evaluates employee performance and completes written employee performance forms.

• Communicates performance expectations and counsels employees on a regular basis. Makes recommendations on the retention or rejection of probationary personnel. Approves leave and overtime compensation for subordinates.

• Recommends and administers disciplinary action when appropriate and/or when other non-punitive corrective measures are ineffective.

• Responsible for the review and maintenance of records and reports regarding personnel, and other matters relating to the division.

• May ensure compliance with State and Federal regulations as an Advanced Life Support (ALS) agency.

• May provide recommendations for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training and programs, including up-to-date infectious control and post-exposure controls.

• May track and maintain all medical supplies, equipment, and screen medical reports for compliance with medical protocols and quality care.

• May coordinate and deliver training programs for Volusia County Fire Rescue (VCFR) personnel and other VCFR educational partners to influence statewide training curriculum to include researching industry trends to determine if they fit the needs and capabilities of VCFR.

• May organize and conduct in-service training.

• May be required to coordinate facilities maintenance.

• May work shift work or may be assigned to an administrative schedule (Monday-Friday). If assigned to an administrative schedule, may be assigned after-hours/ on-call duties and responsibilities.

• Recommend and develop problem-solving systems for cost efficiencies.

• Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.

• Responds to emergency situations.

• Must adhere to Federal, State, County, and Local Ordinances.

• Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor degree in Fire Science, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field from an accredited college or university and four (4) years of full time paid fire experience at the Battalion Chief level, or higher, or equivalent rank. Acting, fill-in, or backfill does not count towards the four years. If hired prior to October 1, 2013, with Volusia County Fire Rescue, all degree requirements are waived. Must successfully pass medical physical examination including drug screening and physical ability test and qualify for “Fit Firefighter”.

Note: State of Florida Paramedic Certification, Pediatric ALS, PHTLS, ACLS, and formal infectious control training may be required.

Must possess and maintain:

• State of Florida Certificate of Compliance from the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training.

• State of Florida EMT license or Florida Paramedic license.

• A valid State of Florida driver’s license.

• Proof of completion of an approved Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) in accordance with the Florida Statutes.

• State of Florida Fire Officer I and Florida Fire Officer II certifications.

• State of Florida Fire Officer III within 2 years of appointment.

• ICS-300 (G300), ICS-400 (G400), S-215 and S-330.

Note: All candidates for Fire Division Officer must have five (5) years of full-time equivalent experience as a Florida certified fire officer as determined by the State Bureau of Fire Standards and Training prior to appointment to qualify for the Fire Officer III certification program.


• Knowledge of modern firefighting principles and practices involved in instructing and training members of a fire unit.

• Knowledge of Fire Prevention codes.

•Knowledge of emergency medical services and emergency management principles and programs.

• Knowledge of contents of Merit Rules and Collective bargaining agreements and ability to ensure fair and equitable compliance with the terms of these documents.

• Ability to apply knowledge too specific training problems.

• Ability to lead personnel effectively and maintain discipline.

• Ability to supervise the work of, and motivate subordinate personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

• Ability to maintain accurate records, utilize resources efficiently and prepare clear reports.

• Ability to write and speak effectively.

• Ability to understand the Fire Services fund structures and budget development process.

• Ability to work in stressful situations.

• Ability to interact effectively with others.

• Must be able to relocate to other county locations based upon operational needs.


Physical Demands:

Heavy to Very Heavy work. Must be able to see (color, depth perception), peripheral vision, hear, talk, smell; lift and carry, pull, push, and/or drag 165 pounds; stand, climb, crouch, balance, handle, grasp, finger dexterity, walk, crawl, kneel, reach.

Mental Demands:

Must be able to read and comprehend professional manuals, journals and periodicals; safety rules and instructions; applicable codes and ordinances. Must be able to perform general mathematical functions is including basic math, geometry, and shop math. Must be able to write business letters, summaries and reports. Must be able to clearly explain ideas and discuss ideas. Must be able to speak clearly to layman on theory, principles and methods of discipline.

Environmental Demands:

Both inside and outside work. Exposure to hazardous situations; extremes in temperature (hot and cold); changes in temperature; contact with water; humidity; noise or vibration; fumes (may be toxic in nature); odors; dust; poor ventilation.

Volusia County is a drug-free workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.



230 North Woodland Blvd Suite 262

DeLand, FL 32720


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Volusia County is a drug free workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.

Veterans’ preference pursuant to State law. Individuals with a disability who require special accommodations during the selection process should notify the Human Resources Division at (386)736-5951.


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