BATTALION CHIEF JOB FUNCTION
A Battalion Chief directs emergency scene operations in an assigned district and supervises or performs specialized functions in support of Fire Department operations. Essential functions include the following:
Commands all fire fighting, lifesaving and fire prevention operations in an assigned district; sets up command post at fire or accident scenes; may set up or assume multiple command posts at a single incident; supervises overhaul and salvage operations.
Wears a respirator (SCBA) in order to safely perform fire fighting operations, or perform rescues in conditions where smoke or gases may be present; duties may require a Battalion Chief to wear a SCBA thirty (30) minutes to several hours at one time.
Instructs company officers in all aspects of their work and enforces departmental regulations; makes regular inspections of company personnel, quarters, equipment and records.
Supervises administrative details; grants leaves; administers discipline. Makes daily staffing assessment for all stations in district; rotates personnel as needed; files payroll reports.
Approves requests for equipment, supplies and repairs. Inspects, tests, and evaluates new types of fire fighting equipment, recommends types, kinds and quantities of each for future procurement; establishes standard methods of use for equipment.
Supervises training operations for companies, individuals, and recruits as the evaluation officer. May participate in annual training sessions such as confined space and high-angle rescue; reviews and reports on drills.
Supervises fire investigations and work of fire inspectors, including arson investigations when assigned to fire prevention as the Assistant Fire Marshal.
Supervises the receiving and transmitting of fire alarms, and other emergency messages and the dispatching of fire equipment and personnel; supervises of acquisition, operation, maintenance and routine repair or replacement of the fire communications equipment and systems.
Coordinates the indoctrination and training of fire alarm dispatchers, when assigned to the fire alarm center as the Chief of Communications.
Supervises all aspects of Emergency Medical Services when assigned to Chief of Emergency Medical Services.
Establishes and monitors battalion programs and office procedures regarding staffing, record keeping, inspections, and fire tactics when assigned as Supervising Battalion Chief.
Advises citizen emergency response team; interacts with federal and outside agencies.
Completes all necessary reports, correspondence, and documentation as required in the performance of assigned duties.
May rotate to assume Deputy Fire Chief duties in charge of all Fire Department operations.
Non-essential functions: none