JOB TITLE: Battalion Chief
*: A Battalion Chief must support the combined weight (53#) of protective gear and a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) in addition to other weight that is carried, as warranted by conditions and tasks.
Equipment and tools used include the following: protective gear such as helmet, boots, and coat; self-contained breathing apparatus, thermal imager, radio, flashlights, first aid kits, Command Vehicle (Chevy Suburban).
Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of the General Education Development Test.
Four years of regular service (under civil service appointment) as a Fire Captain in the Seattle Fire Department.
Substitution: Any one of the following that has not been previously applied to attain promotion may be substituted for one year of the above require experience:
An associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Command and Administration;
An accredited two-year degree or two years are not applied toward achieving the allowable substitution of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Command and Administration;
A four-year accredited college degree;
An accredited graduate degree; PROVIDED that the course of study in 2, 3 and 4 can be demonstrated to the Secretary as being applicable to the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for fire fighting.
FUMES, CHEMICALS, DUST, ODORS: Exposed to extremely toxic and hot gases, fumes and smoke; exposure to hazardous substances.
EXPOSURE TO EXTREME CHANGES IN TEMPERATURE: Exposed to extremely high temperatures in enclosed spaces from fires; normal Northwest seasonal changes and temperatures.
VIBRATION: Vibration occurs when riding in an engine or truck.
LIGHT: Duties may be performed at night, or inside buildings where visibility is extremely poor due to thick smoke or electricity outage.
NOISE: Exposed to loud and very loud noises from pumps, engines, trucks, sirens, and loud voices from other commanders, subordinates, and victims.
VENTILATION: Exposed to extremely poor ventilation conditions at fire scenes.
HAZARDS: Exposes to fall hazards from climbing ladders or stairs; exposed to burn and smoke/gas inhalation hazards from working around fires and/or combustible materials; exposed to electrical shock hazards, especially if working around electrical lines; exposed to fast moving traffic at MVA scenes.