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Fire Chief

Macon-Bibb County Government

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The Fire Chief is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all activities of the Fire Department.  Responsibilities include the administration and coordination of all Fire Department activities, and establishing of departmental policies, procedures, and regulations within the limitation of laws, regulations, and policies from higher authority.  
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following duties are representative of the work required for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned. 

  • Directs and coordinates the administration of the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.
  • Plans and organizes the duties of the Department.
  • Prepares the annual capital and operating budgets.
  • Maintains Department discipline, counsels personnel, and imposes disciplinary action as appropriate.
  • Responds to fire alarm calls, as appropriate.
  • Commands and directs personnel and equipment at the scene of fire and other emergencies.
  • Plans the investigation of the origin and circumstances of fire and follows through on arson investigations.
  • Directs all fire prevention, inspection, and educational-related activities.
  • Participates in strategic planning and in the development of fire safety plans for appropriate public and private facilities in Macon-Bibb County.
  • Sponsors and promotes training and drill courses for Department personnel.
  • Supervises the Insurance Services Office's (ISO) grading and rating schedules.
  • Studies constantly new techniques in modern firefighting methods.
  • Attends meetings and conferences relative to special problems.
  • Administers a job performance evaluation system.
  • Makes routine inspections.
  • Supervises purchase and control system of all firefighting equipment, apparatus, and materials.
  • Supervises all Fire Department office procedures.
  • Prepares and submits all necessary reports.
  • Compiles and maintains accurate statistics on all fire calls and emergency calls.
  • Community risk reduction.
  • Transitional Leadership

Education, Training and Experience

The Fire Chief must possess, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; a minimum of eight (8) years of service with a recognized paid Fire Department; previous experience, or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

  • Completion of training and certification as a Firefighter by the State of Georgia.
  • Completion of 240 hours of annual in-service training.
  • Completion of EMT, CPR, AED, and Airport Certifications, as appropriate.
  • Possession of a valid Class F Commercial driver’s license is required.
  • Must possess a valid Georgia Driver’s License.

The Fire Chief has direct supervision over the Fire Department staff. 
The Fire Chief will be required to travel to work sites and meetings throughout Macon-Bibb County and other necessary areas as necessary.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The Fire Chief must be knowledgeable of the following principles, procedures, and concepts:

  • Knowledge of all laws, codes, and ordinances pertaining to the Fire Department.
  • Knowledge of approved principles, practices, and procedures of fire administration.
  • Knowledge of modern firefighting methods and of fire prevention work and equipment.
  • Knowledge of county residential, commercial, and industrial areas.
  • Ability to analyze problems, operating records, and reports and to adopt effective courses of action.
  • Ability to command and supervise a large group of officers in the proper and most practical methods of conducting fire-related activities.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare reports, both orally and in writing, from such records.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with administrative officials, Board of Commissioners, other employees, and the general public.

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