Job Opening – Fire/EMS Chief – Winfield Fire Department

Employer: City of Winfield
Division: Fire and EMS
Job Title: Fire/EMS Chief

Job Description:

Position Title: Fire/EMS Chief
Department: Fire
Reports to: City Manager

Position Summary:
The fire chief performs a variety of technical, administrative and supervisory work in planning, organizing, directing
and implementing fire prevention, suppression and emergency medical services to prevent or minimize the loss of life
and property by fire and emergency medical conditions.

• Plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates fire and EMS operations.
• Establishes policies and procedures for fire and EMS departments to implement directives from the city manager,
mayor or city council.
• Plans and implements fire and EMS programs to better carry out the policies and goals of the city.
• Formulates programs or policies to alleviate deficiencies.
• Maintains a favorable level of discipline and climate within the department which motivates personnel to work
up to their potential, and empowers them to perform at a high and contributing level of performance.
• Reviews departmental performance and effectiveness.
• Supervises and coordinates the preparation and presentation of an annual budget for fire and EMS departments.
• Directs the implementation of the departments’ budgets.
• Plans for and reviews specifications for new or replaced equipment.
• Responds to alarms and may direct activities at the scene of major emergencies, as required.
• Supervises the inspection of buildings and other properties for fire hazards and enforces fire prevention ordinances.
• Supervises the operation of departmental in-service training activities.
• Controls the expenditure of departmental appropriations.
• Handles grievances, maintains departmental discipline, conduct and general behavior of assigned personnel.
• Plans departmental operations with respect to equipment, apparatus and personnel; supervises the implementation
of such plans.
• Attends conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field.
• Represents the city fire/EMS departments in a variety of local, county, state and other meetings.
• Reviews reports, records, and activities of firefighting personnel.
• Performs the duties of command personnel as needed and fulfills obligations during duty days or duty weeks.
• Has overall responsibility to ensure that the station, all apparatus, and equipment are clean, functioning properly and
ready to respond.
• Performs evaluations of assigned personnel.
• Maintains physical strength and agility.
• Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other employees, superiors, other agencies, and the
• Deals with the public in a manner that positively promotes the image of the City and handles complaints tactfully.
• “This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee.
He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her

• Active Listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being
made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
• Coordination – Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
• Equipment Selection – Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
• Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions,
conclusions or approaches to problems.
• Reading Comprehension – Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
• Complex Problem Solving – Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate
options and implement solutions.
• Active Learning – Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving
and decision-making.
• Learning Strategies – Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the
situation when learning or teaching new things.
• Troubleshooting – Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
• Technology Design – Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
• Time Management – Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
• Management of Material Resources – Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and
materials needed to do certain work.
• Management of Personnel Resources – Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the
best people for the job.
• Management of Financial Resources – Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting
for these expenditures.

• Problem Sensitivity – The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve
solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
• Deductive Reasoning – The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
• Flexibility of Closure – The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden
in other distracting material.
• Static Strength – The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
• Multilimb Coordination – The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and
one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in
• Spatial Orientation – The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects
are in relation to you.
• Speed of Closure – The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
• Speech Clarity – The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
• Written Comprehension – The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Experience and Education:
• Any combination of education and experience equivalent to Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science or a related field.
• Ten years of progressively responsible fire fighting and administration experience.
• Of the ten years noted, a minimum of seven years of full-time progressive fire service supervisory and command experience that clearly demonstrates the experience is indicative of senior executive level management capability necessary for leading the Winfield Fire Department.
• Completion of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in addition to the Bachelor’s degree is highly preferred.
• Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Physical Requirements:
• Ability to perform moderate physical work and ability to lift and carry up to 100 pounds.
• Ability to stand, walk, sit, ride, bend, climb, reach, kneel, reach, push, pull and perform similar body movement

Vacancy Number: 107

Open Date: 7/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date:

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Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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