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Employer: City of Derby
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Job Title: Fire Chief-Preference given to applications received by March 25, 2019
Salary: $82992.00 Annually


Job Description:

60% Administration and Strategic Direction

  • Annually update the department’s strategic plan. Prepare and present an annual report to the City Council. Submit bi-monthly management reports to the City Manager.
  • Foster and maintain healthy working relationships and agreements with regional fire and EMS agencies.
  • Represent the City on various regional and state boards and committees, including the Sedgwick County 911 Advisory Board and Sedgwick County Fire Chiefs Association.
  • Provide professional recommendations to city staff, City Council, and other boards.
  • Review city procedures, department policies, laws, and ordinances and recommend or implement revisions to ensure safety, efficiency, effectiveness, and compliance.
  • Develop and recommend department budget and authorize purchases and requests for bids and proposals.
  • Develop and monitor long- and short-range goals, objectives, and action plans.
  • Prepare and review written reports with accuracy and timeliness and oversee maintenance of department records.
  • Develop agenda reports and make presentations to the City Council and other boards, interact one-on-one with residents, participate as a member of the city’s management team, and relay information to the news media when authorized.
  • Provide leadership and supervision to staff and delegate projects and tasks.
  • Provide training and professional development opportunities to staff to ensure they keep up on developments in their fields.
  • Make or recommend employment-related decisions involving hiring, discipline, and all other status changes; develop performance expectations and evaluate employee performance.
  • Respond to department and city emergencies.

40% Operations

  • Oversee building inspections, testing of fire hydrants, and plan review.
  • Enforce adopted fire codes.
  • Oversee performance standards, professional standards, and quality control.
  • Research and develop methods and procedures to increase efficiency and safety.
  • Conduct department and staff meetings on a regular basis to keep all members informed of pertinent issues.
  • Conduct needs assessment on equipment.
  • Routinely respond to structure fires and emergencies, making high-level strategic and tactical decisions as to methods of fighting fires and performing rescues, usually serving in the command or safety officer roles.
  • When in station, be available to assist the walk-in public with medical needs when firefighters on duty are out of station.
  •  Share 24/7 on-call response duties with Deputy Chief.
  • May occasionally respond to medical emergencies, providing basic life support to victims and patients.
  • Provide courtroom testimony when necessary.
  • Operate motor vehicle on a regular basis.

Continually looks for new and improved ways of completing the above functions. Other tasks as assigned will be performed to address business needs.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Latitude:  Most duties are self-determined with substantial flexibility in scheduling and accomplishing tasks.  Problem solving requires advanced technical knowledge.  Decisions are frequently made independently based on city policy and consultation with appropriate stakeholders.   Makes purchasing decisions within budgetary limitations and purchasing policies.  Involves appropriate city staff when making employment-related decisions and recommendations.  Makes recommendations to the City Manager for contractual commitments.

Interaction:  Daily interaction with employees throughout the organization and the general public.  Frequent interaction with outside agencies including municipal, county, state, and federal agencies.  Occasional interaction with city boards, vendors, and the city council.

Qualifications:

  • Associate in Fire Science degree, required.
  • Bachelor degree in related field of study or equivalent education, training, and experience, required.
  • Master of Public Administration, preferred.
  • National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Certification, preferred.
  • Nine years increasingly responsible fire service experience, required.
  • Four years progressive command experience, required.
  • IFSAC certified Firefighter II, Instructor I, Hazardous Materials Operations, and Fire Officer I, required.
  • EMT-B certification through State of Kansas Board of EMS (KBEMS), required within one year of employment.
  • Valid Kansas driver’s license, and driving record must meet commercial liability insurance requirements.
  • Must reside within 5 minutes lawful drive time of city limits.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of the National Fire Academy Incident Command System, firefighting techniques, safety procedures, and hazardous material management.
  • Thorough knowledge of fire and life safety enforcement and state and local fire and building codes. 
  • Skill in solving problems and making decisions independently and in a team environment.
  • Skill in using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Excellent communication skills sufficient to express ideas and agreements concisely and persuasively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences.
  • Negotiation, persuasion, tact, and diplomacy are essential for effectively performing tasks.
  • Ability to manage within the budget process, monitor expenditures, and stay within budget.
  • Ability to operate office-related equipment, including ability to access and retrieve information from various computer software programs.
  • Ability to effectively plan, assign, and delegate the work of others.
  • Ability to make difficult decisions in a timely manner.
  • Ability to maintain cooperative working relationships with all levels of staff, vendors, and the public.
  • Ability to operate firefighting and life-saving vehicles and equipment.

Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:  Must be able to pass pre-employment physical in accordance with SOP 2.15.1 and must continue to maintain a good physical condition in accordance with SOP 2.15.2. Occasional carrying, lifting, moving, or pushing of 50 pounds. Occasional bending, stooping, kneeling, squatting, and twisting.   Regular exposure to adverse weather conditions and hazardous situations.  Occasional exposure to human blood and body fluids, heavy machinery, excessive noise, hazardous chemicals, explosives, radiation, confined areas, and heights.  Works irregular hours as necessary to accomplish job requirements.  Responds to alarms and directs activities at the scene of major emergencies, as required.

FIRE & RESCUE DEPARTMENT

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE  

NUMBER:  2.15.1

CATEGORY: Personnel

SUB-CATEGORY:  Physical Requirements 

SUBJECT: Pre-Employment Physical Examinations

OBJECTIVES:  Procurement of a healthy, more productive work force

PURPOSE

Ensures that candidates meet the minimum physical requirements as stated in position descriptions.

SCOPE

A medical and job specific analysis evaluation of all firefighter candidates shall be conducted prior to the candidate being placed in training programs or fire department emergency response activities.

IMPLEMENTATION

The medical evaluation of a candidate shall include a medical history, medical examination, and any laboratory tests required to detect physical or medical conditions that could adversely affect a candidate’s ability to safely perform the essential job tasks outlined in position descriptions. The job specific testing will include specific tests that will determine if the candidate can meet the demand requirements of the essential function tasks of the employment position.

1)            Medical history

A)           Attached medical history questionnaire shall be completed by each candidate to provide baseline information with which to compare future medical concerns.

B)           The medical history questionnaire shall be updated annually with any changes in health status and known occupational exposures since baseline evaluation.

C)           Changes on the medical history questionnaire shall be reviewed by the fire departments designated medical evaluator.

2)            Physical Examination- Exam shall include the following components:

A)           Vital signs

B)           Head, eyes, ears, nose and throat (HEENT)

C)           Neck

D)           Cardiovascular

E)           Pulmonary

F)           Gastrointestinal

G)           Hernia

H)           Lymph nodes

I)            Neurological

J)            Musculoskeletal

K)           Skin

L)            Vision

M)          Dental

Abnormalities noted in the physical examination shall be compared with Category A and Category B medical conditions established in NFPA 1582 Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments Chapter 6 Medical Evaluations of Candidates.  Candidates with Category A medical conditions shall not be certified as meeting medical requirements.  Candidates with Category B medical conditions shall be certified if they can perform the essential functions of the job without posing a significant safety and health risk to themselves or others.

3)            Ancillary Tests

A)           Blood Tests- Blood tests shall include the following:

1)            CBC with differential, RBC indices and morphology and platelet count.

2)            Electrolytes (Na, K, Cl, HCO3 or CO2)

3)            Renal function (BUN, creatinine)

4)            Glucose

5)            Liver function tests (ALT, AST, direct bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase)

6)            Total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, clinically useful lipid ratios (e.g., percent LDL) and triglycerides.

B)           Urine Laboratory Tests:

1)            Dipstick analysis for glucose, ketones, leukocyte esterase, protein, blood and bilirubin.

2)            Microscopic analysis for RBC, WBC, casts and crystals if indicated by results of dipstick analysis.

C)           Audiology- Hearing thresholds shall be assessed in each ear at each of the following frequencies:

1)            500 Hz

2)            1000 Hz

3)            2000 Hz

4)            3000 Hz

5)            4000 Hz

6)            6000 Hz

7)            8000 Hz

 

D)           Spirometry:  Pulmonary function testing (spirometry) shall be conducted to measure the candidates forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) and FEV1/FVC ratio.

E)           Stress Electrocardiogram (Exercise Stress Test):   Age 45 and up or at the discretion of examining physician.

4)            Medical Conditions Affecting Ability to Safely Perform Essential Job Tasks

A)           Results of ancillary tests shall be compared with Category A and Category B medical conditions established in NFPA 1582 Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments Chapter 6 Medical evaluations of Candidates.

B)           Medical conditions that can affect a candidate's ability to safely perform essential job tasks shall be designated either Category A or Category B per NFPA 1582 Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments, Chapter 6 Medical Evaluations of Candidates.

C)           Candidates with Category A medical conditions shall not be certified as meeting the medical requirements of the standard.

D)           Candidates with Category B medical conditions shall be certified as meeting the medical requirements of the standard only if they can perform the essential job tasks outlined in the City of Derby Firefighter Position Description and without posing a significant safety and health risk to themselves, members, or civilians.

5)            Immunizations and Infectious Disease Screening

A)           Tuberculosis screen (PPD).

B)           Hepatitis C virus screen.

C)           Hepatitis B virus vaccinations or titers.

D)           Tetanus/diphtheria vaccine.

E)           Measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (MMR) one dose of MMR vaccine for members born after 1957 without prior immunization.

F)           Hepatitis A vaccine- SCUBA certified personnel.

G)           Influenza vaccine- offered annually to all personnel.

H)           HIV screening- available to all personnel.

6)            Job Specific Testing (attached) for all positions except administrative.

APPROVED:  12.01.11

REVISED:     02.25.2019                                                                       

Brad Smith, Fire Chief

Authorization for Job Specific Testing

City of Derby (KS) Fire Department    (Company) understands that a job analysis should be completed in order to quantify the physical demand requirements of the essential function tasks of the employment position, and to meet the requirements for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  One of the outcomes of the job analysis is the determination of one or more job specific tests that will either qualify or disqualify the post-offer candidate for the position or assist with return-to-work decisions for existing employees that have demonstrated difficulty performing the essential job tasks due to injury or illness.

For the Position of: Fire Fighter, all ranks

PDC Level: Very Heavy                                        

The Company representative hereby acknowledges the following as valid job specific tests:         

The applicant/employee will wear complete structural fire fighting bunker gear and a self-contained breathing apparatus with facemask while on cylinder air throughout the following Job Specific Tasks:

Job Specific Test I: Candidate will pick up "high-rise pack" (45 lbs.) and ascend ladder 15 feet. Candidate will then hand off high-rise pack to another person, step over rail to bench (24" high) and then down to ground (20").  Then the candidate will lean over 4-foot rail and grasp rope attached to "hose roll" (50 feet of 2 ½ inch hose) 35 lbs.  Lift hand over hand 15 feet up and over the rail and sit it on the ground.

This is not a timed event. However, you should complete this station within a reasonable fireground time.

Job Specific Test II:  Candidate will ascend and then descend 35-foot ladder while carrying "K-12 saw" (34lbs).    Candidate will perform this task while staying below 85% of MPHR or staying below 80% of MHR during 1 minute or 3-minute recovery post task completion.

This is not a timed event. However, you should complete this station within a reasonable fireground time.

Job Specific Test III:  Using 8 lb sledge (10.5 lbs with handle), swing in full circle and hands together striking board on ground 10 repetitions.  Using same sledge press overhead x 20 repetitions.

This is not a timed event. However, you should complete this station within a reasonable fireground time.

Job Specific Test IV:  Candidate will crawl 20 feet and grab 180 lb rescue mannequin with single hand, then crawl while dragging the rescue mannequin back 20 feet.  Candidate with then stand and grasp rescue mannequin handles.  Candidate will lift and drag the rescue mannequin 30 feet walking backwards.   Candidate will perform task while staying below 85% of MPHR or staying below 80% of MHR during 1 minute or 3-minute recovery post task completion.

This is not a timed event. However, you should complete this station within a reasonable fireground time.

Job Specific Test V: Candidate to sustain kneeling, crouched, or squat position 3 minutes while repetitively pulling hose (1 ¾” inch hose line).  Candidate will perform task while staying below 85% of MPHR or staying below 80% of MHR during 1-minute or 3-minute recovery post task completion.

Job Specific Test VI: Candidate to perform "over the shoulder" hose drag on charged 1 ¾” inch hose (minimum of 60 psi) x 50 feet.                                                                                                                                    

This is not a timed event. However, you should complete this station within a reasonable fireground time.

Dynamic Lifting Criteria:                     Floor to knuckle:    125 lbs               

                                                                Knuckle to Shoulder: ____55lbs______

                                                                Shoulder to overhead:            55 lbs                                                                                                             

 

FIRE & RESCUE DEPARTMENT

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE                    

NUMBER:  2.15.2

CATEGORY: Personnel

SUB-CATEGORY:  Physical Requirements

SUBJECT:  Physical Examinations

OBJECTIVE: Maintain a healthy, more productive work force

PURPOSE

Ensures that employees meet the minimum physical requirements as stated in position descriptions.

SCOPE

Applies to all full-time and part-time uniformed employees based on job requirements. A complete medical evaluation consisting of sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 for employees ranked Captain and below shall be conducted every 3 years to ensure that employees are capable of meeting the physical demands of their positions. The Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, and any administrative staff designated by the Fire Chief shall complete comprehensive annual physicals meeting the criteria of sections 1, 2, 3A, 3B, and 3E. 

IMPLEMENTATION

The medical evaluation of employees shall include a medical history, medical examination, and any laboratory tests required to detect physical or medical conditions that could adversely affect a member's ability to safely perform the essential job tasks outlined in position descriptions.  The medical evaluation will be received by Human Resources which will provide copies to the  employee and the fire department’s chief medical officer.

1)            Medical history

A)           Attached medical history questionnaire shall be updated annually by each full-time and part-time employee.

B)           Updates shall include any changes in health status and known       occupational exposures since baseline evaluation.

C)           Information on the questionnaire shall be reviewed annually by the fire department’s designated medical evaluator.

2)            Physical Examination- Exam shall include the following components:

A)           Vital signs

B)           Head, eyes, ears, nose and throat (HEENT)

C)           Neck

D)           Cardiovascular

E)           Pulmonary

F)           Gastrointestinal

G)           Hernia

H)           Lymph nodes

I)            Neurological

J)            Musculoskeletal

K)           Skin (includes screening for cancer)

L)            Vision

M)          Dental

Abnormalities noted in the physical examination shall be compared with Category A and Category B medical conditions established in NFPA 1582 Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments Chapter 6 Medical Evaluations of Candidates.

3)            Ancillary Tests

A)           Blood Tests- Blood tests shall include the following:

1)            CBC with differential, RBC indices and morphology and platelet count.

2)            Electrolytes (Na, K, Cl, HCO3 or CO2)

3)            Renal function (BUN, creatinine)

4)            Glucose

5)            Liver function tests (ALT, AST, direct, and alkaline phosphatase)

6)            Total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, clinically useful lipid ratios (e.g., percent LDL) and triglycerides.

B)           Urine Laboratory Tests:

1)            Dipstick analysis for glucose, ketones, leukocyte esterase, protein, blood and bilirubin.

2)            Microscopic analysis for RBC, WBC, casts and crystals if indicated by results of dipstick analysis.

C)           Audiology- Hearing thresholds shall be assessed in each ear at each of the following frequencies:

1)            500 Hz

2)            1000 Hz

3)            2000 Hz

4)            3000 Hz

5)            4000 Hz

6)            6000 Hz

7)            8000 Hz

D)           Spirometry:  Pulmonary function testing (spirometry) shall be conducted to measure the candidates forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) and FEV1/FVC ratio.

E)           Stress Electrocardiogram (Exercise Stress Test):   Age 45 and up or at the discretion of examining physician.

Results of ancillary tests shall be compared with Category A and Category B medical conditions established in NFPA 1582 Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments Chapter 6 Medical Evaluations of Candidates

4)            Immunizations and Infectious Disease Screening

A)           Tuberculosis screen (PPD).

B)           Hepatitis C virus screen.

C)           Hepatitis B virus vaccinations or titers.

D)           Tetanus/diphtheria vaccine.

E)           Measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (MMR) one dose of MMR

             vaccine for members born after 1957 without prior immunization.

F)           Hepatitis A vaccine- SCUBA certified personnel.

G)           Influenza vaccine- offered annually to all personnel.

H)           HIV screening- available to all personnel.

 



Vacancy Number: 03012019C

Open Date: 3/1/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: