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Fire Chief - Roanoke Fire Department, TX
Title Fire Chief
Type Fire Chief
Date Posted February 6, 2018
City / Organization Roanoke Fire Department, TX
Website Click here for more information or to apply
Email Contact harcher@roanoketexas.com


Under the general direction of the Assistant City Manager, the Fire Chief performs a variety of technical, administrative and supervisory duties in planning, organizing, and directing the department’s budget, personnel, activities and programs including: fire prevention and suppression, fire safety education, emergency management planning and emergency medical services.  As a member of the City’s Executive Management staff, the Fire Chief manages all functions of the Fire Department and is directly responsible for proper and efficient operations.  Additionally, the Fire Chief position holds the position of Emergency Management Coordinator.[HN1]



Knowledge of:

  • Fire ground tactics and strategy; emergency incident management, specifically the Incident Command System (ICS); principles of incident safety; automatic and mutual aid agreements; hazardous materials incident management; and confined space and technical rescue techniques.
  • Governmental, Civil and Criminal codes, ordinances, and regulations as related to functions of the Fire Department.
  • Principles and practices of emergency operations, disaster preparedness, response, recovery and effective planning.
  • Methods and techniques of emergency medical response, fire investigation and evidence gathering.
  • Operational characteristics of fire apparatus and equipment including code 3 driving techniques.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Principles and practices of program development and municipal budget preparation and administration of such.
  • Current safety practices as they relate to equipment and procedures involved in the fire service.
  • Methods and techniques of public relations.
  • Office procedures and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

  • Perform competently in dynamic, highly stressful situations; command Fire staff and operate vehicles and radios.
  • Manage a number of people and projects at one time, with frequent interruptions or requests from staff or residents.
  • Participate in the development and administration of goals, objectives and procedures for the Fire Department.
  • Analyze and assess programs, policies and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments.
  • Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of lower level staff.
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff; delegate authority and responsibility.
  • Lead and motivate on-call and career personnel, recognizing their differences and management styles required.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
  • Effectively respond to requests and inquiries from the general public, managers, clients, customers and other staff.
  • Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
  • Interpret and apply applicable federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.
  • Operate modern office equipment and computers including applicable software applications.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns and needs
  • Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, supervisors and the public.
  • Represent the city effectively with other government employees, the public or the private sector.
  • Work extended hours, days and occasionally weekends to meet operational needs.
  • Be available and/or reachable 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, with the exception of scheduled leaves.


Education: Minimum Associates Degree from an accredited institution. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fire science, fire administration, public administration, or a related field is desirable but not required. Years of service and experience may be substituted for Bachelor’s degree.

Training: Completion of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program or Texas Fire Chiefs Association – Texas Fire Chief’s Academy is desirable but not required.

Experience: Ten years of progressively responsible experience in an agency providing a full range of urban fire protection services with at least five years of management and administrative responsibility as a company officer or higher. Experience in the development and maintenance of a municipal emergency operations plan, state and federal law related to disaster preparedness practices.


  • Valid Texas Class B driver’s license with firefighter exemption.
  • Possession of Fire Officer II, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor I (Fire Instructor II preferred), Fire Investigator Certifications
  • Possession of a Master Firefighter Certificate issued by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection
  • Current Texas EMT certification required. Paramedic certification strongly preferred.


Environment: Work is performed in various office, vehicle and outdoor settings in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes.  Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations.  Individual is exposed to loud noises and various hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, including: smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils.  The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in areas of limited and restricted entry and exit and in high precarious places; extensive public contact; the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, the noise level may be very loud when responding to and working emergency calls, incidents and fires; wear protective apparel including goggles, face protector, aprons, self-contained breathing apparatus; Work environment is both formal and informal, team oriented, having variable tasks, pace, and pressure.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting and operate office equipment and to respond to emergency alarms and/or assume command of field operations. Continuous sitting and upward and downward flexion of neck; fine finger dexterity; light to moderate finger pressure to manipulate keyboard, equipment controls, and office equipment; pinch grasp to manipulate writing utensils. Frequent side-to-side turning of neck, walking, standing, bending, stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting at waist; moderate wrist torque to twist equipment knobs and dials; lifting objects weighing up to 20 lbs. from below waist to above shoulders and transporting distances up to 50 yards. Occasional squatting, kneeling, and reaching above and at shoulder height; moderate grasp to manipulate reference books and manuals; lifting objects weighing up to 50 lbs.; operate a vehicle to travel to various locations; operate fire suppression and medical response, equipment, apparatus, and tools; verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents and to operate equipment.  Also sufficient peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

 [HN1]Reworded summary. Please review.

 [HN2]Combined all budgeting functions into one statement rather than multiple.

 [HN3]Added responsibilities.

 [HN4]Nothing changed just consolidated points to eliminate repetitiveness.

 [HN5]Same as qualifications – consolidated to eliminate repetitiveness.


Job Post Expiration Date   March 8, 2018

  All jobs are considered until filled, unless otherwise posted.