County of Alameda

Fire Department Division Chief (#8130)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Fire Mgmt (U34)
$79.04-$96.09 Hourly / $6,323.54-$7,687.38 BiWeekly /
$13,701.00-$16,656.00 Monthly / $164,412.00-$199,872.00 Yearly

Under administrative direction, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of an assigned Division ( program and/or shift within the Operations Branch) within the Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) including but not limited to Training, Fire Prevention, Emergency Medical Services, Special Operations, Support Services or related programs and services; may be assigned as a chief officer to serve as the primary point of contact for contract agencies to ensure contract compliance and to maintain community relations; responds to emergency incidents as required by departmental policy and assumes command when appropriate; and performs other duties as assigned.


This class has major responsibility for managing an assigned Division within the Fire Department. Incumbents are responsible for a wide-range of administrative duties and serve as the senior management staff and command officer on duty outside of normal business hours. This class is distinguished from the Fire Department Battalion Chief in that the Fire Department Battalion Chief supervises a group of companies on an assigned shift, while the Fire Department Division Chief has overall division program/project and/or shift responsibility, may supervise Fire Department Battalion Chiefs, and manages multiple complex programs.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Manages the operations activities within the Operations Branch, including fire station- based operations and programs.

2. Coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies.

3. Directs Battalion Chiefs in the management of their assigned programs, operations and staff; supervises, and evaluates operations, training, and record keeping systems.

4. Supervises, trains, and evaluates assigned Battalion Chiefs. Conducts investigations and recommends disciplinary action, as needed.

5. Assists the Alameda County Fire Department Executive Team in developing and implementing departmental policies, procedures, and regulations.

6. Establishes and maintains effective public relations between the department and the community by speaking before community organizations and meeting with local citizens, community groups, and others to discuss fire and emergency medical services and fire prevention activities.

7. Identifies and evaluates community needs through data collection and analysis. Monitors program effectiveness; develops recommendations for changes in program operations, staffing, equipment, and facilities; and projects costs and impacts of proposed changes.

8. Responds to alarms to monitor field operations and to command major or sensitive emergency, inspection, and enforcement operations as needed.

9. Prepares annual budget requests for division operations; and monitors and analyzes budget expenditures and ensures that expenditures are within the guidelines established in the budget.

10. Establishes and maintains, cooperative relationships with community members, policy administrators and elected officials to gain acceptance of and participation in fire prevention programs, fire and emergency services, communications and other services provided by the ACFD.

11. May be assigned to work as a liaison with contracting jurisdictions to provide general oversight of administration, operations and ensure ACFD is in compliance with existing contracts.

12. May be assigned to division head responsibilities other than shift commander duties.

13. Attends and represents the department at meetings as required by contract agencies, committees, speaking engagement and community events.



Graduation from an accredited college with an Associate’s of Arts Degree or the completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units.

And Either I

Experience: Current appointment as a Battalion Chief (Staff Battalion Chief qualifies) in the Alameda County Fire Department;


Minimum of five years of experience as a Captain in the Alameda County Fire Department with CSFM chief officer certification or a Bachelor’s degree, from an accredited college or university, in Public Administration, Business Administration or a closely related field.


Must be in possession of at least a valid California Class C driver’s license.

Special Requirement:

Incumbent is subject to emergency re-call when off duty and serves as Duty Chief as assigned.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Current principles, practices, methods, techniques and equipment used in a state-of-the-art, metropolitan fire department in fire suppression, fire prevention, and administration
• Training practices and techniques
• Laws, ordinances, and regulations which govern a fire department and California fire district
• Principles, practices, procedures and equipment used in fighting fires and saving lives and property
• Operation and maintenance of fire and rescue apparatus and equipment coupled with the ability to supervise its effective application and use
• Principles of hydraulics and chemistry as applied to fire fighting
• Arson investigation
• Management principles and practices, including leadership, work planning, employee supervision and resource allocation
• Principles, practices, and techniques of administrative, budgetary, and project management

Ability to:

• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
• Provide effective leadership
• Demonstrate teamwork
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with department/agencies and the community
• Perform analysis and problem solving
• Demonstrate flexibility
• Exercise sound judgment and make decisions
• Manage time in an effective manner

Newspec 8130.doc
CSC Date: 3/7/12
MAH:cs Revised 7/28/14
CSC Date: 8/6/14
MAH:cs Revised 8/25/14
CSC Date: 9/3/14
MH:cs Revised 9/26/14
CSC Date: 10/1/14
GH:cs Revised 10/2/15
CSC Date: 10/28/15
IC:jf Revised 11/22/17
CSC Date: 12/6/17

*** For benefit information, please refer to the recruitment brochure.