Sunday, April 5, 2020

Fire Department Division Chief

Recruitment #20-8130-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the last day for filing.

Applications will only be accepted on-line.




THE ALAMEDA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT (ACFD) provides all-risk emergency services to the unincorporated areas of Alameda County (excluding Fairview), the cities of San Leandro, Dublin, Newark, Union City and Emeryville, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. With 28 fire stations and 34 companies serving a population of 394,000, the ACFD serves densely populated urban areas, waterways, industrialized centers, extensive urban interface, agricultural and wildland regions. Over 400 personnel and 100 Reserve Firefighters provide a wide variety of services to an ever expanding, dynamic and diverse community of roughly 508 square miles. These services include:

  • Advanced Life Support
  • Fire Suppression
  • Hazardous Materials Response
  • Urban Search & Rescue
  • Water Rescue
  • Community Outreach & Education
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Prevention and Code Compliance
  • Regional Dispatch

The Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) was formed on July 1, 1993 as a dependent special district with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors as its governing body. This consolidation brought together into a single jurisdiction the Castro Valley Fire Department, Eden Consolidated Fire Protection District and County Fire Patrol. Subsequently, the following communities have contracted with the ACFD:

  • July 1, 1995 City of San Leandro
  • July 1, 1997 City of Dublin
  • August 1, 2002 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • October 1, 2007 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • May 1, 2010 City of Newark
  • July 1, 2010 City of Union City
  • July 1, 2012 City of Emeryville

On January 20, 2008, the ACFD became responsible for the administration and operation of the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center (ACRECC). The dispatch center provides dispatch and regional communication center services for the ACFD, the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency, Camp Parks Combat Support Training Center, and the cities of Alameda, Fremont, Livermore and Pleasanton. ACRECC is also the Dispatch/System Status Management Center for Falck ambulance service.


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.

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




Current appointment as a Battalion Chief in the Alameda County Fire Department.  


Minimum of three years of experience as a Captain in the Alameda County Fire Department with completion by the date of application close, the following prerequisite training courses;

  • Command 2A        
  • Command 2B
  • Command 2C
  • Command 2D
  • Command 2E
  • Management 2A
  • Management 2B
  • Management 2C
  • Management 2D
  • Management 2E
  • ICS400  


  • Chief Fire Officer 3A:  Human Resources Management
  • Chief Fire Officer 3B:  Budget and Fiscal Responsibilities
  • Chief Fire Officer 3C:  General Administration Functions
  • Chief Fire Officer 3D:  Emergency Service Delivery Responsibilities
  • ICS300


  • CSFM Chief Officer Certification


Minimum of three years of experience in a California public fire protection agency at the rank of Battalion Chief or higher-level classification, and, Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Fire Science, Fire Administration, Public Administration, Business Administration or a closely related field.  


License:   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 Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.



The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • Current principles, practices, methods, techniques and equipment used in a state-of-the-art, metropolitan fire department in fire suppressions, 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.
  • The operation and maintenance of fire and rescue apparatus and equipment.
  • Principles of hydraulics, chemistry, and physics as related to the fire service.
  • 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:

  • Effectively convey Department philosophy, messages, and rationale to employees.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Provide effective leadership.
  • Demonstrate teamwork.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with departments/agencies and the community.
  • Plan, organize, and implement effectively.
  • Perform analysis and problem solving.
  • Demonstrate flexibility.
  • Demonstrate management control.
  • Exercise sound judgment and decision making.
  • Work effectively with a diverse population.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
  • Manage time in an effective manner.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of the candidates applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates final examination scores. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

Deadline for Filing:                                                 

        5:00 p.m., Monday, April 20, 2020

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

        by Monday, May 4, 2020

Oral Interviews*:


*If designated as a combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, the oral interviews may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


*** For benefit information, please contact Fire Administration at 925-833-3473.


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Debra Robinson-Harris, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6437

Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.



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