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Hillsborough County Government

Battalion Chief (#BCHFS48Q) S48Q
$0.00-$43.95 Hourly / $0.00-$7,618.00 Monthly / $0.00-$91,416.00 Yearly


Performs supervisory and administrative duties involving planning, organizing and directing fire and emergency medical service operations for an assigned battalion.


Graduation from a high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Four years experience in a supervisory position as a Captain within the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Department; and
Possession of a valid State of Florida Firefighter’s Certificate of Compliance; and
Possession of a valid Florida Driver's License.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Extensive knowledge of the Incident Command System.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, methods, techniques, practices, procedures, equipment and apparatus used in modern fire fighting and in protection of life and property from fire.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques of emergency medical service delivery.
  • Considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions required of the fire and rescue work environment.
  • Considerable knowledge of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Policy and Procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of fire fighting, emergency medical, and hazardous materials terminology.
  • Considerable knowledge of applicable laws and regulations governing emergency vehicle operations.
  • Considerable knowledge of roads, streets, hospitals, schools, and other facilities within the response area.
  • Working knowledge of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  • Working knowledge of diseases and emergency medical conditions, their diagnosis, and appropriate treatment procedures.
  • Working knowledge of fire cause and origin.
  • Working knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques of personnel management.
  • Skill in the use and care of hand tools and equipment.
  • Skill in identifying patient conditions based on signs and symptoms.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to make sound decisions quickly under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 90 pounds.
  • Ability to perform duties under hazardous conditions requiring considerable physical exertion.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally, non-verbally, and in writing.
  • Ability to react quickly and calmly and direct the operations of Fire Rescue employees in emergency situations.
  • Ability and willingness to work rotating shifts to include nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in a subtropical climate under adverse weather conditions and high noise levels.
  • Ability to maintain combat firefighter readiness status.
  • Ability to plan, implement and effectively direct suppression and/or rescue activities.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Plans, organizes and directs pre-fire planning, prevention and fire fighting activities in the battalion.
  • Supervises the work of subordinate staff, by scheduling, assigning and reviewing work; providing training and counseling and evaluating performance.
  • Observes crews to ensure medical and procedural protocols are being adhered to.
  • Serves as incident commander at major incidents including structure fires, mass casualty emergency medical situations, and any other event that requires performance within an incident command system.
  • Instructs career and volunteer personnel in all aspects of fire control, extrication methods, fire prevention, new equipment, and emergency medical techniques; and reviews and verifies monthly training records.
  • Inspects various structures for potential fire hazards.
  • Inspects fire stations and submits reports of findings and recommendations on facilities, personnel, apparatus and equipment to ensure operational readiness.
  • Ensures filing of complete fire reports and medical treatment records for assigned battalion to ensure accurate records are maintained. 
  • Investigates citizen complaints, documents findings, and makes recommendations for resolutions.
  • Investigates and documents accidents involving Fire Rescue personnel, equipment and vehicles.
  • Acts as a liaison between administrative staff and field personnel.
  • Makes recommendations on purchasing equipment and supplies.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.


Employees assigned to this classification will serve a one year probationary period.

CLASS: BCHFS48Q; EST: 2/5/2008; REV: 10/14/2011;