District Fire Chief

Recruitment #22-CI8040-01

Salary Information

Compensation plans are based on a multi-step progression system. The pay range reflects the entry level and maximum salary potential in the assigned pay grade.

**A starting salary may be negotiated and will be commensurate with education, training and experience in alignment with pay administration policies and MCCP Board Rules & Regulations**

Nature of Work

The fundamental reason this position exists is to manage and direct emergency and non-emergency operations of multiple stations within an assigned district or division of personnel.  This is skilled supervisory work directing and overseeing the activities of suppression companies in a designated district during an assigned shift. The major responsibilities of the District Fire Chief include assuming and exercising command of emergency operations and coordinating the day-to-day shift operations of fire companies. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Assistant Chief and requires independent judgment, and an ability to make quick and sound decisions while considering the welfare and safety of the public and of department personnel. 

Minimum Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Must have one (1) year of experience and be currently employed at a PS4 Level to be eligible to take the promotional test and to be eligible for promotion.

Must have obtained Instructor I state certification, Safety Officer certification; current EMT III Paramedic State License; and must have completed NFA ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 300, ICS 400, and ICS 700 classes by the first day of the Assessment Center.  

Special Requirements

NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY CERTIFICATIONS: Must complete R0763 New Fire Chief within 12 months after promotion; R297 Command and Control Decision Making at Multiple Alarm Incidents, R308 Natural and Man-made Disasters within 24 months, and R314 Command and Control of Fire Operations at Target Hazards within 36 months after promotion for all District Chief positions.

INVESTIGATIONS BUREAU: Must have worked one (1) year in the Investigations Division to be eligible. Must have all certifications required of an Investigator Captain.  Must complete R274 Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction within 12 months and R213 Analysis of Arson Management within 24 months after promotion or transfer.

INSPECTIONS BUREAU:  Must have worked one (1) year in the Inspections Division to be eligible.  Must have all certifications required of an Inspector Captain Must complete R274 Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction within 12 months after promotion or transfer.

Must have obtained Hazardous Materials Technician by the first day of the Assessment Center.  Must complete R233 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials and R243 Hazardous Materials Incident Management within 24 months after promotion or transfer.

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION:  Must complete R333 Fire Service Financial Management within 24 months after promotion or transfer.

Kind of Examination

Complete an online application by visiting Montgomery City-County Personnel's Online Employment Center. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Completed applications will be accepted online until 11:59 p.m. on the closing date. If there is no closing date, the announcement may be closed at any time without prior notice.

Purpose of examination

The purpose of the exam is to establish an employment register to fill any vacancies for the classification that may occur over the life of the register.  If there are less than five qualified applicants, an examination will not be administered.  All candidates will be placed on the employment list.

Examination dates

All exercises of the selection procedure for the classification are tentatively scheduled for June 23 and 24, 2022.  Qualified candidates who apply to compete in the selection process will be notified in writing of specific dates, times, and locations at which to appear for the selection process.

Examination orientation

An orientation session will be held to familiarize candidates with the examination.  All qualifying candidates will have the opportunity to attend a session.  The sessions will be held June 1 and 2, 2022 at 9:00AM at the Montgomery City-County Personnel Department for candidates to choose.

The orientation session is not mandatory.  A candidate orientation guide will be distributed at the meeting.  If you do not attend the orientation, you may obtain a guide of the orientation at the front desk of the Montgomery City-County Personnel Department at 27 Madison Avenue.

Examination description

The competitive examination process will consist of four types of exercises. These exercises include a Role Play Exercise, Tactical Exercise, Training Exercise, and Structured Interview Exercise. Verbal exercises will be recorded. All exercises will be scored by panels of Fire Department experts from other jurisdictions at a later date.

Performance dimensions

The exam has been designed to measure the knowledge, skills, and abilities which are important for a District Chief to possess on the first day of the job. Those knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) which were judged by subject matter experts to be important and which are amenable to testing have been grouped together into areas of similarity to form performance dimensions. It is these six dimensions upon which the assessment has been based.

The following information provides a description of these dimensions. More detailed information about the exercises, weights, and KSAs underlying each performance dimension will be provided at the Candidate Orientation and in the Candidate Information Guide which will be distributed at the orientation. The following dimensions will be measured by the assessment exercises.


This dimension includes the extent to which candidates demonstrates knowledge and understanding of technical knowledge required to perform the job, evaluate employee performance, discipline employees, make decisions, give advice, and respond to situations.  It includes a knowledge and understanding of department operations, rules, regulations, procedures and common practices.  It also includes knowledge of operating procedures such as incident command procedures, tactics and strategies for fire suppression operations and proper training or instructional methods and techniques.


This dimension includes the extent to which candidates demonstrate effective personnel supervision, leading, coaching and counseling, evaluation, assisting, delegating, and guiding subordinates.


This dimension includes the extent to which candidates possesses the ability to identify problems, secure relevant information, and identifying possible causes and solutions to problems and making quick and effective decisions.


This dimension includes the ability to interact with subordinates and supervisors in an effective manner to include listening and accepting feedback from subordinates or supervisors, using tact, and demonstrating consideration of the feelings and needs of others.  It also includes the ability to coach and counsel employees, provide positive feedback and constructive criticism, and maintain fairness.


This dimension includes the extent to which candidates demonstrate oral presentation skill and communication on a one-on-one basis by listening and responding, speaking effectively, communicating at the audience level, and using non-verbal communication to enhance oral communications.


This dimension includes the extent to which candidates express ideas, policies, etc. in writing through thoroughness, conciseness, and accuracy of information.  Also, proper grammar, spelling and punctuation will be evaluated.

Disqualification from competition:

The Personnel Department and/or expert shall disqualify an applicant or candidate from competition upon determination that:

1. The application was not received by the filing deadline.

2. The applicant fails to meet the minimum qualifications specified in the announcement.

3. The candidate fails to appear at the announced time and place for testing.

4. The candidate is found to be cheating. 

Cheating involves any attempt by an individual or group to enhance test scores by means other than actual knowledge or ability, including but not limited to, efforts to give or receive information about the test content or correct responses before, after or during a test. 

Examples of cheating during a test would be:

a) attempting to gain access to the test under false pretenses

b) failing to follow instructions given by the test administrators or proctors

c) talking to another candidate during the test

d) removing or attempting to remove test materials from the test site

e) leaving the testing room, holding room, or other location without permission from the test administrator

f) attempting to use notes, hand held computers or calculators when instructed not to

g) looking at anothers test paper or answer sheet

h) working on a test section after time has been called

i) giving or receiving test information to or from another person

The Personnel Department may not exercise discretion in waiving these requirements for qualification except as may be required by law in connection with military personnel called to active duty.

The Personnel Department will provide written notification of the disqualification and the reason for disqualification to the applicant or candidate within five (5) days from the determination of the disqualifying circumstance.

Additional Information

This position is open only to City of Montgomery Fire Department employees who have completed their probationary period and meet the minimum qualifications.

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