City of Tampa

Assistant Fire Chief - Operations (#911700) MI

$53.32-$83.58 Hourly / $9,242.13-$14,487.20 Monthly / $110,905.60-$173,846.40 Yearly

Nature Of Work

Under administrative direction, the employee in this class supervises the operations division of TFR consisting of suppression, rescue, special operations, and airport divisions. Work is of unusual difficulty, requiring the employee to exercise extensive initiative and independent judgment in developing and managing plans to provide fire suppression, emergency medical response and care, and emergency medical transport services, technical rescue, and hazardous materials responses within the city, utilizing a three platoon staffing system, twenty-four hour shifts, and a large array of specialized equipment. The employee in this class may be subject to 24-hour call to respond to major emergency situations. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports submitted, and results achieved. Appointed position; employee serves at the pleasure of the Mayor.

Examples of Duties

Supervises and directs division and district chiefs in the management of fire suppression and rescue activities; plans, directs, and coordinates fire suppression activities, emergency medical responses, advanced life support transportation, technical rescue, and hazardous materials responses within the city including the operation of multiple fire stations strategically located throughout the city, the usage of specialized fire suppression and rescue apparatus, and the deployment and utilization of trained personnel.

Plans, directs, and coordinates specialized marine fire fighting in the industrialized port area, shipping channel and waters of Tampa Bay; plans and coordinates fire suppression and rescue operations at Tampa International Airport; analyzes programs and resources; directs implementation of necessary changes to ensure operational readiness.

Participates in developing, establishing, and reviewing the departmental mission, annual goals and objectives; participates in the development and implementation of department policies and procedures, deployment strategies, standards of conduct, incident management procedures, and tactical operations.

Prepares reports and correspondence; assigns, develops, and evaluates staff; manages unit budget and work processes.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Extensive knowledge of: principles and practices of modern firefighting, fire administration, organization and programs, and fire apparatus and equipment, including rescue, EMS, fire prevention, and training; federal and state laws and regulations relating to job duties; modern management practices and procedures; modern developments, current literature, and sources of information relating to the fire service.

Considerable knowledge of: emergency medical services, fire prevention, and fire training.

Working knowledge of: labor relations, including negotiations, contract administration, and grievance processing; application of data processing to fire administration and activities.

Ability to: write and speak clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings; plan, assign, direct, and coordinate the work of fire service employees in a manner that promotes full performance; establish and maintain effective working relationships with city officials, directors, managers and other employees, labor union representatives, the media, and the general public; deal with public relations problems effectively, courteously and tactfully; plan, organize, and refine procedures; blend people into teams when needed and foster open dialogue and participation; set clear objectives and measures and monitor process, progress and results.

Suggested Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in fire science, fire administration, public administration or related field and seven (7) years of progressively responsible fire experience including major command responsibility; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid drivers license may be required.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency

CLASS: 911700; EST: 8/8/2013;