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Fire Telecommunicator II - Lead #2406-304100-01

Field Communications Supervisor/Radio Fleet Supervisor

Date Opened
Friday, June 21, 2024 3:30 PM
Close Date
Friday, July 12, 2024 11:59 PM
  • $70,122.52


The Charlotte Fire Department (CFD) provides fire suppression, emergency medical services (EMS), technical rescue including urban search and rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, fire prevention, domestic preparedness, fire and EMS safety education, and fire investigation programs. From 43 fire stations, including two stations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, CFD protects a population of more than 892,000 residing in 320 square miles of Mecklenburg County. The department’s ISO Class 1 Public Protection Classification rating and International Accredited status rank it among the top fire departments in the world.


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 15th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 897,000 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


The Field Communications Supervisor/Radio Fleet Supervisor (TCII-FC) will supervise the Charlotte Fire Communications Field Communications team personnel and assets. Supervise the radio fleet (mobiles, portables, accessories, and programming) for the Charlotte Fire Department (CFD). Primary internal POC & Liaison for technology needs of the Divisions (CAD, Phone, Radio, Everbridge, Public Safety I&T). Primary internal POC & Liaison for TF-3 USAR Team, CFD Special Operations, Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office (CMEMO) ESF-2 Leader, UASI Regional Communications Committee as well as the North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) ESF-2 team.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  •     Supervise the Fire Communications Field Communication Team.
Manage team training.                                                                                        
Manage team apparatus including maintenance and apparatus check offs.              
Manage inventory of all team tools and supplies and in conjunction with the TF-3 
                        assets assigned within the Field Communications Team.                                 
Maintain position task books for Field Comm team members.

  • Develop and deliver training as it relates to MOU and Mutual Aid agreements with surrounding agencies.
  • Develop and deliver training to different levels of members within ALARM as it relates to Interoperability, tactical communications, and radio use.
  • Work with state and local assets for communications interoperability.  
  • Maintain “on the floor” Telecommunicator level skills.  
  • Coordinate deployments with the Division Operations Manager.  
  • Supervise the management (by influencing the Fire Communications Supervisory Staff) of the Charlotte Fire Department radio fleet. This includes coordination of programming, end of life cycles, repairs, and alias changes. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


The Communications Division operates on a 24x7 365-day basis.  This position is an hourly, 40-hour work week schedule with flexible start and end times based on workload and job tasks.

  • This position may be subject to extended work hours.
  • This position is subject to long term deployment for natural disasters, emergencies or to support CFD, CMEMO, NCEM or FEMA. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge and operational experience of multi-channel radio and multi-line telephone systems.
  • Considerable knowledge and operational experience with radio systems, field communications gear and tools, and Field Communications apparatus.
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure with little Supervision to achieve a goal. 
  • Ability to speak and write clearly and distinctly.
  • Ability to think outside the box to meet a goal.  
  • Ability to multi-task.  
  • Ability to be on call outside of normal working hours.  
  • Valid, NC Emergency Vehicle Driver Certification.  
  • ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800  
  • Multi-year experience in Fire Communications.  
  • Working knowledge of all CFD Field Comms assets, including the setup, break down and tools on each.  
  • Partner with public safety communications, as well as the Fire Department Fleet Manager and is responsible for all radio   quotes for purchase and replacement for the Fire Department.  
  • NC Class B driver’s license or the ability to obtain one within 180 days of appointment.  
  • Possession of an FAA Part 107 Drone license; or ability to obtain one within 1 year of appointment.  
  • Certified and trained in radio programming to include the Motorola CPS, Kenwood and Wouxun radio families or the ability to obtain one within 18 months of appointment.  
  •  Possession of either a COML, COMT or ITSL credential; or the ability to obtain one within 18 months of appointment.

ADA and Other Requirements:


Positions in this class typically require grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.


Physical Requirements:

  • Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical conditions necessary for sitting, and standing for extended periods of time.
  • Light to moderate lifting and carrying; some crouching, stooping, squatting, crawling, reaching, pushing, and pulling when performing tasks. 
  • Adequate vision, hearing, and speech required.

    Sensory Requirements:


    Concentrated and attentive use of one or more senses (visual, audio, and other sensory modalities) for proofreading, data entry, and tabulating data.

    • Ability to operate in an environment with frequent interruptions from people and/or noises, which in return could result in some level of stress, fatigue, or strain.
    • Comprehensive written information in work-related documents.
    • Ability to hear, understand, and distinguish speech.

      Working Conditions:

      Work is performed in an indoor environment with moderate exposure to atmospheric conditions, moderate exposure to environmental conditions and frequent exposure to computer screens, files, and phone.

      Preferred Qualification

      • Communications, dispatch, or other public contact experience, or equivalent.
      • Minimum of one (1) to two (2) years of experience within the Charlotte Fire Communications Division or possess comparable leadership experience external to the division. 

      Minimum Qualifications

      High School Graduate or Equivalent and three years of relevant experience.

      Conditions of Employment

      The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

      Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

      Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

      The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

      How To Apply

      Apply online.

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      The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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      The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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