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Posted On: Jul 31, 2018





DEPARTMENT:  Fire Department  

WORK LOCATION:  Fire Administration

HIRING RANGE:  $84,797-$129,255/annual


HOURS WORKED: 40 hr/week

TYPE OF POSITION:  Regular, Full-Time

DAYS WORKED: Admin Schedule




Works under the direct supervision of the Fire Chief.

Assists the Fire Chief in the management of all Fire Department services and activities including fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, disaster preparedness and related programs, services and operations. 

Provides complex administrative and management support as well as staff assistance to the Fire Chief, directs and conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends modifications to programs, policies and procedures as appropriate; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Participates in managing the development and implementation of Departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommends and administers guidelines, policies, and procedures.

Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocates resources and proposes modifications accordingly.

Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality customer service.

Assesses and monitors work load, internal and external relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes.

Using excellent customer service skills, establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and all members of the general public.

Oversees and controls the purchasing, maintenance, and inventory of all fire related equipment, vehicles, and property including communication equipment, vehicles and related equipment, and safety equipment.

Evaluates operating tactics and strategies, procedures and equipment for effectiveness and efficiency. Assists in directing disaster preparedness and other fire protection programs to minimize the loss of life and property within the community.

Participates on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees.

Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the fields of fire prevention, suppression, and EMS.

Provides professional leadership over the day-to-day operations of the Department.

Responds to major emergencies and may assume command of field operations; performs a management role in the direction of assigning personnel and equipment at the scene of emergencies involving fire, all types of accidents, hazardous materials incidents, and life-saving and rescue work.

Explains, interprets, justifies, and defends department programs, policies, practices, actions and activities for the general public and also departmental employees; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.

Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

Provides personnel management and leadership through the use of effective management techniques.  Directly supervises Battalion Chiefs, indirectly supervises a large staff of employees through subordinate officers. Conducts and reviews employee evaluations and recommends discipline when needed. 

Responsible for coordinating and administering the employee selection and promotion processes including entrance level Firefighter testing, Engineer testing, Lieutenant testing, Captain testing, and Battalion Chief testing.

Assesses and evaluates training needs, programs, and delivery for the operations division.  Implements and makes recommendations for changes based on need, quality and efficiency.

Cooperates with other fire departments, agencies, city departments and the media where activities of the Fire Department are involved.  Attends meetings on behalf of the Fire Department and speaks to civic organizations.

Participates in the budget process and the control of expenditures.  Monitors and approves the expenditures necessary for operation of fire suppression, Special Operations and EMS functions.  Assists with the administration of the Department purchasing activity and in writing specifications for equipment purchases.  Development of the budget through planning activities and groups.  Works closely with the Fire Chief to ensure the long term financial responsibility of the Department and in meeting the vision and mission of the Department.

Assists and advises subordinates in technical matters.  Remains available for problem solving and research.

Operates a motor vehicle to assist in carrying out the business of the Department and the City.

Attendance at work is an essential function of this position.

Responsible for the coordination of special projects at the direction of the Fire Chief.

Serves as acting Fire Chief as assigned; acts on behalf of the Fire Chief in the absence of the Fire Chief.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  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.  The functions and requirements of this job are subject to change as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


This position is subject to the City of Farmington Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Policy which includes:  pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, random testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return to duty testing, and follow-up testing.

Extensive background checks required.

The employee must meet initial medical requirements as outlined in NMAC Reg. C (4), and maintain annual medical requirements outlined in NMAC Reg. C (5) and (6).

Employees in this position are considered confidential. Must maintain the utmost confidentiality in dealing with employee records and business information.

Must have a minimum of ten years of experience within the Fire Service, with at least five years of supervisory experience and an increasing level of administrative and supervisory responsibility.

Must have IFSAC certifications in Fire Instructor II and Fire Officer II or equivalent.

Must be able to acquire "Blue Card" certification within one year of hire.  Must be fluent and competent in all areas of the Incident Command System.

Must be able to obtain a New Mexico EMT-Basic or higher within the first year of employment.

Preference for a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with coursework in fire science, fire administration, public administration or related field.  Preference may be given to individuals with a Master's degree in a related field and/or to individuals who have completed or are currently in the National Fire Academy's EFO program.

Must have considerable experience in all phases of Fire Department operations and have thorough knowledge of modern firefighting practices, NFPA standards, ISO evaluations, working knowledge of inspection techniques, building and fire codes, and fire prevention practices.

Must have knowledge and experience in the principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.

Must have the ability to analyze complex fire service problems and situations and be able to devise quick, effective and reasonable courses of action.  Must be able to react quickly, calmly, and with good judgment under emergency conditions.

Must have good oral and written communication skills and the ability to plan, supervise and coordinate the work of subordinates.

Must have a valid driver's license applicable to operating fire apparatus, with acceptable driving record for the past three years.

Must have ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, City officials, and the public.


Emergency medical aid unit, fire apparatus, fire pumps, hoses, and other standard firefighting equipment, ladders, first aid equipment, radio, pager, personal computer, phone.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk or hear; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 150 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Work is performed primarily in office, vehicles, and outdoor settings, in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night shifts. Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations. Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, including smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils.

The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.

 The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in office settings, and loud at an emergency scene.   


May be any or all of the following; written examination; assessment center; tactical exercise; oral interviews.


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