A deputy fire chief is an advanced position in the firefighting field which involves a great deal of administrative work. Deputy fire chiefs oversee all types of operations of the firefighting department, including firefighting, disaster response, emergency medical services, and more.
The deputy fire chief usually works under the fire chief and may fill in for his duties when necessary. Deputy chiefs are responsible for office work, such as creating reports and statistical analyses, so strong computer skills are required for the position. It is often necessary to set and modify goals and policies; when problems are noted, the deputy fire chief must determine what needs to be changed. They usually have a budget to manage, and strong knowledge of the firefighting field is essential so that others can be led and educated.
Management skills are also important in this position, as deputy fire chiefs oversee, delegate, and coordinate the work of many subordinates. They may also conduct interviews and hire and train employees, and when gaps in employees' knowledge are noted, the deputy must find creative solutions to close these gaps.
A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and many years of experience in firefighting may be required for this position, and some administrative experience may also be required.
Deputy Fire Chief Tasks
Plan and execute training programs and evaluate staff performance.
Communicate policies, goals and standards to all staff and handle questions and problems.
Plan and manage construction and equipment maintenance work.
Plan, develop, review, update and train on department policies and goals.
Coordinate across departments and groups.