1003.6 Fire Chief/Paramedic 20160901

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Performs a variety of technical, administrative, and supervisory work in planning, organizing, directing and implementing fire prevention, suppression and emergency medical services to prevent or minimize the loss of life and property by fire and emergency medical conditions.



Works under the general guidance and direction of the Gateway-Unaweep Board of    Directors.



Supervises the Assistant Fire Chief, all Lieutenants, Volunteer Personnel and all staff associated with the department.



  • Plan, coordinate, supervise and evaluate all fire and EMS operations.
  • Establish policies and procedures for the fire department in order to implement directives from the Board of Directors.
  • Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
  • Establish, within Gateway-Unaweep Fire Protection District policy, appropriate service and staffing levels and allocate resources accordingly.
  • Meet with staff to identify and resolve problems as necessary.
  • Assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees and volunteers to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
  • Plan and implement fire and EMS programs for the District in order to better carry out the policies and goals of the fire department.
  • Review departmental performance and effectiveness; formulate programs or policies to alleviate deficiencies.
  • Develop and manage department goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each area.
  • Supervise and coordinate the preparation and presentation of an annual budget for the fire department.
  • Direct the implementation of the departments' budget.
  • Plan for and review specifications for new or replaced apparatus and equipment.
  • Respond to all calls and direct activities at the scene of major emergencies.
  • Supervise the inspection of buildings and other properties for fire hazards and enforces fire prevention ordinances.
  • Direct the operation of departmental in-service training activities.
  • Control the expenditure of departmental appropriations.
  • Handle grievances, maintain departmental discipline and the conduct and general behavior of assigned personnel.
  • Prepare and submit monthly reports to the Board of Directors regarding the departments' activities and prepare a variety of other reports as appropriate including the annual report of activities.
  • Plan departmental operation with respect to equipment, apparatus, and personnel; supervise the implementation of such plans.
  • Assign personnel and equipment to such duties and uses as the service requires.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with the community served by the Gateway-Unaweep Fire Protection District.
  • Oversee the research, development, acquisition and implementation of available grants.
  • Respond to EMS and Fire Calls and report and direct EMS and fire suppression activities as necessary.
  • Perform all "Primary Duties" listed in the Gateway-Unaweep Fire Protection District job description for a Paramedic.
  • Possess and maintain certifications for Paramedic and FFII.



  • Meet with elected or appointed officials, other fire and EMS officials, community and business representatives, elected officials and the public on all aspects of the departments’ activities.
  • Attend conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field and represents the city fire department in a variety of local, county, state and other meetings.
  • Perform the duties of command personnel as needed and fulfills obligations during duty days or duty weeks.
  • Serve as a member of various city committees.
  • Attend all required meetings for compliance with Mesa County Protocols.



Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of modern fire suppression and prevention and emergency medical services principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment.
  • Operations, services and activities of a rural fire department.
  • Principles and practices of both structural and wild-land fire suppression, prevention and investigation.
  • Emergency service operations including both structural and wild-land fire suppression, hazardous materials response, emergency medical and associated services.
  • Advanced principles of emergency medical service provision, first aid, life support and technical rescue.
  • Medical terminology and appropriate utilization.
  • Geography and street layout of the fire district area.
  • Operational characteristics of fire apparatus and equipment.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Principles and practices of program development and administration.
  • Modern office technology and equipment, including computers and related software applications.
  • Principles and practices of fire department budget preparation and administration.
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Manage and direct the operations and activities of a rural fire department.
  • Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives and procedures.
  • Analyze and assess programs, policies and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments.
  • Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns and needs.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Plan, direct and review fire operations, safety code compliance and emergency medical services.
  • Working knowledge of first aid and resuscitation techniques and their application as demonstrated through State E.M.T Certification.
  • Select and properly administer first aid and medical treatment appropriate to the emergency.
  • Perform medical triage effectively and independently.
  • Think and act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Prepare a variety of technical and operational reports.
  • Interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.
  • Research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
  • Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
  • Prepare and administer budgets.
  • Interpret and apply applicable Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations.
  • Work irregular hours as necessary for the smooth operation of the department.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of peers, civic organizations, and the general public.
  • State certification as a Firefighter II.
  • Skill in the operation of listed tools and equipment.
  • Ability to train and supervise subordinate personnel.
  • Ability to perform work requiring good physical condition.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, supervisors and the public.
  • Ability to meet departmental physical standards.
  • 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 job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.





3 years of increasingly responsible fire suppression and prevention experience including one year of management and/or administrative responsibility.



Equivalent to an Associate's Degree from an accredited school, college or university with major course work in fire science, public administration or a related field. Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.


License or Certificate:

Possession of certification in the National Incident Management System.

Must pass background check.

Must be physically able to fulfill the duties and responsibilities and pass an NFPA compliant physical examination.

Must possess and maintain valid Colorado driver’s license.

Must possess and maintain valid CPR certification.

Must possess and maintain valid NREMT Paramedic certification.

Must possess and maintain valid Colorado Paramedic certification.

Must acquire and maintain “on-protocol” status in Mesa County.

Must possess and maintain ACLS certification.

Must possess and maintain PALS certification.

Must acquire and maintain valid FF-I certification.

Must acquire and maintain Hazardous Materials Operations.

Must acquire and maintain current NWCG FFT2.

Must acquire and maintain current NIMS/ICS qualifications:







Must be willing to work shifts, weekends and holidays.



Environmental Conditions:

Office environment as well as EMS response, rural wild-land, and structural firefighting environment. Varied and inconsistent work hours. In addition, this job may involve the following environmental conditions.


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • 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 individual 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.
  • Hazardous Materials such as, but not limited to; chemicals, blood and other body fluids, etcetera.
  • Possible extensive travel and travel on rough terrain.
  • A work environment that may include, but not be limited to; disruptive people, imminent danger and threatening situations.


Physical Conditions:

A combination of Sedentary Office Work and Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently and/ up to 20 pounds of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.


The following physical activities are very or extremely important in accomplishing the job's purpose and are performed on a daily basis: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to balance, sit, walk, twist, demonstrate manual dexterity, grasp, talk hear and see. The employee is regularly required to run, push, pull, stand, knell, stoop, stand reach, crawl, crouch, climb, and perform light and heavy lifting. The employee will be exposed to smoke, heat and a variety of weather conditions that may be, but not limited to hot, wet and cold. The employee is required to stay calm during stressful and possible life threatening situations.