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Fire Battalion Chief


Under direction, the incumbent is responsible to supervise an assigned shift in the provision of fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire prevention inspection shift and/or department training and investigation activities; act as Incident Commander during assigned shift; plan, organize and coordinate shift assignments; administer the performance evaluation system and may assume responsibility for specialty function areas for an assigned shift.

This classification is assigned to the Firefighter's Bargaining Unit for labor relations purposes and is subject to overtime and call-back assignments.


The Fire Battalion Chief is distinguished from the Fire Captain classification in that the former provides supervision to the entire shift. The Fire Battalion Chief shall serve as the Incident Commander for major emergency events occurring while on shift. The Fire Battalion Chief coordinates all shift activities under the direction of the Fire Chief or designee.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Performs all essential functions of the Fire Captain including:

•Responds to emergency calls of all types including but not limited to: fire suppression, emergency medical response, and hazmat releases, and assumes responsibility as Incident Commander unless relieved by a senior officer.

• Assists in all aspects of fire fighting operations; Operates resuscitator, other emergency equipment and administers medical aid.

• Supervises vehicle maintenance and may perform mechanical repairs.

• Conducts maintenance procedures to facilities and equipment.

• Answers general questions from the public.

•Plans, organizes and directs, under the supervision of the Fire Chief, the functioning of specialty areas within the Fire Department.

• Enforces Fire Department rules and regulations.

• Performs a wide variety of general staff work as assigned.

•Prepares reports, processes forms and makes recommendations and other required administrative procedures for assigned station and/or company.

•Investigates cause and origin at a fire scene.

•Studies and applies principles of fire hazard identifications and fire fighting techniques.

• Participates in drills and exercises and conducts same.

• Performs fire inspection and prevention duties.

• Supervises shift and crew at station and emergency scene.

• Develops, supervises and/or administers training in fire fighting tactics, chemistry, rescue, safety and related areas.

In addition, performs the following expanded duties beyond those required of a Fire Captain:

• Directly supervises Officers/Engineers and Firefighters on an assigned shift.

• Schedules shift assignments, implements disciplinary action, and administers daily shift activities within the framework of Departmental and City goals.

• Administers the Fire Department's employee performance appraisal and progressive disciplinary system, up to and including written reprimands for assigned shift. Makes recommendations regarding appointment of new personnel.

• Maintains all records of vacations, holidays, and sick days utilized by members of shift.

• Coordinates special projects which involve members of their assigned shift and insure coordination with other shifts as required.

• Develops and coordinates monthly activity schedules and reviews such with Battalion Chiefs.

• Enforces all Fire Department Rules, Regulations, Codes and Ordinances.

• Assumes coordination role of purchasing supplies for assigned shift.

• Performs related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

•Principles, practices and procedures of modern fire suppression, prevention, management and equipment, and the ability to apply the knowledge to fire control and fire prevention situations.

•Emergency/medical aid procedures and techniques, the geography of the City and of major fire hazards and water supply systems.

• Building materials and construction and the principles of combustion.

• Local, state and national codes, ordinances and laws relating to fire prevention.

• Principles and supervision, management and training.

•Rules, regulations and procedures of the Fire Department.

•Principles of administration, including personnel, budgeting/purchasing and goal development and implementation.

•Current Incident Command System and implementation measures within it.

•Operation and maintenance of apparatus utilized in modern firefighting operations.

•Fire investigation methods, practices and procedures.

•First aid and emergency medical practices.

Ability to:

•Lead personnel effectively and maintain discipline.

•Organize, implement and supervise departmental goals and coordinate training on an assigned shift.

•Interpret, explain and apply fire prevention laws and departmental rules and regulations.

•Represent the Department in public forums.

•Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted during course of work.



Five years of fire fighting experience, including at least three years with the Turlock Fire Department as a Fire Captain.


Possession of an Associate Degree in Fire Science or related field at time of appointment.

Possession of C.S.F.M. Fire Officer Certificate at time of appointment.

Within eighteen months of appointment, the incumbent must complete Fire Management 2a and Fire Command 2a in the California Fire Academy System.


Possession of a valid Class B California Driver's license and maintenance of the same as a condition of continued employment.

Possession of an EMT-D Certificate and maintenance of the same as a condition of continued employment.


At time of appointment to this position, incumbents must possess the physical ability and stamina to meet fire and safety protection line duties including: vision corrected sufficiently to drive City vehicles and apparatus and meet medical standards established by the Department of Motor Vehicles to maintain Class B Driver's License, read blueprints, fine print and MDT's; hear well enough to identify mechanical noises, converse on the radio, telephone, and in person over incident noise; bodily mobility to crawl in attics, maintain balance on narrow platforms, to climb ladders, make rapid transitions from rest to near maximal exertion without warm-up periods; use of hands and fingers to write, drive vehicles and administer medical treatment; must be able to lift equipment and people as necessary; free from any physical, emotional or mental condition that might adversely affect the ability to exercise the duties of the position; tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing essential functions, must perform physically demanding work in hot (up to 400 F), and humid (up to 100% humidity) atmospheres while wearing firefighting equipment which significantly impairs body cooling mechanisms.

    For questions about City employment, please contact:

    Human Resources
    156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
    Turlock, CA 95380-5454
    (209) 668-5150
    Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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