Deputy Fire Chief- Support Services Command
$175,000 – $186,400
The Prince George’s Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department is seeking candidates for the position of Deputy Fire Chief. Prince George’s County, Maryland consists of diverse and multicultural communities, encompassing almost 500 square miles. It borders the eastern edges of our Nation’s Capital of Washington, DC and is 37 miles south of the City of Baltimore, Maryland. The Department responded to a total of over 152,586 calls for service last year from 45 Community Fire/EMS Stations throughout the County.
The Fire/EMS Department strives to improve the quality of life in Prince George’s County by promoting safety, and providing the highest quality of fire prevention, fire protection, emergency medical services, and community outreach programs. The Department has a total of 1,088 fulltime paid employees – 1,018 which are sworn career firefighters and paramedics. The operational umbrella of the Department also encompasses several volunteer fire and rescue corporations which includes approximately 1,100 active volunteer members.
The core services provided by the Fire/EMS Department are:
- Emergency Medical Services, both basic and advanced life support
- Fire Suppression
- Rescue Services, including technical rescue, confined space rescue, high angle rescue, marine rescue, and swift water rescue
- Hazardous Materials Response
- Bomb and Explosive Device Response
- Fire and Arson Investigations
- Fire Prevention and Life Safety, including fire inspections, enforcement, and public education
Some recent key accomplishments include:
- Implemented staffing enhancements resulting in response time reliability improvement of 11% throughout County
- Continued coordinated healthcare efforts through the utilization of the Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) that resulted in a 52% reduction in 9-1-1 calls for service by those patients enrolled in the program
- Expanded the Community Risk Reduction efforts and EMS Public Education programs, resulting in nearly 1,000 residential fire safety inspections being completed and over 5,000 citizens trained in “Hands-Only CPR” and “Stop the Bleed” programs
- Graduated 77 firefighters from two Career Recruit Schools
FY-2021 TOP PRIORITIES
The Agency’s top priorities in FY 2021 are to:
- Maximize service delivery and reliability throughout the County utilizing real-time performance analytics and system wide situational awareness as established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards
- Enhance community risk reduction and life safety & survival programs by increasing community outreach and engagement with a focus on residential fire and life safety inspections; smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors installations; as well as public education programs for fire and life safety, injury prevention, CPR and public hemorrhage control
- Implement a strategic planning process with a strong focus on the communities served and the standards set forth by the Center for Public Safety Excellence accreditation process
- Strategically align short and long-term funding models to support apparatus and equipment modernization plan
- Improve professional development and training opportunities using immersive technologies that are focused on unit level leadership, system-wide preparedness and responder resiliency
Office of the Fire Chief manages and oversees all functions of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department and ensures the mission and vision of the Department are met to adequately serve the citizens and visitors of Prince George’s County. The Office of the Fire Chief encompasses other executive level offices to include Professional Standards, Community Relations & Public Information, Planning & Accreditation and Internal Affairs. Functional areas of the Department are distributed among four Commands: Administrative Services, Emergency Services, Support Services, and Volunteer Services.
Administrative Services Command is responsible for the coordination of the management support functions of the Department and oversees the operations of Fiscal Affairs, Human Resources, Technology & Information Services, and Health & Wellness. This Command is headed by a Deputy Fire Chief or Civilian Deputy Director.
Emergency Services Command is responsible for the delivery of emergency services for incidents involving fires, rescue, emergency medical services, and hazardous materials. Response to these incidents are accomplished with career and volunteer firefighters and paramedics in 45 Fire/EMS Stations in communities throughout the County. This Command is led by a Deputy Fire Chief.
Support Services Command is responsible for the coordination of the operational support functions of the Department and oversees the Office of the Fire Marshal, Apparatus Maintenance, Logistics and Facilities Management, Training and Leadership Academy, and Special Events. Fire and Arson Investigations, Bomb and Explosive Device Response, and Fire Prevention and Life Safety are functions within the Office of the Fire Marshal under this Command. This Command is headed by a Deputy Fire Chief.
Volunteer Services Command is responsible for facilitation of the administrative and operational needs of the County’s volunteer fire and rescue companies and to assist in the coordination of day-to-day volunteer operations to provide service. This Command is headed by a Deputy Fire Chief.
DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF POSITION OVERVIEW
The Deputy Fire Chief assists the Fire Chief in the overall management, planning and coordination of a wide range of administrative and operational activities and staff in order to accomplish the departmental goals and objectives. The Deputy Fire Chief supervises Assistant Fire Chiefs and Civilian Managers and acts on behalf of the Fire Chief in the Fire Chief’s absence.
As a senior executive with the Department, the Deputy Fire Chief must be flexible and have the ability to work in all areas of all other Commands. As the Deputy Fire Chief for the Support Services Command, this position will be specifically responsible for the following:
- Overall management and coordination of activities for responsibilities within the following offices/divisions:
- Apparatus Maintenance
- Logistics & Facilities Management
- Training & Leadership Academy
- Office of the Fire Marshal- Fire Investigations & Bomb Squad
- Office of the Fire Marshal – Fire Prevention & Life Safety
- Conducts regular staff meetings for the entire command for purpose of coordination and direction.
- Meets regularly with each Office/Division Manager or Assistant Fire Chief to ensure that the programs and departmental objectives are met
- Effectively maintains relationships with officers in other government agencies to ensure efficient and acceptable levels of fire protection and life safety
- Maintains an extensive knowledge of the functions, organization, and governing laws, and regulations of the Fire/EMS Department and County government
DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF QUALIFICATIONS:
- A Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Emergency Health/Medical Services, Public Safety Administration/Management, Public Administration/Management, Business Administration/Management or a related field is required.
- The most competitive candidates for the Deputy Fire Chief position will possess a Master’s Degree or other advanced level degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Organizational Management/Leadership, Emergency/Disaster Management, Fire/Emergency Services Administration or a related field.
- Candidates who have achieved the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence or have completed the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program from the National Fire Academy will be considered.
- At least ten (10) years of progressive fire/rescue or related experience, including two (2) years in a management position of a large metropolitan fire/rescue department of similar sized and structure is required.
- Candidates must have a proven and demonstrated track record of working effectively in a collective bargaining environment.
- Current EMS certification at the advanced life support level (Must be able to achieve reciprocity as a Maryland Cardiac Rescue Technician or Paramedic).
- Must be able to complete and successfully pass a comprehensive background investigation.
PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:
The following are professional and personal attributes required for this Deputy Fire Chief Position:
- Strong administrative and management skills.
- Knowledge of governmental fiscal policies and planning.
- Planning skills in fire prevention and life safety.
- Experience in community engagement.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively with the media.
- Ability to understand implicit bias and ability to demonstrate how diversity and inclusion are instrumental in developing and maintaining strong community connections and building a resilient team.
For immediate consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume to PGFD_DFC@polihire.com. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis and this position will remain open until filled.