Fire Chief

City of La Habra Heights Fire Department
Until Filled

FLSA Designation:  30 Hours Per Week, Exempt
Annual Salary:  Dependent on Qualifications

Under administrative direction by the City Manager, supervises, directs, manages and coordinates the activities and operations of the Fire Department including fire suppression, fire prevention, brush clearance, emergency medical services, disaster planning and related services and activities; coordinates assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies; serves as a member of the City’s management team; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to City Manager.

The duties, skills, and 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 a disability to perform the essential duties, skills, and demands.
  • Assume management responsibility for assigned services and activities of the Fire Department including all fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services, and related functions and activities.
  • Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; and recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.
  • Plan, direct, coordinate, and review work plan for fire service staff; assign work activities, projects, and programs; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Select, train, motivate, and evaluate fire service personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
  • Participate in the development and administration of the Department’s annual budget that reflects the City Council’s financial goals; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures.
  • Ensure that equipment, safety clothing, apparatus, and supplies are specified, purchased, received, and distributed in an effective manner and consistent with City policy.
  • Serve as the liaison for the Fire Department with other departments and outside agencies; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues; coordinate special community programs.
  • Coordinate and assist in the City’s emergency preparedness; coordinate and manage the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
  • Develop and maintain lines of communication and cooperation with City staff and surrounding local, state, and federal agencies; coordinate joint operations with outside agencies; mitigate conflicts with other departments or agencies.
  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency incidents; utilize the incident command system to direct activities and communications in fire and/or emergency situations; act to mitigate hazards and treat patients; make decisions affecting life and property under emergency circumstances; develop tactics and strategies for major or critical incidents.
  • Serve as staff on Emergency Preparedness Committee; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Provide responsible staff assistance to the City Manager; conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommend modifications to fire programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of fire science, emergency medical services and brush clearance; incorporate new developments as appropriate.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Perform related duties as required.

  • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of an emergency service program including fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services, disaster preparedness, hazardous materials response, and associated programs, services, and operations.
  • Fire science theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of emergency service operations including fire suppression, fire prevention, and fire investigation.
  • Advanced principles and practices of program development and administration.
  • Incident command administration techniques.
  • Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of personnel management, including supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Problem solving techniques and methodology.
  • Local concerns and political issues.
  • Methods and techniques of public relations.
  • Methods and techniques of emergency medical response.
  • Principles and practices of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Operational characteristics of fire apparatus and equipment.
  • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation.

  • Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services, disaster preparedness, hazardous materials response, and associated programs, services, and operations.
  • Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff.
  • Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
  • Participate in the development and administration of division goals, objectives, and procedures.
  • Prepare and administer program budgets.
  • Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate service delivery methods and techniques.
  • Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Retain presence of mind and act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Operate and effectively use specialized fire tools and equipment including safety equipment.
  • Operate modern office equipment and computers including applicable software applications; learn to effectively use a variety of departmental computer and computer related equipment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with other City departments, those contacted in the course of work, subordinates, other officials, and the public.
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.
  • Work effectively with a variety of community groups.
  • Effectively present and communicate information/directions in one-on-one and small group situations to Fire Department personnel, City staff and the general public.
  • Work irregular and on-call hours including weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Eight (8) years of experience in all phases of municipal fire suppression and prevention work, including at least three (3) years at a level of Fire Captain or higher. Prior experience in management and command is desirable.

Bachelor's degree in Fire Science, Emergency Management, Public Administration, or closely related field is desirable.

Valid Class C Driver’s License. CA State Fire Marshal Chief Officer Certificate is desirable.

Special Requirements:
Attend regular after-hours meetings, and respond to after-hours emergencies.

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