Section I-3

 

Command Staff

 

The Command Staff shall serve as the representatives of the Three Star Fire Department.  The Command Staff shall consist of the Lieutenants, Captain, Assistant Chief, and Fire Chief. 

 

The Command Staff shall serve as an advisory committee to the Fire Chief in areas concerning personnel discipline, recognition, promotion, recommendations, along with departmental policy and guidelines, operation and efficiency of departmental programs, and other decisions that may effect the Department as a whole.

 

Training and EMS is a vital mission of our department.  These positions are considered collateral in nature and may be held in conjunction with another position.  While they carry the responsibility of an officer, they are not officer positions.  They report directly to the Assistant Chief.

 

The Fire Chief shall have the final authority on all policies and guidelines.  All approval past the Fire Chief must come from the Governing Board.  The Command Staff shall meet at the discretion of the Fire Chief.

 
 

Section I-3

 

Command Staff

Fire Chief

 

The Fire Chief, under the direction of the governing Board of the Three Star Fire Department, shall be ultimately responsible for all operations, personnel, and equipment of the Three Star Fire Department in emergency and non-emergency activities.  He/she shall be elected by fire personnel and the Governing Board members present in accordance with Three Star Fire Department By-Laws. The elected term is for two (2) years and is eligible for re-election to successive terms.

 

It is desired that the Fire Chief possess a minimum of 7 years fire service experience, with a minimum of 5 years being with Three Star Fire Department. 

 

The Fire Chief shall oversee, through subordinate officers, the safe operations of the department, its personnel, equipment, apparatus, and administrative programs.  He/She shall plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate activities of the Fire Department to prevent and extinguish fires, provide emergency medical services, and protect life and property.  Additionally, the Fire Chief shall ensure every opportunity is available to further educate the firefighters and officers of the department, as well as provide fire prevention awareness to the Three Star community it serves. 

 

The Fire Chief shall preside over all departmental meetings. He/She shall have exclusive command at all incidents or delegate the command to any individual he/she feels is capable to handle the situation.  This delegation of authority does not relieve the Fire Chief of responsibility. 

 

It is required that the Fire Chief hold current certification as State of Tennessee Firefighter I/ II, EMS First Responder (or better), Basic Vehicle Extrication, and Fire Academy Leadership I/II and be current in all requirements of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and all other training requirements outlined in Section VI-3.   

 

The Fire Chief shall serve as a representative of the Three Star Fire Department and governing board at all times and shall strive to be a pillar of the community.  The Fire Chief shall have the same powers as the State Fire Marshall.

 

Section I-3

 

Command Staff

Assistant Fire Chief

 

The Assistant Fire Chief, under the direction of the Fire Chief, shall assist in the management of operations, personnel, equipment and Fire Station programs of the Three Star Fire Department in emergency and non-emergency activities.  He/she shall be elected by fire personnel and the Governing Board members present in accordance with Three Star Fire Department By-Laws.  The elected term is for two (2) years and is eligible for re-election to successive terms.

 

It is desired that the Assistant Fire Chief possess a minimum of 6 years fire service experience, with a minimum of 4 years being with Three Star Fire Department. 

 

The Assistant Chief assists the Fire Chief in the activities of the department.  In the absence of the Fire Chief, the Assistant Fire Chief shall be his/her direct representative and ensure all Three Star emergency and non-emergency activities are safely and successfully executed. 

 

The Assistant Chief shall strive to further educate him/herself in all aspects of fire services, their associated programs, the fire district, equipment, apparatus, maintenance and new fire service advances and technology.    

 

He/She must also be able to function as an Incident Commander on small or large-scale operations.  The Assistant Fire Chief shall assist in the safe operations of the department, its personnel, equipment, apparatus, and administrative programs.  He/She shall plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate activities of the Fire Department as directed by the Fire Chief to prevent and extinguish fires, provide emergency medical services, and protect life and property. 

 

It is required that the Assistant Chief hold current certification as State of Tennessee Firefighter I/ II, EMS First Responder (or better), Basic Vehicle Extrication, and Fire Academy Leadership I/II and be current in all National Incident Management System (NIMS) requirements and all other training requirements outlined in Section VI-3.    

 

The Assistant Chief answers directly to the Fire Chief and may be assigned projects or activities to help the department achieve the objectives set forth by the Fire Chief and Governing Board.

 

Section I-3

 

Command Staff

Captain

 

Each Captain assists the Chief and Assistant Chief in the execution of day-to-day activities in the department with regards to operations, personnel, equipment and programs.  Members selected for appointment to the rank of Captain shall be identified in a manner as directed by the Fire Chief.  Personnel appointed to the rank of Captain serve at the discretion of the Fire Chief and serve a term as established by the Fire Chief.

 

As with all officers, those appointed to the rank of Captain shall be assigned duties and responsibilities in support of department management.  Captains shall have the obligation to provide leadership and exercise supervision over Lieutenants, drivers and members as senior ranking non-Chief officers.

 

It is desired that Captains possess a minimum of 5 years of fire service experience, with a minimum of 3 years being with Three Star Fire Department. 

 

It is required for the Captain to achieve and maintain firefighter and driver skills.  All Captains must be able to function in all aspects of Incident Commander to and including that of Incident Commander on any incident, large or small. 

 

Responsibilities will include relieving the Assistant Chief of minor personnel management issues, facilitating problem resolution at the lowest level.  Captains are obligated to maintain close liaison with Chief Officers so as to communication department issues and solutions.

 

Captains must demonstrate knowledge and abilities sufficient enough to train department personnel to high standards.  To support that leadership initiative, Captains must gain further education in all respects of the fire service, associated programs, the fire management zone, equipment, apparatus, maintenance and evolving fire service technologies.

 

It is required that Captains hold certification as State of Tennessee Firefighter I/II (or equivalent), Basic Vehicle Extrication, Fire Academy Leadership I and II (or equivalent) and be current in all requirements of the National Incident management System (NIMS) as well as other training requirements as outlined in Section VI-3.

 

Captain answer directly to the Assistant Chief and will be assigned duties, projects and activities to facilitate the objectives set forth by the Chief Officers and the Governing Board. 

 

Job Expectations:

 

  1. Attend all training sessions, as possible.

 

  1. Perform assigned administrative management functions.

 

  1. Assist the Chief and Assistant Chief in the tasks necessary to maintain an ISO Class 5 department.

 

  1. Maintain sufficient computer knowledge to assist in maintaining fire reporting, inventory management and other Three Star database functions.

 

  1. Enforce and uphold department policies, guidelines, and bylaws.

 

  1. Help keep discipline and good moral conduct both in operational and non-operational environments.

 

  1. Keep the Chief and Assistance Chief informed of department activities.

 

  1. Prepare and deliver assigned training sessions as directed by the Training Officer.

 

  1. Respond to the station or as directed, report to the scene.

 

  1. Attend leadership, training, and meetings as designated by the Chief Officers.

 

 Section I-3

 

Command Staff

Lieutenant

 

Each Lieutenant assists the Fire Chief and Command Staff members of the department in the day-to-day activities of the department.  He/She shall also exercise supervision over assigned department personnel while on scene or during training sessions.

 

It is desirable that the Lieutenant possess a minimum of 4 years fire service experience, with a minimum of 2 years being with Three Star Fire Department. 

 

On the fireground or in any emergency response, the Lieutenants are responsible for front-line supervision of firefighters at the company level and for tactical decision-making within the Incident Command System.  They are the tactical interface between the front-line firefighters and the Chief Officers, who are responsible for overall incident command and strategic decision-making.

 

It is required of each Lieutenant to possess and maintain Firefighter and Driver skills and training.  He/She must also be able to function as an Incident Commander on small or large-scale operations.

 

It is required that each Lieutenant hold certification as State of Tennessee Firefighter I/II, First Responder (or better), Basic Vehicle Extrication, and Fire Academy Leadership I/II and be current in all requirements of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and all other training requirements outlined in Section VI-3.   

 

The promotion of Lieutenant shall be made in a manner as designated by the Fire Chief.   The documentation shall be kept as permanent record in the member’s personnel record. Lieutenants serve at the pleasure of the Fire Chief with no defined term of office.

 

Job Expectations:

 

  1. Will be expected to make all trainings sessions, as possible.

 

  1. Will be expected to acquire minimum level of First Responder and Basic Auto Extrication certification within one year of appointment, if not already obtained.

 

  1. At minimum, one Lieutenant will be expected to maintain fire coverage in district while department is on mutual aid call outside of district.

 

  1. Lieutenants will be given in-station responsibilities (added duties), which will include but not limit to, hose maintenance and inventory, air bottle and air pack maintenance and inventory, truck inventory and Driver Certifications.

 

  1. Front line supervision of firefighters at the “company” (single apparatus) level.

 

  1. Designating riding and tool assignments for the firefighters responding on the apparatus they are supervising in an incident.

 

  1. Monitoring radio traffic and communicating clearly with other units and with incident commanders throughout an incident

 

  1. Will be expected to assist Fire Chief and Assistant Chief in any other duties to maintain an ISO class 5 Fire Department.

 

  1. Will have computer knowledge to assist in maintaining fire reporting, complete inventory and other Three Star Fire Department database operations.

 

  1. Will be expected to enforce and uphold Three Star Fire Department SOG’s and bylaws.

 

  1. Will be expected to help keep discipline and good moral conduct at any emergency scene as well as in-station.

 

  1. Will be expected to attend a monthly officers meeting beyond the regular Fire Department meetings.

 

    13.   Will be expected to attend all emergency calls as possible.

 

  1. Will be expected to teach or assist in assigned training sessions.

 

  1. Will be expected to supervise and have direct authority over firefighting personnel or “Company”, as assigned by the Fire Chief.