Monday, June 18, 2018

Fire Department Deputy Chief (Promotional)

Recruitment #17-8155-01


THIS IS A NEW PROMOTIONAL ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year but can be extended.  Qualified applicants must be current county employees and have completed the equivalent of six months of continuous service following a regular appointment in the Alameda County Fire Department by Monday, December 18, 2017.  A regular appointment does not include provisional, TAP (Temporary Assignment Pool), or STEP-UP appointments.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Postmarks are not accepted.  Applications will only be accepted online.








THE ALAMEDA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT (ACFD) provides all-risk emergency services to the unincorporated areas of Alameda County (excluding Fairview), the cities of San Leandro, Dublin, Newark, Union City and Emeryville, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. With 29 fire stations and 35 companies serving a population of 394,000, the ACFD serves densely populated urban areas, waterways, industrialized centers, extensive urban interface, agricultural and wildland regions. Over 400 personnel and 100 Reserve Firefighters provide a wide variety of services to an ever expanding, dynamic and diverse community of roughly 508 square miles. These services include:

  • Advanced Life Support
  • Fire Suppression
  • Hazardous Materials Response
  • Urban Search & Rescue
  • Water Rescue
  • Community Outreach & Education
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Prevention and Code Compliance
  • Regional Dispatch Center

The Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) was formed on July 1, 1993 as a dependent special district with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors as its governing body. This consolidation brought together into a single jurisdiction the Castro Valley Fire Department, Eden Consolidated Fire Protection District and County Fire Patrol.

Subsequently, the following communities have contracted with the ACFD:

  • July 1, 1995 City of San Leandro
  • July 1, 1997 City of Dublin
  • August 1, 2002 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • October 1, 2007 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • May 1, 2010 City of Newark
  • July 1, 2010 City of Union City
  • July 1, 2012 City of Emeryville

On January 20, 2008, the ACFD became responsible for the administration and operation of the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center (ACRECC). The dispatch center provides dispatch and regional communication center services for the ACFD, the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency, Camp Parks Combat Support Training Center, and the cities of Alameda, Fremont, Livermore and Pleasanton. ACRECC is also the Dispatch/System Status Management Center for Paramedics Plus ambulance service.


    Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, directs, evaluates and oversees the operations of multiple Divisions of the Fire Department; assists the Fire Chief in the overall administration and operation of the Fire Department; acts in the absence of the Fire Chief; participates in departmental policy formulating and general planning; performs related duties as required. 

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    Graduation from an accredited college with an Associate’s of Arts Degree or the completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units. A Bachelor’s Degree is desirable.



    Current appointment as a Division Chief in the Alameda County Fire Department or the equivalent of one year experience as a Battalion Chief in the Alameda County Fire Department.


    Must be in possession of at least a valid California Class C driver’s license.

    Special Requirement:

    Is subject to emergency recall while off duty.

    NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


    The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

    NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

    Knowledge of:

    • Current principles, practices and techniques of fire department administration, organization, and operation.
    • Laws, ordinances, and regulations which govern a fire department and California fire district.
    • Methods, techniques and equipment used in modern firefighting and of fire apparatus and equipment, first aid, and fire inspection and prevention.
    • Principles, practices, procedures and equipment used in fighting fires saving lives and property.
    • Operation and maintenance of fire and rescue apparatus and equipment coupled with the ability to supervise its effective application and use.
    • Proper and effective use of officers and equipment in field tactics.
    • Current trends regarding firefighting, fire administration, and fire prevention activities.
    • Major fire hazards, the water supply, geography and building conditions of the district.
    • Types of building construction and the building code of the district.
    • Principles of public administration, including personnel administration, budgetary control, purchasing and financing.
    • Principles and practices of supervision and leadership.
    • Principles, practices, and techniques of administrative, project management and budgetary.

    Ability to:

    • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
    • Provide effective leadership
    • Demonstrate teamwork
    • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with departments/agencies and the community
    • Perform analysis and problem solving
    • Manage time in an effective manner
    • Exercise sound judgment and make decisions
    • Demonstrate management control
    • Demonstrate flexibility
    • Adapt to stress


    THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF the following steps:

    1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

    2) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


    We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

    Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

    To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

    Selection Plan

    Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


    Deadline for Filing:

    5:00 PM on Monday, December 18, 2017

    Review of Minimum Qualifications:

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    Oral Interview: 

    Monday, January 29, 2018


    Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date for filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

    For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


    *** For benefit information, please contact Fire Administration at 925-833-3473.


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    Iona Childers, Human Resources Analyst
    Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
    (510) 272-6463

    Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer