Friday, January 17, 2020

Fire Battalion Chief

Recruitment #19-8150-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the last day for filing.   

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the last day for filing.  Applications will only be accepted online.  Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.



The Position:

Under general direction, assigned as a shift commander over all fire stations in the battalion/district, responsible for fire suppression and the supervision of district station operations while on duty and performs other related duties as required.

Fire Battalion Chief is a safety classification located in the Alameda County Fire Department. This classification serves a one-year probationary period. This classification is distinguished from that of the next higher-level classification of Division Chief in that the latter has overall division program/project and/or shift responsibility, may supervise Fire Department Battalion Chiefs, and manages multiple complex programs. It is further distinguished from the class of Fire Captain in that the latter typically has shift responsibility for a station, which includes the supervision of Fire Engineers and Firefighters.

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NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Responds to all structural fires and emergencies (e.g., mass casualty incidents, vehicle accidents, and hazmat), develops incident strategies, and assumes the role of incident commander.

2. Conducts preliminary investigations of fire cause and origin; preserves evidence and notifies proper authorities.

3. Ensures that notification to other agencies is provided, including but not limited to OSHA, Adult Protective Services, and Child Protective Services, as required by local, state, and federal rules, regulations, and laws.

4. Conducts investigations of public complaints (e.g., vehicle accidents/property damage) and prepares findings and recommendations.

5. Ensures that reporting personnel adhere to the ACFD rules, regulations, expectations, and safe work practices.

6. Monitors, supervises, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides mentoring for workforce development; provides training and professional development; conducts employee investigations and prepares Training Advice Memorandums and implements discipline as necessary.

7. Ensures assigned Fire Captains are current with the completion of all required reports (e.g.,ePCR, company inspections, training, and evaluations).

8. Establishes an accurate daily roster of all reporting personnel by updating Telestaff personnel and Sit/Stat on a daily basis.

9. Processes personnel transactions (e.g., workers’ compensation claims, family medical leave requests, vacation requests, and grievances) and conducts investigations, if needed, in a timely manner.

10. Manages employee work-related issues/problems; facilitates problem-solving and collaboration amongst assigned personnel.

11. Reviews and explains new/revised policies, procedures, and information to assigned personnel.

12. Works within approved budget and develops and implements cost-saving measures and improvements.

13. Participates in departmental meetings and committees, and makes public presentations as needed.

14. Prepares a variety of correspondence, reports, documents, policies, procedures, and other written materials.

15. Assigned as a manager of, and leads, conducts or participates in, special projects as assigned by the Fire Chief.



The equivalent of two years of full-time paid experience as a Fire Captain in the Alameda County Fire Department.

Must be in possession of a valid California driver’s license, either Commercial or Class C, with the Firefighter Endorsement.



Completion, by date of application close, of the following prerequisite training courses: 

    • Command 2A 
    • Command 2B 
    • Command 2C 
    • Command 2D 
    • Command 2E 
    • Management 2A 
    • Management 2B 
    • Management 2C 
    • Management 2D 
    • Management 2E 
    • ICS400


    • Chief Fire Officer 3A: Human Resources Management 
    • Chief Fire Officer 3B: Budget and Fiscal Responsibilities 
    • Chief Fire Officer 3C: General Administration Functions 
    • Chief Fire Officer 3D: Emergency Service Delivery Responsibilities 
    • ICS300 


    • CSFM Chief Officer Certification

Special Requirements: The incumbent 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:
Knowledge of:

• Modern fire prevention practices and techniques
• Principles and practices of supervision
• Training practices and techniques
• Laws, ordinances, and regulations which govern the fire department
• Principles, practices, procedures and equipment used in fighting fires and in saving lives and property
• The operation and maintenance of fire and rescue apparatus and equipment
• Principles of hydraulics, chemistry, and physics as related to fire service
• Arson investigation
• Modern administrative, project management and budgetary principles and techniques
• Hazardous and flammable materials
• Effective methods of crowd control, building evacuation techniques and traffic rules
• State and Federal mutual aid systems

Ability to:

• Effectively convey Department philosophy, messages, and rationale to employees
• Direct and train subordinates
• Prepare clear and concise reports
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
• Recognize and appraise fire hazards
• Manage time in an effective manner
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public
• Plan, organize, and implement effectively
• Perform analysis and problem solving
• Exercise sound judgment and make decisions
• Demonstrate management control
• Demonstrate flexibility
• Adapt to stress
• Work effectively with a diverse population
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity



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) A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to further screen for minimum qualifications. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

3) An assessment center examination will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score and may consist of:

a. A structured interview to assess background and training, weighted at 20% of the candidate's final score

b. A simulation exercise to assess incident command skills, weighted at 20% of the candidate's final score

c. An oral presentation to assess public relations, administrative and verbal communications skills, weighted at 20% of the candidate's final score, and

d. Two independent administrative exercises designed to assess administrative and managerial skills each weighted separately at 20% (total of 40%) of the candidate's final score.



Competitors must achieve at least 70% in each of the assessment test components individually listed above in order to obtain an overall qualifying score in the entire examination process.

Competitors who score 70% or above in the entire process and have 70% or above in each individual test component will have their names placed on the eligible list in order of final ranking.

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.

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:                            

 Thursday, February 13, 2020

 Review of Minimum Qualifications:

  Thursday, February 27, 2020

 Assessment Center:

 Week of March 16, 2020


FIRESCOPE FOG Manual (2017) edition
Alameda County Fire Department OAGs and SOGs


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 benefits information, please contact Fire Administration at 925-833-3473.


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Debra Robinson-Harris, Human Resources Analyst III
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6437

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View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.