City of Odessa
  • Odessa, TX, USA
  • Salary DOE/Q starting at $9,294 monthly
  • Full Time


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Position Summary: Provides direction, overall management and administration of all divisions of the Fire Department and Public Safety Communications. Acts as a liaison between the Fire Department and non-city governmental agencies in areas pertaining to the fire service. Ensures that the Emergency Management requirements for the City and County are addressed. Directs the preparation and presentation of a 10 million dollar fire department and 2 million dollar Public Safety Communications annual budget.

 Scope of Responsibility: Supervise all fire service personnel, equipment, and buildings. Position is responsible for the comprehensive development and direction of the Fire Department and Public Safety Communications. Staying informed of state and federal laws that might mandate change in operations. Supervises, directs, prepares, and administers Fire Department and Public Safety Communications budget; directs the Emergency Operations Center.

 Principal Duties/Responsibilities: 

  1. Responsible to the City Manager for the overall administration of the Fire Department and Public Safety Communications.
  2. Plans and directs through 3 division chiefs overall operations for Fire Suppression, E.M.S., Fire Prevention, Training, and support areas.
  3. Plans, directs and prepares the annual Fire Department budget. Works with City Manager and City Council in all areas pertaining to fire service.
  4. Establishes Fire Department rules and regulations.
  5. Directs hiring of all upper level Fire Department personnel. Supervises and/or administers discipline to all Fire Department personnel.
  6. Reviews new and proposed state and federal laws that might affect fire service or Emergency Management.
  7. Ensures and maintains good working relationships with other city, county, state agencies and varied non-governmental agencies.
  8. Prepares written reports as necessary.
  9. Records and stores necessary Emergency Management papers and documents.
  10. May serve as command officer for major fire incidents.
  11. Approves release of information concerning all Fire Department divisions.
  12. Oversees Inspection division and Fire Marshal.
  13. Emergency Management Coordinator for city.
  14. Supports the operations with regular and timely attendance.
  15. Oversees Public Safety Communications
  16. Supports the relationship between the City of Odessa and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.


Educational experience: Bachelor Degree required. Masters degree preferred; however, experience as a supervisory officer may be considered for substitution for education on a year for year basis.

Experience: Minimum of ten years employment in a fire department, with at least five years in a supervisory capacity.

Certification: Valid Texas C Driver License. Certified as a Master Firefighter from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection Personnel Standards and Education. Enrollment or certification in the Executive Fire Officer Program and National Fire Academy leadership/management courses preferred.

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities: Extensive knowledge of the principles, practices, procedures, equipment, and apparatus used in modern fire fighting and in the protection of life and property from fire. Extensive knowledge of laws, ordinances, rules and regulations concerning fire fighting and protection; extensive knowledge of City geography, location of streets, major buildings and water systems. Knowledge of emergency medical treatment. Extensive knowledge of personnel management, stress management practices, employment law practices, fire prevention codes and enforcement, and health and safety code enforcement.

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