Deputy Fire Chief

Sandy Springs Fire Department | Deputy Fire Chief

The City of Sandy Springs

Sandy Springs is a demographically diverse community covering a 38-square-mile area in North Fulton County, Georgia. Sandy Springs is the second largest city in the metropolitan Atlanta area, and is the sixth largest city in the State of Georgia. While the City’s residential population is close to 97,000, the daytime population swells to more than 200,000 due to the concentration of major corporations and businesses located within Sandy Springs. The City is home to more than 40 percent of the available hospital beds in the metropolitan Atlanta area and is proud to be the home of Northside Hospital, Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Sandy Springs is a trailblazer in government structure and function. Rather than hire hundreds of government employees, the City utilizes a highly acclaimed Public-Private Partnership model, resulting in the state’s lowest per capita ratio of municipal employees to residents of 1.51 per 1,000. All staff, outside of public safety and senior City leadership, is employed by private companies.

Sandy Springs Fire Department

As a relatively new city, Sandy Springs has focused on providing the most effective and efficient services possible. This philosophy carries over into the City’s public safety operations. Currently, the Sandy Springs Fire Department, which launched on December 29, 2006, has 135 firefighters, including 85 fulltime and 50 part-time Fire/Rescue personnel, operating out of four stations throughout the community. The Sandy Springs Fire Department has an active training program and is 100 percent compliant with NFPA Standard 1001 with an average of 11 years of service by a Sandy Springs firefighter.

SSFD responds to over 10,000 calls each year and places a strong emphasis on emergency medical services (EMS). The SSFD protects more than 40 percent of the available hospital beds in the Metro Atlanta area. Further, the department is responsible for the protection of the 5th busiest stretch of the U.S. Interstate Highway System – Interstate 285. Sandy Springs has more than 43,000 housing units (92 percent occupied and 59 percent multi-family dwellings) and 22,000,000 square feet of office space, ranging from single story office parks to more than 125 high rise buildings (more than four stories). Since inception SSFR has fought over 287 building fires.

Essential Functions

Under general supervision of the Fire Chief, the Deputy Fire Chief will direct firefighting, rescue and emergency medical service (EMS) as the 2nd highest-ranking officer of the Fire Department. Supervises assigned staff, plans, conducts, and coordinates work in areas including budget, procurement, personnel administration, employee relations, training, maintenance and security of buildings, grounds and equipment.

The purpose of this position is to manage difficult, broad, and effective services for assigned programs and projects through collaborative efforts with senior staff employees within other city agencies. Develops and implements department goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.

Additional Functions

  • Respond to fire alarms and other emergency service calls with fire/rescue companies. Assumes overall Command duties at emergency site (s) until relieved by the Fire Chief.
  • Supervises, coordinates, and evaluates tactics and strategies used to resolve emergency and other situations.
  • Directs employees, resolves staff issues, and delegates various duties as appropriate.
  • Provides oversight and coordination for fire/rescue personnel to duty assignments.
  • Works with other senior staff to develop annual budget, monitor expenditures and oversees purchasing of equipment, supplies, and apparatus.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures governing operations of all equipment and apparatus.
  • Serves as liaison between various fire/rescue departments and EMS agencies including local government, public and private agencies as required.
  • Oversees and coordinates mutual aid policies and procedures with neighboring jurisdictions.
  • Oversees and occasionally participates in investigations and inspections at a fire scene operation to determine cause, origin, and circumstances of the fire.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science and Administration, Public Administration, or related field from an accredited college or university;
  • Five (5) or more years of progressively responsible administrative and managerial experience in fiscal/budget matters, fire safety, prevention, EMS, and suppression methods, or a related field;
  • Five (5) or more years’ experience as Fire Chief or Deputy Fire Chief or Assistant Fire Chief in an organized and recognized career Fire department;
  • Successful completion of courses in management, leadership, incident command, and other high level, advanced Fire/Rescue Officer training.
  • Must meet the medical requirements set forth in NFPA 1582.
  • Any equivalent combination of education, specialized training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Public Administration, Fire Science Administration or a related field from an accredited college or university;
  • Ten (10) or more years of progressively responsible administrative and managerial experience in fiscal/budget matters, fire safety, prevention, EMS, and suppression methods, or a related field;
  • Ten (10) or more years’ experience as Fire Chief or Deputy Fire Chief or Assistant Fire Chief in an organized and recognized career Fire department;
  • Any equivalent combination of education, specialized training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position;
  • Successful completion of the USFA Executive Fire Officer Program.

Compensation

The hiring range for this position is $95,000 - $115,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The total compensation package includes access to a complete benefits package including medical, dental, vision, health savings account, spending accounts, disability insurance, life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment insurance, 401(a)/457(b), paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement and an employee assistance plan.

Contact Information

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete an application for employment and return it, along with your resume and cover letter to csicard@sandyspringsga.gov. If you have any questions, please call Carol Sicard, HR Director, at 770-206-1466.

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