CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
FIRE BATTALION CHIEF
This is supervisory firefighting and fire prevention work commanding a battalion of fire
companies on a rotating shift. An employee in this class has responsibility for directing
firefighting operations on a fireground until the arrival of a higher level fire officer and for
administering fire prevention activities within a specified geographic district. Work requires
physical effort. Dangers inherent in the work can be only partially controlled through preventive
measures. Work is performed under the direction of a higher level fire officer.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Responds to all fire alarms within the assigned district; commands a battalion of engine
and ladder companies in combating fires; determines appropriate means for controlling and
extinguishing the blaze; directs rescue and evacuation operations; determines the need for
additional apparatus and firefighting personnel; orders extra alarms as required; commands
firefighting activities during multiple alarm fires until relieved by a higher ranking fire officer.
- Determines when fire is extinguished; determines firegrounds are secure; orders
withdrawal of fire apparatus and firefighting personnel from firegrounds when appropriate;
questions witnesses to determine the cause or origin of the fire; confers with other fire officers
to critique firefighting practices and operations performed during fire.
- Periodically inspects fire companies within assigned district; discusses personnel and
related problems with company officers; inspects apparatus, equipment, and buildings for
conformance to maintenance standards; reviews the conduct of station exercises; directs the
inspection of business establishments, schools, churches, and other public buildings within the
district to determine the presence and extent of fire and safety hazards.
- Prepares a variety of periodic and special reports on firefighting operations, administra-
tion of fire companies and personnel performance; reviews and forwards recommendations for
commendations or disciplinary actions; reviews new directives and orders; interprets new policy
and procedural changes to fire company personnel; participates on committees engaged in
formulating departmental procedures, recommending commendations, or recommending
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the current principles, practices and techniques for controlling and extinguishing the
various types and classes of fires.
- current principles, practices and techniques of fire prevention.
- city ordinances and operational procedures, directives and safety practices pertaining to
firefighting and fire prevention.
- supervisory principles and practices as it pertains to directing firefighting operations and
- the geography of the city from a firefighting viewpoint, including the location of major
- the city's water system as it relates to fire protection.
- administrative practices and techniques related to the City's firefighting and fire
- the investigation methods and techniques of fire investigation for detecting the
commission of arson.
- the fire code and the regulations, laws, and ordinances pertaining to it.
- plan, organize, direct and coordinate the firefighting, administrative and fire prevention
activities within the assigned geographic district.
- quickly appraise firefighting problems and to direct the operations of a number of fire
companies effectively under shifting emergency conditions.
- communicate information and instructions clearly and effectively.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with fire personnel and the general
- supervise the preparation and maintenance of records and reports.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
(The following statement
represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject
applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based
on training and experience requirements as approved on 8/90.)
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Two years of experience as a Fire Captain.
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
PAY RANGE: 308
Class Established: 1/1953
Latest Spec. Revision: 8/1990
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 6B05