Fire chief

Fire chief

Fire Chief or Chief Fire Officer is a top executive rank in a fire department, either elected or appointed. The chief is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day tasks of running a firefighting organization, including supervising other officers and firefighters at an emergency scene, or in recruiting, training and equipping them for their respective duties.Cite web|url=http://www.dallasfirerescue.com/Chiefs%20message.htm|title=Fire Chief's Message|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=September 22|publisher=Dallas Fire-Rescue - City of Dallas, Texas|year=2007|author=Eddie Burns, Sr. |language=English] Depending upon local needs and organization, the Chief may also be involved in fire prevention, fire inspection, disaster preparedness, emergency medical services, and related disciplines, as well as administrative duties such as budgets and personnel issues, research into safety and regulations, and liaison with other agencies.Cite web|url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070921.wfiretrucks0921/BNStory/National/home|title=Fire trucks too heavy for highways, chief finds|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=September 22|publisher=The Globe and Mail|year=2007|author=The Canadian Press|language=English]

In larger departments, a Fire Chief is often assisted by one or more assistant fire chiefs, deputy fire chiefs, district fire chiefs, division chiefs, and/or battalion chiefs.Cite web|url=http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070922/NEWS01/709220302/1099/RSS1007|title=Fire department celebrates 20 years|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=September 22|publisher=Cincinnati Community Press|year=2007|author=Krystan Krailler|language=English] Collectively, these are known as chief officers, to distinguish them from company officers.

The Chief may report to the fire commissioner, the mayor, or a governing body (such as a board of selectmen).

During an emergency incident, the first qualified officer on the scene may "establish command", and then transfer command to the Chief when he or she arrives, as circumstances warrant. The chief may delegate some statutory powers to qualified officers, such as the ability to enter or use private property as reasonably necessary to stop a fire, or to order people or property seized as may be essential to preserving safety or investigating the cause of an incident.

A valuable chief will have many years of experience at all levels of firefighting, as well as superior management skills, especially under the stress of emergency situations.

Suitable fire chief's vehicles can be valuable as an incident command post and also for public relations during emergencies and other public events.

See also

*Chief fireman
*Incident commander
*Chief of police

References

External links

* [http://www.nfpa.org/index.asp National Fire Protection Association]
* [http://www.iafc.org/ International Association of Fire Chiefs]
* [http://firechief.com/ Fire Chief - Magazine for Fire protection officials]


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