City of Athens
Fire Chief
City of Athens
City of Athens
508 E. Tyler
75751 Athens , TX
Job Description: 

Under general direction of the City Manager or his/her designee, the Fire Chief oversees and manages delivery of fire suppression, emergency medical services, rescue operations, hazardous material response, emergency management planning and public education programs. Serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator. Oversees and supervises the Fire Marshal and his responsibilities for fire protection, including inspection of all commercial and multi-family structures. Supervises assigned department staff. 

This position requires extensive knowledge of and experience with the principles, procedures, equipment and apparatus used in fire suppression; extensive knowledge of laws, ordinances, rules and regulations pertaining to the operation of a fire department; considerable knowledge of the principles of building construction; and the human relations skills necessary to deal effectively with personnel and the public. To qualify for appointment to this position, an individual must meet the requirements for appointment as stated in the Texas and Local Civil Service regulation.

Responsibilities Include: 

Essential functions may include any of the following representative duties. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:



  • Oversee daily operations, activities, programs and services of the Fire Department.
  • Develop, plan and implement goals and objectives relating to fire department operations.
  • Recommend and administer fire policies and procedures.
  • Comply with all written department and City policies and procedures.
  • Comply with Chapter 143 of Texas Government Code and City of Athens Fire Fighters’ and Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations.
  • Plan, organize and direct the departmental operations of fire suppression, prevention and emergency medical activities.
  • Coordinate and direct the provision of departmental support services including station, hydrant and equipment maintenance, in-service training and fire inspection.
  • Maintain department efficiency, effectiveness, and safety.
  • Project additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Participate, oversee and manage the administration of the department budget, budget projections and justifications for the annual budget.
  • Serve as a member of the City's management team; provide information and recommendations regarding operations.
  • Develop strategic long range and short-range plans to determine goals and objectives for the department.
  • Coordinate the preparation of a variety of technical and departmental activities, reports and records.

Fire Suppression and Emergency Medical Services

  • Coordinate Fire Department activities with other City departments and divisions, as well as, with outside agencies including other fire departments involved in a mutual response agreement.
  • Respond to major fire alarms and personally direct fire suppression activities as necessary.
  • Researches equipment needs specifications and costs.
  • Direct the City’s emergency fire program
  • Coordinate with the City’s EMS service provider.

Fire Prevention

  • Direct, coordinate and schedule fire inspection activities.
  • Manage the enforcement of fire prevention codes.
  • Coordinate fire prevention education.

Emergency Management

  • Provide oversight for all emergency management operations.
  • Manage and respond to large and moderate scale emergency operations and incidents.
  • Coordinate emergency management activities and ensure mandated reporting is submitted.
  • Provide training when necessary.


  • Interact and consult with senior fire staff regarding overall management, staff motivation and morale.
  • Initiate policy development and implementation providing direction and vision.
  • Review and assign staff resources as needed to achieve objectives of programs and services while monitoring safety and personnel issues.
  • Conduct problem solving sessions with other personnel for internal personnel issues, investigations, and coordination of services to best meet department and community needs.
  • Coordinate selection, training and motivation of personnel and evaluate progress.
  • Monitor employee performance objectives and review shift activities.
  • Ensure department personnel receive training/continuing education as necessary and as the budget allows.
  • Work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
  • Ensure bi-weekly payroll timesheets are processed accurately and efficiently for submission to Payroll.

Public Relations 

  • Respond to the complaints and requests for information.
  • Represent the City in meetings with individuals, community groups, professional organizations, and leaders to determine needs and issues of the community.

Other Duties 

  • Promote safety in all aspects of the Fire Department.
  • Prepares presentations, training, statistical analysis and management level reports as needed.
  • Travels to attend meetings, conferences and training.
  • Ensures required reports are submitted to regulatory entities.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the City Manager.
  • Regular and consistent attendance for the assigned work hours is essential.


  • An associate degree in Fire Science (bachelor’s degree in Fire Science preferable) or closely related field; or eight to ten progressively responsible experience in firefighting, fire suppression and fire administration, in lieu of a degree.
  • Must have and maintain a valid Texas Driver’s License.
  • Must have and maintain a satisfactory driving record.
  • Must maintain a thirty-minute response time to off duty emergency calls.
  • Punctuality and regular attendance are required.
  • Must satisfactorily complete a one-year probation period.
  • Civil Service experience required.
Special Skills/Abilities/Knowledge: 
  • Administration management and oversight of a municipal fire department.
  • Principles, practices, methods and techniques of modern fire prevention, suppression and EMS activities.
  • Operation, maintenance and uses of firefighting apparatus and equipment.
  • Applicable laws, rules, regulations, ordinances and codes pertaining to fire prevention, inspection, suppression and EMS.
  • Principles and techniques of budget development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management.
  • Budget projection, development, management and justification practices and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign and direct the work of Fire Department personnel.
  • Develop and administer sound departmental policies.
  • Plan, direct and organize fire prevention, suppression and emergency medical services.
  • Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.
  • Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.
  • Skill in effective oral and written communication.
  • Skill in conducting inspections and investigations and enforcing fire codes and regulations.
  • Skill in responding to and managing emergencies and incidents.
  • Skill in planning, developing and implementing department procedures and objectives.
  • Skill in effectively leading, supervising and delegating duties to assigned staff.
  • Skill in resolving citizen complaints and concerns.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Ability to be punctual and regular in attendance. 
Work Environment: 
  • Must be able to work in extreme temperatures.
  • Must be able to work in stressful situations.
  • May be exposed to harsh conditions associated with providing firefighting services.