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City of Reno, NV Fire Battalion Chief in Reno, Nevada

Fire Battalion Chief



Class Title

Fire Battalion Chief

Class Code



$112,661.20 - $123,288.67 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Plan, direct, supervise and participate in daily operations of station crews including both routine and emergency operations; balance the distribution of resources to ensure effective and efficient emergency response for the community; administer functions of various major department division, including Fire Administration, Emergency Operations, Fire Training, Facilities and Vehicle Maintenance, Public Education, Investigation and Code Enforcement. An incumbent in this classification exercises independent judgment and discretion; is responsible to provide direct supervision for multiple suppression company officers; to develop goals and objectives; to administer the budget; and may be assigned other divisional level responsibilities to include limited supervision and coordination of other Battalion Chief duties and functions.


Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, technical and clerical staff.

Essential Functions

Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Plan, direct, manage and participate in a variety of fire training, planning and prevention programs including fire suppression, prevention and emergency medical response activities.

Manage the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies and priorities; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.

Assign work activities, projects and programs; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.

Coordinate educational programs for schools, civic groups, public agencies, City and County representatives, law enforcement agencies and related groups; make presentations and promote fire protection services within the service area.

Assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.

Respond to questions and inquiries from the general public regarding Fire Department functions; investigate and resolve problems.

Develop fire attack plans; respond to alarms; direct the proper deployment of resources at the scene of emergencies; and assume command of fire suppression activities and other emergency incidents.

Oversees and participate in the development and administration of annual budgets; forecast needed funding for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies.

Conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations and operational studies; identify and pursue grant opportunities to supplement ongoing programs; and recommend modifications to existing programs, policies and procedures.

Train, motivate and evaluate personnel; coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.

Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Fire suppression, rescues, EMS, special operations, prevention practices, investigations, apparatus and equipment.

Department policies, rules and regulations.

Firefighting laws, codes, ordinances, rules and regulations as they pertain to fire operations.

Principles and practices of modern firefighting and fire prevention.

Safety practices and precautions pertaining to the work.

Geographical layout of the City and location of various fire suppression utilities.

Computer applications related to the work.

Management skills to analyze programs, policies and operational needs.

Principles and practices of program development and administration.

Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Principles and procedures of record keeping and report preparation.

Principles and procedures of investigatory methods.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of assigned staff.

Maintain discipline and respect of subordinates and to command effectively.

Delegate authority and responsibility.

Manage, train and evaluate staff.

Analyze and assess programs, policies and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments.

Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns and needs.

Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives and procedures.

Direct and manage operations, services and activities of assigned area of responsibility.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Conduct thorough fact-finding investigations and enforce regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially.

Research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.

Interpret and explain City fire operation and prevention policies and procedures.

Make sound decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Represent the City and interact with other agencies in an effective manner

Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in policy development, personnel training and program management as a Suppression Captain with the City of Reno Fire Department. One year as a Training Captain with the City of Reno Fire Department may be substituted for one year of suppression experience.


A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.


Possession of a valid driver's license

Supplemental Information


Last Update: 5/30/19

JD 11/2018

  • No state income tax.

  • Nevada PERS retirement plan fully paid by the City.

  • No Social Security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%).

  • City paid medical, dental and vision insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount for dependent coverage.

  • Thirteen paid holidays.

  • Vacation and sick leave plans.

  • Deferred compensation plans available.

  • Credit union available.