Term 01/01/2020 – 12/31/2023





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Job Posting - Fire Chief

Franklin Township

Franklin Township, Franklin County, Ohio

Job Details


Franklin Township Fire Department

2193 Frank Road

Columbus, OH  43223


Full Job Description 

Under administrative direction, directs and manages the Township’s full-service fire department. The position provides effective, professional leadership positioning the department to meet the community’s current and future needs through appropriate technology and services. This position is also responsible for a variety of community service functions including fire code enforcement, community education and inspection. Represents the Township in emergency service matters at the regional, state and national levels.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

Provides leadership, direction and guidance in Fire Department strategies and priorities; evaluates township needs, and determines fire safety requirements and goals.

Plans, coordinates, and directs department operations; assures program objectives and standards are defined, attained, communicated, and congruent with the overall goals of the township.

Plans for the maintenance and development of the Department as a key service provider in impacting the quality of life for people in the community through long-range plans, goals and objectives, and strong budget management.

Meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve workload and technical issues; develops goals and priorities; monitors operations to identify and resolve service delivery problems.

Assures that firefighters are ready and prepared for duty, are adequately trained and equipped, and are held accountable for duties and responsibilities assigned; develops staff skills, and evaluates performance; analyzes trends and implements staffing adjustments and personnel assignments.

Maintains discipline, and assures compliance to Department and Township policies and general orders; investigates and resolves administrative and operational issues.

Supervises and participates in critical incidents, tactical situations and post-emergency investigations; responds to major fire scenes; reviews, corrects and closes fire investigations and reports as required.

Develops, administers and monitors the department’s operating budget and capital improvement program; conducts fiscal/economic impact studies and cost/benefit analyses to prepare budget projections; and obtains grant funding for department projects.

Develops the Township’s disaster preparedness response plans and the Emergency Operation Center.

Works closely with other agencies who participate in the automatic aid program to ensure policies and procedures are followed.

Serves as an active member of the Township’s executive leadership team by participating in regular staff and Township meetings. Provides input and administrative support for Township projects and initiatives and operational support for Township special events.

Serves as the fire and medical services advisor to Township administration, the Board of Trustees and as the Township representative on fire and medical service issues within the community.

Monitors and reviews trends in fire, rescue and emergency services, and recommends operational and policy improvements.

Performs other duties as assigned or required by the Board of Trustees.


Minimum Qualifications & Position Requirements:

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science, Business or Public Administration or the ability to obtain within 1 year, and 10 years professional firefighting experience, including five (5) years management experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

Township organization, operations, policies and procedures.

Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of modern fire prevention and suppression activities.

Principles and practices of modern municipal fire, rescue and medical administration.

Operation, maintenance, and uses of firefighting apparatus and equipment.

Applicable laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, and codes pertaining to fire prevention, inspection and suppression.

Current trends in strategy and tactics for deployment of personnel and equipment in fire and emergency situations.

Techniques and practices for effective, efficient and cost-effective management of allocated resources.

Automatic Aid Systems

County, state and Federal laws, regulations and ordinances.

Skills in:

Developing and implementing long and short-term plans and goals for the community and department.

Analyzing emergency services issues, evaluating alternatives, and making logical recommendations based on findings.

Assuming command level responsibilities and making appropriate decisions, while assuring compliance with Department goals and objectives.

Interpreting laws and regulations, making independent decisions, maintaining composure, and working effectively under stressful conditions and emergency situations.

Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.

Preparing and administering a budget.

Effectively supervising, leading, evaluating staff and delegating tasks and authority.

Providing quality services

Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with township management, department directors, employees, elected officials, other emergency services agencies and the general public.

Additional Information: Special Requirements: Certified as a State of Ohio Paramedic; must maintain a level of physical fitness to meet Fire Department standards; valid Ohio Driver’s License. Additional considerations will be given to any internal candidates.

Physical Demands / Work Environment: Standard office environment, emergency incident sites, and in fire station facilities.

Reports To: Township Board of Trustees or designee

FLSA Status: Exempt

At the Regular meeting on July 15, 2021 of the Board of Trustees of Franklin Township, Franklin County, Ohio, the Board of Trustees passed Resolution 2021-104 for the following:

On August 16, 2021 there will be a Traffic Change to Hopkins Avenue.  There will be Stop Signs installed on Hopkins Avenue at the intersections of Hopkins Avenue and Forest Drive and also at the intersection of Hopkins Avenue and Shady Lane Drive.  Both of these intersections will become (4-way) stop intersections.  


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