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Deputy Fire Chief of Operations

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: August 10, 2022
Reference Code: 18225
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
Idaho National Laboratory's Fire Department Group is seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as Deputy Fire Chief of Operations.
Our team works an on-site 4x10 schedule located at our CFA facility with every Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
  • The deputy chief of operations has a defined focus on providing excellence in customer service through the effective leadership and direction of the operations division of the fire department.
  • The incumbent will handle fire department line operations (battalion chiefs (Managers) and fire fighters) to maintain INL in an effective state of readiness to respond safely, optimally, and efficiently to emergencies involving a full spectrum of hazards.
  • Will ensure that the department and INL is staffed per the INL Emergency Response Baseline Needs Assessment.
  • Evaluates services provided by the fire department and develops options for improving services or better aligning current services to the customer's needs.
  • Responsible to ensure that responding members are adequately equipped and proficient to respond in the capacity that they serve.
  • Must operate independently under the direction of the Fire Chief.
  • Serves as a senior advisor to the incident commander on INL emergencies and may assume command based on complexity and need.
  • Responsible for performing executive level command and control direction regarding resource utilization, deployment, and staffing during major emergencies, or natural or hand built disasters.
  • Provide direction and leadership to enable clear definition of personnel proficiency, standards of conduct, organizational values, and job responsibilities across diverse shift schedules and multiple stations.
  • Ensure effective mechanisms are implemented to measure operational performance, define drift, and drive continuous improvement.
  • Implement effective performance feedback mechanisms for assigned staff to grow and development fire department personnel.
  • Maintain communications and appropriate visibility with International Association of Fire Fighters, local I-83, to cultivate effective employee relations and collaboration on department objectives and issues.
  • Demonstrate effective collaborator/team building in the integration of the occupational medical program and Emergency Communications Center to enable efficient operations.
  • Coordinate with the deputy chief of training and the deputy chief of administration and the chief safety officer to ensure effective identification of department priorities and utilization of resources.
  • Manage the operations section of the fire department to ensure effective and safe operations including:
  • Ensure fire department policies and procedures are developed and maintained.
  • Perform frequent fire station visits to ensure top down, bottom-up communications are held. Communicate immerging issues, concerns, or other necessary information to communicated to the fire chief
  • Maintain requisite knowledge of laboratory management systems and DOE and NFPA regulatory requirements to enable program development
  • Develop, model, and reinforce an appropriate risk perspective and conservative decision-making bias for departmental operations (emergency and non-emergency).
  • Ensure operations driven training and work packages are developed in accordance with established work management requirements in accordance with established risk based graded approach to ensure that we fail safely
  • Ensure effective pre-incident plans and quick action plans are maintained to enable informed emergency incident operations at INL facilities
  • Direct and coordinate the activities of fire battalions in the service delivery of fire suppression, technical rescue, hazardous materials, and emergency medical services (EMS) operations.
  • Develop departmental goals and objectives and delegating appropriate authority and responsibility to meet the goals and objectives; evaluate and report to the fire chief on the effectiveness and efficiency of departmental operations
  • Assist the fire chief in the strategic planning and goal setting for departmental needs with respect to administration, operations, equipment, apparatus, facilities, and personnel; supervise and complete the implementation of such plans
  • Perform the duties of the Fire Chief during periods of absence.
Employee Relations:
  • Provide effective leadership and direction of line firefighters and battalion chiefs.
  • Attract, recruit and hire high potential battalion chiefs
  • Define appropriate competency expectations for operations staff
  • Provide clear expectations and performance goals for staff. Set and adjust priorities as necessary to manage competing needs
  • Monitor and improve performance of operations personnel through regular observation of operational activities and timely feedback
  • Provide career growth and development opportunities for operations personnel with demonstrated proficiency; provide mentoring to operations personnel employees
  • Oversee the firefighter hiring and promotion processes ensuring non biased, fair and objective evaluations are carried out
  • Assist the Fire Chief in the formulation, issuance, and enforcement of Departmental rules, regulations, and procedures in accordance with applicable department and laboratory polices for all department members; define company response to labor grievances, maintain departmental field and the general conduct of assigned personnel; collaborate effectively in labor/management meetings with union representatives; define company objectives and implement through participation in applicable contract negotiations
Collaborate with INL collaborators and local and regional partners:
  1. Serve as the liaison for the Fire Department with other organizations operating at INL, negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues; coordinate fire department support as needed to enable the success of laboratory missions
  2. Develop and maintain line of communications and cooperation with peers in surrounding local, state, and federal agencies; coordinate joint operations with outside agencies; mitigate conflicts with other organizations or agencies
  3. Implement established reciprocal firefighting, mutual aid and automatic aid agreements; ensure clarity and compliance to the agreement ensuring INL interests and protection priorities are maintained at all times.
  4. Collaborate with the Planning and Logistics Section to ensure that the goals and objective of the department set by the fire chief are carried out in a coordinated effort
  5. Attend and participate in professional meetings, conferences, and workshops.
  • Participate in and evaluate performance of fire department responders during training, drills and exercises.
  • Respond to major emergencies and may assume Incident Command at the request of the battalion chief or as deemed necessary.


Minimum Requirements:
  • Baccalaureate and 7 years of experience, or Advanced Degree and 5 years of experience OR 15 years relevant experience in lieu of degree.
  • Experience must include a minimum of 3 years as a division chief or battalion chief.
  • Possess ability to work independently, with minimal direction, and demonstrate accountability for own actions
  • Must be US Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a US DOE "Q" Clearance
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "L" / "Q" clearance, which requires US Citizenship.
  • Job Information
  • Salary Grade: 230
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP: This is a testing designated position; you will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and periodic drug testing throughout the term of your employment.
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
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INL Mission
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

INL Vision
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.

Selective Service Requirements
To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

COVID Safety Protocols
As a condition of employment, Idaho National Laboratory will inquire about COVID vaccination status and expects candidates to comply with all required COVID safety protocols, including mask-wearing as applicable.

Idaho National Laboratory has implemented a required vaccination policy effective immediately requiring that all new hires must be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, unless exempt under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or other applicable state or federal law. In accordance with Idaho National Laboratory's duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases that may be reduced by vaccinations.
Reasonable Accommodation
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information
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INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits, Salary, and Relocation
We have an extremely competitive salary structure and phenomenal benefits. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview/
About this Employer‍

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.