Fire Chief

The Fire Chief is a full-time, permanent position in the Fire Department.  The immediate supervisor for this position is the Mayor.  The person in this position is supervised every 2-3 days, and supervises 66 full-time employees.  The Fire Chief works regular hours year-round, and always does overtime, night work, and shift work.  The person in this position is always on call. 60% of the work for this position is indoors, and 40% is outdoors and requires work done in all types of weather conditions.  The position has accountability for budgetary, safety, and legal issues related to the work for which this position is responsible.

There is exposure to chemicals and/or hazardous materials on a daily basis.  This exposure includes, but is not limited to, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, pesticides, oxygen deficient atmospheres, carbon particles, and cleaning supplies.  The person in this position must have a valid driver's license, be a Certified Firefighter, and additional education in Fire Science or a related field is preferred.  At least 15 years of experience in this or a related field is required.  The stress level associated with this position is very high.  Physical work required for this position includes, but is not limited to, heavy lifting, climbing up and down stairs and ladders, and withstanding extreme temperatures.

General Information
OXFORD, MS 38655
United States
Employee Type  Exempt - FT
Job Category  Fire Department
Industry  Fire Chief
Contact Information
Name  Taylor Walhood
Phone  662-232-2313


Major Duties and Responsibilities


Serve in the capacity of scene commander at major fire scenes and major hazardous material scenes

Ensure that the appropriate amount of equipment and personnel are available to serve at fire locations

Determine proper method of attack

Monitor progress toward extinguishing fire and order adjustments as needed

Conduct debriefing sessions, as needed


Direct all personnel activities of the fire department

Coordinate the activities of all divisions through the Battalion Chiefs

Hold meetings with the Battalion Chiefs and administrative staff

Supervise subordinates

Review and implement discipline within the department

Supervise on an indirect basis all departmental training and inspections

Formulate, implement and enforce department policies, procedures, rules, regulations and programs

Monitor daily duty roster and complete monthly reports

Make oral and written presentations to the Mayor and City Council

Submit a semi-annual and annual report to the State

Submit an annual report to the City


Develop, interpret and implement ordinances, policies and procedures concerning public safety issues

Request city ordinance from city officials

Draft changes and present them to the Mayor and City Council

Implement changes and ensure that they are enforced


Complete all phases of budget management for the Fire Department

Analyze cost of equipment and supplies

Work closely with appropriate departmental personnel in order to determine and assess needs and requirements

Determine present and future capital needs for the Fire Department

Develop list of capital needs and build into current and future budgets

Set financial and operational goals for the following year


Meet with appropriate City officials in order to finalize budget proposal, as needed

Develop annual budget proposal and monitor and control all budget expenditures

Assure that departmental budget integrity is maintained


Ensure that the department provides effective service and education to the community

Speak to school classes and civic organizations about fire safety and prevention, as needed

Maintain effective public relations with the local media outlets


-Work with other governmental agencies on policies or issues concerning public safety and mutual aid agreements


-Execute the duties of a Fire Chief as defined by State statute and City ordinance


-Perform other duties as directed


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities




Modern and complex principles and practices of program development and administration FAA aircraft crash procedures.

Contemporary fire fighting and emergency medical theory, principles, and practices

and their application to a wide variety of fire suppression, and life safety programs

Advanced principles & practices of municipal budget preparation and administration

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation

Proper utilization and maintenance requirements of fire apparatus, equipment, tools, devices and facilities

Contemporary services operational characteristics & activities of comprehensive fire & life saving programs

Operational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs and policies

Technical and administrative aspects of fire suppression and prevention     

Operational and maintenance procedures and uses of modern firefighting apparatus and equipment

Office procedures, methods, and equipment, including computers, and related software

Incident Management System theory and procedures

Geography of the city and the surrounding area

Fire fighting and medical theory, principles and practices of fire suppression and rescue

Procedures and practices of resource management programs

Procedures and practices of fire safety education and water supply

Rules, regulations, and operational procedures of the Fire Department

Emergency communication system procedures and operations

Fire Department timekeeping policies, techniques, and procedures

Hazardous materials and public protection procedures

Safety practices and procedures for program implementation

Aircraft rescue and firefighting practices and procedures

Basic fire science principles

Proper grammar and proper use of English in speaking and writing

OSHA standards and regulations concerning employee safety

Federal and state statutes concerning the work of the department

Mathematical skills, including addition, subtraction, division and multiplication

General functions and operations of municipal government

Fire prevention techniques

Occupational hazards of work

Rules and regulations of the fire department

Rules and regulations of the City

Location of city streets

Theories in firefighting, administration, and equipment

Knowledge of the entire operation of the fire department

Layouts of buildings in town

Personnel management principles and procedures

Budget development and management

Motivational techniques for departmental employees

Departmental rank structure

Fire programs used for education

Type of structures in town and methods used to fight fires in each type of structure

Regulations concerning employee safety

Federal and state statutes concerning the work of the department

Mathematical skills, including addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication

General functions and operations of municipal government


Skills and Abilities:


Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, reading and writing, operating assigned equipment and assessing a situation at an incident scene.

Effectively deal with personal danger

Make sound decisions under pressure

Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the department

Recommend and implement goals and objectives and practices for providing effective and efficient fire and life safety services

Prepare and administer budgets and prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports

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

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

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

Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of management, supervisory, professional, and technical personnel

Delegate authority and response

Identify and respond to issues, concerns, and needs of the general public

Operate specialized emergency communications equipment and other department equipment and apparatus

Use radios and other communications equipment

Listen actively to employees and victims

Maintain discipline within the department

Motivate employees Select, train, supervise, and evaluate staff

Adapt to different situations in emergencies or in community service situations


-Work as a team member with other employees

-Make decisions within specified time restraints

-Communicate effectively with residents, elected officials, other City employees, contractors, etc., both oral and written

-Maintain confidentiality

-Work autonomously when necessary

-Handle multiple tasks simultaneously with frequent interruptions

-Deal with others in a professional manner

-Maintain professional composure in heated situations

-Follow departmental and City procedures