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The East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District (ELFR) in Pinellas County Florida is currently soliciting Letters of Interest for the exempt position of Administrative Division Chief of Training. 

Please submit Letters of Interest with a brief resume or Curriculum Vitae to the attention of Fire Chief Jason Gennaro at by July 30, 2024.

Competitive benefits include a salary of $104,500 to $127,000 DOQ, with longevity award of up to $3,000. 100% Health Care and dental coverage for employee and 90% for dependent(s), life insurance, accident and specified sickness / disease coverage, 175 local pension plan (4% multiplier), 7% employee contribution, 5-year drop plan, 12 paid holidays, vacation leave, sick leave, education reimbursement, travel reimbursement, bereavement leave, and a flexible workplace schedule.


General Description:

The Administrative Division Chief is a command officer reporting directly to the Deputy Chief. The purpose of this position is to perform administrative and management duties to support fire and EMS services in the district. The effective management and administration of these duties determines the quality, level, and effectiveness of the service delivery to the citizens. These services include fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials incident mitigation, rescue services, and other emergency or catastrophic situations requiring fire service intervention.

Responsibilities and Essential Job Functions:


  • Serves as the Department Training Officer. Ensures employees are trained to ISO, Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, OSHA, and NFPA Standards and Regulations.
  • Supervisory duties include instructing, assigning, reviewing, and planning the work of others, maintaining training standards, and coordinating training activities.
  • Performs quality assurance activities, including monitoring the effectiveness of training programs by measuring outcomes, monitoring quality of service, and providing recommendations for improvement or the addition of new programs.
  • Prepares specifications for the appropriation and subsequent purchasing of necessary materials, equipment, and supplies for training purposes.
  • Establishes and maintains a sufficient and appropriate library of training materials, including video and audio materials.
  • Represents the Department at Municipal, County and State meetings in areas of training, operations, and other management subjects, as determined by the Deputy Chief.
  • Trains Department Officers in modern methods, techniques, and skills of continuing in-service training programs: trains in the effective use of related training equipment, such as, assorted audio/visual equipment, fire and rescue equipment, computers, communication equipment, etc.
  • Maintains up-to-date training records, accurate personnel training files, and complete documents relating to all phases of the position.
  • Oversees EMS training for the departmen


Emergency Response and Preparedness:

  • Employee must maintain current levels of EMT or Paramedic certifications.
  • Possess a thorough knowledge of the Pinellas County 600 Series.
  • Proficient in patient care as defined in Pinellas County MOM.
  • Respond to all incidents as required.
  • Perform Incident Command functions as required or assigned.
  • Forecast probable outcomes in order to determine strategic objectives based upon the nature and scope of the incident. Develop, assign, and coordinate tactical activities. Direct and integrate inter-agency incident support.
  • Utilize and enforce recognized safety standards and procedures and determine the level of acceptable risk based upon existing conditions.
  • Participate in intra and inter-agency post incident critiques.
  • Evaluate and test department preparedness to respond and mitigate emergency situations.
  • Participate in pre-incident and post-incident analysis with assigned personnel.



  •  Establishes goals and objectives and develops, implements, reviews, evaluates, and revises, plans toward reaching those goals.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings; attends and participates in other Department meetings and special committee meetings as needed.
  • May respond to any emergency situation for the purpose of observing and evaluating the effectiveness, proficiency and efficiency of Department personnel.
  • Possess the ability to manage and motivate assigned personnel to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of all services by the Department and to promote team unity.
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge and adhere to all Department policies and procedures including the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Strives to maximize effective communications between assigned personnel, administration and other employees throughout the Department and the general public, as necessitated by the position.
  • Assist the Fire Chief with labor negotiations and relations and serve as a member of the Department’s labor/management relations team and the negotiation team.
  • Assists in the formulation of the annual budget.
  • Serves as a member of the command staff or team at major incidents.
  • Maintains a professional and cooperative working relationship with other fire and emergency medical service groups and associations.
  • Participates in seminars, conferences, and training courses; keeps abreast of technological advances related to firefighting/EMS activities, as well as personnel administration, laws, and regulations.
  • May present reports, both orally and in writing, to the Board of Fire Commissioners.


***This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities for the position. The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job.***

 Minimum Qualification Requirements:

The East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether or not the combination of schooling, training, and experience is qualifying. The most qualified candidates will be determined at the district’s sole discretion.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Be a dynamic leader, teacher, mentor, and fire service innovator who is approachable, open, and experienced at developing relationships in a team environment.
  • Have demonstrated the ability to exercise sound judgment and decision-making both in an emergency response environment and in administrative and management situations.
  • Be an excellent communicator and be able to express himself/herself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Possess a solid understanding of the Incident Command System and be capable of managing complex multi-unit and multi-agency emergency incidents.
  • Organizational Management skills, including statistical analysis, budget analysis, record keeping, and planning.
  • Have working knowledge of automated fire records management systems.
  • Be proficient in using PCs and laptop computers and programs such as MS Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Knowledge of fire science, including hazardous materials, fire suppression techniques, technical and special operations.
  • Ability to interpret and disseminate technical, legal, and financial information.
  • Annually meet NFPA 1582 Medical Evaluation Standard and attain a Fitness Classification score of 39, as established in the District’s Physical Fitness Assessment.


Schooling, Training, and Experience:

A combination of education, experience, and training equal or equivalent to the following.

  • Associate degree or completion of two years in an accredited bachelor’s degree program.
  • Current and valid Florida Minimum Standards Firefighter Certification.
  • Possession of a valid State of Florida Firefighter, EMT or Paramedic certification.
  • State of Florida Fire Instructor Certification.
  • Current Florida Fire Officer III Certification (or Fire Officer I Certification if obtained prior to November 18, 2013), or the ability to obtain within eighteen months required.
  • State of Florida Live Fire Instructor Certification- within one year of appointment.
  • Ten years of full-time paid experience in an organized Fire Department which includes a minimum of three (3) years at the company officer level that has included significant management/supervisory, operational and administrative responsibilities.
  • Experience must demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community focused management.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s license, and a safe driving record necessary to operate assigned vehicle(s) by the time of appointment.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • State of Florida Fire Inspector Certification.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Fire Administration, Business, Labor Relations, or Public Administration.
  • Completion of the Managing Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and/or credentialed as a Fire Officer through the Commission on Professional Credentialing.
  • Completion of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and/or credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer through the Commission on Professional Credentialing.
  • Reside within a sixty-minute response time to any of the East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District fire stations, although more local response time is preferred.


Environmental Conditions:

 A considerable amount of time is spent working inside Station Facilities. Outside work may be performed in emergency conditions which often involve extreme danger and exertion under stressful and hazardous conditions such as flames, smoke, hazardous materials, cramped conditions, charged or oxygen deficient atmospheres, down power lines, in and among moving vehicles in varying and inclement weather conditions.


Note: Reasonable considerations will be made to accommodate qualified individuals with a disability.