Job Details

Deputy Fire Chief - 3169


City of Lawton






Lawton, Oklahoma, United States


Management and Executive, Government





To assist with the supervision of the Fire Department to include planning and coordination administrative activities of the Fire Department; to coordinate assigned activities with other city departments, outside agencies and the general public; and to provide highly responsible staff assistance to the Fire Chief.

SALARY:  The salary range for this position is $71,582.78 to $103,491.65 DOQ



  • Assists in establishing department policies, procedures and practices; assists in planning, prioritizing, assigning, coordinating, supervising and reviewing the work of employees responsible for fire suppression, fire prevention and training.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for the Fire Department; identify resource needs; recommend and implement policies and procedures; meet with staff regularly to discuss future plans and progress toward goals and objectives.
  • Participate in training, motivating and evaluating the performance of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement or recommend discipline as appropriate.
  • Direct, coordinate and review the work plan and activities for the Fire Department including operations efficiency, personnel safety, and fire, medical and hazardous materials incident response related activities; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems; assign work activities and projects; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures; prepare monthly report on progress and activities of the department as directed by the Fire Chief.
  • Supervise, plan and coordinate all training activities for department personnel; supervise fire code compliance and fire reaction/prevention activities of the department through plan review, verbal orders, written policy and standard operating guidelines.
  • Has primary responsibility for management of medical response activities of the Fire Department.
  • Serve as administrative resource for the supervision, planning, and directing of all hazardous material response efforts of the Fire Department.
  • Serve as Health and Safety Officer; supervise, plan and direct the overall health, safety and wellness efforts of the Fire Department.
  • Assist with the coordination between the Fire Chief and the firefighter’s union in reference to administration of the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Supervise and participate in a variety of technical department activities, reports and records.
  • Participate in the development and administration of the department budget, forecast funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures for assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Serves as Fire Chief in the absence of the Fire Chief; represent the Fire Department to other agencies as needed.
  • Prepare and review forms, reports, schedules, recommendations and other administrative records related to fire operation, training or other special programs as assigned.
  • Prepare special research reports and develop programs as needed, including public education.
  • Schedule repairs for firefighting apparatus and equipment; write equipment specifications.
  • Prepare Fire Department payroll.


  • Attends Conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the service.
  • Performs the duties of command personnel as needed and ensures command and supervisory needs are met at all times.



To perform this job satisfactorily, the individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Graduation fro a Fire Basic Training Academy
  • Graduation from a college or university with a bachelor's degree in Fire Science, Public Administration, Business or a closely related field and 7 years of experience in fire or emergency medical work, 3 years of which must have been the equivalent of a company officer or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience with four years substituting for one year of formal education.
  • Skill in the operation of the following tools and equipment: emergency medical aid unit, fire apparatus, fire pumps, hoses and other standard firefighting equipment; ladders; first aid equipment; radio; pager; personal computer including word processing, spreadsheet, database and special fire administrative software; phone; fax machine.
  • Thorough knowledge of modern fire suppression, prevention and emergency medical services principles, procedures, techniques and equipment; working knowledge of first aid and resuscitation techniques and their application as demonstrated through state EMT certification; considerable knowledge of applicable laws, ordinances, departmental standard operating procedures and regulations.
  • Ability to train and supervise subordinate personnel; ability to perform work requiring good physical condition; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to exercise sound judgement in evaluating situations and in making decisions; ability to effectively give and receive verbal and written instructions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, supervisors and the public.
  • Experience as a Chief Officer and Incident Commander preferred.
  • Experience as an administrator within a municipal fire department represented by a bargaining unit preferred.
  • Experience and working knowledge of Oklahoma Firefighter Pension requirements, standards, and labor laws including collective bargaining, arbitration standards, and all other statutory requirements relevant to the Oklahoma Fire Service.

 Requirement:  Must be able to qualify for the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System which include 

  1. Must be under 45 years of age;
  2. Must be able to pass a medical examination administered in accordance with the Oklahoma Fire Pension and Retirement System directions; and
  3. Must be able to pass the Lawton Fire Department Physical Agility Test.

            These requirements are for those individuals with firefighting experience from outside of Oklahoma that wish to apply or if you are not currently a member of the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System. If you are from Oklahoma and already a member of the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System, you will not be required to perform the above testing.

  • The Lawton Fire Department Physical Agility Test is as follows:
  1. HOSE ROLL.  The applicant will roll a fifty (50) foot section of 2 1/2 inch fire hose in a straight roll.
  2. HOSE ADVANCE.  The applicant will drape a nozzle attached to 100 feet of 2 1/2 inch or larger hose across his/her chest and over the shoulder and will then advance the hose past the starting line (a distance of 100 feet) across the finish line.
  3. HYDRANT OPERATION.  Utilizing the hydrant wrench provided, the applicant must turn the hydrant operation nut eight (8) full revolutions counter clockwise.
  4. LADDER CARRY.  With both hands, the applicant will grasp the fourteen (14) foot ladder located on the fire apparatus, remove it from the apparatus and carry it to the drill tower wall.
  5. LADDER RAISE.  The applicant will raise the fly section of an extension ladder that is pre-positioned.  The fly section will be raised until the red rung crosses the red marks on the red section of the ladder.
  6. LADDER (RETURN) CARRY.  The applicant will remove the ladder that was previously mounted on the mounting brackets on the drill tower wall, and will then return the ladder placing it securely on the apparatus mounting brackets.
  7. VENTILATION.  Using the face of the sledgehammer provided, the applicant must move the steel block 6 feet.
  8. HIGHRISE.  The applicant will pick up the tool sack and the folded hose load, proceed to the fifth floor of the drill tower, circle the cone, then descend back to the ground, return the tool sack and hose to the indicated area.
  9. CITIZEN ASSISTANCE.  The applicant will grasp the ropes attached to the basket and while walking backwards, will drag the basket seventy-five (75) feet to the barrel, circle the barrel and return to the starting line.  The total distance is approximately 150 feet. 



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk or hear; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed primarily in office, vehicles, and outdoor settings in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night shifts. Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations. Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, including smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils.

The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne participles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office settings and loud at an emergency scene.



The personal contacts are typically with individuals or groups which have, or could have, some impact on program or policy matters. The purpose of the contacts is to present, discuss and attempt resolution of issues of a sensitive and controversial nature by influencing, motivating and persuading. The persons contacted typically have diverse or conflicting goals and attitudes.



The employee is supervised by the Fire Chief who provides managerial direction with assignments in terms of broad practice, precedents, policies and goals. Work may be reviewed for fulfillment of program objectives and for conformance with department policy and practice.



Exercises direct or indirect supervision over all fire department divisions and over all administrative and command staff personnel.


Safety Sensitive:

This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. As a “safety sensitive” employee, you will be subject to drug and alcohol testing, including random testing. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  


Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.


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