Prospect Heights Fire Protection District

Prospect Heights Fire Protection District

Situation and Need
Currently the PHFD has one shift without a battalion chief. Under the recently adopted collective bargaining agreement the fire chief is entrusted to appoint the battalion chief. The PHFD has fewer candidates for battalion chief than desired as a result of several personnel actions in the past few years that included the PHFD’s transition from some part time officers to all full time officers and an increase in the number of full time firefighter/paramedics. Therefore, the PHFD is conducting a search for external candidates for battalion chief. Any identified external candidates will be evaluated with the internal candidates in an effort to identify the best candidate for battalion chief. It is anticipated that the review, selection, and appointment will occur in the next 90 days.

Role of a PHFD Battalion Chief
One BC is assigned to each of the three shifts. Within the organizational structure of the PHFD the BC is the shift commander and the highest-ranking member assigned to work a 24-hour on-duty shift. BCs are positioned below the deputy chief and above the lieutenant serving as a mid-level manager in the chain of command and as a member of the command staff composed of the fire chief, deputy chief, and battalion chiefs.
A BC of the PHFD protects life and property by planning, coordinating, implementing, carrying out, directing, delegating, supervising and evaluating the firefighting, rescue, emergency medical care, hazardous materials and fire prevention duties conducted by company officers and firefighter/paramedics using PHFD equipment, apparatus, and facilities. The majority of actual work will involve supervisory and management functions requiring the exercising of independent judgment to carry out the mission, vision, goals, objectives, policies and practices, and the like, of the fire district. The BC is a decision-maker and participant in the hiring, orientation, evaluation, discipline, suspension, termination, reward, promotion, or settlement of grievances involving subordinates.
The fire chief, deputy chiefs, other BCs, and the Board of Trustees rely on the unconditional support of the BC for the clarification, implementation, and execution of all PHFD policy, procedure, and guidelines as well as the efficient and effective leadership, management, administration of the fire district during the 24-hour shift. BCs are responsible for their assigned shift’s management on their two days off between shifts except when on vacation.

For more information, contact:

Fire Chief Drew Smith
firechief@phfire.com
224-318-1720