Walton County Sheriff's Office - Division Chief- Fire Marshal

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Job Overview

Department Walton County Sheriff's Office
Job TitleDivision Chief- Fire Marshal
Salary$69,300-$111,465 (FF/EMT) $74,550-119,909 (FF/Paramedic)
Location Defuniak Springs , FL

Job Announcement

General Statement of Job

Under administrative direction, the purpose of the position is to direct, administer and manage fire prevention and life safety operations for an assigned technical support operation within the Walton Sheriff's Office Division of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services. Employees in this classification are responsible for managing and coordinating all fire prevention and life safety needs, regulatory compliance, and resource management issues for an assigned technical support operation. Performs related work as directed.



  • Eight (8) years of experience in an organized fire department.
  • Certification as a Firefighter by the State of Florida
  • Certification as a Paramedic or EMT by the State of Florida Preferred
  • Must possess a Florida Fire Service Inspector certification – Inspector II, III Preferred
  • Must possess a Florida Fire Officer II certification
  • Must possess a Florida Fire Instructor I certification
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Tasks include a criticality component in responding to fire, medical, emergency scenes or other critical incidents, whereby incumbents are required to maintain physical abilities. Must be able to pass the PAT test.


Essential Job Functions

  • This list of functions, duties, responsibilities, skills, and physical abilities is not intended to be all-inclusive, and the employer reserves the right to assign additional functions and responsibilities as deemed necessary.
  • Regular and prompt job attendance.
  • Manages and directs fire prevention and life safety operations within the Division of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services.
  • Develops and presents for approval departmental fire prevention and life safety goals and objectives, policies, procedures and priorities to meet established goals.
  • Reviews and provides recommendations regarding personnel management functions, e.g., transfers, promotions, disciplinary actions, recruitment and selection, and performance management.
  • Disseminates communications to assigned personnel regarding directives, general orders, special orders, and standard operating procedures; ensures implementation of and adherence to all directives, general orders, special orders, and standard operating procedures.
  • Participates in the department's administrative activities, e.g., management meetings, policy development, budget administration, establishing short and long-term goals and objectives.
  • Prepares, reviews, and evaluates all administrative and fire prevention and life safety records and reports including, but not limited to, budget administration, inspection logs, statistical detail reports,  fire investigative reports, resource allocation records, plan review reports; ensures content validity and compliance with agency policy and procedures and Florida State law.
  • Maintains current knowledge of trends and developments in the field of fire rescue for application to functions under charge.
  • Accounts for all equipment, materials, supplies and vehicles assigned to the specific division to ensure proper inventory and operational readiness.
  • May be required to respond to emergencies during and after normal business hours; may be assigned tasks on scene as determined by the Incident Commander.
  • Maintains authority in the absence of a Battalion Chief to establish Incident Command for all fire ground operations and multi-casualty incidents
  • Provides strategic and tactical command by organizing the most effective utilization of equipment and personnel
  • Strategic placement of apparatus/equipment to best address an emergency incident or fire attack
  • Ensuring perimeter security and directing scene activities of subordinates; evaluating incident conditions and requesting additional resources as needed
  • Coordinating unit's activities with other responder units; and ensuring the safety of crews under charge.


Required Skills

  • Tasks involve the intermittent performance of extremely physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, running, climbing, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of extremely heavy objects (150+ pounds), such as in the event of rescuing or transporting a victim/patient in the performance of rescue operations.
  • When performing fire services and/or rescue operations, tasks are performed with potential for intermittent exposure to occupational health hazards including, but not limited to, fire, extreme temperatures, wetness, humidity, inclement weather, loud noise, toxic/chemical agents, electrical currents, pathogens, fumes, gases, odors, erratic or unpredictable human behavior, weapons, and explosives.
  • Tasks include working around moving parts, vehicles, equipment, carts, and materials handling, where extremely heightened awareness to surroundings and environment is essential in the preservation of life and property.
  • Personal protection equipment applies in the preservation of life and property, as does special equipment including, but not limited to, various types of containment suits, self-contained breathing apparatus equipment (SCBA) and safety gear.



The Walton County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Walton County Sheriff's Office will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Veterans are encouraged to apply. Pursuant to applicable state and federal law, preference and priority shall be given to certain service members and veterans (including spouses and family members of such service members and veterans), and certain service members may be eligible for waiver of post-secondary educational requirements as provided in Chapter 295, Florida Statutes. 

Please direct questions regarding this position to hr@waltonso.org

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