City of Charlottesville, VA Fire
|Chapter:||III - Fire Department Organization|
A. To provide members with a description and understanding of the Charlottesville Fire Department's formal organizational structure.
B To provide members with an understanding of the various relationships and functions of the Fire Department's subdivisions.
A. The Operations Manual shall contain a description of the formal organization of the Fire Department.
B. Fire Department members shall be aware of the department's formal organizational structure and chain of command.
A. The administrative head of the Fire Department is the Fire Chief.
B. The Fire Department is responsible for protection of life and property from fire, explosion, panic, building code compliance, existing building code compliance, and other related incidents.
C. The Fire Department provides a full range of services to the citizens of the community including:
l. Fire suppression and rescue.
2. Fire prevention
3. Fire protection planning.
4. Pre-fire planning.
5. Public fire safety education.
6. Civil preparedness planning.
7. Miscellaneous public service.
8. Building code enforcement.
9. Building maintenance code enforcement.
10. Amusement Device Safety.
D. The Fire Department participates with neighboring jurisdictions in automatic aid, mutual aid, and contractual agreements for fire suppression.
E. The Fire Department is divided into four (4) divisions: Administration, Fire Fighting, Building and Life Safety, Maintenance.
A. The Administrative Division shall consist of the Fire Chief and such personnel as may be authorized.
B. The Fire Chief is responsible to the City Manager for the proper administration, expenditures of funds, efficient functioning in the prevention and control of fires, and all functions of the overall operation of the Fire Department.
A. The Fire Fighting Division is commanded by the Deputy Fire Chief and consists of engine and truck companies and the personnel assigned to them.
B. The fire suppression function is commanded by three (3) Fire Battalion Chiefs. Each Fire Battalion Chief is in charge of one (l) of the three (3) fire suppression shifts.
C. The fire suppression shifts carry out numerous activities and functions, including fire suppression, rescue, public assistance, fire company training, pre- fire planning, fire prevention, public education, fire hydrant maintenance, and maintenance of fire department apparatus, equipment, and facilities.
A. The Building and Life Safety Division shall be commanded by a Deputy Fire Chief and will consist of such personnel as may be authorized.
B. The Fire Marshal/ Building Official is the chief code official assistant to the Fire Chief and is responsible for the enforcement of laws and regulations pertaining to the protection of lives and property and also for the efficient operation of the Building and Life Safety Division.
C. The activities of this division include: Code development and enforcement as promulgated by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development and City Ordinances.
A. The Personnel Support Division shall be commanded by the Personnel Support Officer and will consist of such personnel as may be authorized.
B. The Personnel Support Officer shall be the chief assistant to the Deputy Fire Chief in the instruction of all personnel.
C. This division is responsible for administrative work developing, scheduling and supervising departmental programs including computer operations, new suppression technological research, suppression and administrative training programs, project coordination, and such other related programs as may be required.
D. The Personnel Support Division encompasses both the Communications and Training divisions. The Communications division consists of five (5) personnel assigned as Fire Fighter/Dispatchers.
A. The Maintenance Division shall be commanded by the Fire Equipment Mechanic and will consist of such personnel as may be authorized.
B. The Maintenance Division is responsible for the maintenance of all vehicles, equipment, and appliances, and the efficient operation of the Maintenance Division.
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