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City of Charlottesville, VA Fire Department
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES


Organization

Chapter: III - Fire Department Organization
Subject: Organizational Chart
Code: 1-III-1
Revised: 6-6-96

2.0l   PURPOSE

       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.

2.02   POLICY

       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.

2.03   FIRE DEPARTMENT

       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.

2.04   ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION

       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.

2.05   FIRE FIGHTING DIVISION

       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.

2.06   BUILDING AND LIFE SAFETY DIVISION

       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.

2.07   PERSONNEL SUPPORT DIVISION

       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.

2.08   MAINTENANCE DIVISION

       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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