City of Los Banos
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Job Description

JOB TITLE: Assistant Fire Chief

AGENCY: City of Los Banos


FILING DEADLINE:  Open until Filled

SALARY RANGE: $115,512.00 - $147,420.00 Annually D.O.E.




Essential Duties and required skills include but may not be limited to the following:

  • Be a dynamic Assistant leader to the Fire Chief, teacher, mentor, and fire service innovator who is approachable, open, and experienced at developing relationships in a team environment.
  • Have demonstrated the ability to exercise calm, focused, and sound judgment and decision-making both in an emergency response environment and in administrative and management situations.
  • Be an excellent communicator and able to express yourself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain a high level of morale, motivation and discipline among subordinates and enforces all rules, regulations, and special orders. 
  • Effectively operate all fire suppression equipment in the Department.
  • Hands-on experience with the preparation and administration of a budget.
  • Develop and implement programs to meet the needs of the City and its residents.
  • Have firsthand experience supervising, training, developing, and evaluating personnel.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Possess the ability to prioritize the mental health and wellbeing of staff.


Key Priorities and Attributes:

  • Reliable and dependable attendance and punctuality.
  • Assist the Fire Chief in managing and directing the Fire Department.
  • Assist in developing department goals and objectives; assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and direct fire related activities, including fire suppression, arson investigations, training, fire inspections, and basic life support operations.
  • Develop and implement division work plans; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor workflow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures as directed; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the department.
  • Maintain emergency equipment, apparatus, and facilities.
  • Oversee and participate in fire suppression, basic life support and first aid, fire and arson investigations, and fire inspection activities.
  • Plan, organize and implement department training for fire suppression, heavy rescue operations, driver operator and related topics.
  • Conduct commercial occupancy inspections on new and existing occupancies; plan and check new commercial construction as it relates to fire related systems. 
  • Serve in the absence of the Fire Chief, including leading and overseeing the volunteer fire services program.
  • Represent the department to outside groups and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints. 
  • Research, prepare, and present technical, administrative, and City Council Agenda reports; prepare written correspondence.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.



The ideal Assistant Fire Chief candidate is a visionary, strategic, and empathetic leader who is an effective communicator and will assist the Fire Chief in managing and directing the Fire Department. Under the direction of the Fire Chief, the successful candidate will have a proven track record of planning, organizing, and direct technical, management and administrative experience involved in commanding and coordinating fire emergency activities, fire prevention and education, apparatus maintenance, and fire inspection and investigation activities. The ideal candidate will provide highly complex staff assistance to the Fire Chief for assigned sworn and non-sworn personnel.



We’re very proud of our family-oriented community, which has maintained a small-town atmosphere while accommodating thriving residential and economic growth. Centrally located at the “Crossroads of California”, Los Banos is much more than meets the eye. From bird watching to water skiing, fishing to elk watching, Los Banos offers thousands of acres of recreational fun and enjoyment opportunities for the young and young at heart.


The City of Los Banos, population 47,347, is situated on the west side of Merced County and is the county’s second largest city. The City is conveniently located in the center of California and is about two hours from the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento, as well as Yosemite National Park. California’s Monterey Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean are accessible in one and a half hours, as well as the Valley’s major cities of Stockton and Fresno. The Silicon Valley is just more than an hour’s drive away. For more information about the City of Los Banos, please visit: www.losbanos.org


For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at: https://koffassociates.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Los-Banos-AFC-1-1.pdf


To be considered, please electronically submit your resume, cover letter and a list of five professional references (references will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) to: https://koffassociates.com/assistant-fire-chief/. Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, detailing experience, and demonstrated career accomplishments relevant to this position along with the application.


For additional information please contact:

Amanda Kreller



Website: https://koffassociates.com/