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Organizational Structure & Assignments

Fire Chief

The Fire Chief is responsible for developing long-range plans and establishing departmental policies. Within these responsibilities are strategic planning, departmental operational programs, policies and procedures, and budget development and management. The Fire Chief represents DuPont as a member of the Washington State Fire Chiefs' Association, the Pierce County Fire Chiefs' Association, and sits on the policy board of Fire Comm. A key element of the position of Fire Chief is the responsibility of creating a bridge between the fire department and the community, the city, and each division of the city.   
The Fire Chief is also responsible for implementing department plans and policies. The Chief manages the day-to-day responsibilities of fire department operations, including personnel, facilities, equipment, and community outreach. He represents DuPont at Pierce County EMS and Pierce County EOC. As an EMT, he is responsible for oversight of the EMT training program. He also maintains membership in the Pierce County Fire Chiefs' Association and sits on the Fire Comm Operational Committee. He directly supervises the three Captains and conducts personnel evaluations of same.

Captains in DuPont operate with three shifts which include one captain assigned to each shift. Each Captain is assigned the following primary areas of responsibility: EMS, Public Education/Reserve Program Facilities, and Equipment. Aside from being a primary EMS training program coordinator, the EMS Captain establishes accountability for completion of required training and Recertification. The Facility Captain is responsible for building maintenance to include inspections, safety, record-keeping and scheduling. The Equipment Captain is responsible for assessing equipment condition, needs, developing inventories, accountability, and equipment maintenance and repair. The Public Education/Reserve Program Captain is responsible for coordinating Public Education events and recruitment and intimal training of Reserve members. Captains also conduct personnel evaluations for firefighters on their shift. For EMS calls, the Captains are the primary triage officer and are responsible for establishing a treatment plan. For fire suppression calls, the Captains are responsible for making strategy and tactical decisions for containment and extinguishment. All of the Captains are Certified Incident Command Officers and, at all times, the Captains are the primary Safety Officer for the Fire Department personnel as required by law.

All firefighters must have Firefighter 1 certification, EMT certification, be driver/pump operator-qualified and need to be able to perform in the Captain's position if staffing requires. In addition to emergency medical and fire suppression responses, firefighters must be qualified for business and sprinkler inspections. They are also expected to represent the department at community events and be able to instruct for various public education classes.