Glossary

Fire Commissioner/
Chief of Department:
Administrative head and Chief Executive Officer of the fire department.
 
Chief of Operations,
Field Operations:
Chief in charge of both fire divisions; the Safety Operations Unit; and the Epecial Operations Command (SOC).
 
Chief of Operations,
Support Operations:
Chief in charge of the Training, Maitenance, and Research Division; the Information Technology Division; the Special Projects  Division; and the Emergency Management Division.
 
Fire Marshal:
Deputy Fire Chief in charge of the Fire Prevention Division.
 
Deputy Fire Chief:
A fire chief in charge of a division.
 
District Fire Chief:
A fire chief in charge of a district.
 
Safety Chief:
District Fire Chief assigned to the Safety Operations Unit.
 
Fire Captain:
The officer in overall charge of a company.
 
Fire Lieutenant:
The officer in charge of a company, in the absence of a Fire Captain.
 
Senior Fire Fighter:
Fire fighter designated to assume charge of a company in the absence of a company officer.
 
Fire Fighter:
All uniformed personnel, of the fire fighting force, below the rank of Lieutenant.
 
Aide to Chief Officer:
Fire fighter selected by a Chief to assist the Chief in his/her duties.
 
Fire Fighting Force:
The uniformed personnel employed for the purpose of fire prevention, fire protection and fire extinguishment.
 
Division Headquarters:
The quarters of the Deputy Fire Chief.
 
District Headquarters:
The quarters of the District Fire Chief.
 

The ranks of Fire Lieutenant through Deputy Fire Chief are attained by way of a state administered Civil Service examination held every two years. Promotions are made when vacancies become available in the Table Of Organization during the two year period.