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Putnam County

Personnel Department


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS This is important work involving responsibility for the smooth operation for the county's programs for fire training and mutual aid to cope with fires and other public emergencies requiring the services of firepersons.  The incumbent of this position receives general supervision from the Fire Coordinator.  Performs a variety of related duties as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only).

  • Assists with planning and directing the organization of mutual programs among the various fire departments within the county;
  • Establishes training requirements for county fire personnel;
  • Helps coordinate training program with New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control;
  • Helps maintain the county inventory of manpower, equipment, and materials;
  • Helps supervise the maintenance and operation of the County Fire radio system;
  • Processes radio and press releases as required.
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Thorough knowledge of modern firefighting and fire prevention methods; good knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations and of the aims and purposes of the state fire mobilization and mutual aid plan and of the fire service; good knowledge of the geography and political subdivisions of the county; working knowledge of the principles and operation of a two‑way radio system; ability to assist with the planning, supervision and coordination of a complexity of operations; ability to interpret the fire training and mutual aid plan; ability to speak in public; good judgment; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.


Must have obtained the position of Fire Chief with a Fire Department in Putnam County and has successfully completed fire training courses related to the particular area of responsibility, as appropriate.


4/84; 9/97

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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