Jessica Claire
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Fire/EMS Deputy Chief position that provides effective leadership, strategic direction and coordination to meet the mission of the fire department and Arlington County.

Professional Profile

Results-oriented, strategic, experienced, and award winning professional with more than 24 years in the fire service. Talented Special Operations Chief with a strong background in program/project management, managing simple and complex incidents, interfacing and building long lasting relationships with internal and external agencies, grant procurement and management, problem solving, development of policy and procedure to meet local, state, and federal regulations, managing a geographic area within the organization, assessing community risk, and exceptional customer service.

  • Self-starter/Motivated
  • Excellent Team Building Skills
  • Exceptional Work Ethic
  • Effective Communicator
  • Change Agent
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Personal Integrity
  • Stewardship Oversight
  • Strong Command Presence
  • Outcome Focused
  • Customer Oriented
  • Inclusive
Battalion Chief - Special Operations, 02/2010 - Current
City Of Farmington Farmington, MN,

The Fire/EMS Battalion Chief assigned to Special Operations is an upper level management position that is responsible for providing strategic direction and coordination to several programs within the Fire Department. These programs are: Hazardous Materials, Technical Rescue, Swift Water, Emergency Support Function (ESF) 4, 9, and 10, NIMS/ ICS compliance, and Special Events. The position requires that clear direction, guidance and supervision be delivered to the Program Managers and the staff that support the operations of the programs to ensure they operate at an enterprise level. The position requires that programs are monitored and evaluated to ensure that they have the capacity to address present and emerging threats. A strong knowledge of the fire service is required to ensure appropriate decisions are made about the potential acquisition of new or emerging technology and software. A firm understanding of the capabilities of other agencies is required to ensure that polices, technology, etc do not interfere or contradict the ability of other agencies to perform their roles, functions, or duties. A strong knowledge of budget and purchasing processes is essential.

The Special Operations Chief must possess a strong knowledge of local, state and federal regulation and policy. This ensures that the policies and procedures that are in place or developed meet the expectation of the governing body and are interpreted as intended. Response to simple and complex incidents requires a strong knowledge base and the ability to interface with other agencies is critical. The knowledge base of the Special Operations Chief is often sought out to provide input on a variety of incidents, committees, workgroups, and workforce. The ability to develop and deliver presentations to variety of audiences is vital. Effective written and oral communication are essential tools in this position. The position often interfaces with County agencies such as: Public Health, Police Department, Sheriffs Department, Department of Environmental Service, Department of Technology Services, Department of Management and Finance, Office of Emergency Management, and Parks and Recreation. The position also interacts with a multitude of external individuals, organizations, vendors, local, state and federal agencies. These include: Arlington County residents, business owners, visitors, civic associations, community organizations, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Fire Programs. Virginia Department of Transportation, United States Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation – WMD Division, National Capital Region Public Safety Organizations (Police, Fire, OEM and Sheriff departments), Council of Governments, Regional Hospital Alliance, Northern Virginia Emergency Response System (NVERS), all branches of the United States Armed Forces, Washington Area Metro Transit Authority (WMATA), National Park Service, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), Washington Gas,etc.

Fire/EMS Captain II, 09/2007 - 02/2010
Arlington County Fire Department City, STATE,
Fire/EMS Captain I, 2001 - 09/2007
Arlington County Fire Department City, STATE,
Firefighter/EMT II - Cardiac Technician, 07/1992 - 2001
Arlington County Fire Department City, STATE,
Fire Education Specialist, 1998 - 07/2000
Arlington County Fire Department City, STATE,
Firefighter, 01/1989 - 07/1992
Arlington County Fire Department City, STATE,
Bachelor of Science: Fire Science Administration, Expected in
Columbia Southern University - Orange Beach, Alabama
Certificate: Leadership, Expected in 2011
Leadership Arlington - Arlington, Virginia
Associate of Science: Fire Service Administration, Expected in 2007
Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale, Virginia
  • 2007 Northern Virginia Community College Public Service Award Recipient
  • Graduated Cum Laude
Certification: Cardiac Care Technician, Expected in 1991
Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale, Virginia
High School Diploma: General Studies, Expected in 1987
TC Williams High School - Alexandria, Virginia

2011 Arlington County Chamber of Commerce Meritorious Service Award

2007 Northern Virginia Community College Public Service Award

2006 Life Saving Award - Arlington County Fire Department

2003 Life Saving Award - Arlington County Chamber of Commerce

1999 Firefighter/EMT of the Year - Arlington County Jaycees


National Incident Management System ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800 - FEMA

Leadership II - National Fire Academy

Strategies and Tactics for the Initial Company Officer (Train the Trainer) - FEMA

Incident Safety Officer - National Fire Academy

Health and Safety Officer - National Fire Academy

Heavy Tactical Rescue Technician - Virginia Department of Fire Programs

Hazardous Materials Technician - Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Instructor II - Virginia Department of Fire Programs


Class of 2011 Leadership Arlington

Member, Virginia Hazardous Materials Specialist Association

Community Service

Vice President, Waynesboro Area School District, 2001 - 2009

Board of Directors, Waynesboro Beneficial Association, 2001 - 2009

Member, Waynesboro Area Tax Authority, 2001 - 2009

Board of Directors, Lincoln Intermediate Unit, 2007 - 2009

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