US Fire Service Rank System
Prompted by another thread;
I pretty much understand the difference between UK & US/Canadian Rank Structures in the Big Cities. And although there aren't any Fire brigades as big as London elsewhere in the UK, they are all large County Brigades with several Hundred to a couple of Thousand Personnel...so a Chief Fire Officer (Chief of Department) is a very Senior Manager wherever you go who has to have come up through the ranks of the UK Fire Service...Most real high flyers swap from Brigade to Brigade to get the next rank, we are very busy and with frequent Promotion rounds; many use London beceuse we have 400 Senior Officers.
But, Obviously a Chief of Department for a Major City such as New York or LA is carrying out a massive task compared to a Chief of a Small Town Department with only Two Fire Stations. Surely he only equates to a Big City Battalion Chief (aside from his Strategic & Political role). So how do they compare? A UK Divisional Officer (Deputy Chief) with US Citizenship recently took up a job as Chief of Dept in Connecticut...But there is no way he could have got a Chief Fire Officers job in the UK...he was still 4 Ranks away.
Here are the comparisons (compared to FDNY with a similar size and responsibility);
Leading Firefighter------No equivalent
Assistant Divisional Officer------Battalion Chief
Divisional Officer------Deputy Chief
Senior Divisional Officer*------Deputy Assistant Chief
Assistant Chief Fire Officer**------Assistant Chief
Deputy Chief Fire Officer------??Chief of Operations??
Chief Fire Officer------Chief of Department
*We did have a rank of Deputy Assistant Chief Officer but all of the DACO's and SDO's were assimilated to one level, so SDO now equates to DAC.
**In London alone the ACFO's DCFO & CFO are known as Asst Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner & Commissioner...although these are still Uniformed ranking Officer who came up through the ranks.