THE COMMUNITY AND DEPARTMENT
Fresno is the 5th largest city in California, centrally located in the middle of the state, offering 300 days of sunshine a year. Traveling to other major locations in California from Fresno is easy – Los Angeles is approximately four hours south, the San Francisco Bay Area is approximately three hours north, and the Pacific Ocean is about two hours away. Fresno is located in proximity to three sites of natural beauty – Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Sequoia National Park.
Residents consider Fresno to be a community of unique charm, with the amenities of a large metropolitan city and the pleasantness of a small town.
Established in1877, the Department just celebrated its 140th Anniversary. Currently, there are 309 filled firefighting positions. We provide service through 24 fire stations, 19 of which are in the City of Fresno (112 square miles), and 4 others in Fire Districts (225 square miles) which contract service with the Department. The Department provides all hazard services with an operating budget of approximately $70 million.
The Fresno Fire Department is a progressive and fast-paced organization. If you are an inspiring leader with extensive operational fire and emergency services background, and one who embraces a passion for training and continuous improvement, Fresno may be the place for you.
Teamwork, Trust and Commitment are our core values. The Department responds to over 45,000 emergency calls for service annually, with over 2,000 being fire calls, serving a population of over 520,000.
Organizationally, we have been very intentional and measured in our training approach over the past few years and intend on continuing that effort, looking for growth opportunity as we go forward.
THE POSITION & THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The City of Fresno Fire Department is currently recruiting for a Deputy Fire Chief. In this at-will capacity, the incumbent serves as a division manager level in the Fire series and reports directly to the Fire Chief. Incumbents administer one or more of the following divisions: Operations, Prevention & Support Services, and/or Training, or others as assigned, and assists in planning and directing programs which affect the mission of the Department and, through Fire Battalion Chiefs and others, manage, plans, coordinates activities of the division to which assigned. The current position will be assigned to the Training Division.
Deputy Chiefs may be rotated to different Divisions as determined by the Fire Chief and organizational need. This position may exercise supervision over sworn and non-sworn personnel.
In the absence of the Fire Chief, a Deputy Chief will assume full command responsibility for the operations of the Fire Department.
The Fire Chief is seeking a dynamic leader who is innovative, understands current firefighting methods and technology, and has the ability to empower employees to accomplish the department goals and mission. To qualify, an applicant must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field; AND current appointment and permanent status as a Fire Battalion Chief for the City of Fresno Fire Department OR current appointment and five years of continuous service at the rank of Fire Captain with the City of Fresno Fire Department OR two years’ experience equivalent to that of a Battalion Chief or Deputy Chief Officer with the City of Fresno. Possession of a valid California Driver’s License at time of appointment.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in a related field is preferred. In addition, possession of the following certificates are desired: Chief Fire Officer (CFO); Chief Officer Series for the State of California; Executive Fire Officer (EFO); NFPA Fire Officer Certification I, II, III, IV; and involvement in municipal, regional or state community service.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The City offers an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package. The salary for the Deputy Fire Chief is dependent upon qualifications. The current annual salary range is $129,240 – $165,012. The City of Fresno offers competitive benefits and has a robust private pension system for its public safety employees.
Benefit highlights are: 9% Education Incentive for EFO, CFO or CSFM Chief Officer Certification, bilingual pay, uniform allowance, health and welfare coverage, 13 hours/mo. holiday leave, 24 hour/mo. vacation leave, up to 90 hours/year in administrative leave (with an additional 32 hours based on performance), and 12 hours/month of sick leave.
Additional information regarding the City of Fresno is available at www.fresno.gov.
THE SELECTION PROCESS: If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, you must apply on-line at www.fresno.gov/jobs. Interested applicants must submit a complete City of Fresno employment application, a resume and a cover letter detailing experience and leadership style. Open until filled, deadline for first review of submitted applications is April 20, 2018.[Download not found]
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