Vancouver Fire Department
City of Vancouver
Special Operations Division Chief
The Vancouver Fire Department (VFD) seeks a Special Operations Division Chief that is an innovative leader and creative problem solver. The ideal candidate has a progressive mindset, believes in smart firefighting, and embraces the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) data driven research and modern views on firefighting. The Division Chief leads by example, is committed to excellence, and effectively advocates for the Vancouver Fire Department.
The Division Chief plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations for the Special Operations and Safety Division. An action oriented self-starter, the Division Chief prioritizes initiatives, sets clear goals and expectations, and reports on outcomes. The ideal candidate uses logic, data, and metrics to inform and support decisions. Balancing the needs of the City, the department, and the community, the Division Chief builds strong business cases and reasonable arguments in order to influence decisions.
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The Vancouver Fire Department
The Vancouver Fire Department serves a population of almost 260,000 over 90 square miles from ten stations that include ten engine companies, two truck companies, a rescue, and two Battalion Chiefs. With an annual budget of $41.5 million, the VFD employs 211 of which, 192 are sworn personnel and 19 are civilian staff. In 2017, the Department had over 25,000 calls for service. The department provides a full array of emergency services including Fire Suppression, Fire Investigation, Commercial Building Inspections, Building Plan Reviews, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials Response and Mitigation, Technical Rescues, and Rapid Water Response. Through a service contract, the Fire Department also provides these same services to Clark County Fire District 5.
Broad experience in municipal firefighting, including at least 4-6 years in an administrative and leadership capacity in an organization of similar size and complexity. With a background in suppression, candidates must enjoy a challenge and be energized by analyzing and defining new ways of doing business. Labor Relations and prior collective bargaining experience are essential. Experience with the Blue Card Incident Command Certification Program is preferred. A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with major coursework in fire science, public, or business administration or a related field is required.
To Be Considered
Please go to candidateportal.waldronhr.com and submit your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the City of Vancouver Fire Department and your fit for the Special Operations Division Chief opportunity. Cover letters may be addressed to Heather Gantz. Please apply by March 25, 2018.
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