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Are you an inspiring leader who has a broad and extensive background in fire and emergency medical services, public education and training? Do you want to be part of an organization that enhances quality of life, saves lives, prevents harm and protects property with compassion and integrity in the City of Spokane? 

The City of Spokane Fire Department is a progressive and forward-thinking organization. Located in the Eastern Washington, Spokane is the Capital of the Intermountain Northwest and the second largest City in the State. Ideally situated and encompassing 70 square miles, the community offers a tremendous quality of life boasting a diversified economic climate, first-rate medical facilities, outstanding public and private school systems, affordable housing, and an abundance of recreational opportunities. 

$129,205.44-$158,124.23 Annually plus Excellent Benefits 


The Deputy Fire Chief performs responsible command and administrative duties assisting the Chief and Assistant Chief. Please click here for more information.

Examples of Work

  • Assists in planning, organizing and administering the activities of the department. Supervises major sections within the department. 
  • Prepares working schedules. Maintains and enforces discipline. Participates in personnel selection, development and promotion; assists with the development of department's training program. Provides technical assistance and interprets policy matters.
  • Assists in establishing the goals and objectives of the department. Organizes the departmental operations to meet these goals and objectives. Evaluates the organizational structure and methods of service delivery. Recommends changes as necessary.
  • Performs research and development work in the area of uniform fire reporting systems, physical fitness training, day-to-day operations, safety, and other areas as needs indicate.
  • Responds to multi-alarm and other incidents. Assumes command as required. Coordinates with other City agencies at incident scenes.
  • Reviews records and reports. Initiates changes and submits reports.
  • Assists the Chief and Assistant Chief with a variety of special projects as assigned. Researches data essential for budget preparation. Makes presentations to groups and organizations.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Open Entry (Must be met at time of application)

Completion of at least five years of experience as a Chief Officer for a fire agency, AND; possession of a Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited four-year college or university in a closely related field including, but not limited to, Fire Command, Fire Administration, Para-Medicine, or Business/Public Administration. An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be qualifying.

Promotional Requirements: (Must be met at time of application)

Completion of the probationary period with the Spokane Fire Department in a uniformed Fire classification at the level of Fire Battalion Chief (SPN: 940), Division Chief, or higher, AND; possession of a Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited four-year college or university in a closely related field including, but not limited to, Fire Command, Fire Administration, Para-Medicine, or Business/Public Administration.

Licenses and Certifications (Applies to all applicants)

  • A valid driver's license is required
  • Current or previous Paramedic license or EMS program management experience is desirable.

ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE: Selection of a Senior Administrative Assistant, Rule V, Section 5, Rules of the Civil Service Commission, applies. All candidates who attain a passing score on the examination shall be certified for the vacancy in the order of their final score and without regard to promotion preference.

Examination Details

You are required to meet the minimum qualifications above and to pass the examination for this position, in order to be eligible for hire.

  • Your Civil Service examination is a Training and Experience (T&E) Evaluation in the form of a Supplemental Questionnaire.
  • The T&E comprises 100% of the test score for Open Entry applicants. For current City employees who meet the Promotional requirements, the T&E is weighted at 80%, and your most recent promotional evaluation (PAR) is 20% of your final score.
  • You will receive your Civil Service Eligibility List ranking after scoring of your T&E Evaluation is completed. Application packets are reviewed as needed with results merged into one eligible list according to final ratings (Civil Service Rule IV, Section 13).
  • T&E Details

    The T&E is used to examine the relevance, level, progression, and quality of the applicant's education and training, and to elicit sufficient job-related information to evaluate the amount and quality of the applicant's previous experience, as well as any other information deemed important to performing the duties of the position.

    Important: You will complete the T&E Supplemental Questionnaire online as a part of the application process. You may preview the instructions and questions online in the tab marked "QUESTIONS" near the top of the job announcement.

    Upon request, at time of application, the City will provide alternative accessible tests to individuals with disabilities that impair manual, sensory or speaking skills needed to take the test, unless the test is intended to measure those skills.

    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity within our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status, genetic information, veteran/military status, or disability status. As a Fair Chance employer, the City of Spokane does not conduct initial background screening for non-public safety positions.

    The City offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, and relocation assistance may be available.


    This recruitment is open until filled.

Posted: Mar 16, 2018,
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