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Fire Chief
Fire Chief
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue
Kelso, Washington
Salary:  $158,704 - $172,332

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue is headquartered in the city of Kelso, which is the county seat for Cowlitz County, Washington, and located on the I-5 corridor. The city is 40 miles north of Portland, Oregon, and 90 miles south of Seattle. Kelso is located on the Columbia River and shares a border with the city of Longview. The local economy is fueled primarily by the timber and shipping industries. The Port of Longview provides eight deep draft marine terminals, multiple rail lines, and several lumber processing mills and manufacturing companies. The area boasts a number of public parks with walking trails, playgrounds, and multi-use sports fields. The rivers and nearby lakes have excellent fishing and are great for kayaking, sailing, and water skiing, and the nearby Cascade Mountains provide opportunities for year-round recreation.
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue (District) is an all-hazards emergency response department. The District is the largest fire district in Cowlitz County, with four stations and a first due area of over 145 square miles and a population of approximately 37,500. The District serves the City of Kelso and the unincorporated areas around the cities of Kelso and Longview, and by contract various waterfront industries along the Columbia River. The 2023 preliminary budget is $14,671,427. The District is a combination department and employs a Fire Chief, two Deputy Chiefs, a seven-person administrative staff, 48 paid emergency responders, and has a roster of approximately 50 volunteers. The District provides a multitude of services for the community, responding to both fire and medical emergencies, medical transport, and hosting the regional hazardous materials team.
Reporting to the five-member Board of Commissioners, the Fire Chief’s responsibility is to manage and supervise all District business. Work involves managing the protection of life and property from a medical emergency, injury, or damage by fire within the Fire District and contractual service areas, and responding and assuming command at major emergencies as appropriate.
Any suitable combinations of education and experience which would provide the necessary knowledge and abilities for the position, such as an associate degree in a related field and graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy, and/or experience as a Chief Officer will be considered. Must possess current EVIP certification or be able to obtain within six months. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in fire administration, public administration, business administration, or a related field, and five (5) years of experience as a Chief Officer in a like-size or larger agency, or relevant training and work experience to be considered.
For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at https://www.prothman.com/, click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: February 19, 2023 (open until filled).
Position: Fire Chief
Organization: Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue
Location: Kelso,  WA 
United States
Salary: $158,704 - $172,332
Posting Start Date: 1/10/2023
Date Posted: 1/10/2023
Status: This listing expires on: 4/10/2023
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Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue

Kelso,  WA 98626
United States
(206) 368-0050

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