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Fire Chief
Kittitas County Fire District 7 is seeking a seasoned emergency services professional who will lead by example in fire suppression, fire prevention and the delivery of coordinated emergency medical services with unwavering integrity and a “people first” mindset. 
The ideal Fire Chief will inspire and lead career and volunteer firefighters from the front by demonstrating expert firemanship.  The Fire Chief must be operationally minded, hold safety at the highest priority, and not be afraid to get his or her hands dirty while leading the team.
The next Fire Chief will be expected to create an agency culture of mutual respect through mentoring, coaching, fostering personal/professional growth of personnel, expecting team accountability, and by demonstrating effective open communication inside and outside of the District.
In fostering a culture of mutual respect and understanding, the Fire Chief will be expected to actively strengthen relationships and interagency mutual aid with our Upper County fire and EMS partners.
In order to assist our citizens with the cost of homeowner insurance, the next Fire Chief will demonstrate a clear working understanding of the service criteria used to rate Fire Districts by the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau (WSRB) and will be expected to take short-term and long-term steps to improve the District’s WSRB rating.
As wildfires are a critical threat in Upper County due to the numerous wildfire-urban interfaces in the District, the ideal Fire Chief candidate will demonstrate an extensive knowledge and experience in wildfire prevention, wildfire suppression, wildfire response mobilization, and other wildfire operations in order to take steps to mitigate risks and plan for potential wildfire impacts
The next Fire Chief will be expected to guide the Fire District through the interface of career and volunteer firefighters as staffing models and future demands for service change with growth.    
The Fire Chief must have an enhanced and demonstrated understanding and history of working positively with career and volunteer firefighters.  The ideal candidate will have experience in a combination career-volunteer fire department or district, to include volunteer recruitment, training, and retention.
The ideal candidate will have expertise in creating Strategic Plans to help guide current and future fire and Emergency Medical Services, such as response expectations, staffing levels, leadership positions/organizational chart, capital facility needs, fleet upgrades/maintenance/replacement and operational goals with a critical eye toward future community needs and growth.
The District is changing over to a Lexipol policy manual.  The new Fire Chief must have experience in creating, reviewing, updating and issuing policies and procedures necessary for the effective operation of the District. 
In addition to the desired strengths outlined above, the ideal candidate will:
  • Possess outstanding communication, administrative and technical skills with a commitment to service and demonstrated accomplishments.
  • Be customer oriented, collaborative, politically skilled and innovative self-starter who can embody and embrace the Fire District’s mission, vision, core values and service expectations as outlined by the Board of Fire Commissioners.
  • Ensure, creation, implementation, maintenance and compliance of District policies and procedures which meet fire service best practices and safe operational outcomes.
  • Use appropriate data for management and operational decisions that ensure resources are used in the most efficient and effective manner possible and measurable outcomes are achieved.
  • Foster a collaborative labor-management environment and actively build relationships with union members.
  • Foster a collaborative, empowering and valued culture for career and volunteer firefighters to enhance the emergency capabilities of the District.
  • Oversee and successfully complete projects with minimal oversight.
  • Apply knowledge of best practices and legal requirements in budgeting and fiscal management.
  • Provide strong emergency operational leadership as needed.
  • Regularly report to the Board of Fire Commissioners and represent the Fire District at meetings, and other public functions as needed.
  • Foster the implementation of EMS and fire service best practices and training for District personnel.
  • Effectively and efficiently address personnel issues in a confidential, appropriate, and constructive manner.
  • Work effectively as part of assigned coalitions, task forces, and/or community partnerships which enhance overall services or preparedness for District residents.
  • Perform or delegate Public Information Officer duties during emergency incidents.
  • Create a culture of coaching and mentoring which achieves results without creating undue stress, to include growing others for future roles within the organization.
  • Demonstrate and deepen a functional knowledge of Washington laws, regulations, and standards in relation to the delivery of fire and rescue services by fire agencies.
  • Consistently demonstrate effective verbal and written skills to professionally communicate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Meet the physical demands and work environment conditions as outlined in the Fire Chief job description.
  • Primary residency within Upper County (Elk Heights to Easton) within 12-months.  The Fire Chief should be prepared to respond to major emergency incidents from home.
Position: Fire Chief
Organization: Kittitas County Fire District No. 7
Location: Cle Elum,  WA 
United States
Salary: Salary Range $150,000-$175,000
Posting Start Date: 1/24/2024
Date Posted: 1/24/2024
Requirements Education and Experience-
NOTE:  An equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job may be acceptable:
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in Fire Science or Technology, Public Administration, or related public safety field is desired.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible career fire service experience with an emphasis on wildfire/rural/urban firefighting and delivering Emergency Medical Services is required.
  • Demonstrated administrative fire agency leadership and experience which would be relevant or prepare the candidate for the position of Fire Chief is required.
  • Incident command system training and experience, including NIMS ICS 300 and 400, is required.
  • Minimum experience as NWCG ICT-5 is required, and NWCG ICT-4 or above is desired.
  • IFSAC Instructor 1, IFSAC HazMat Operations, IFSAC Fire Officer 2 are required and EMT-B certification in Washington state is desired.
  • Experience serving within combination career-volunteer fire agencies is desired.
  • Valid Washington state driver’s license without record of suspension or revocation (or can be obtained within 30-days of residency) is required.
  • To apply Contact Eryn A Micallef via email with a letter of interest and a resume to: accounting@KCFD7.com

  • Opens: January 24, 2024
    Closes: 5:00pm on February 29th, 2024
    Letters of interest can also be mailed to:
    Kittitas County Fire District #7
    31 Firehouse Road
    Cle Elum, WA 98922
  More information and full recruitment flyer can be found at www.KCFD7.org 
Status: This listing expires on: 4/23/2024
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Organization Information
Kittitas County Fire District No. 7
31 Firehouse Road

Cle Elum,  WA 98922
United States
(509) 656-4100
Eryn A Micallef

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