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Fire Chief
Located between the Olympic Peninsula and the I-5 corridor, Whidbey Island marks the northern boundary of the State of Washington’s Puget Sound. Although only 30 miles from Seattle, the vibe is laid back, safe, and friendly, and the pace is slower than the mainland. The island is filled with beaches, hiking trails, and wildlife, including bald eagles and whales. Micro coffee roasters, wineries, distilleries, and breweries flourish. The economy of Whidbey Island south of Oak Harbor relies heavily on tourism, small-scale agriculture, and the arts. Visitors find a wide range of amenities in the towns of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Freeland, and Langley. Whidbey is home to numerous working artists, writers, and performers. These include many well-known painters, sculptors, glass artists, wood workers, metal workers, mixed media artists, photographers, authors, poets, actors, and musicians.
South Whidbey Fire/EMS is the largest fire district on Whidbey Island and serves the southern end of the island. The District provides fire suppression, emergency medical, marine fire/rescue, cliff rescue, fire and safety education, disaster preparation, and community risk reduction services to protect the lives and property of residents and visitors on South Whidbey. These services are provided by 34 volunteers, 12 full-time firefighters, and 10 full-time administrative, support, and maintenance personnel, which includes the District’s fire mechanic. The District has six fire stations and responds to approximately 2,650 calls for service annually, with medical assistance calls accounting for approximately 78% of the calls. The call rate has been growing an average of nearly 8% annually during the past five years.

The successful operation of the Fire District requires a close, effective relationship between the Board of Fire Commissioners and the Fire Chief. This relationship based upon trust, goodwill and candor. While the Board retains final authority of the District, the Fire Chief is the Board’s professional advisor on matters including, but not limited to, the development, implementation, maintenance, supervision, and evaluation of all fire suppression, emergency medical services, rescue, fire safety inspections and prevention activities, provided by the District; and the operations and administration of the Fire District including the purchase of additional firefighting apparatus and equipment, the hiring or termination of personnel, and managing the District’s budget.

South Whidbey Fire/EMS Fire Chief Brochure
South Whidbey Fire/EMS Fire Chief Job Description
South Whidbey Fire/EMS Fire Chief Application (REQUIRED)

Please submit a signed and completed applicationcover letterresume, and any other relevant supporting documentation no later than 5:00 p.m. PST on Monday, November 8, 2021.

Application materials must be sent electronically, with a return receipt request, to: recruitment@esci.us
Position: Fire Chief
Organization: South Whidbey Fire/EMS
Location: Langley,  WA 
United States
Salary: $125,000–$145,000 annually
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 10/11/2021
Requirements Minimum Education and Experience
• Education: A Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university in fire science, fire service administration, public administration or a related field (or an equivalent combination of education and training).
• Experience: Ten years of firefighting experience, with at least five years of supervisory or management experience at the Chief Officer level.
• IAFC Fire Officer I and II required, or obtained within two years from the date of hire.
• Fire prevention and investigation experience.
• ICS/NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800 (or the ability to achieve all within one year of the date of hire).
• Prior experience in preparation and administration of budgets in a local governmental setting.
• Experience working with career and volunteer personnel.
• Experience working in a rural district.
• Possess and maintain a valid Washington State or National Registry EMT certification or higher.
• A valid Washington State driver’s license within one year of hire.

Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s degree in Fire Science, Fire Service Administration, Public Administration, or related field, or equivalent or NFA Executive Fire Officer (EFO).
• Wildland firefighting knowledge, training, or experience.
• Water rescue knowledge, training, or experience
• Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Certification.
• Washington State Hazardous Materials Operations Certification or higher.
• Certification as a Fire Investigator I.
• Knowledge or experience in fire prevention activities, including but not limited to code enforcement, plans examination, and fire suppression systems.
• A working knowledge of NFIRS (National Fire Incident Reporting System).
Status: This listing expires on: 11/8/2021
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Organization Information
South Whidbey Fire/EMS
5579 Bayview Rd

Langley,  WA 98260
United States

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