Position Detail:

Merrimac Fire Department
16 East Main Street
Merrimac, MA 01860

Essex County

508-346-8211
508-346-9227 - fax
www.merrimac01860.info/

Hiring Information:


Position: Fire Chief
Last Filing Date:  March 1, 2018
 

Special Instructions:  

 

Requirements

Job Summary

The Merrimac Fire Department is a combination career/ on-call fire rescue organization providing fire and emergency medical services to the citizens and taxpayers of the Town of Merrimac, Massachusetts. Under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 48 ? 42 ?Strong Chief?, the Fire Chief has full administrative power of the department and is the highest-ranking officer within the Merrimac Fire Department.

The Fire Chief is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and coordinating all operations, functions and activities of the Merrimac Fire Department. The position requires a variety of technical, administrative and supervisory skills related to planning, organizing, directing and implementing, all fire prevention, suppression and rescue services to prevent or minimize loss of life and property by fire, man-made or natural conditions.

The Fire Chief must develop and maintain good working relationships with the on-call, career, and mutual aid personnel.

Responsibilities and Duties

Plans, organizes coordinates, directs, supervises, and evaluates all fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical and rescue services, and hazardous materials/waste incident mitigation strategies.
Develops program objectives and establishes strategic plans, goals, and standard operating guidelines and procedures.
Reviews incident reports to ensure proper procedures and protocol were utilized during incident management and mitigation.
Interprets and applies the provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws, grievance procedures and the Town of Merrimac?s personnel policies and procedures to department personnel issues.
Plans, monitors and evaluates the work of all subordinates with significant involvement in decisions related to the hiring, promotion, discipline and termination of department employees.
Determines resource allocation for personnel, equipment, and facilities; recommends capital equipment and facility improvements/upgrades; directs the preparation of short and long term planning objectives and goals for the organization.
Plans, recommends and oversees the fire departments five year capital plan in collaboration with the Town of Merrimac Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen.
Submits departmental statistics and required information for the annual Town Report.
Is appointed, and serves as the Merrimac, Massachusetts Forest Fire Warden.
Is appointed, and serves as the Merrimac, Massachusetts Emergency Management Director and actively participates as a member of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant Emergency Planning Zone Committee.
Responds to emergency incidents that he/she deems necessary and assumes as the Incident Commander per the department?s standard operating policies and policies.
Assures that all Emergency Medical Services incident records are properly prepared and third party billing services are maintained.
Oversees the preparation and administration of the departmental annual budget and is responsible for ensuring that the budget is effectively managed; regularly monitors the status of the budget and recommends adjustments related to expenditures as required.
Supervises budgetary controls and adherence to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Town of Merrimac accounting and purchasing procedures that are applicable to the department.
Supervises and approves scheduling, payroll time recording and reporting for all fire departmental personnel.
Promptly responds to citizen inquiries, questions or complaints.
Establishes and maintains excellent interpersonal dynamics with members of the community, civic groups, and all other municipal organizations.
Develops specifications and documents for new fire equipment and capital purchases in accordance with the purchasing procedures within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Town of Merrimac.
Reviews, recommends and implements new and innovative technology relating to the Fire /EMS service.
Prepares and submits local, state and federal grant applications as they become available that may secure funding for fire department equipment and/or personnel.
Attends Board of Selectmen and other town board meetings as required.
Supervises the maintenance of fire department employee?s records and documents in accordance with fire department policies and procedures and state and federal requirements.
Conducts personnel evaluations to determine competence and staffing needs in accordance with fire department fire department policy.
Plans and coordinates training activities for fire and EMS operations.
Plans and administers recruitment efforts for fire and EMS personnel.
Ensures that fire stations and grounds are in proper working order and are well maintained.
Coordinates department activities with other town local, state, and federal agencies as well as civic organizations and the general public.
Performs plans review on proposed residential, industrial, and commercial projects in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fire Marshal?s Office.
Conducts initial fire/arson investigations in collaboration with the State Fire Marshal?s Office Fire Investigation Unit, in cases of fire-related criminal activity, such as arson; administers the enforcement of all codes, bylaws, and laws relating to fire prevention and suppression.
May serve on town, regional and state organizations and committees to promote and enhance service to the department and the Town of Merrimac.
Prepares, releases information and official statements to the media, and may serve as the Merrimac Fire Department PIO when required, regarding fire and EMS related issues.
Maintains a superior working relationship with all personnel and ensures the workforce maintains a positive and effective working relationship with each other.
Participates in professional development opportunities offered by various local, state and national organizations that will ensure optimum knowledge in all areas of leadership, management, command and control, and situational awareness of the chief officer.
Manages the equipment repairs to include apparatus, radios and hand tools; responsible for the purchasing of apparatus.
Acts as representative of the Fire Department before Board of Selectmen, MEMA, FEMA, and citizen groups; represents the fire department at community, civil, and social events.
Participates in mutual aid activities with other area municipalities.
Responsible for the inspection of buildings and other properties for the fire hazards and enforces local fire prevention ordinances as well as the State Fire code.
Other duties as assigned.
The list is not a ranking of importance. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Qualifications and Skills

Candidates should have a minimum of ten (10) years of fire service of which five (5) years must be of progressively responsible experience in a command level position in a municipal fire department of similar size and composition to Merrimac. Candidates should possess an Associate?s Degree in Fire Science or a closely related field supplemented by substantial management training such as that provided by the NFA Executive Fire Officer program or the equivalent combination of education, training, certifications, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. (An Associate degree may be substituted for one year of command experience). The candidate should have experience in Emergency Management, as the Fire Chief is the Emergency Management Director for the Town, which includes the emergency zone plan for the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. Successful candidate should be a Nationally Registered and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Registered EMT, have excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal and organizational skills with the ability to manage personnel, be adept at budgeting, community and mutual aid response relations, and be a proven leader and visionary in the fire service. Salary commensurate with experience, training and education.

Candidates should have a minimum of ten (10) years of fire service of which five (5) years must be of progressively responsible experience in a command level position in a municipal fire department of similar size and composition to Merrimac. Candidates should possess an Associate?s Degree in Fire Science or a closely related field supplemented by substantial management training such as that provided by the NFA Executive Fire Officer program or the equivalent combination of education, training, certifications, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. (An Associate degree may be substituted for one year of command experience). The candidate should have experience in Emergency Management, as the Fire Chief is the Emergency Management Director for the Town, which includes the emergency zone plan for the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. Successful candidate should be a Nationally Registered and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Registered EMT, have excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal and organizational skills with the ability to manage personnel, be adept at budgeting, community and mutual aid response relations, and be a proven leader and visionary in the fire service. Salary commensurate with experience, training and education. See townofmerrimac.com for complete job description and posting.

Closing date is March 1, 2018.

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

command: 5 years
Required education:

Associate
Required license or certification:

Registered Emergency Medical Technician

 
Starting Salary:  N/A
Top Salary:   N/A
 
Contact:   Fire Chief Search Committee
C/O Merrimac Board of Selectmen
4 School Street
Merrimac, MA 01860
978-346-8862
http://www.merrimac01860.info/DocumentCenter/View/1024

Additional Department Details:

Annual Budget: N/A
Population Served: 5,200
Number of Firefighters: N/A
 

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