Position Detail:

Lynden Fire Department
215 4th Street
Lynden, WA 98264

Whatcom County

360-354-1452 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Assistant Fire Chief - Training Officer
Last Filing Date:  May 31, 2021

Special Instructions:  



Thank you for your interest in the City of Lynden and the Assistant Fire Chief / Training Officer position. Kara Turner, Turner HR Services, Inc. will be assisting the City in this very important recruitment.
If you believe you are qualified for the Assistant Fire Chief / Training Officer position, please complete the following forms:
1. CityofLyndenApplicationForm
2. MinimumQualificationsChecklist(enclosed) 3. ApplicantDataInformationSheet(enclosed)
With this packet of information, please submit your resume and a cover letter addressing the following areas:
? What experiences, skills and traits qualify you for this position?
? Why does the City of Lynden?s mission and service to the community appeal to you?
? Why is the Assistant Fire Chief / Training Officer position the right next step for you in your career?
Please submit completed materials by email to kara@turnerhrservices.com. Questions regarding materials may be referred to Kara Turner by email or phone
(360) 739-5531.
First preference given to application packets received by 5pm on May 31, 2021. Position will remain open until filled.

The Position
Under the direction of the Fire Chief, the Assistant Fire Chief performs a variety of technical, administrative and supervisory work. The Assistant Fire Chief serves as the department?s Training Officer and assists the Fire Chief with planning, organizing, directing and implementing training operations, fire prevention, suppression and emergency medical services. The position will also provide oversight of departmental functions including: personnel management and scheduling, life safety inspections, health and firefighter safety awareness, and emergency services delivery and operations.

Major Responsibilities
Leadership and Direction
? Embrace, promote, and model the City?s Vision and Values.
? Directs and participates in major department programs.
? Provides leadership and technical and administrative direction to the programs, activities, and staff of the department,
? Develops and implements programs that educate and build partnerships with the public.
? Responds to incidents as needed, assuming command when necessary, or when assigned as duty officer.
? Assists in the development of SOPs, SOGs, and pre-fire planning.
? Performs duties as the City?s Fire Inspector.
? In the absence of the Fire Chief, will serve as Acting Fire Chief.

Supervisory Responsibilities
? Plans, schedules, and directs day-to-day operations within the fire department.
? Supervises Department Officers in the operation of emergency services.
? Conducts performance evaluations for assigned personnel.
? Oversees scheduling and coordination of annual leave, shift changes and daily shift coverage of assigned personnel.
? Assists in developing the department?s budget including capital, operational and personnel costs.

Training and Personnel Management
? Serves as the department?s Training Officer.
? Plans, oversees, and facilitates the department?s training program.
? Assigns personnel and equipment to such duties and uses as service requires.
? Maintains departmental discipline, conduct, and general behavior of all subordinate personnel.
? Assists with the handling of grievances and complaints from career and Volunteer personnel.
? May participate in labor relations through contract negotiation and bargaining.
? Assists with department hiring process.

Other Duties
? Coordinates businesses and other properties.
? Liaise with County Fire Marshal for fire investigations.
? Participates on the City?s Technical Review Committee. Conducts new construction inspections, and assists with new commercial, residential, and remodel plans examination. including supervision and personnel management.
? Facilitates problem solving
within the department and encourages a high degree of communication between employees and supervisors

? May be asked to attend conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field.
? May be asked to represent the City of Lynden and its Fire Department in a variety of local, county, state and federal meetings.
? Maintains effective working relationships with other emergency service providers in Whatcom County.
? Serves as a member of various employee committees.
? Performs the duties of command personnel as needed and fulfills obligations during on- call duty days or duty weeks.
? Performs other related duties as needed and assigned.

Education & Experience
Qualified candidates will have at least an Associate?s Degree in Fire Science, Public Administration or a closely related field, AND minimum of ten (10) years? experience in the fire service WITH at least five (5) years of full-time administrative experience in an upper level position in a public safety agency. For full qualifications and special requirements, please refer to the job description.

Ideal Candidate
The Assistant Fire Chief, may fill-in for the Fire Chief, as a member of the City?s Leadership Team. As such, the successful candidate is expected to embrace and model organizational Vision and Values. Further, the successful candidate must be willing to take a broad leadership role on issues that affect not only the Fire Department but the entire organization. As a leader in this organization, this individual must hold him/herself to the highest standards of public service.
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of accomplishments and leadership within the fire service. He or she will be an effective communicator, especially when presenting information to elected officials and the general public. Demonstrated skills in evaluating and implementing programs that enhance the department?s professionalism and solid infrastructure are essential.

Starting Salary:  $99,246 - $129,494
Top Salary:   N/A
Contact:   Lynden Fire Department
215 Fourth Street

Lynden, WA 98264

Additional Department Details:

Annual Budget: N/A
Population Served: 7,380
Number of Firefighters: 21

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