DeKalb County Fire Rescue Chief
DeKalb County Government has an exciting opportunity for an innovative, progressive, highly qualified and experienced leader to become its next Fire Rescue Chief. The new Chief will be a strategic, results-oriented individual with leadership experience in the fire suppression field. The ideal candidate will have progressive vision, long-term thinking, superior analytical abilities and outstanding communication skills. Specific knowledge of what it takes to lead, manage and champion a major fire department is critical.
The new Fire Rescue Chief must convey a strong command presence and possess in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the profession which includes staying current on recent trends and best practices, the ability to work collaboratively with elected and appointed officials, and working effectively within an economically and culturally diverse community.
Fire Rescue Department Structure
The DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department was formed in 1937 in Decatur, Georgia. Today, the department consists of 623 sworn personnel and 25 civilians and serves as a model for other departments throughout the nation. The Department has 26 stations that respond to over 95,000 emergency calls per year, providing service to over 700,000 citizens, ranking it as the 28th busiest fire rescue department in the country. Two Deputy Chiefs and three Assistant Chiefs, under the direction of the Fire Rescue Chief, oversee operations, administrative services, emergency management and the Fire Marshal’s Office.
The Fire Rescue Chief is responsible for coordinating emergency fire rescue services including fire suppression, prevention, hazardous materials mitigation, inspection, arson investigation, training, and emergency medical and disaster services. Specific duties include managing a budget of approximately $60M; evaluating the adequacy of existing personnel, facilities, and equipment, and recommending the appropriate replacement, alteration and additions; reviewing and interpreting County ordinances and fire codes; promoting positive public relations and maintaining a close relationship with the community; and representing Fire Rescue at all Board of Commissioner meetings.
Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science, Public Administration or a related field; fifteen years of experience in Fire and/or Emergency Medical Services or a related field, five of which must have included managerial experience in a similar sized jurisdiction or agency. Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license. State Firefighter certification must be obtained within one year of employment.
Please click on the link below to view the Fire and Rescue Chief brochure.
Resumes will be held in strict confidence andshould be submitted to:
Brian M. Davis
Human Resources Generalist IV