Deputy Fire Chief

In the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Richland, Washington and its sister cities of Kennewick, Pasco and West Richland make up the Tri-Cities MSA (population 300,000). Richland is the third-largest city with more than 60,000 residents. The City enjoys the third-highest per capita income levels in Washington State.

The ideal Deputy Fire Chief will have a strong operational and administrative background with excellent communication skills and the ability to successfully lead change initiatives. The successful candidate will have a passion for service and will be mission-driven with a shared vision to produce excellent results at all levels. The selected candidate must possess a servant leader management philosophy and a high degree of emotional intelligence and humility.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in EMS, medical administration, fire administration, public administration, business administration, or related field and at least six years of experience in municipal fire and emergency services operations, including at least three years in a managerial/supervisory capacity (Battalion Chief or above) or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Candidates must have experience in public engagement, community or organizational risk reduction efforts, incident management, emergency preparedness, and extensive supervisory or management experience in a unionized environment.

Special requirements include: Washington state Hazardous Materials Incident Command training within six (6) months of hire, I-700 and I-800 National Incident Management System Certificates within six (6) months of hire and a valid driver’s license.

Preferred qualifications include: Experience in emergency management, special rescue (high angle, confined space), hazardous materials, public education and Community Risk Reduction. A master’s degree or completion of Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program through the National Fire Academy (NFA). Experience with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Familiarity with the Washington Administrative Code, experience with ambulance billing practices and experience with all aspects of the labor negotiations process.

The compensation range for this position is $109,304 – $153,025.

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For more information on this position contact:

Kurt Hodgen, Senior Vice President, Executive Recruitment



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