Blackstone MA - Fire Chief/Emergency ManagerPosted Dec 10, 2021
The Town of Blackstone (Population 9,326) is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Fire Chief/Emergency Manager. Located in Southern Central Massachusetts, proximate to the Worcester area and Rhode Island. The Department covers a response area of 11.2 square miles and operates from 3 stations. The Department provides fire/rescue and transport EMS services to the community. The Department is an ISO Class 4/4X organization that employs 13 career firefighters and 13 on call personnel. Fire Personnel work 24-hour shifts using a 1-2-1-4 schedule. The Department responded to 1,056 emergency calls in 2020. The annual operating budget is 1.2 million dollars.
The Chief is appointed by and reports to the Town Administrator and is a member of the Town’s Leadership team. Candidates must have strong, innovative leadership, conflict resolution, planning and managerial skills combined with excellent interpersonal and communications skills. A proven, successful record of experience in progressively responsible supervisory, administrative and command assignments is required.
Minimum qualifications include: Associates Degree with major coursework in in Fire Science or Fire Administration, Homeland Security, Emergency Management or a related field; Bachelors preferred; 7 years’ experience as a member in a comparable fire department and at least 5 years of experience as a command officer (Captain or above) in a comparable or larger organization. A combination of education and experience will be considered.