Belmont MA - Fire Chief

Deadline: October 16, 2020

The Town of Belmont, Ma (approx. pop. 26,123) is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Fire Chief. The Town of Belmont is a suburban community located in heart of the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area. Known to longtime residents as “The Town of Homes”, Belmont is a primarily residential community located in close proximity to the region’s economic centers. A part of Middlesex County, Belmont is situated on Cambridge’s western border and is just 8 miles from Downtown Boston.


The Belmont Fire Department is a full-service fire/rescue and EMS department made up of a staff of 56 sworn personnel including an Assistant Fire Chief, five (5) Captains, thirteen (13) Lieutenants, thirty-six (36) Fire Fighters and one (1) administrative staff member. With the exception of the Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief, and the administrative staff member, all sworn Fire personnel are represented through collective bargaining units.


The Department operates from two fully staffed stations. The department provides EMS services at the paramedic level. There are a total of approximately 4,800 fire and EMS calls per year. The current annual operating budget of the Fire Department is $5,900,000.


The Fire Chief is appointed by the Select Board but receives administrative direction and supervisory oversight by the Town Administrator. Candidates must have strong leadership 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 also required.


Minimum qualifications include: A Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Business or Public Administration or a related field from an accredited university or college is required, Master’s Degree highly preferred; 7-10 years of municipal fire/rescue experience including at least 5 years in a supervisory, command position as an officer in a career fire department with significant administrative responsibilities. EMT with Massachusetts/National EMT certification. National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer and Massachusetts Chief Fire Officer credentialing preferred.


Candidates must have demonstrated experience and skill within the following critical areas; budgeting, crafting collaborative interagency relationships, labor management collaboration pacing change, fireground management, incident command and emergency management.

Starting base pay range for this position is $125,000 to $160,000 subject to final contract negotiations.


A resume and cover letter formatted as a PDF file can be sent to

Applications will be accepted until close of business on October 16, 2020. The Town of Belmont is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or age.

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