Blackstone MA - Fire ChiefEmergency Manager

Blackstone MA - Fire Chief/Emergency Manager

Deadline: January 31, 2022

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.

Candidates must possess or can obtain Massachusetts or National EMT – Basic (paramedic preferred), Pro Board Firefighter I/II, Fire Officer I/II, Fire Instructor I/II certification, hazardous materials operations level certification and be ICS/NIMS Training through level 300.

Candidates must have demonstrated experience and skill within the following critical areas; budgeting, grant writing, crafting collaborative interagency relationships, labor management relations, pacing change, fireground management, incident command and emergency management. Consideration will be given to Chief Fire Officers credentialed in Massachusetts and Graduates of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) or the Massachusetts Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Training program.

Salary range is up to $104,882 depending upon qualifications and experience. Residency within 20 miles of the Town of Blackstone is required. 

A resume and cover letter formatted as a PDF file can be sent to Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2022. All applications for this position will be held in confidence. The Town of Blackstone is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or age.


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