Rochester NH - Fire Chief


The City of Rochester (Population 30,955), incorporated in 1722 is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Fire Chief. Located in Southeastern New Hampshire, the department covers a response area of 46 square miles and operates from two stations. The Department is an ISO Class 3 organization that employs 44 career firefighters and 5 on call personnel which includes an Assistant Chief, 3 Deputy Chiefs, 4 Captains, 4 Lieutenants and 31 firefighters. The department responded to 2,462 emergency calls in 2020. The annual operating budget is 5.04 million dollars.

The Chief is appointed by and reports to the City Manager and is a member of the City’s Leadership team. Candidates must have strong, innovative leadership, planning and managerial skills combined with excellent interpersonal and communications skills and a sense of social responsibility. A proven, successful record of experience in progressively responsible supervisory, administrative and command assignments is required.

Minimum qualifications include: Bachelors’ Degree in Fire Science or Fire Administration; Master’s preferred; 15 years of fire suppression experience as a career member in an organized fire department and at least 6 years of experience as a command officer in a comparable or larger organization. A comparable combination of education and experience will be considered.

Candidates must possess or can obtain New Hampshire or Pro Board Fire Officer I/II certification, ICS/NIMS Training through level 300/400.

Candidates must have demonstrated experience and skill within the following critical areas; budgeting, crafting collaborative interagency relationships, labor management relations in a unionized environment, pacing change, fireground management, incident command and emergency management. Consideration will be given to Graduates of the National Fire Academies Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP).

Salary range is $103,484 to $139,043 depending upon qualifications and experience. Residency is required within 6 months of appointment.

A resume and cover letter formatted as a PDF file can be sent to CURRENTLY ON HOLD AND WILL REOPEN IN DECEMBER

All applications for this position will be held in confidence.

The City of Rochester is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or age.

Additional Information: 

Administrative Office: Plymouth, NH | Seacoast Office: Portsmouth, NH Toll Free: 866.501.0352 Tel: 603.279.0352