The City of Fremont, California is seeking an experienced, forward-thinking, visionary leader to serve as its next Deputy Fire Chief. This is an extraordinary opportunity to assist the Fire Chief in leading one of Northern California’s most prestigious fire departments. The selected Deputy Fire Chief will be a leader capable of collaboratively engaging a dynamic workforce and engaged community. The successful candidate will play an important role in assisting with the implementation of a recently adopted strategic plan, that will not only chart the course for the future of Fremont, but also ensure the continuation of high quality professional public safety services on a daily basis.
The Fremont Fire Department is an all-risk emergency response organization responsible for providing protection to its 240,000 residents and visitors in a 92-square mile area. With a Fiscal Year 2022/23 budget of approximately $65 million, the department currently consists of a total workforce of 162 personnel. There are 137 firefighters and Chief Officers that operate out of 11 fire stations located strategically throughout the City and are supported by 25 extremely talented and committed non-sworn personnel. All 11 engines and 2 truck companies are staffed with Firefighter/Paramedics and emergency transportation is provided through a contract with Falck Ambulance. Fremont Fire is highly regarded for their comprehensive training and preparedness for such potential hazards and threats including fires, earthquakes, mudslides, water rescue operations, HAZMAT responses, terrorism, and other natural and man-made threats that can impact metropolitan areas, industrial centers, major highways, and transportation corridors.
Any combination of education and/or experience that demonstrates possession of and competency in requisite knowledge and skills would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skills would be graduation from high school, supplemented by courses in fire science at the college level, and ten years of experience in an organized fire department including current service at the level of Battalion Chief, or above. Possession of a Class C California driver’s license at the time of appointment and satisfactory driving record is required. Successful completion of the Executive Fire Officer’s program at the National Fire Academy, California Chief Officer Certification, and/or a Bachelor’s/advanced degree in business, government management, public administration or a related field is highly desirable.