Fire Chief – Los Banos, CA

Client: City of Los Banos, California
Position: Fire Chief
Closing Date: Appointment Made

Additional Information: 


The City of Los Banos is seeking a new Fire Chief due to the upcoming retirement of the current Chief. With a history of superior fire service, the new Chief will be well received to continue and grow this tradition through creative and innovative ideas for the department. In addition, the City’s General Plan includes important objectives that reinforce the need for a strong citywide fire safety program including, an Economic Development Strategy, a Business Park Master Plan, and a Downtown Strategic Plan. Reporting to the City Manager, the Chief’s position is responsible for the daily administration and operation of the Fire Department, which includes a paid staff of 19, operating in three-shifts at two fire stations. The command structure consists of an Assistant Fire Chief and six Fire Captains. Traditionally, the Department has had a strong Volunteer Fire Program, which currently has 11 volunteers. With an annual departmental budget of $5.5 million, the range of services include fire and wildland fire suppression, paramedic emergency medical response (ambulance transport supplied by a private operator), fire prevention, code compliance, hazardous material mitigation, and administrative support. Labor union representation is provided by the Los Banos Firefighters Local 4703, which has a good working relationship with the Fire Chief and city management. Importantly, coordination of mutual aid with both Cal-Fire and other surrounding city fire departments is also the responsibility of the Fire Chief.

Requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and five years of increasingly responsible command and supervisory experience in an organized fire department, including three years of administrative and management responsibility. Other certifications such as a “California Fire Officer Certificate” are required as part of the Fire Chief’s job description. For those candidates who do not immediately possess the required certifications, there can be flexibility on timing and certificate completion depending upon a candidate’s specific experience and circumstances.

The current salary range is $132,372 to $168,972, DOQ, plus a comprehensive benefits package including CalPERS retirement. As the current Fire Chief is soon retiring, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for the Fire Chief’s position as soon as possible to Ralph Andersen & Associates by sending a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume to Review of resumes will be upon receipt of a completed submittal and elevated to the City’s Leadership as identified and evaluated by the Search Team.