The City of Richmond is conducting a national search for an innovative and committed fire professional to serve as the next Fire Chief. The members of the City of Richmond Fire Department work to protect approximately 110,000 residents, as well as businesses and visitors, over a 30.1 square mile area through seven fire stations. With an ISO Class 3 rating, the Department provides services in the areas of Fire Prevention, Fire Suppression, Investigation, Inspection, Emergency Service, Emergency Preparedness, Public Education, and community programs. The Fire Chief, appointed by and reporting to the City Manager, will oversee a budget of $28 million and 88 sworn and 5 non-sworn full-time employees. The Department operates out of 7 fire stations (eight 3-0 crews), with an apparatus fleet of 7 fire engines including 1 fully staffed truck, 1 cross staffed truck, 2 rescue units, 1 hazardous materials unit, 1 breathing support unit, and 1 fire boat. In 2020, the Richmond Fire Department’s average response time was five minutes responding to 14,139 calls for services; approximately 53% of those calls were for rescue/medical.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of seven years of increasingly responsible command and management experience, with four of the years at the command or supervisory level. The equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fire science, fire administration, emergency management, public administration, business administration, political science, or a closely related field is strongly desired. A Master’s or other advanced degree is a significant plus. Executive Fire Officer Certification, the Chief Fire Officer Designation, Executive Development Institute, or similar endeavors are also highly desirable.
The compensation for Fire Chief is up to a maximum of $225,420 annually (DOQ); excellent benefits are included.