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Beloit, WI - Assistant Fire Chief

The City of Beloit, WI (pop. 36,966), located on the southern Wisconsin state line, is a community with a proud legacy of strength, beauty and diversity and is seeking experienced public safety professionals with strong leadership skills as candidates for its next Assistant Fire Chief. The City is home to the internationally renowned Beloit College and the gateway to the state of Wisconsin from Illinois greeting over 1,000,000 tourists annually through the welcome center at 39/90 and I-43.

The City covers 17.70 square miles with a downtown that is the historical, cultural and social center of the community residing along the Rock River and Turtle Creek with a dense cluster of small shops and boutiques along the riverfront park system.  The City of Beloit prides itself on providing state of the art municipal services with a strong emphasis on customer service. Please note the following information about the department and the Assistant Chief position requirements:

  • Including the Fire Chief, the Beloit Fire Department is staffed by 61 personnel. Personnel from the rank of Firefighter through Captain are represented by the International Association of Firefighters Local 583. 33 Personnel are certified Paramedics and all personnel on the department must be certified as Wisconsin EMT’s - National Registry accepted, but must meet the Wisconsin EMT requirements within one (1) year of employment.  The department provides full Fire, EMS (ALS), Fire Prevention and Special Teams Operations.
  • The Fire Chief is seeking an experienced, innovative, collaborative fire service leader with demonstrated managerial, interpersonal and customer service skills.  Successful candidates must have an outgoing personality and be approachable to residents, business and governmental leaders.
  • The Assistant Chief is the second in command to the Fire Chief with a unique responsibility of being part of the shift operations on a 24/48 schedule and not on a traditional 40-hour workweek.  This position is classified as the “Officer-in-Charge” of that shift and the two other shifts are staffed with Deputy Fire Chiefs as the “Officer-in-Charge” of their respective operations.  The two Deputy Fire Chiefs are subordinate officers to the Assistant Chief.  Each shift has a Captain (headquarters) and two Lieutenants (outlying stations) as the remainder of the supervisory staff.
  • The next Assistant Chief will possess specific skills related to the Personnel and Operations divisions of the department.  Additionally, the position will require having a demonstrated record of fairness, transparency and consistency in the administration of personnel along with a background in collective bargaining. The Assistant Fire Chief must possess well-developed writing and public speaking skills and the utmost integrity.

Successful candidates will minimally possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, or closely related field from an accredited college/university.  Master’s Degree preferred.  The position requires 5-7 years of supervisory experience in fire department operations and administration. Completion, or enrollment with a completion date in the National Fire Academy Executive Officers certification is desired.  Completion of Command and General Staff certification is required along with ICS specific certifications.  Wisconsin State Certified EMT required. The annual salary for this position is $109,920 (+) depending upon qualifications.   The City of Beloit also offers an attractive benefits package. 

Interested professionals should submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 professional references by November 27, 2017 to consultants Heidi Voorhees and Tim Sashko at:  www.govhrusa.com/current-positions/recruitment.

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