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Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, IL - Fire Chief

Lisle, IL (population served: 70,000 and 100,000 daytime. Progressive, collaborative emergency management professionals sought as candidates for Fire Chief in highly professional organization. Located in DuPage County, the Lisle Woodridge Fire District (LWFD) is a recognized leader in emergency management services providing state of the art fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response teams and other key services for the communities of Lisle, Woodridge and parts of unincorporated DuPage County.  This position reports to a five member Board of Trustees that is appointed by the County Board Chairman. 

LWFD employs 93 full-time sworn personnel including the Chief, Deputy Chief, EMS Coordinator, Training/Safety Officer, 3 Battalion Chiefs, 3 Captains, 12 lieutenants and 69 full-time firefighters/paramedics.  The selected candidate will administer, manage, direct, and supervise all district operations and programs with a $17 million operating budget, which includes five stations in a 24 square mile area. In 2016, the LWFD responded to approximately 7,000 calls for service of which approximately 70% were EMS related. The LWFD has a #1 ISO rating and is currently pursuing accreditation. For more information about the LWFD go to the District’s website at

The next Fire Chief must have experience in the development and administration of modern management practices for emergency management services.  This includes collaboration both internally and externally, proactively seeking solutions to both operational and fiscal challenges that are inherent in today’s emergency services arena.  Finance and budgeting experience is extremely important with the ability to take a long range view of the District’s finances, staffing and operational needs.  Thoughtful, creative and inclusive decision making skills are highly critical for success in this position. Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills required.  A commitment to transparency in the conduct of the District’s operations and in working with the Board and employees is very important.

Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science Management or related field, a master’s degree is strongly desired. Executive Fire Officer or similar training is highly valued. Candidates must have progressively responsible experience in fire operations, emergency medical services, fire rescue, fire prevention and education, with at least five years of senior command level experience.

Residency within the Fire District is required within a reasonable amount of time; The starting salary range is $150,000- $165,000 DOQ, and an attractive benefits package will be offered. Applicants must submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for five professional references by March 3, 2017 to the attention of Heidi Voorhees at, 630 Dundee Road #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3243.

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