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Fire Service Career Opportunities

Below you will find Career Opportunities throughout the Fire Service in the Commonwealth of Virginia. All listings will be posted for a maximum of 30 days unless a designated deadline is defined within the text.

Fire & EMS Chief - County of Powhatan

Title Fire & EMS Chief
Organization County of Powhatan
Salary Range Negotiable up to $99,500
Closing Date 8/18/2014

Powhatan County is accepting applications from qualified candidates to serve as the County’s Fire and EMS Chief. The Chief directs all activities and programs of the Fire and EMS Department which encompasses the County’s fire, rescue, emergency medical services, and emergency management functions. The County has a combined volunteer/career system consisting of five volunteer fire companies, one volunteer rescue squad, paid career EMS staff and part-time paid career fire and emergency management staff.


This position requires a bachelor’s degree and ten or more years of progressively responsible administrative and managerial experience, including five years in a supervisory position of at least a Fire Captain in paid career capacity. Additional requirements: VDFP Fire Officer II, VDFP Fire Officer III preferred and required within one year of employment, VDFP Fire Instructor III, VDEM Hazardous Materials Operations certification or equivalent, Virginia PEM preferred and required within one year of employment, and Department of Homeland Security EMI Professional Development Series Certificate preferred and required within two years of employment. Volunteer or EMS firefighting experience preferred.

The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrated leadership and managerial skills directing a combined system composed predominately of volunteers. This position requires 24 hour on call availability, and the ability to work in extreme weather and hazardous environment conditions.

Additional Information

Salary negotiable, based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefit package includes participation in the Virginia Retirement System, vacation, and sick leave, group life insurance, medical insurance, professional dues and conference expenses. Relocation allowance negotiable. Submit completed County application, letter of application, resume, salary history and work related references to County of Powhatan, VA, 3834 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23139. Position open until filled, with preference given to applications received by Monday, August 18, 2014. Official Powhatan County applications can be downloaded and printed from the County’s website at

Powhatan County is an EOE.


Linda Jones

Chief of Fire & EMS - County of Botetourt

Title Chief of Fire & EMS
Organization County of Botetourt
Salary Range DOQ
Closing Date Open Until Filled

Botetourt County is currently accepting applications for the newly created position of Chief of Fire and Emergency Medical Services to lead an evolving combination department with 12 volunteer agencies and a full-time staff of 33.

The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of Fire, EMS and emergency management. This position requires a team oriented, consensus-building leader, with a strong history of proven management experience in fire services, EMS or emergency management; 4-year degree or commensurate education and experience. Excellent written and verbal communication, budgeting, strategic planning, analytical and organizational skills are needed. Salary is negotiable; DOQ and includes a competitive benefit package.

Job Description:

Responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of Fire, EMS and Emergency Preparedness / Management. Performs complex administrative work in development and application of policy designed to facilitate efficient and effective protection of lives and property. Oversees and coordinates operations of both career and volunteer services in the best interest of the citizens. Functions under the general supervision of the County Administrator. Serves as Emergency Services Coordinator and incident commander as required. Employee may be subject to the usual hazards of emergency response work.

Requires extensive knowledge of fire and rescue services and experience working with combination volunteer/career systems and the public. Experience in developing and administering complex budgets is required. Experience coordinating with local, state and federal organizations, including but not limited to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Fire Programs, Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services. Familiarity with State, federal, and private grant application processes, CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch), public safety communications systems and principles, and standard MS Office suite of programs is desirable.

EXAMPLES OF WORK (Illustrative Only):
Serves as the overall director of Fire and EMS services for the County in order to provide these services Countywide. Serves as Emergency Services Coordinator in major emergencies. Delegates authority as required within the NIMS and ICS frameworks.
Works with the Board of Supervisors, administration and any officially designated boards, teams, commissions or committees to develop goals and objectives for the provision of a comprehensive system of emergency services.
Develops, directs and implements policies and procedures for the administration of Countywide emergency services in support of such goals and objectives and, subject to review by the Emergency Services Board or Board of Supervisors, implements such policies and procedures.
Develops, justifies and implements operational and capital budget outlay for all public safety / emergency services activities.
Develops and maintains positive working relationships and liaisons with all volunteer fire and rescue agencies.
Ensures development and implementation of a comprehensive plan for recruiting and retaining volunteer personnel.
Oversees daily operations of career emergency services.
Ensures development and maintenance of a Countywide training program designed to meet goals and objectives established by the Emergency Services Board or Board of Supervisors.
Ensures development, maintenance, and reporting of detailed response data for both career and volunteer agencies.
Develops, maintains, and exercises the County’s Emergency Operations Plan.
Develops and maintains the County’s Hazardous Materials response plan.
Develops, maintains in a constant state of readiness, and operates the County’s Emergency Operations center.
Coordinates with all departments, agencies, and groups required to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies of any size and nature.
Coordinates with the Botetourt County Emergency Communications Center / Sheriff’s Department and others as required to ensure comprehensive local and mutual aid communications required to achieve goals and objectives.
Coordinates as required with the Botetourt County Communications Center / Sheriff’s Department to maintain and activate the County’s Emergency Citizen Alert System.
Coordinates with all applicable agencies, groups, teams and other organizations to ensure local, regional and state coordination of matters related to public safety.
Ensures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Ensures maintenance of records and timely submission of reports required by local, state and federal authorities.
Seeks grant opportunities in support of established goals and objectives; prepares and administers such grants in compliance with requirements.
Administers all emergency services related fee for service programs.
Develops, maintains and implements a system for education of the general public promoting emergency preparedness. Makes public presentations as required.
Responds to emergencies as required.
Performs other duties as may be assigned.


Comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of emergency services operations. Exceptional management, coordination and collaboration skills and the ability to communicate complex concepts in both written and oral format, including public presentations. Ability to develop and maintain accurate records and articulate findings clearly in reports. Ability to interact with and positively motivate both volunteer and career personnel in a variety of situations. Strong analytical abilities. Must have extensive experience and knowledge of Fire, EMS and Emergency Management, including volunteer systems. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Professional applications. Excellent time management, delegation and project management skills. Strong knowledge of State and Federal Fire and EMS regulations.

Four year degree or equivalent in Fire Science, Emergency Management, Public Administration, Business Administration or related advanced education in the Fire/EMS or emergency management fields. Extensive demonstrated upwardly mobile experience in fire protection, emergency management, or emergency medical services. Field response and incident command experience is required. Demonstrated ability to manage complex tasks and multiple projects simultaneously, and to work well with the public, co-workers, and superiors. Must be NIMS compliant to Emergency Manager / Command level within 12 months of employment.

Additional Information

Application, job description and benefits summary are located on the Botetourt County website: Contact Human Resources with questions (540-473-8233).

Candidates should submit a completed application form, cover letter with salary requirement and resume to:

Botetourt County
Human Resources
5 West Main St, Suite 200
Fincastle, VA 24090
or e-mail to
(Reference Chief in the subject line).

Preference will be given to applications received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, June 2, 2014. Position remains open until filled.

Botetourt County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Human Resources
Last Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014