Fire Chief/Emergency Management Coordinator

Borough of Carlisle, PA

DESCRIPTION: This position involves managerial, administrative, professional and technical work in the direction of all regular and volunteer fire function duties as described within the Borough Ordinance. The Borough’s fire functions are performed by two independent fire companies that the Borough provides funding to assist with personnel and operations. The companies are primarily comprised of volunteers although each station has paid personnel to supplement the volunteers.

This position is responsible to administer the budget appropriated by Council for firefighting activities; serve as the commander on the scene for fire calls and fire-related emergencies; work with the Borough’s code enforcement office in administering the Fire Prevention Code; identification and recommendation of efficiencies through mutual aid and regionalization; coordination of fire training and fire prevention programs; assist the individual stations with administrative and regulatory actions; and, serve as the principle liaison between the fire companies and Borough personnel and officials.

Considerable independent judgment and initiative is exercised in accomplishing the goals and objectives set forth by the Borough Council and Manager. As a direct report to the Borough Manager, the incumbent serves as a champion for the delivery of fire protection services; stays abreast of various trends within the fire profession; consults with the Manager on issues of policy and planning while working independently in supervising technical operations. Emphasis is placed on high performance and interpersonal effectiveness.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The essential functions may include the customary duties and responsibilities noted herein, however, the information below is not an exhaustive list of duties and instead serves as a representative sample of the expectations of the position.

 Plans, directs, and supervises the activities of the fire department as specified in the Carlisle Code.
 Assumes command at all major fires and fire-related emergencies; assigns personnel to command firefighting operations in the absence of the Fire Chief; and, supervises the investigation and determination of fire causes.
 Gives general supervision to the enforcement of fire prevention laws and ordinances including safety regulations for commercial and public occupancies including places of assembly, business, educational and institutional facilities, industrial (hazardous) occupancies, residential properties, and structures that could pose a fire or life safety risk.
 Establishes and implements operational guidelines based on best practices, state and federal regulations.
 Develops and implements training programs in accordance with acceptable standards to improve the understanding and skill of all staff in firefighting, fire suppression, rescue and hazardous materials programs.
 Plans, organizes, and conducts Borough-wide fire prevention programming. Address civic organizations and other community groups regarding the activities and programs of the Fire Department to advance an understanding of the fire service and elevate community engagement.
 Establishes and advances volunteer recruitment and retention strategies.
 Prepares and submits the annual budget and capital improvement plan and administers the expenditure of funds within approved limits.

 Serves as liaison to various governmental agencies, community groups, and the general public. Serves as a primary media contact and spokesperson for the fire department.
 Recommends and plans long-range goals, objectives, organizational structure, and overall direction for the Carlisle Fire Department. Monitors, reviews, and communicates the implementation phases of the department's strategic plans accordingly.
 Ensures compliance with all legislation, policies and procedures and provides guidance and interpretation.
 Addresses complaints and inquiries regarding the fire department activities efficiently and effectively.
 Serves as the Borough’s Emergency Management Coordinator and participates in local and regional emergency planning with key partner agencies.
 Maintains effective working relationships with neighboring fire departments and jurisdictions to ensure adequate mutual aid to mitigate emergency incidents.
 Establishes and maintains a working environment conducive to positive morale, quality, creativity and teamwork.
 Carries out additional duties as assigned by the Borough Manager.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist department heads and others with policy and procedures relative to their area of expertise. Recommend employee relations practices necessary to establish a positive employer-employee relationship and promote a high level of morale and motivation. Give presentations to employees and in public sessions. Assist with special projects and/or other tasks, as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS: The ideal candidate will be a progressive, innovative professional with strong leadership skills who excels in management, emergency management, and public service. They will be a collaborative and responsive problem solver who possesses a comprehensive knowledge of modern firefighting and fire prevention methods with an in-depth knowledge of fire principles and practices, current laws, and regulations. Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, direct and act with integrity, discipline, and objectivity and to foster personal growth and leadership talent within the fire department.

The candidate shall have the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively and possess an approachable demeanor having the ability to interact with the community and its stakeholders to advance Carlisle’s vision and reputation as a progressive, inclusive and responsive government.

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE & TRAINING: Graduation from the National Fire Academy is highly desirable. The applicant must have at least 7 years of progressively responsible administration and supervisory experience in the fire service at the rank of assistant chief or higher, or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.

Note: Graduation from a college or university of recognized standing with a bachelor’s degree in fire science, public administration, or business administration may also be considered when combined with experience and training.

 Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Fire Officer 1.
 National Incident Management System (NIMS) training is required including ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 300, ICS 400, and ICS 700.
 Must possess a valid Driver’s license.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is primarily in an office setting, although periods of time may be in the field. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to hold or feel, reach with hands and arms, walk, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, sit, climb, balance, stoop, and crouch. Specific vision abilities include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision, and depth perception. Work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data and observing general surroundings and activities. This position occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 50 pounds or more in emergency situations. The noise level in the work environment is typically low to moderate. Employee may also be exposed to outside weather, extreme heat and wet conditions and other emergency-related exposures, as well as life-threatening incidents. Work may require wearing specialized personal protective equipment and occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, high, precarious places, hazards and risks.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to the following e-mail address:

Job Details

Job Function
Fire Chief
Position Type
Part Time

Borough of Carlisle


53 W South St
Carlisle, PA 17013-3458
United States

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