Fire Chief

City of Livingston, MT

Due to a planned retirement the City of Livingston, Montana and Livingston Fire Rescue is recruiting for our next Fire Chief!
Lead the premiere Fire and EMS combined all ALS service in Montana.

Under the direction of the appointed City Manager, the Fire Chief administers the day-today operations of the department and performs a variety of technical, administrative, and supervisory duties. The role of the Fire Chief in Livingston is a very hands-on position and it is critical that the Chief be engaged and visible. The Chief is involved in all aspects of running the department from managing the budget to helping trouble shoot issues with the vehicles. The Chief establishes and maintains effective working relationships with career and volunteer personnel and plans, organizes, trains, evaluates, and directs the work performance of personnel. The Chief must have a strong labor-management background so that the current outstanding relationship between IAFF Local 630 and the administrative team can be maintained. The Chief is also a visible member of the community and expected to be involved in a variety of community activities. The Chief needs to nurture a mentoring environment, build trust, and ensure that training, equipment, and administrative needs are met. The ability to delegate and use the strength of the whole team is important to ensuring progress is made and employees are actively engaged in the organization.

The ideal candidate will develop a shared vision amongst the personnel, share information in a transparent manner, and maintain confidence when required. He or she will embrace staff development, succession planning, and mentoring as key to the department’s current and future success. Experience in budgeting, EMS levies, and grant application processes at the local, state, and federal level and have demonstrated ability to formulate, implement, and manage operating and capital budgets is necessary. The ideal candidate will value open and transparent relationships as a key to success. This includes providing and receiving feedback on a variety of topics, including performance, when appropriate. The Chief will need the ability to evaluate organizational design and make changes that are necessary to support the day-to-day operations of the Department.

Montana Paramedic or current license as a Paramedic or ability to obtain within 3 months of hire (REQUIRED for consideration)
Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Fire Science, Emergency Management, or related field
Ten years of progressively responsible fire suppression, emergency medical services, and administrative experience including five years in a command and administrative capacity; at least half of which should be in a 'combined' Department (Fire and EMS) - within a Union environment strongly preferred.
Experience in creating, maintaining and revising Standard Operating Guidelines and Medical protocols and municipal budgets and EMS Transport and Billing.
Experience in wildland and wildland/urban interface firefighting
Fire Officer I and II, Fire Instructor II
Incident Command System (100, 200, 300, and 400)
Red Card Certification

Areas of specialized professional experience that are not required but preferred are:
Master’s degree in Fire Administration, Business, Public Administration, Organizational Leadership or other related field
Executive Fire Officer (EFO) or Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation or actively enrolled
Fire Officer III and IV
Completion of the on-campus Command and Control series at the National Fire Academy, or the Blue Card program

Full posting is available for review at: For questions please call: (406) 823-9870

How to Apply

Application Deadline
Please email a current/updated resume, cover letter and list of current certifications to:

Job Details

Job Function
Fire Chief
Position Type
Full Time

City of Livingston


414 E Callender St
Livingston, MT 59047-2700
United States

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