Syracuse City
  • 05-Sep-2017 to 19-Sep-2017 (MST)
  • Syracuse, UT, USA
  • $76,501-$116,291
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability, Retirement with Utah State Retirement Systems, Vacation Leave, Sick Leave, Holidays, etc

Job Title:              Fire Chief

Department:         Fire

Reports To:          City Manager

Status:                  Full Time, Exempt (Salary)

Wage Scale:         $76,501-$116,291

Close Date:          September 19, 2017

Hours:                  40 hours per week, additional hours as needed


Position Summary:

This position is responsible for performing a variety of technical, administrative, and supervisory work in planning, organizing, directing, and implementing fire prevention, suppression, and emergency medical services to prevent or minimize the loss of life and property by fire and emergency medical conditions.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage personnel and activities of Syracuse City Fire Department;
  • Plan, coordinate, supervise, and evaluate Fire and EMS operations;
  • Direct and oversee fire prevention, public education, medical and fire training activities including plan reviews and inspections;
  • Prepare and implement annual budget and grant funding for fire department;
  • Direct and oversee equipment purchase and maintenance for fire department;
  • Act as Commander at fire scene or other large or complex emergency incidents as required;
  • Participate in leadership and regional agencies and councils;
  • Coordinate mutual aid and disaster planning meetings;
  • Prepare and submit reports as appropriate;
  • Supervise the inspection of buildings and other properties for fire hazards and enforce fire prevention ordinances;
  • Lead, train, and develop staff;
  • Establish working relationships with community groups, city council, government officials, other city department heads, and the media;
  • Maintain a productive working environment which includes, but is not limited to, a spirit of cooperation with co-workers, peers, and the public;
  • Other duties as assigned by the City Manager;


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of EMS and resuscitation techniques and their application
  • Knowledge of technical and administrative principles and practices, methods, and techniques of fire suppression, and prevention programs, and emergency medical services;
  • Knowledge of operation, maintenance, and uses of modern firefighting equipment;
  • Knowledge of local and national building and fire codes;
  • Skilled in the operation of the applicable tools and equipment;
  • Skilled in working under stress and using good judgement in emergency situations;
  • Ability to present various options and approaches to problem identification and resolutions;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to analyze situations and adopt a reasonable course of action;
  • Ability to work irregular hours;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, department heads, city employees, employees of other jurisdictions, and the general public;
  • Ability to develop an understanding of city and departmental specific information, policies, and procedures;


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.


While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, hear, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and smell.  Employee will also occasionally be required to perform a variety of physically demanding maneuvers and activities while involved in fire fighting and rescue operations, including running, walking, stooping, bending, rolling, crawling, climbing, jumping, lifting, carrying, dragging, and safely operating assigned equipment and vehicles.  Employee must successfully pass medical exam after job offer.


The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 200 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moderately quiet in-office settings, and occasionally to outside weather conditions.  Occasional moderately strenuous physical labor may be required. The noise level is usually quiet in office settings and loud at emergency scenes.  Work is performed primarily in office, vehicles and outdoor settings.  Work is occasionally performed in emergency and stressful situations.  Individual is exposed to hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance including, but not limited to smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils.


Work can be under a variety of unfavorable conditions including harsh weather, poor or no lighting, extremes in temperatures, all types of weather conditions, electrical hazards and exposure to communicable diseases and blood-borne pathogens in body fluids.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in fire science or a closely related field; and
  • Eight to ten (8-10) years of experience, including two (2) years of administrative or supervisory experience at the level of a Fire Captain; or
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Must be Fire Officer Certified (NFPA 1021 Standard)
  • Must be EMT or Paramedic Certified
  • Must have Hazmat Awareness and Operations Certificates
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Must have NIMS 100, 200, 300, 700, and 800 Certificates



Application Instructions:

Qualified applicants must complete a Syracuse City employment application online at  If you do not have access to a computer, you may come to the Syracuse City Hall Administration building located at 1979 W 1900 S, Syracuse, UT 84075 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Applicants needing further information regarding the position or needing assistance due to a disability should contact Shauna Greer, at

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