Sherwood Fire Department, Sherwood, Arkansas
Fire Chief Recruitment
Sherwood prides itself on quality neighborhoods and schools, along with strong business and retail centers. Friendly people, natural surroundings and beautiful weather are part of what make Sherwood a favorite.
Sherwood Fire Department (SFD) serves most of the City of Sherwood and parts of unincorporated areas of Pulaski County. SFD provides the following services: Fire Suppression, Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Services, Rescue, Vehicle Extrication, Fire Investigations, Fire Prevention, Community Risk Reduction, Commercial Property Inspections, CPR and Fire Safety Training. The department responded to over 3,047 calls for service in 2019 with 73% of those being emergency medical calls. The Department’s service area covers approximately 30 square miles and has an approximant population of 30,000. In the response area, there are over 10,000 homes, a major hospital and a major surgery center, many large and small business, 3 nursing homes, and a K-12 public school. SFD has an ISO rating of 2. The Department has a 2020 budget of 3 Million dollars and its facilities include 3 fire stations and a Training Center with Administrative offices. The Administration Offices house the Chiefs' offices, and support staff. SFD employs 37 full time and 8 part time personnel.
The Ideal Candidate
SFD is seeking a Fire Chief who is a seasoned, decisive administrator and effective manager with command presence and varied experiences. The Chief must demonstrate the ability to empower, develop, motivate and encourage others. An individual known for having outstanding communication skills and an approach characterized by professionalism, fairness, integrity, openness, honesty, and transparency would do well in this position. The ideal candidate will be an inspirational, visionary, and innovative individual able to enhance the morale of the Department, with an approachable, responsive, confident, and trustworthy character. The selected Chief will have experience working with a diverse community and in working with a variety of groups at the neighborhood level. The Department requires a highly ethical Chief who will recognize the importance of representing the best interests of the Department. It is essential that the chosen candidate have a proactive problem-solving approach to the position and be both willing and able to make difficult decisions when necessary. Candidates must have held a permanent position as an Officer for a minimum of five (5) years in a fire department or public safety agency, and a Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college, university, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position. A Master’s degree or the ability to obtain one is desired. If hired the position requires the Chief to reside no more than 30 minutes from 400 Lantrip Rd, Sherwood, AR (Station 1).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Fire Chief is hired by and reports to the Pulaski County Fire Protection District #5 Board of Commissioners. A full job description is available upon request.
Benefits and Compensation
The annual salary for the incoming Fire Chief is $70,000 to $75,000 and is dependent upon qualifications. SFD also offers a benefits package including:
Retirement: Arkansas State LOPFI,
Medical Insurance: Provided with some employee participation,
Use of Sherwood Fire Department vehicle for Department business.
Vacation: 5 days after first six months of employment.
10 days annually after first year of employment.
Holidays: 8 days per year.
Sick Leave: 8 days per year.
WHERE PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE STATE AND LOCAL LAW, YOU WILL BE SUBJECT TO PRE– EMPLOYMENT DRUG TESTING AND BACKGROUND CHECK AFTER RECEIVING A CONDITIONAL OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT, AND MUST RECEIVE A NEGATIVE RESULT FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS BEFORE BEING PERMITTED TO COMMENCE WORK WITH THE SHERWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT.
To apply If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please apply to
Katherine Bynum Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PO Box 6689
Sherwood, AR 72124
400 Lantrip, Sherwood, Arkansas 72120 Phone: (501) 835-0342
Filing Deadline: November 13, 2020 4PM
Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to an assessment panel interview at Sherwood Fire Department to be held the week of November 30, 2020. Assessment candidates will be asked to provide references one week prior to meeting with the assessment panel.
Pulaski County Fire Protection District #5
(dba) Sherwood Fire Department
Job Description - Fire Chief
The Fire Chief is responsible to the Pulaski County Fire Protection District #5 Board of Commissioners. The Fire Chief attends Board Meetings and other meetings as requested by the Board. As authorized by the Board of Commissioners, the Fire Chief implements policy; administers all of the operations of the Fire District; is responsible for the budgeting, planning, coordination, supervision, and carrying forth of all policies and procedures established by the governing body; and performs other duties and tasks as the Board of Commissioners may direct or request.
This position requires heavy interaction with the public, and coordination with police departments and other emergency response agencies. The Fire Chief represents the Fire Protection District in the community and at professional meetings as required.
The Fire Chief directly supervises the District’s officers and firefighters with assistance from subordinate officers. The Fire Chief plans, directs, supervises and manages all of the operations of the District to minimize the loss of life and property by fire and emergency medical conditions; providing maximum service to the community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Thorough knowledge of current firefighting and rescue methods, principles, practices, and procedures. Thorough knowledge of fire prevention laws, regulations, and ordinances. Thorough knowledge of fire suppression, prevention and personnel training. Thorough knowledge of records and reports required in the administration of a fire department. Thorough knowledge of the principles of supervision, organization and administration of a fire district. Thorough knowledge of the operation and maintenance of fire fighting equipment, apparatus, and emergency equipment. Knowledge of principles and practices of organizational administration, training, accounting, budgeting and planning, and personnel management.
Ability to analyze the effectiveness of the department and to correlate its development with changing conditions within the District and other fire protection areas. Ability to plan, assign, supervise and review the work of others either directly or through subordinate supervisors. Ability to plan, develop, supervise and evaluate fire suppression, fire prevention and emergency services activities and programs. Ability to direct effectively with good judgment, the operations of personnel and equipment under emergency conditions. Ability to communicate effectively and clearly both orally and in writing. Ability to work effectively and professionally with other agencies, officials, employees and the public.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
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 function.
Minimum Experience Qualifications:
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