Division Chief - Fire & Life Safety

City of Ashland

Location: Ashland, OR

City of Ashland Division Chief - Fire & Life Safety

$83,792.00 - $101,850.00 Annually

Plans, directs, and supervises the Fire and Life Safety Division of the Fire and Rescue Department and serves as the City Fire Marshal; provides functional supervision and performs duties of fire and life safety inspections, public education, code enforcement, and building plan review activities; provides fire and life safety consultation for development activities; investigates the cause of fires; performs emergency planning and disaster preparedness activities; communicates with the public and others on matters of concern pertaining to the Department; and performs other work as assigned.

Examples of Duties:

Manage activities and programs associated with fire and life safety compliance, including construction plan reviews, building inspections, public education, and code enforcement; establish priorities; develop work plans; plan and monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products; develop, plan, and recommend Division goals and objectives in accordance with the core purpose, mission, vision, and values of the Fire Department as a whole; develop, recommend, and administer Division policies and procedures.

Review plans, with cooperation from the building division, for building renovations and new construction in order to address fire code requirements and Department concerns; provide written comments to the Community Development Department; review planning applications to meet fire code requirements, such as those for access and water supply.

Review fire protection systems plans in cooperation with the building division.

Schedule and conduct on-site inspections of construction sites to ensure compliance with fire safety codes.

Plan, organize, arrange and/or provide fire and life safety prevention programs; recommend policies and procedures to ensure that Department goals and objectives are met.

Investigate fires to determine their cause and origin; prepare fire investigation reports.

Develop and implement emergency preparedness programs for both the citizens of Ashland and City staff; review and maintain the Ashland Emergency Operations Plan; conduct citywide emergency management exercises on a routine basis; implement elements of the National Preparedness System (or current FEMA/DHS program) to better prepare the community for a disaster; review and maintain the City's Continuity Of Operations (COOP) plan and the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP); work with county and state partners on emergency planning and preparedness activities.

Help develop and administer the Division budget; analyze data to identify and project resource needs; submit proposals for needed resources; recommend strategies to improve fiscal efficiency; help develop and implement grant-funded programs; monitor and approve budget expenditures within limits of authority; develop, review, and monitor the performance of Division contracts.

Monitor legal requirements, trends, and issues in order to assure Division compliance with appropriate emergency service-related laws, regulations, statutes, and codes; monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of work products through quality control; evaluate proposed and adopted legislation to determine Division impact and recommend Department action.

May participate in difficult fire, medical, and/or other emergency scenes as necessary to help manage and/or oversee operations; may provide administrative coverage for evening, night, and/or weekend shifts.

Coordinate assigned activities with other Fire Department managers, other City officials/managers and/or outside organizations as appropriate; represent the City at various meetings and events.

May direct and supervise specific Department programs and staff as assigned (e.g., the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program and/or the Weed Abatement program); supervise and evaluate the work of subordinate staff; interview, select, assign, direct, and evaluate employees; effectively recommend disciplinary actions as needed; hear grievances and resolve complaints.

Participate on committees and boards and in community activities; attend meetings, conferences, and workshops as assigned.

Prepare complex statistical and narrative reports, correspondence, and other documents; conduct research and data collection.

Direct and follow all safety rules and procedures established for work areas.


Maintain proficiency by attending training, conferences and meetings, reading materials, and meeting with others in areas of responsibility.

Perform other work as assigned.

Experience:  A minimum of five (5) years of fire and life safety inspection and code compliance experience, including a minimum of two (2) years in a management or supervisory capacity. 

Education:  Completion of a four (4) year degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in Fire Prevention, Fire Science, Fire Technology, or a related field.

Substitution:  Any satisfactory equivalent combination of training and experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the job proficiently may substitute for the above requirements.
Desirable Qualifications:   Possession of a master's degree in engineering, fire administration, public administration, business administration or a related field is desirable; certification as an NFPA Instructor II, NFPA Fire Officer II, NFPA Incident Safety Officer, Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist (NFPA) or similar specialty is desirable; a current certificate as a Oregon Fire & Life Safety Fire Marshal, issued by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, is desirable; experience in NFPA 13, 13D, 13R, 17A and 72 are desirable; experience in a municipal fire department that is similar to or larger than the City of Ashland is desirable.

License:  Possession of, or the ability to obtain and retain, an Oregon driver license by the time of appointment.
Certificates: Oregon Fire & Life Safety Specialist II (DPSST), Fire Inspector II and Fire Plans Examiner (ICC) and Oregon Inspector Certification (BCD) are required within six (6) months of employment.

Please apply ONLINE at A completed City application must be filed online with the Personnel Office before the deadline shown above and may be supplemented with a resume of work experience. Resumes are NOT accepted in lieu of a completed City application. Resumes received without a completed City application will not receive a response from the Personnel Department.
Following a review of the applications, a limited number of the most highly qualified applicants may be invited via email to proceed further in the selection process. Those not selected for interview will be notified in email (no phone calls please). The applicant selected must provide, at the time of employment, appropriate documentation of citizenship, as required by the immigration and Naturalization Act of 1986.

A thorough background investigation will be completed on the candidate selected for hire.

The City of Ashland will make reasonable accommodations for the disabled.  Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation in the application or testing process MUST inform the Personnel Office of the City of Ashland, in writing, no later than the final filing date as stated on the job bulletin.  Applicants needing such accommodations should document the request, including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodations needed to participate in the selection process.

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