Fire Chief

City of Lynden

Location: Lynden, WA

City of Lynden seeks an experienced Fire Service leader to serve as FIRE CHIEF.

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First consideration given to applications received by 7/15/24. Open until filled.

Our Fire Department
The Lynden Fire Department (LFD) is a combination career/volunteer fire and emergency medical response service and has served the Lynden community since 1910. The Department includes 18 FTEs who protect the City’s 6.5 square miles. It has a $3.7 million dollar operating budget.

Over the past twenty years the City population has doubled from about 8,000 to approximately 16,000, and correspondingly the call volume to the LFD has increased from 450 to an estimated 2,400 per year.  During this period of growth, LFD has worked to professionalize itself by implementing standards and training requirements modeled from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), while maintaining its commitment to providing the highest level of service to the community.

The Position
Under the direction of the City Administrator, the Fire Chief provides oversight of all departmental functions including: personnel management, administration, fire inspection and investigation, health and safety awareness, and emergency services delivery and operations.

Education & Experience
Qualified candidates will have an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science, Public Administration or a closely related field, AND minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in the fire service WITH at least three (3) years of full-time administrative experience in an upper level position in a public safety agency.  For full qualifications and special requirements, please see to the job description.

Ideal Candidate
The Fire Chief is a member of the City’s Leadership Team. As such, the successful candidate is expected to embrace and model organizational vision and values. Further, the successful candidate must be willing to take a broad leadership role on issues that affect not only the Fire Department but the entire organization. As a leader in this organization, this individual must maintain the highest standards of public service.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of accomplishments and leadership within fire service. They will be an effective communicator, especially when presenting information to elected officials and the general public. Demonstrated skills in evaluating and implementing programs that enhance the department’s professionalism and solid infrastructure are essential. 

Challenges & Opportunities
Today, the department is made up of mostly full-time career firefighters, however, part-time firefighters have been recently added to help fill shifts that could go uncovered or on an overtime basis.  The new Fire Chief will be required to manage a balance of shift coverage and work to control overtime costs.
The department is a member of the county EMS and paramedic services were recently added to the Lynden station.  There may be an opportunity for LFD to add paramedics to its staffing and add to the countywide coverage for advanced life support service.
Similarly, the Lynden Fire Department enjoys a reputation as a good partner with other emergency services providers in Whatcom County. There is great potential to collaborate on training, facility sharing, and mutual/automatic aid. The new Fire Chief should be prepared to foster mutually beneficial relationships.
Though a smaller city, Lynden is being discovered as a very desirable place to live with an extraordinarily high quality of life. As a result, the City will grow significantly in the next 10-15 years. The new Fire Chief must be forward looking and anticipate the changing needs that come with that growing population.
Due to the growth of the City, the new chief should be prepared to review the capital plan for the department and review the fire impact fee schedule. This will also require the updating the six-year plan for staffing and equipment.  

Compensation & Benefits
Salary Range: $128,572 - $167,757 per year (depending on experience)

Benefits Include:
Medical/Prescription, Dental & Vision Insurance
Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (LEOFF)
Voluntary Flexible Benefits/Cafeteria Plan
Social Security replacement contribution (currently 6.2%) to selected Deferred Comp Plan
Vacation Leave
Sick Leave
Paid Holidays
Industrial Insurance

Life Insurance

Relocation Assistance if needed

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