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Position Objectives

The Fire Chief is responsible for the overall administration of the Bethel Fire Department, which includes full-time and volunteer fire/EMS personnel. Work is performed under the administrative direction of the City Manager, who reviews work for effectiveness in meeting goals and objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities

•  Establishes goals and objectives for the department, plans strategies for achieving goals, and establishes operational policies and procedures.

•  Directs, plans and coordinates activities of the department, to include preparation and implementation of departmental budget.

•  Develops plans for emergency management, State fire code enforcement, including OSHA, and departmental fire training for staff and volunteers.

•  Responds to calls for fire/EMS calls, and directs activities at fire scenes or other emergencies.

•  Serves as disaster, emergency, and civil defense management coordinator and prepares/updates an annual emergency response plan.

•  Reviews and recommends personnel actions, hiring, promotions, demotions and disciplinary actions of the department.

•  Makes presentations on fire prevention, fire safety, and fire suppression to civic, business, and community organizations.

•  Meets with department supervisors and staff to discuss, schedule, and review work of the department.

•  Attends Council meetings and Public Safety Committee meetings and provides staff support as required.

•  Provides operational reports to the City Manager and other officials as required.

Minimum Requirements

•  Bachelor's degree or college study with major course work in fire science, engineering, or other job-related courses


•  An equivalent combination of 4 years of fire science direct related education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.


•  Five years of progressively responsible administrative and supervisory experience in fire service administration and/or emergency medical service.

AFSC certified firefighter and EMT-1 in the State of Alaska or current AFSC reciprocity granted equivalent from another state (must provide hard-copy documentation within the application)

Fire Service Instructor

IFSAC certified

Extensive knowledge in National Incident Management System and Incident Command System

•  Valid Alaska driver's license or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire.

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