Fire Chief Posting, Saginaw

by mobrian on March 20, 2014

The Fire Chief reports directly to the City Manager. The Fire Chief is responsible for administration and supervision of a 50-member full-time department dedicated to the protection of life and property and the prevention and control of fire to a population of 51,230 located over 17.5 square miles. The Fire Department operates out of four fire stations; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Staff includes a Training Officer, a Fire Marshal and three Battalion Chiefs who direct three fire suppression shifts.

The department responded to 3,220 incidents during 2013 and has a current annual budget of $10.4M.  Fire suppression is the primary service; however, the department provides hazardous material resources, water rescue, ice rescue, fire investigation, confined space rescue, code enforcement and community education, including a school Fire Safety program. The department is also actively involved in homeland security and is one of 15 Regional Response Teams to respond to weapons of mass destruction incidents within the state. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection, Public Administration or Business highly preferred; an equivalent combination of education, training and experience in Fire Service would be considered.(Master’s preferred)
  • Minimum five years’ progressively responsible command experience (preferably in a career department) at the rank of Battalion Chief or above; service to a population of 30,000+ residents is preferred. 
  • Must have strong budget development and administration experience 
  • Must have experience in grant writing and grant administration at local, state and federal levels. 
  • Must possess, or have ability to obtain, Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFOD) from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International 
  • Must have significant experience working in a union environment 
  • Must have knowledge of and experience in fire code enforcement and administration 
  • Must have knowledge of fire prevention and safety education programs 
  • Must have training or certification in Incident Command System and National Response Plan through FEMA Emergency Management Institute 
  • Responds to major emergencies and operates under the Incident Command System 
  • Attends meetings, training sessions and City Council meetings as required


Salary range is $80,534 to $92,233 depending on qualifications and experience; excellent benefits.


Submit the following documents to the Office of Human Resources, City Hall, Room 202, 1315 S. Washington Ave., Saginaw, MI, 48601, Attn: Beth Church, Assistant Director of Human Resources. Apply on or before Friday, April 11, 2014.

  • Employment Application; available at under the “Find a Job” link.
  • Resume and three work related references
  • Narrative describing managerial and supervisory experience and accomplishments in planning, directing and evaluating firefighting and prevention operations at the BC level or above. Include scope of project, budget and staff. (No more than 3 pages in total length.)

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