Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Description

The City of Bellaire is seeking an experienced and effective leader to join its premier executive/management team as Fire Chief.

The purpose of this position is to complete a variety of command, managerial, and administrative duties for the Fire Department including serving as the City's Emergency Management Coordinator.  This is accomplished by managing fire operations, responding to emergencies and incidents, maintaining service levels, managing subordinate employees, completing and scheduling training activities, setting goals and objectives of the department, and evaluating departmental programs.  Other duties include coordinating public safety functions, interacting with citizens' groups, representing the department at civic functions, and serving on various boards, committees and teams.

Examples of Duties

Manages the department by planning, coordinating, supporting, evaluating and overseeing fire prevention and EMS services;

Establishes and evaluates departmental goals, objectives, policies and procedures;

Reviews departmental performance and effectiveness; formulates programs or policies to alleviate deficiencies;

Plans departmental operations with respect to equipment, apparatus, and personnel and supervises the implementation of such plans;

May respond to alarms and direct activities at the scene of major emergencies, as required;

Serves as the City's Emergency Management Coordinator for emergency response to disaster or other related incidents; liaise with City Manager's Office on grant management efforts;

Supervises employees by delegating and monitoring work assignments, providing training, conducting performance evaluations, handling grievances and discipline issues.

Manages departmental administrative functions by creating the departmental budget; monitoring expenditures and recommending adjustments;

Prepares and submits the Fire/EMS Department's Service Plan and monitors and implements such plan; prepares and submits other reporting as required and requested;

Evaluates the need for and recommends the purchase of new equipment and supplies;

Oversees occupational health and safety programs;

Serves as a member of the City's Management Team and other appointed committees and teams; and corresponds with City management and the Council regarding departmental information;

Responds to citizen inquiries and concerns; represents the City Fire/EMS Department in a variety of local, county, state and other meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree in Fire Science, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Service, Public Administration or closely aligned field from an accredited college or university is required. The candidate must have fifteen years of progressively responsible fire and EMS experience to include a minimum of five years of command experience at the level of captain or above. An equivalent combination of related training and experience may be considered.

A successful candidate must have and maintain an EMS certification as required to be the Director of EMS for the department as well as meet the additional "Head of Department - Suppression" requirements as outlined by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection ( within three months of being appointed to the position.

A Texas Commission on Fire Protection Master Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, and Fire Officer II are mandatory within one year of hire.

The candidate will also possess knowledge of the National Incident Management System and shall be trained in IS 100, 200, 300, 400, and 700, and have previous experience working within an Emergency Operation Center during natural and manmade disasters.  

Supplemental Information

A master's degree and/or completion of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, a Major or higher rank from the armed services, and/or completion of the Texas Executive Fire Officer program is preferred.

Application Process
Please apply online at:
Your online application submission should include a cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references.  

For more information on this position, please contact: Director of Human Resources Yolanda Howze at

The position is open until filled; however, first review of applications will take place by April 13, 2018.

For additional information, review the following:

Fire Chief Position Profile:

City of Bellaire's Fire Department career page including videos and testimonials:

Verbal Identity: The Bellaire community's verbal identity is the messaging framework that articulates who we are, what we stand for, and how we come across:   

Application Instructions

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