Fire Chief

City of Auburn

The Department
Founded in 1852 the Auburn Fire Department is a full service operation that responds to approximately 2,000 calls for assistance per year.  Although the Department has three stations, one remains fully staffed which is located in historic Old Town Auburn.  Currently, the Department has 3 Firefighters, 3 Engineers, 3 Captains, and 2 Battalion Chiefs.
In addition the Department has 3 firefighters through the Safer Grant and a robust volunteer program.  Auburn Fire runs off of a $2.2 million operating budget and has 11 vehicles in its rolling stock.  For the past three years, fire operations have been under the Public Safety Departmental model with Fire and Police under the administrative control of a single Chief.  With the announcement of the Public  Safety Chief’s retirement, Auburn will revert back to a more traditional model with separate Fire and Police Departments upon the hiring a new Fire Chief.

The Position
The Fire Chief will be appointed by the City Manager who has worked as the Auburn City Manager for 13 years.  His manage-ment style encourages creativity, innovation, accountability and strategic thinking as well as collaboration, community partnerships, teamwork, communication and transparency.

Under general administrative direction, the Fire Chief plans, directs, manages and oversees the activities and operations of the Fire Department including fire suppression, fire prevention, fire investigation, emergency medical services, disaster preparedness, hazardous materials response.  The Fire Chief should be able to effectively coordinate assigned activities with other Departments and outside agencies, and provide highly complex administrative support to the City manager. 

The Ideal Individual
The ideal candidate will be a strong leader, dedicated to the community and organization, with a proven ability to strategi-cally place the Auburn Fire Department into a leadership position within the region.

The Fire Chief will be expected to facilitate a team oriented and collaborative work environment focused for the betterment of all City operations and the community.  The Fire Chief should understand and subscribe to a high performance organization-al framework, and have strong strategic planning skills, motiva-tion skills, and an ability to lead by example.  This position requires a seasoned veteran who can effectively develop relationships with professionals at the local, state and federal levels to ensure the City’s long-term fire safety.

Characteristics of the ideal individual include:

  • *Strong value driven leader with an open communication style.

*Comfortable working in a team oriented environment.

*Someone willing to become invested in the community, respecting its history while crafting a strategic  future for the department.

*Be able to communicate the future vision to the Department as well as the community.

Experience and Education
A Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science, Public Administration or closely related field is preferred.  Executive experience in Fire Management may be substituted for education.
Eight years increasingly responsible experience in Firefighting and Fire Prevention work, including three years of management and administrative responsibility at the command level. Possession of a valid driver's license with appropriate endorsements.  Possession of Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Fire Officer Certifications issues by the State of California.  Possession of, or ability to obtain within two years from the date of appointment, a California State Fire Marshal’s Chief Officer Certification is highly desirable.
Possession of appropriate, valid EMT and CPR certifications.

Salary - $103,000 - $175,000. for a list of additional benefits and/or to apply for the Fire Chief position please visit-







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