Fire/Rescue Chief – City of Greenville, NC – Raleigh, NC

The City of Greenville offers an outstanding opportunity for a dynamic, highly motivated, and experienced professional to serve as its next Fire/Rescue Chief.  

The Fire/Rescue Chief is highly visible, providing leadership, direction, and guidance to a high performing staff of cross-trained fire/rescue professionals. Greenville Fire/Rescue is one of the few completely cross-trained departments in the state of North Carolina that provide fire suppression services, along with ambulance transport at the paramedic level.  The Department runs approximately 20,000 calls a year, with nearly 90% of the calls EMS-related.  The Department has an annual operating budget of $16+ million to fund its services and has a staff of 167 for six stations, with the seventh station currently underway.

The successful candidate will have a strong and diverse background in fire operations, emergency medical services, and emergency management and will:

  • Be a leader with a record of strong collaborative leadership and positive community outreach and involvement; 
  • Be approachable, responsive, and actively engaged with the workforce;
  • Establish and maintain a working environment conducive to professional growth, positive morale, teamwork, and retention;
  • Foster organizational change by developing and implementing strategies and approaches that add value to the Fire/Rescue Department and the organization; 
  • Have the ability to strategically plan for and ensure that the department is well-positioned for future growth;
  • Have the ability and desire to work across departments and agencies to build rapport and form partnerships to foster better services;
  • Be an outstanding communicator and display excellent interpersonal skills; 
  • Model performance by displaying a high level of integrity, inclusion, transparency, trust, and professional ethics.  

Highly competitive starting salary ($118,976 – $148,720/year, depending on qualifications) and excellent benefits.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in fire science or related field, supplemented with advanced courses in fire administration and emergency medical services.  A master’s degree is preferred; and
  •  A minimum of 10 years of progressive management experience in a fire/rescue department, with five years as chief or deputy/district chief preferred.  Significant management experience in a large or comparably-sized fire/rescue department with ALS ambulance operations is highly preferred.  

  • Designation as an Executive Fire Officer through the United States Fire Administration/National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program or similar designation highly preferred.

Special Requirements

  • A valid North Carolina driver’s license or the ability to obtain within 30 days of hire and an acceptable driving record.
  • Must establish residency in city limits within six (6) months following completion of probationary period.
  • Appropriate Emergency Medical Technician, firefighter, and NIMS certifications required after appointment. 

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