Washington Township

The Position

Washington Township is looking for its next Assistant Fire Chief to serve the Fire Department and the community as a whole. This position reports directly to the Fire Chief. The position’s direct reports include three battalion chiefs, training/safety manager, and an EMS manager. The Assistant Fire Chief also supervises areas assigned by the Fire Chief, including additional personnel and functional assignment duties. The Assistant Fire Chief serves as the Acting Fire Chief in the absence of the Fire Chief. This position has opened for Washington Township because the previous Assistant Fire Chief has retired from over 25 years of service. The Township is seeking an Assistant Fire Chief that will be well-positioned to compete for the Fire Chief position when the Fire Chief retires (this will occur no later than March 2025).

The department has been accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International since 2007 and is currently going through the re-accreditation process. In addition, the department boasts an ISO rating of 1. Even more importantly, the community supports the Township’s Fire and EMS services and recently passed a fire levy with an 84% approval.

The Assistant Fire Chief assists with providing leadership and administrative direction for the Fire Department’s operations, functions, and personnel, including fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical response services, emergency preparedness planning, public fire safety education, and related code enforcement, with accountability for results in terms of cost, personnel, and methods. Additionally, the Assistant Fire Chief assists in ensuring open and professional communications with the public in matters of safety and concern related to departmental activities.

Some specific responsibilities for this position include assisting with planning, directing, and prioritizing strategic goals and operations of the Fire Department and ensuring total operational effectiveness of the Fire Department. The Assistant Fire Chief is also expected to assist with developing and maintaining professional relationships with community members, community leaders, community organizations, staff, Board of Trustees, other fire departments and agencies, and the general public.

Further responsibilities include assisting with planning, directing, and controlling department activities such as the recruitment of personnel, purchase of equipment, assignment of officers and equipment, accreditation requirements, and budgeting and control of expenditures. The Assistant Fire Chief must be able to assist with developing and implementing policies and procedures applicable to administrative functions and provide policy guidance and leadership. Finally, the position needs to be able to coach, instruct, and guide assigned unit personnel in all facets of department operations and leadership ideologies.


Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in a related field, as well as seven (7) years of progressive responsibility in fire service at officer level.  Two (2) years direct supervisory experience, State of Ohio Firefighter Level II and State of Ohio EMT certification, as well as Fire Officer I and II are required, and ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800, are required. Must have a valid Ohio driver’s license and be insurable on Washington Township’s auto insurance.

Preferred qualifications are an Ohio Fire Executive Officer/Executive Fire Officer as well as Fire Officer III and IV.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary is $143,199, with an excellent benefits package. Benefits include a High Deductible Healthcare Plan (HDHP) along with a Heath Savings Account (HSA). Other benefits include Dental and Vision Coverage, a Life Insurance Policy that also has accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) benefit, Long Term Disability Insurance, Retirement, and 457 plans.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at raftelis.hire.trakstar.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position is open until filled, with a first review date of August 22, 2022. All application materials are subject to Ohio’s public information laws. Candidates will be informed if an information request is made. Finalists will participate in an assessment center with the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association in addition to an interview process.

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