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Willard Fire Protection District
Fire Chief Position is Open, Now Taking Applications PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 January 2011 20:08

The Willard Fire Protection District is seeking a full time Fire Chief to head our combination fire district. The District was formed in 1954 as a community volunteer fire department. In 1988 the Willard Community Fire Department became the Willard Fire Protection District after a tax levy was passed. The District has continued to grow and in 2012 a second tax was passed to hire the Districts first paid personnel. The long time volunteer Fire Chief was hired as the first full time Chief. In October of this year our beloved Chief passed away from an illness.

The District located in the Missouri Ozarks is looking for a strong leader to direct our combination fire district. The District is currently building a multimillion dollar headquarters station and buying our first custom engine. The District has ten paid personnel and around twenty-five volunteers. The District is located in Willard Missouri just outside of Springfield Missouri. The District has seventy-two square miles and responses to mutual aid throughout southwest Missouri including the City Springfield MO.

The District responds to over 1300 calls for service a year. About 75% of these responses are for medicals. The District provides Paramedic level non transport services. We do all levels of ALS care.

We are looking for that right individual to take our District to the next level. It is imperative that the new Chief have strong skills in a combination department as the Board of Directors feels that all members both paid and volunteer are important and valued members of the District. If you are this person we want to hear from you. Please send a resume to Norm Meester, Board President, PO Box 455, Willard MO 65781 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The closing date is 1700 local time Willard Missouri on January 26, 2015.

The Fire Chief shall exercise discretion and independent judgment for the overall planning, coordinating and providing of efficient and economic emergency services for the patrons of the District. The Fire Chief shall advise the Board of Directors on emergency service matters and the administration of the District. The Fire Chief is under the general supervision of the Board of Directors of the District.


As the leader of the management team, the primary duties of the Fire Chief include directing the work and efforts of all employees of the District; serving as the custodian of records for the District, preparing and administering the fiscal budget; evaluating personnel performance; being directly responsible for, or making recommendations for hiring, promoting, discipline or termination; overseeing the payroll and personnel records; handling community complaints, including determining whether to refer such complaints for further investigation; preparing budgets and controlling expenditures; ensuring operational readiness through supervision and inspection of personnel, equipment and facilities; deciding how and where to allocate personnel maintains inventory of property and supplies and directing operations of scenes, including deciding whether additional personnel or equipment is needed. The Fire Chief may also be expected to represent the District at meetings, conferences, seminars and also for professional development. The Fire Chief coordinates the efforts of the management team to keep all policies, procedures, records, and programs in line with the overall goals, objectives, and mission of the District and shall perform any other duties as prescribed by the Board of Directors.


An applicant for Fire Chief shall be a graduate of an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following: Business Administration, Public Administration, Industrial Management, Fire Science or a related field. An applicant for Fire Chief shall have a minimum of (10) years of fire service experience with a minimum of five (5) years experience at the rank of Captain or above with a minimum of 20 employees under his/her supervision. Employment shall include supervision of full time employees and experience in a combination department is preferred.

The candidate shall also be required to have the following:

1. Fire Fighter I and II

2. Fire Officer I

3. Fire Instructor

4. Executive Fire Officer is preferred

5. NIMS 700, 100, 800, 200, 300, 400

6. Missouri Paramedic license with NREMTP is preferred

7. Missouri EMS Instructor at paramedic level is preferred

8. Effective computer and computer software skills

9. Ability to prepare and present clear, accurate and detailed written and oral reports and presentations.

10. Effective communication skills with the public and employees.

11. Possess a high degree of integrity and strong work ethic with the ability to detect and avoid conflicts of interest.

12. Model and promote acceptance and respect for differences among employees and citizens.

13. Perform effectively as a member of the team in carrying out the District's stated mission and philosophy.

14. Perform the essential functions of the job without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

15. Licensed EMT in the State of Missouri.

Physical Requirements:

Visual defects cannot exceed 20/100 in both eyes and vision must be corrected to 20/30 in both eyes; successful long-term soft contact lenses wearers shall not be subject to the uncorrected criterion; must be able to distinguish primary colors; must be able to pass a post offer medical examination including drug screening and a hearing test.

Must be able to:

Frequently/Routinely: Walk, sit for long periods of time, bend, reach to ground level and overhead, hold and grip objects. Occasionally/Periodically: Run, crawl, jump, climb ladders and stairways stand for long periods of time, lift, carry, push or pull weights of up to 125 lbs, squat, kneel, and work at heights of 100 feet of higher as required by emergency situations.

Must possess (or obtain within 90 days of hire) and maintain a valid Missouri Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Certifications must be IFSAC accredited or must be transferable from one state to another. Also, certifications shall be maintained as required for the position.


· Paid Health Insurance for the Fire Chief, family coverage paid by employee

· Dental insurance

· Paid time off for illness and ETO

· Salary range $60,000 to $70,000 based on qualifications

· Others on request


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