The city of Newton is seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director. The Class 1 rated Newton Fire Department is comprised of 191 personnel with a Fire Chief, one Assistant Fire Chief, 5 Deputy Chiefs (four are shift commanders), 12 Captains, 36 Lieutenants, 131 firefighters, three administrative workers, a Wires Division consisting of one Superintendent and four Signal Maintainers, two mechanics, and a full-time IT Director. There are six fire stations, a Communications building and a joint Fire Headquarters and state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center under the Chief’s command.

The city of Newton seeks candidates with a passion for fire service and emergency management with the vision and interpersonal skills to engage members of the Fire Department, City employees and residents. Experience in development of personnel, collective bargaining, labor contract administration, budget, fire and emergency management are essential.

Minimum qualifications: By city ordinance the “chief of the department shall be a professional firefighter, with a minimum of three years’ experience in the rank of captain or higher in the Newton Fire Department or three years’ experience in an equivalent rank in a fire department of a city or town with a population of thirty thousand (30,000) or more.”

Preferred candidates will possess five to 10 years of experience as a Chief Officer or Shift Commander and completion of the Executive Fire Officer curriculum at the National Fire Academy and/or the Fire Chief Officer Program at the MA Firefighting Academy.

The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience, education and certifications.

Interested candidates should apply at with a resume and cover letter that provides some short answers to the following three questions:

  1. What is your long-range vision for the Newton Fire Department?
  2. What do you see as the top priority for a City Fire Chief?
  3. What actions would you take in your first 90 days?

Applications should be received by Feb. 22 for consideration.