Job Opening – Fire Chief – Soldier Township Fire Department

Job Opening for the Position of
Soldier Township Fire Chief
Soldier Township Fire Department
600 NW 46th St. Topeka, KS 66617
785-286-2123 FAX 785-286-2121



Salary Range
Negotiable based on experience and qualifications

Reports to
Soldier Township Administrator and Board of Directors

Applications will be accepted through May 7, 2018


The fire chief performs a variety of technical, administrative and supervisory work in planning, organizing, directing and implementing fire prevention, suppression and emergency medical services to prevent or minimize the loss of life and property by fire and emergency medical conditions.  This individual will direct activities of the fire department by performing the following duties and functions either directly or through subordinate supervisors.

Essential Functions

  1. Plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates fire and EMS operations.
  2. Establishes policies and procedures for the fire department to implement directives from the Township Administrator and the Township Board of Directors.
  3. Plans and implements fire and EMS programs for the township to better carry out the policies and goals, including those set forth in the township’s affirmative action plan; reviews departmental performance and effectiveness; formulates programs or policies to alleviate deficiencies.
  4. Supervises and coordinates the preparation of the annual budget for the fire department in conjunction with the township administrator and board members; dictates the implementation of the departments’ budget; plans for and reviews specifications for new or replaced equipment.
  5. Responds to alarms and may direct activities at the scene of emergencies, as required.
  6. Supervises the inspection of buildings and other properties for fire hazards and enforces fire prevention ordinances. Responsible for providing approvals for new buildings, sub-divisions and occupancy reports.
  7. Supervises the operation of departmental in-service training activities.
  8. Controls the expenditure of departmental appropriations.
  9. Handles grievances, maintains departmental discipline, conduct and general behavior of assigned personnel.
  10. Prepares and submits monthly reports to the Township board members regarding the department’s activities and prepares a variety of other reports as appropriate, including the annual report of activities.
  11. Plans departmental operations with respect to equipment, apparatus and personnel; supervises the implementation of such plans.
  12. Assigns personnel and equipment to such duties and uses as the service requires; evaluates the need for, and recommends the purchase of, new equipment and supplies.
  13. Meets with the public, answers phone calls and responds to emails in order to address concerns or issues that may be related to the Fire Department.
  14. Meets with elected or appointed officials, other fire/EMS officials, community and business representatives, and the public on all aspects of the department’s activities.
  15. Provides public education to patrons of the township and other individuals as needed.  This includes both medical (CPR, etc.) as well as other public information.  Responsible for acquiring, managing and distributing public education materials and other information.
  1. Responds to requests from other departments, agencies and businesses in order to provide relevant information to include but not limited to insurance reports, fire reports, law enforcement requests, requests for information from the State Fire Marshall, State and Local Departments of Emergency Management as well as any other requests from public and governmental entities.
  1. Attends conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field.
  2. Represents the Township Fire Department in a variety of local, county, state and other meetings.
  3. Performs the duties of command personnel as needed and fulfills obligations during duty days or duty weeks.
  4. Serves as a member of various employee committees.


Required Competencies

  1. Ethical Conduct.
  2. Stress Management/Composure.
  3. Problem Solving/Analysis.
  4. Communication Proficiency.
  5. Strategic Thinking.
  6. Teamwork Orientation.
  7. Diversity and Inclusion.
  8. Technical Capacity.

Supervisory Responsibility

Manages three subordinate Battalion Chiefs who supervise a total of 40 firefighters within the Fire Department.  Exercises supervision over fire department personnel.  This individual is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of the fire department.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s polices and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Work Environment

This job primarily operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat and vibration and risk of electrical shock. The individual may be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials during the course of duties.  The employee may occasionally work near moving mechanical parts and in high precarious places.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from the public, regulatory agencies or member of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed formats and standards.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups and/or boards of directors.

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw conclusions.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety or technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variations.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk; hear; stand; walk; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, taste and smell.

The employee must frequently lift or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move over 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This position regularly requires long hours and frequent weekend work.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area travel and overnight trips may be expected.


Required Education and Experience

  1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in fire science, public administration, business administration/management or a closely related field. High school graduation and a minimum of 60 semester hours of credits earned in an accredited university, college or technical school in business administration, fire science or a related field may be substituted when combined with at least five years of full-time administrative experience in an upper-level position in a public safety agency.
  2. Successful completion of Kansas Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter I & II courses. Must possess Kansas EMT and Firefighter I and II certification.
  3. Five years of satisfactory performance in a supervisory role involving fire-fighting and administration in a fire department.
  4. Thorough knowledge of modern fire suppression and prevention and emergency medical service principles, procedures, techniques and equipment.
  5. Working knowledge of first aid and resuscitation techniques and their application as demonstrated through state EMT certification.
  6. Considerable knowledge of applicable laws, ordinances, departmental standard operating procedures and regulations.
  7. Must successfully pass a medical exam after job offer.
  8. Must pass an annual physical fitness assessment.
  9. Meet requirements of Fire Apparatus Driver Operator and Fire Officer I within one year of employment.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Valid Kansas Class B or above driver’s license.

Must be able to pass background check and NFPA 1582 physical examination to perform duties.

Benefits include health care, KPERS, disability insurance, vacation and sick leave.  Please submit completed application and resume to the by close of May 7, 2018.

STFD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon the applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin (Public Law 88-352, July 2, 1964, 78 Stat. 253, 42 U.S.C Sec. 2000e et. Seq.).

Application packets are available at:

Soldier Township Fire Department
600 NW 46th St.
Topeka, KS 66617
Or by emailing:


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