Eligibility List for Position of Deputy Fire Chief/EMS Supervisor

Edwardsville Fire Department is accepting applications to create an eligibility list for the position of:  DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF/EMS SUPERVISOR.

Position is open for applications until August 20th, 2019.


The Deputy Fire Chief provides leadership and direction, and sets high standards in all aspects of the operations of the Fire Department, an employee in this class is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the operation of the Emergency Medical Service unit within the Fire Department. This position is also responsible for the coordination of Fire Department operations, administration and supervision of all training programs within the Fire Department, and management of all motor vehicle and equipment maintenance. These programs include: emergency response protocols, fire company training sessions, vehicle and equipment maintenance, and other inter-agency trainings.


The Deputy Chief will work with the Fire Chief establishing priorities, strategies and initiatives for the operation to achieve the goals and objectives set out in the strategic plan. Work includes assisting with preparation and implementation of the annual budget, approval of new equipment and vehicles, investigation of citizens’ complaints and supervision of EMS operations and staff. Considerable independent judgment and initiative are required in planning and directing all activities, policies and procedures of a complex Emergency Medical Service. Considerable tact and courtesy are required in dealing with local, state and federal officials, hospital and medical staff, and the public. Duties are performed under the general direction of the Fire Chief through daily interactions, briefings, reports and the overall effectiveness of the Emergency Medical Service. Completes fire and EMS reports in compliance with State and Federal Reporting Requirements.

As a condition of employment, incumbents shall maintain an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic licensure during their employment period.


Requires considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of modern fire-based EMS operations and administration. Requires considerable knowledge of specialized practices of EMS functions to which assigned. Requires considerable knowledge of Medical Protocols, ordinances, department rules and regulations and the ability to enforce them tactfully and impartially. Knowledge of attaining the most potential from the employees under the command, by using the skills of good management effectively and fairly.

Requires ability to instruct subordinates in emergency medical techniques and methods and proper techniques in equipment operation. Ability to use this knowledge to assist in making decisions for mitigating emergency situations in the most efficient manner. Ability to lead, direct and supervise personnel effectively; to maintain discipline; to exercise sound judgment and to cooperate with other municipal officers and deal with the general public in a professional manner.

Ability to read, write and understand the English language and to comprehend written and verbal orders so communications will be disseminated to both superior officers and to subordinates accurately. Knowledge of patient care and handling. Knowledge and ability to direct all operations at emergency incidents and supervise the manpower involved, to safely and efficiently bring them to a conclusion.


The employee must have graduated from a four-year college or university, a master’s degree in public administration, organizational leadership, emergency management or disaster planning is preferred. A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in fire and emergency medical services field, and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience as a Chief level officer or an administrative or supervisory capacity. Endorsement as, or ability to obtain endorsement as an Executive Fire Officer (NFA) from the National Fire Academy. Credentialed as, or ability to obtain Credentials as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO), or Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer (CEMSO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).


International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certifications of Fire Officer II. State of Kansas Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic certification or Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic. NIMS ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800 and complete Wildland Certifications of S-110, S-130, S-190 within 12 months of being hired. Maintain state-mandated continuing education requirements, including current American Heart Association (AHA) certification in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), or equivalent. Must possess or be eligible for a State of Kansas driver’s license.  Must successfully pass a background investigation with no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions related to weapons, assault, controlled substances, or theft within the last 10 years.  Position is subject to successful completion of pre-employment drug testing.  Subject to a one-year probationary period. Ability to successfully complete written, physical, and oral exams during probationary period.

STARTING SALARY: Depending on Qualifications.

TO APPLY:  Please submit a Resume, Cover Letter, three professional references, proof of Paramedic Licensure.  A complete job description and other necessary forms are available at City Hall, or on the city web page. Return completed applications to the Fire Chief by mail to: Deputy Fire Chief Selection Attn: City of Edwardsville FD, P.O. Box 13738, Edwardsville, KS 66113

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