Fire Chief-Concord Fire Department

Fire Chief-Concord Fire Department

Fire Chief-Concord Fire Department
  • Full-Time
  • Concord
  • $51.88 - $66.41 Hourly USD / Hour
  • Salary/Pay Grade: 25
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Website Concord Fire Department

Looking for the next leader of the Capital City of New Hampshire’s Fire Department.

Concord, New Hampshire, is the classic New England city and one of the finest communities in not only the Northeast, but the entire country. The city has been recognized nationally for its vitality and economic strength and offers a quality of life that more than matches anyone anywhere. This year it earned 6th place in ‘State Capitals to Live In’ by SmartAsset (#4 in 2021 and #4 in 2020). It has also been recognized by Money Magazine as a best place to retire. Located in the heart of the Merrimack River Valley with four rivers running through, Concord is full of beautiful scenery and is the fastest growing city in the state. It enjoys close proximity to Boston, the Lakes Region, the White Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean – all within an hour’s drive. The quality of life is superb here! Recreational opportunities can be found in its vast swaths of public conservation lands or at its 27 neighborhood parks, ice arena and two golf courses (one public and one private). The downtown is revitalized and vibrant and the city boasts a wide variety of cultural facilities including live performance theaters, museums, and art galleries. The City has the lowest violent crime rate among the 50 state capitals, and was recently acknowledged as having the best drinking water in the state. All of the preceding recognize Concord’s uniqueness, yet are only a sampling of why it is one of the most livable small cities and best loved areas in the nation! The city has been consistently ranked among the nation’s top micropolitan economies, and is home to one of the finest health care networks north of Boston.


Performs supervisory and administrative work in planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing activities of the Fire Department.  This position also acts as Emergency Management Coordinator for the City.

Open until filled.

A City Application is required. Applications may be completed online at  For more information on applying, please call the Human Resources Department at (603) 225-8535 (voice) or TTY at 800-735-2964 or 7-1-1.

Examples of Duties:
Takes command of major emergencies, including multiple alarm fires, mass-casualty incidents, hazardous materials incidents, public health crises, and other natural and human-made events.

Serves as the leader and senior manager of the City of Concord Fire Department; provides policy direction and guidance to and reviews the work of the Deputy Fire Chiefs and administrative staff.

Serves as the senior manager for the Communications Center that provides emergency fire and EMS dispatching services.

Serves as the chief operational officer for local Emergency Management, Homeland Security, and Disaster Response; leads the city’s Emergency Management Team.

Identifies, synthesizes, and evaluates community issues in a variety of homeland security challenges and the core issues of developing security within the community.

Ensures force protection for all responders operating under fire department command.

Oversees the development of operational policy, including response practice, customer service, and standards compliance.

Oversees and approves the development of the annual fire department operating budget, the fire department revenue budget, the Capital Area Dispatch Center operating budget, the Emergency Management budget, the Department Capital Improvement Program, and state and federal grant requests; monitors expenditures to ensure that appropriated amounts are not exceeded.

Orders the evacuation of citizens during major disasters.

Prepares for and responds to public health emergencies.

Provides department-head level approval for all hiring of new personnel and promotions of departmental personnel; approves competitive process for same.

Develops and modifies strategic plans for executing programs in disparate areas; coordinates these plans with budget goals, city objectives, and partner agencies.

Utilizes best business practices in leading a health care provider agency, including full knowledge of HIPPA, health care economics, billing practices, and medical ethics.

Oversees the management of the Fire Alarm Traffic Division.

Oversee the design and specification of apparatus and readiness of vehicles for emergency response

Serves as the main departmental public relations representative; attends public and neighborhood meetings; meets with citizens and business leaders whose requests are not satisfied by subordinate levels within the department.

Advises the City Manager, other department heads, the City Council, other public safety agencies, private sector partners, and legislative committees on fire safety, fire prevention, emergency management, homeland security, public health, and other public safety issues.

Chairs, participates in, or provides leadership for the Hazard Mitigation Team, the Emergency Management Team, the Capital Area Public Health Network, the Capital Area Fire Mutual Aid Compact, and other cross-functional, cross-departmental, and cross-agency teams designed to prevent, mitigate, respond to, and recover from major emergency incidents.

Develops requests for proposals for and reviews the work of professional consultants under contract by the City of Concord; provides expert opinion to the City Manager, City Council, the public and other organizations regarding their findings and the value of their work

Oversees and reviews the work of staff responsible for managing major capital programs and construction projects.

Recognizes and develops plans for managing public fear in response to significant emergency events, mass media reports, public rumor, and panic.

Implements formal resolution models to assist in defusing and preventing conflict between neighborhood groups, other public safety agencies, and within the department.

Designs logic for and manages community critical infrastructure assessments; makes recommendations for infrastructure protection and mitigation practices.

Identifies and develops strategies for responding to issues involving foreign residents in the community.

Performs risk management assessments at the scene of emergency incidents and in the administration of department programs.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

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