Klamath County Fire District #1: Division Chief - Operations
Salary: $7,962.79-$8,823.04/Month plus Incentives, Excellent Benefit Package
Open Until Filled. First review of applications on August 8, 2017.
We seek a leader who identifies with our Mission and Values and will enhance its achievement.
We Respond to Our Community:
Sense of Family - We are committed to promoting respect for one another, working together, and being caring, compassionate, and loyal to our families both at home and within the organization.
Teamwork – We promote teamwork through respect and courtesy, while upholding professional standards. We are accountable to each other and to the customers we serve.
Integrity – We are honest and fair in our dealings with our customers and each other. We are honorable and respectful to our profession. We expect each other to promote trustworthiness, openness, and sincerity.
Customer Service – We are committed to providing the community with the highest level of professional and courteous customer service. We demonstrate absolute respect for each other and members of the public. We maintain a level of operational readiness to assure a decisive and effective response to emergencies for maximum life safety and protection of the environment through incident stabilization.
Fiscal Responsibility – We take very seriously the stewardship of public funds. Therefore, we practice ethical and fiscally prudent spending in order to maintain operational readiness that fosters public trust.
Klamath Falls is located on the dry, eastern side of the beautiful Cascade Mountain range in southeastern Oregon at an elevation of 4100 feet. Klamath County is the home to Crater Lake National Park and is known for the abundance of woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife. The County has six wildlife refuges, sits on the Pacific Flyway providing a rest stop for millions of migrating birds, and is the home to the largest winter population of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states.
Klamath Falls is within driving distance to major attractions and activities and is located approximately 90 minutes east of Medford, two and a half hours south of Bend, three hours southeast of Eugene, five hours southeast of Portland, and five hours north of Reno and San Francisco.
Klamath County is truly an outdoor person’s paradise with golfing, camping, biking, hiking/backpacking, fishing, skiing, and hunting opportunities. Residents enjoy abundant sunshine year round; with distinct spring, summer, fall, and winter seasons. Temperatures vary significantly from winter (average January high: 40 °F) to summer (average August high: 85 °F). The Pacific Crest Trail traverses through Klamath County while Klamath Falls is the trailhead for the OC&E Woods Line State Trail, the longest state bicycle/hiking trail in Oregon.
Agriculture and timber remain a significant part of Klamath County’s economy; however, healthcare continues to grow and become an important sector of commerce. Sky Lakes Medical Center is a regional healthcare center serving more than 80,000 people. It is the only hospital in a 10,000-squaremile area in south-central Oregon and northeastern California. Sky Lakes has several expansion projects underway.
The Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) is the Pacific Northwest’s only public institute of technology, attracting about 4,000 students from all over the world. Oregon Tech's curriculum is focused on applied technologies, engineering, health professions, applied sciences, and management. Oregon Tech’s Renewable Energy Engineering program was the first of its kind in the nation.
Klamath Falls is home to Klamath Community College (KCC). KCC supports student success in workforce training, academic transfer, foundational skills development, and community education. KCC offers classes in EMT and has the potential to offer degrees in emergency response. Both Oregon Tech and KCC are currently undergoing significant expansions to their facilities and programs.
Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base is home to the 173d Fighter Wing. The primary mission is to train air-to-air combat pilots in the F-15C. Kingsley Field is the only F-15C training wing in the United States and is one of the leading employers in Klamath County.
Klamath County Fire District No. 1
The Fire District is governed by a five (5) person Board of Directors elected by the residents of the District. The 2017-2018, department budget is in excess of $13,000,000. KCFD1 provides fire protection to a 192 square mile area that includes the City of Klamath Falls and surrounding suburban and rural areas. In addition, KCFD1 is assigned an Ambulance Service Area of an additional 300 square miles and provides ALS transport within the total area. District 1 is bordered by other fire districts and unprotected lands. The District is authorized 73 fulltime personnel that operate from six (6) fire stations. There are 63 line personnel that are assigned to four (4) engine companies and three (3) ambulance crews. There are three (3) shifts, working a 48/96 schedule each under the command of a Battalion Chief. In 2016, KCFD1 responded to 7,114 emergency calls for service, of which 79% were medical related.
KCFD1 is looking for an individual that will have the requisite knowledge and skills to lead the operations division in providing emergency response to the community. The position requires an individual with an
extensive background in the administration and management of fire department operations. An in-depth knowledge and experience of the delivery in modern emergency services with an emphasis in structural and
wildland fire fighting required. Experience with a system that provides Emergency Medical Services including transports and hazardous materials response is necessary. The ability to gather and analyze data that leads to quality decisions is critical. A person that is a dynamic leader, excellent communicator, with a proven record of accomplishment in building relationships and teamwork who embraces the local community will be a good fit for this position.
Consideration will be given to any combination of education and experience that would reflect meeting the qualifications and provide the ability to successfully perform the duties of the position. Equivalent or additional education, experience, and certifications from other states or agencies may be considered.
Associates Degree in Fire Science, Public Administration, or closely related field. NFPA HazMat Operations Level Responder. NFPA Fire Officer 2 or equivalent. Oregon EMS certification within one (1) year. NIMS - ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800. Possession of a driver’s license valid in Oregon and maintain a safe driving record throughout the duration of employment. Three (3) years supervisory experience with at least one (1) year as an Acting in Capacity Battalion Chief or Battalion Chief, or equivalent. Eight (8) years paid full-time emergency response experience with a paid or combination fire department of equal or greater size and complexity. A residency requirement applies to this position. Computer experience with an emphasis in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, databases, Fire/EMS based reporting and staffing programs, and work in a networked environment.
Incentives and Benefits
• IDLH: $120 per month (must pass an annual “Fit for Duty” physical).
• Duty Chief Incentive: $227.46 per month.
• Assigned a Fire District vehicle.
• Accrued vacation (0-15 years = 14 hours a month, 15+ years = 18.67 hours a month),
• sick leave (12 hours a month), personal leave (40 hours a year), nine (9) paid holidays.
• 100% premium paid by the district for family medical, dental, vision, and prescription insurance.
• HRA-VEBA: $2833-$8705 annual contribution depending on health care plan election.
• Oregon PERS member – Employee pays their 6% contribution.
Application materials are available at www.kcfd1.com. A signed, completed Employment Application, resume, and any other supporting documentation deemed appropriate must be received by 4:30p.m., Tuesday, August 8, 2017, to be considered for the first review. Mail packets to: Klamath County Fire District No. 1 DC-Operations Search, 143 N. Broad St., Klamath Falls, OR 97603 OR email packets to RBlakely@kcfd1.com. Do not fax any application materials.
Candidates will initially be evaluated based upon qualifications for the position as evidenced by their education, experience, and training documented in the application packet.
Testing dates will be determined after first review of application. The successful candidate will receive a conditional job offer, which will be followed by a drug screen, medical physical, a thorough background investigation, and a psychological examination. The approximate hire date for this position is October 1, 2017.
In accordance with federal and state laws, Klamath County Fire District No. 1 is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, KCDF1 will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.