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Western Lane Fire and EMS Authority - Fire Marshal

Posted: 6/17/2022
Salary: $79,539 - $99,442; DOE
Location: Florence, OR


Western Lane Fire and EMS Authority | Recruitment for Fire Marshal

Annual salary of $79,539 to $99,442 based on experience, plus qualified incentives

Executive staff for Western Lane Fire and EMS Authority are expected to establish and maintain a residence within the Authority service area within six months of hiring. This is a non-represented, FLSA overtime exempt position and is considered to be under Civil Service rules.


Western Lane Fire and EMS Authority (WLFEA) is excited to announce that they are hiring a Fire Marshal. This position will be responsible to provide administrative and technical support to the Fire and EMS Chief in all areas of fire prevention to the response area in which the Authority provides fire protection services. This support includes, but is not limited to, building inspections, fire investigations, code enforcement, and public education. The Fire Marshal is expected to facilitate public education for community groups, schools, and other organizations. The Fire Marshal may participate in the on-call Duty Chief program as assigned. Qualified candidates are urged to apply.


The Community

WLFEA provides ALS transport services to 564 square miles along the central Oregon coast and inland in western Lane County along with fire suppression and prevention services to 120 square miles. Our Ambulance Service Area includes the City of Florence, upriver communities of Mapleton, Swisshome, and Deadwood, and Dunes City. Fire protection and suppression activities are provided to the City of Florence and Dunes City as well as surrounding unincorporated areas of western Lane County. The total population served is approximately 21,000 with most of our residents over 60 years old and who live in, or close to, the City of Florence. Authority headquarters is located in the City of Florence.

The Authority

On October 1, 2019 the administrative offices of Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue and Western Lane Ambulance District combined to form Western Lane Fire and EMS Authority (WLFEA). On July 1, 2022 all Operations personnel will be moved to WLFEA. The Authority is a combination department with 32 FTEs along with 10 part time employees and 30 volunteer/reserves. WLFEA responds to 4,000 to 5,000 calls annually with a wide variety of incident types. Included in our response area is the Oregon Dunes National Recreation area and numerous State parks that attract about 200,000 tourists per year, two major State Highways (one is a national scenic byway and the other is a major transportation route from the valley to the coast), a critical access hospital, a general aviation airport, and tribal lands including a casino. The Siuslaw Valley has abundant fishing, hunting, and recreational opportunities that attract thousands of visitors to the area throughout the year.




Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of the position as described will be considered.


Knowledge of firefighting principles, practices, apparatus, and equipment. Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws related to occupation. Knowledge of math, science, weather observation principles and practices, hazardous materials, fire and EMT methods and techniques, and the operation of, and safety precautions related to, fire equipment.


Skill in the use of persona! computers, various related software programs, standard office equipment, and firefighting equipment. Strong time management, analytical, organization, and prioritization skills. Customer service orientation and skills. Effective management and team-building skills, conflict resolution, and strong leadership. Exceptional interpersonal skills. Strong oral and written communication skills with a variety of audiences. Competence in business English, spelling, and punctuation. Strong reasoning, analysis, and problem-solving skills, combined with excellent judgment and professionalism.


Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with Authority management, employees, Board members, other entities, and the general public. Ability to effectively communicate complex or sensitive issues, both orally and in writing, with individuals and groups. Ability to communicate complex material in a simple, understandable manner. Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, make rapid decisions to recognize actual and potential danger, and determine the proper course of action. Ability to effectively function in an intense work environment with numerous interruptions and conflicting demands. Ability to work with minimal supervision. Ability to effectively supervise staff. Ability to elicit information and cooperation from individuals and groups. Ability to honor the confidentiality required of this position. Physical ability to perform the essential job functions.


Minimal Desired Qualifications


  • Possess a valid Oregon driver's license within 30 days
  • AAS or AA Degree in Fire Science or equivalent
  • 5 years Fire Service experience
  • 2 years Fire Inspection experience
  • 2 years Fire Investigation experience
  • 2 years Fire and Life Safety Programs experience
  • NFPA Fire Investigator Certification (or equivalent)
  • Pre-Fire Plan programs experience
  • ICC Fire Inspector I Certification
  • ICC Fire Inspector II Certification (within 1 year of hire date)
  • ICC Fire Plans Examiner Certification (within 1 year of hire date)
  • OSFM Fire & Life Safety Competency Recognition Levels 1-4 (Levels 1 to 3 within one year of hire date, Level 4 within two years)Level 1 Company InspectorLevel 2 FLS Specialist 1Level 3 FLS Specialist 2Level 4 Fire Marshal
  • Successfully pass a physical commensurate with job duties and a drug screen



The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach, and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility, including the ability to frequently lift or move materials up to 25 pounds, and rarely lift or move materials more than 100 pounds. The position requires the ability to operate a motorized vehicle. Manual dexterity and coordination are required 80% of the time to operate such equipment as hand-held phone or technology devices, computers, keyboards, telephones, standard office equipment, and standard fire equipment. Physical exertion may be required to climb stairs and ladders, climb over walls, run, move heavy objects, crawl through tight spaces, and kneel in confined areas.



Work locations occur in all types of indoor and outdoor environments. When in the field, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions and varying and extreme weather conditions. When responding to emergencies, the employee may risk physical hazard from smoke, heat, fire, noise, chemicals, bodily secretions, sharp objects, traffic, drugs, and drug paraphernalia. The employee will have contact with individuals under the influence of drugs/alcohol, or with communicable diseases. The employee may be exposed to extremely hazardous situations in order to protect people and property. Subject to 24-hour call back for emergencies.


The Recruitment Process


The application screening process will consist of an evaluation of required application materials. Complete applications must include copies of all required certifications. Those meeting the requirements will be invited to continue in the hiring process. This is not a scored element of the process.

Apply between June 22nd and July 22nd by submitting a cover letter, WLFEA application ( form fillable pdf can be found at (, and proof of required certifications. Complete application packages must be received by close of business on July 22nd, 2022. Applications may be submitted in person or mailed to:

Western Lane Fire and EMS Authority

2625 Hwy 101

Florence, OR 97439


If you have questions, please contact Chief Schick:

Phone 541-997-3212



Candidates passing the application review will be invited to participate in the Fire Marshal Assessment Center. The Assessment Center will be a scored event. After scores are compiled, veteran preference points will be added. The Fire and EMS Chief will select and hire from the final ranked hire list.

Assessment Center

An assessment center is tentatively scheduled for August 8th. Candidates will participate in an oral board interview, inspection scenario, HR scenario, and a Chief’s interview. A job offer is expected to be made to the top candidate on or before August 12th. Start date for the successful candidate to be determined following completion of a background check, psychological evaluation, and drug screen but anticipated to be on or around September 6th.


Veteran's Preference Information:

If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran's Administration Letter Stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.

Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than the closing date of this recruitment.

Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.

No person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. Both districts value diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to