Now Hiring: Santa Clara-Ivins Fire Chief

This position will be opened until filled with the first review of applications on January 6, 2022. Wages will depend on qualifications.


Performs professional administrative duties related to planning, organizing, directing, staffing, and coordinating fire prevention, suppression activities and emergency medical services within the City.


Works under the broad policy guidance and direction from the City Manager.


Provides general supervision to Fire Fighters and volunteers.


Plans, directs and administers fire prevention and suppression programs and emergency medical operations of the city; ensures adherence to industry standard operating guidelines; develops city policy into action plans and strategies; develops and/or approves changes in fire ordinances and codes; directs fire code enforcement programs and practices;  determines essential resources needed to achieve program objectives and allocates resources to various phases of department operations.

Prepares and administers department budget; approves ordering of equipment and supplies; verifies costs incurred by department;   monitors expenditures to assure conformity to established fiscal constraints;  prepares and writes reports on department activity;  seeks and applies for alternative funding through grants and other financial programs targeting fire prevention and safety;  administers funds and programs to conform to grant requirements.

Participates as member of local, state, and national fire associations/committees, i.e., flood plain management, safety committee, etc.

Exercises supervision over department personnel; establishes policies, rules and regulations as deemed necessary and expedient for the department; assigns and evaluates work; disciplines personnel when necessary; supervises departmental training related to fire prevention, suppression, investigation, emergency medical response, equipment maintenance and hazardous materials handling.

Coordinates and participates in interviewing, screening and hiring of new department members; participates in the planning and implementation of fire drills; conducts department meetings; updates and informs personnel of new policy changes or procedures.

Directs departmental emergency response and emergency medical program; participates in and/or delegates investigation of fires (24 hours a day); determines the magnitude and needs of the fire and/or hazardous material incident to expedite suppression or containment and minimize property loss.

Responds to fires and performs as incident commander; directs department personnel in the performance of their duties; makes decisions concerning effective fire strategy, water source usage, overhaul, removal of property, and blockading streets or other entrances while a fire is in progress for the protection of life and property.

Conducts public meetings or issues public notices to inform citizens of fire hazards in the community and activities of the Fire department; enforces rules and regulations established for protection of life and property; may make presentations to schools and civic groups; develops and maintains good public relations with the community.

Develops and oversees station house maintenance and general upkeep; assures upkeep and functional operation of all equipment and firefighting apparatus; assures department readiness to deliver efficient and effective response to fire and emergencies.

Oversees the implementation of inspection programs on local establishments, schools, pre-schools and other high priority safety environments; coordinates fire drill exercises; directs the preparation of regular reports and submits to school administrators, state and/or federal agencies.

Oversees and issues burning permits; conducts site reviews to confirm compliance with burn regulations and ordinances; advises citizens regarding safety methods and precautions related to open burning.

Performs related duties as required.


Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from college with a bachelor degree in fire science, public administration or related field;


  • Seven (7) years progressively responsible firefighting experience; Two (2) years of which must have been in a supervisory/management capacity;


  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Extensive knowledge of laws, ordinances, codes, and regulations effecting goals, objectives, and department operation; principles and practices of fire prevention and suppression; maintenance requirements and practices of firefighting equipment and apparatus; departmental rules, policies and regulations; city geography; emergency medical practices and procedures.  Considerable knowledge of principles of supervision and management practices and procedures; budget development and preparation; common fire and chemical hazards and related safety precautions; public speaking and interpersonal communication skills; modern practices related to personnel training, management and motivation; firefighting techniques; working knowledge of incident command and equipment;   working knowledge of fire/arson investigation procedures.

Skill in the evaluation of tactical and operational requirements of conflagration situations.

Ability to plan, organize and direct the implementation of overall fire department programs and objectives; direct and supervise various levels of professional fire fighters; evaluate performance without partiality; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;  make quick and accurate decisions in emergency situations, develop effective working relationships with local elected officials, city merchants, subordinates, and the public.

Special Qualifications:

Must possess a valid Utah State Driver’s License.

Must possess Firefighter I & II Certifications

Must possess HAZMAT Operations Certification

Must possess Apparatus Driver Operator – Pumper Certification

Must possess A.E.M.T. Certification

Work Environment:

Functions of the position generally performed in a controlled environment, but subject to all seasonal and weather extremes.  Emergency response travel expected in normal course of performing duties.  Many functions of the work pose high degree of hazard uncertainty.  Various levels of mental application required, i.e. memory for details, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, creative problem solving.  Continuous use of motor skills.