Winston-Salem Fire Department-Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal
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Winston-Salem Fire Department-Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal

The Winston-Salem Fire Department has a rich history dating to the late 1700s in the Moravian settlement of Salem. WSFD claims the first female career firefighter in the United States, and the first integrated fire station and first African-American fire chief in the State of North Carolina. It has the winningest Firefighter Combat Challenge Team in the history of the sport and is currently the reigning NC Rescue Competition champion. In addition to fire services, the department delivers non-transport emergency medical response at the EMT level, a full slate of technical rescue services, hazardous materials response, code enforcement, and fire cause determination. It has a FEMA Type 1 water rescue team. Risk reduction services include public education, hands-only CPR instruction, Citizen Fire Academy, Remembering When, child passenger safety seat installation, and smoke alarm and stove top fire suppressor installation programs. It has an in-house fleet maintenance facility. The department operates from twenty fire stations with four battalions and staffs nineteen engines, five ladders, and a heavy rescue. Total authorized staffing is 370, minimum daily staffing is 89, and the effective response force is 29. Annual call volume is approximately 17,000, with 72% being medical in nature. The Fiscal 2023 Budget is $34.9 million.
The City of Winston-Salem Fire Department is seeking high-performing candidates with a successful record of transformational leadership for the position of Deputy Chief / Fire Marshal.
The Position
With a goal of continuous improvement, in harmony with other senior staff members, the fire marshal plans and directs the activities of the Fire & Life Safety (F&LS) Branch. The F&LS Branch enforces the NC State Fire Code, conducts plan review of residential developments and commercial building projects, executes sprinkler and fire alarm testing, and performs ongoing inspections of all commercial buildings inside the city limits, except those under the purview of the State or Federal Governments. The Branch is also responsible for investigating and determining the cause of all fires, and coordinating activities related to the delivery of community risk reduction programs, including fire safety education, CPR instruction, child seat checks, Citizen Fire Academy, Remembering When, smoke alarm installation, and StoveTop FireStop distribution. It is expected that the fire marshal utilizes his or her position to drive organizational enhancement, adopt advanced technologies, and utilize knowledge, experience and data analysis to make educated decisions to reduce risk for the City, its citizens, and visitors. in pursuit of greater safety, effectiveness, and efficiency. At the rank of deputy chief, one should be skilled at evaluating performance, developing and managing programs, managing the Branch’s budget, ensuring subordinate accountability, resolving complaints, building community relationships, and attending local, regional, and national conferences. A deputy chief is expected to be capable of acting as the department head and/or representing the fire chief in the fire chief’s absence.
Minimum Qualifications
• Four-year degree from an accredited college or university
• Possession of a Fire Prevention Level I Standard Certificate and ability to obtain a Level III Certificate within a reasonable time, as agreed upon during hiring negotiations
• Ten or more years’ experience in a career municipal fire department, with three to five years of administrative or executive experience, or equivalent
• Proven success in planning, program and policy development, and project management
• Demonstrable knowledge of modern code enforcement practices
• Certificates of completion for NIMS 100, 200, 700 and 800, and ICS 300 and 400
• Familiarity with standard organizational management software, such as Microsoft’s Office suite, and records and document management systems
• Possession of, or ability to possess a NC Class C Driver License
• Candidate must successfully pass an NFPA 1582-compliant pre-hire medical evaluation.
• Candidate must submit to a thorough driving and criminal background investigation.
• Candidate must establish residency within 30 air miles of City Hall within 180 days of hire.
Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s degree in public administration, business administration, or a degree related to emergency services management, or equivalent
• Completion of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program
• Designation as a Chief Fire Officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence
• Working knowledge of the Fire Service Accreditation Model
• Possession of a Fire Prevention Level III Standard Certificate
• Certified Fire & Life Safety Educator III
• Fire Investigation Technician Certification
• Plan review experience, including high-rise occupancies
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in fire and emergency services, particularly in the areas of risk reduction, code enforcement, inspections, and plan review. He or she will have a solid working knowledge of the Building Code, safety topics, incident command, supervisory principles and practices, NFPA Standards, and North Carolina municipal law. He or she will possess a visionary leadership style with strong skills in strategic planning, data analysis, relationship-building, verbal and written communications, budgeting, and resource management. A complete understanding of the modern fire environment is a must. One must demonstrate an ability to submit completed work, requiring little or no correction by the fire chief or a member of the city management team.
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Compensation: $94,773-$142,159 The City of Winston-Salem offers a competitive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, vacation, holiday, and special leave, and a 401(a). Municipal employees are members of the Local Government Employees Retirement System, and certified fire personnel are eligible to participate in the Firefighters’ and Rescue Squad Workers’ Pension Fund. Deputy fire chiefs are provided a take-home vehicle.