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Applicants Sought for Fire Chief [POSITION FILLED]


Late last week, Mayor Maddox accepted Rob Douthit's resignation from the Gravette Fire Chief position. Mr. Douthit plans to remain with the department and fill an open position as a full time Paramedic. Mayor Maddox wishes to publicly thank him for his service and wishes him all the best. Police Chief Chuck Skaggs will serve as the interim Fire Chief.

The City of Gravette is accepting applications for the positions of full time Fire Chief. The Gravette Fire Chief plans, organizes, directs, and administers all operations of the fire department including fire administration (public relations, management of budget, personnel, supplies, equipment, structures, and compliance/enforcement of regulations, policies and procedures), fire suppression, ambulance response, fire investigations, fire prevention, building inspections, code enforcement, hazardous material response, rescue, and all other life safety/emergency services (excluding law enforcement) provided by the City of Gravette.

Primary obligations:

Directs activities at the scene of emergencies

Remains on-call 24 hours/daily, 365 days/annually, with the exception of scheduled leaves and/or vacations

Directly supervises full-time paramedic/firefighters, several volunteer firefighters, directs ALS ambulance operations, fire suppression activities, fire investigations, building inspections, code enforcement.

Prepares monthly reports for city council

Prepares yearly fire department budget

Attends city, county, state as well as other meetings to represent Gravette Fire Department

Conducts departmental meetings and training sessions

Qualifications and Requirements:

Associates degree or higher in Fire Science/Administration

Current Firefighter I and Firefighter II Certification

Current Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic (Preferred)

Certified Instructor I or higher (Preferred)

Certified Fire Officer I or higher (Preferred)

Certified Fire Inspector I or higher (Preferred)

Certified Arson Investigator (Preferred)

Haz-Mat Training

Arkansas Forestry Wildland Training

ICS 100, 200, 700, 800, 300, 400

Minimum of 5 years in the fire service with a full-time department

3 years within the command structure – currently at the rank of Captain or higher

Experience as a member of a volunteer fire department organization

Must reside within the Gravette Fire District, or be willing to move.

Proficient in Firehouse (or similar), Microsoft Office, Excel, and other reporting systems

Possesses or must obtain an Arkansas Driver’s License without record of suspension or revocation in any state

Pass a drug screening and physical

Benefits:The position will receive holiday pay, vacation and sick time, LOPFI retirement and Municipal Health insurance.

Salary: $45,900 to $62,100 depending on qualifications and experience

Resumes may be dropped off at Gravette City Hall

604 1st Ave SE

Gravette, AR 72736



Application period will close June 30, 2017

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