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Deputy Fire Chief

The City of Keene, New Hampshire is accepting applications for an additional Deputy Fire Chief to assist the Fire Chief and the other Deputy Fire Chief in leading their highly trained and dedicated team of professionals into the future!

Position Summary

The Deputy Fire Chief directs, manages and supervises a division of the Fire Department, its assigned resources and staff, overseeing day-to-day operations and administration, sharing senior management responsibility with the Fire Chief, and the other Deputy Fire Chief to plan and deploy resources to meet community needs.  

Responsibilities include personnel management, resource management, budget development and administration, risk management, short and long term planning, and development and implementation of rules, regulations, and procedures, to support efficient and effective department operations and life safety and community objectives. When resource demands require, this position also is responsible for responding to emergency medical, fire, accident, or technical rescue service calls. 

In the absence or incapacity of the fire chief the senior ranking Deputy Fire Chief will be expected to perform the duties of the fire chief. They must have demonstrated proficiency in all aspects of fire department administrative and operational responsibilities. They are required to maintain all licenses and certifications required as listed in conditions of promotion.

About the Department  

The Keene Fire Department holds a rich history, predating 1808 when 42 prominent area citizens united as the original members of the fire society, calling themselves “Subscribers for an Engine”.   The title “Keene Fire Department” was later adopted in April of 1856, and when the town became a city in 1874, the fire department was turned over to the city government.

Today, the department is a progressive full service Fire Department, averaging 5000 emergency calls annually, including 3200 EMS related to City and area communities.  Team members provide Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention/Inspection, Emergency Medical Service, Technical Rescue Response, and Hazardous Material Response to the City of Keene and surrounding communities through the Southwestern New Hampshire District Fire Mutual Aid System. Members participate in extensive training programs for all technical rescue disciplines including trench, structural collapse, confined space with specialized equipment carried on Heavy Rescue and Tech Rescue Trailer.  The department also provides fire prevention and inspection services along with several public education programs related to fire and EMS safety.  

The Keene Fire Department operates out of two fire stations, the Central Station, built in 2012 and located on Vernon St., and Station Two located on Hastings Ave. in West Keene.  They have a career staff of 45 uniformed personnel, 1 civilian employee and a call company that consists of 24 personnel.  Department services include paramedic level care with new scope of mobile ventilators and RSI Protocols; a State Regional HM team that operates at the Technician Level, and two trailers with specialized equipment for multi hazards and Level “A” entry; State Asset for Swift Water Response at Technician Level.  Their response equipment includes 2 engines, 2 ladders, 1 tanker/engine, 1 heavy rescue, 3 ALS ambulances, 1 rescue boat, 1 technical rescue trailer, 2 haz-mat trailers, 1 OHRV, 1 fire alarm bucket truck, 1 fire prevention unit and 3 command units.  

The department is currently studying Station Two for renovation or replacement. A CIP replacement plan is in place to support replacement of all equipment, fire and ambulance apparatus. Three ambulances are scheduled for replacement, with additional major fire apparatus replacements also planned.  To help off-set the costs of upgrading the equipment, grants are a major annual project in the department. To date they have been awarded over $369,000 for full SCBA replacement and $44,000 for COVID PPE. The annual HM Team grant averages $20,000-$25,000.

About the City of Keene

A friendly and vibrant college town with over 23,000 residents, Keene is a vital part of this southern New Hampshire area. As the hub of Cheshire County, the Keene community places a high value on environmental sustainability, locally-sourced food and products, and historic preservation. You’ll find the best characteristics of small city living here, with a thriving downtown area which offers shopping, restaurants, the arts, farmers markets, a growing food co-op, festivals, events, and live theaters.  If you prefer to stay busy with outdoor recreation opportunities, there are many green areas, parks, ponds, and lakes in the area, as well as a vast trail system for biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.  With convenient access to Route 91, many popular ski areas are within close proximity as well. Keene is a welcoming area with something for everyone, including sports leagues for youth and adults (such as an adult softball league, rugby, and ice hockey).  We even have our very own collegiate baseball team, the Keene Swamp Bats, which we welcome to the area every summer.

Our city offers a variety of public and private education opportunities for students in kindergarten – grade 12. We are also home to Keene State College, which is ranked by U.S News and World Report as a top regional college, as well as River Valley Community College, and a private graduate school, Antioch University of New England. Your healthcare needs will be covered by Cheshire Medical Center, which is part of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system. Cheshire is the area’s largest health care provider and a leading employer, with numerous satellite locations. 

The City offers a diverse economy which includes a spectrum of everything from family-owned companies to global industry leaders.  It is a great place to live, learn, work, and play for families and professionals.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science/Protection, Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field, five years supervisory experience at a level equivalent to Captain or above rank, or a combination of education, training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position.   (Required certifications and knowledge, skills, abilities are fully outlined in the job description - visit our website for full details.)

Compensation and Benefits

The annual salary for this position is $90,244 - $112,461, plus opportunities for an annual performance bonus of $2,000. Starting salary will be based on qualifications and prior experience. The Deputy Fire Chief will also receive a comprehensive benefits program which includes health insurance, dental insurance, State of NH Group II retirement and more. 

Ready to apply?

Apply online:  As part of the application process, you are required to upload your résumé where indicated. Please ensure your documents are uploaded before you log out. Incomplete submittals will not be accepted or considered.

Applications will be accepted through Sunday, April 18, 2021.  Confirmation that your application has been received and information regarding the recruitment process will be sent via email. Be sure to check your email for status updates. Please check your spam or junk folders in the event the email did not deliver to your email inbox.

If you have questions regarding the position of Deputy Fire Chief or the application and selection process outlined herein, please contact

The City of Keene is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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