Fire Rescue Chief

Organization: City of North Port, Florida
Salary: The current salary range is $95,679.28 to $143,518.93. Excellent benefits will be provided. Beginning salary is negotiable DOQs.
Close Date: Please email your resume and cover letter with current salary by January 15, 2018

Job Description:

The City of North Port is rich with innovation, creativity, and a sense of community. It is fast-growing and continues to build the infrastructure necessary to accommodate its rapidly expanding population of about 67,000. From the future Butler Park Aquatic Center to the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Facility opening in 2019, this “big small town” is working hard to bring more amenities while keeping the charm and feel many find appealing.

North Port was incorporated in 1959. It is ideally situated in Sarasota County between Tampa and Ft. Myers and just minutes from downtowns in Venice and Sarasota. The City covers about 105 square miles and is less than 25% built out. As a relatively new City, North Port has a fantastic opportunity to expand with smart growth. The City has thousands of acres of set aside lands and forests, just a few miles from world renowned beaches. There is even what some call the magic waters at Warm Mineral Springs. North Port is truly a blend of why many move to Florida.

As a full-service City, North Port provides a wide range of municipal services. Included are Police and Fire Rescue; Building, Code Enforcement and Zoning; Recreational Services including neighborhood parks, a skate park facility and recreational centers; Public Works including street maintenance, drainage, traffic signalization, landscape maintenance and solid waste collection; and Public Utilities which provides water and sewer service and reuse water for irrigation. Other services provided are Planning, Engineering, Economic Development and General Administrative Services.
The City is managed under a Commission-City Manager form of government. The legislative and governing body of the City consists of a five-member City Commission. Its members annually select a Mayor. Each Commissioner is elected to a four year staggered term and may only serve two terms. The Commission determines policy, adopts legislation, approves the City’s budget, sets taxes and fees, and appoints the City Manager, City Clerk, Deputy City Clerk and the City Attorney. The City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City and directs the business of the City and its various departments. Department heads, including the Fire Rescue Chief, are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the City Manager.

The North Port Fire Rescue District is a full-service, career department offering fire suppression, advanced life support emergency medical services; disaster preparedness, response and recovery; and fire prevention functions. It has an ISO Rating of #1. The Fire Rescue District is funded by its own non-ad valorem assessment. However, Emergency Medical Services are General Fund supported. The District provides emergency services to the City of North Port, and under interlocal and mutual aid agreements, to portions of unincorporated Sarasota County and Charlotte County. The District operates from five stations and employees 100 FTEs. Fire Rescue’s budget for fiscal year 2018 is $14,127,570.
The Fire Rescue Chief manages and directs the District toward its primary objectives through the Department’s Mission Statement; serves as Incident Commander for major emergencies such as large fires, multi-patient medical scenes or catastrophic incidents and plans, develops, and establishes policies and objectives for the Fire Rescue District. The new Fire Rescue Chief will have a proven and highly successful track record in managing a modern municipal Fire Rescue department comparable to North Port. The Chief will maintain the highest level of ethics, integrity, accountability and honor. He or she will be an effective and impartial leader with outstanding interpersonal skills, a talent for communications at all levels of the organization, strong management skills, and excellent organizational skills. The new Chief must have the ability to direct, manage, and affect confidence in Fire Rescue Department personnel at all levels. The Chief will represent the Fire District before the City Commission and a variety of other civic, business and governmental organizations.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited college or university with a degree in Fire Science, Fire Administration, Public Administration or related field combined with at least ten years of professional fire service experience to include at least eight years of increasingly responsible supervisory, management and/or command experience or an equivalent of education and experience. Must meet the Florida State Fire Marshal and Florida Statute requirements for certification (F.S. 633.412 and F.S. 633.414) as a Florida Firefighter II and Florida Fire Officer II. Also, must obtain within one year of hire: NIMS 100, NIMS 200, NIMS 300, NIMS 400, NIMS 700, NIMS 800 and NWCG S130/190. Prefer Florida certification as a Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician. The Chief must either have a valid Florida driver’s license or obtain one within 30 days of hire.

The current salary range is $95,679.28 to $143,518.93. Excellent benefits will be provided. Beginning salary is negotiable DOQs. For more information about North Port visit the City's web site at
To apply, please email your resume and cover letter with current salary by January 15, 2018 to:

Robert E. Slavin, President
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848
Web site:

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