Belton, TX - Fire Chief

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Belton, Texas Seeks Fire Chief

The City of Belton, Texas is recruiting a servant leader and skilled manager to serve as its new Fire Chief. The ideal candidate will be an experienced, ethical, and compassionate professional with a passion for providing exceptional service. The next Fire Chief will be a visionary, forward-thinking, and innovative individual who is aware of fire service trends, technological advancements in the field, and best practices.

The City of Belton has a population of 22,532 and covers 21.1 square miles. The City serves as the county seat of Bell County and is part of the Temple-Killeen-Fort Hood metro area. Under the general direction of the City Manager, the Fire Chief oversees and manages the delivery of fire suppression, emergency medical services, rescue operations, hazardous materials responses, emergency management planning, and public education programs.

The following are REQUIRED qualifications:

  • Associate degree in fire administration, fire science, or a related field
  • Minimum of ten years’ experience in fire service
  • Experience in a supervisory position at the rank of chief, assistant chief, battalion chief, or shift commander
  • Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Advanced Firefighter certification, or the ability to attain within one year of hiring date
  • TCFP Basic Fire Inspector and Basic Fire Investigator certifications, or the ability to attain within one year of hiring date
  • Minimum of TDSHS (TEXAS) EMT-Basic certification, or the ability to attain within one
  • TCFP Head of Department certification within one year of hiring date
  • Emergency management experience

The following are PREFERRED qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in fire science, public administration, or a related field
  • EMT-Paramedic certification
  • TCFP Master Firefighter certification
    TCFP Basic Arson Investigator certification
  • Texas Fire Chief Academy Certified Fire Executive (CFE)
  • Texas A&M Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) certification
  • Executive Fire Officer (EFO) certification through the National Fire Academy
  • Chief Fire Officer (CFO) certification through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE)
  • Experience in managing a department under Texas Local Government Code Chapter 143 (Civil Service)

An equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and skills will be considered.

The starting salary range for this position is $100,000 - $110,000, depending on qualifications and experience, with annual merit increases of 2-5%.

For more information on this position contact:

Larry Bell, Sr. Vice President
Strategic Government Resources