Fire Chief

City of Columbus Fire Division

The City of Columbus is seeking a fire executive who is an uncommon leader with a demonstrated track record of career accomplishments to serve as the next Fire Chief. This progressive and effective Fire Chief will bring immediate credibility to the highly acclaimed City of Columbus Fire Division (CFD) (second largest department in the United States with a CFAI Accreditation and ISO 1 rating). With a FY 2020 approved operations budget of over $271 million, the Division’s 1,656 uniformed personnel protect life, property, and the environment through their direct involvement in fire prevention, firefighting, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, disaster response, public education, and community service. An equally committed team of 51 non-sworn personnel provides technical and administrative expertise in their corresponding pursuit of CFD's mission.

Over 99% of the employees of the CFD are represented by the IAFF, Columbus Fire Fighters Local 67. Last year alone, the men and women of the CFD responded to approximately 166,087 incidents, with 80% of those (133,357) being EMS and Rescue 911 calls for service. The CFD provides a full range of life safety services and operates 35 Engine Companies, 7 Battalions, 16 Ladder Companies, 5 Rescue Companies, and has 40 EMS Transport Vehicles.

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of service as a permanent appointee in the class of Fire Assistant Chief OR 5 years with any combination of service as a Fire Assistant Chief, Fire Deputy Chief, and/or Fire Battalion Chief or comparable experience elsewhere. The selected candidate will also be required to successfully complete (or maintain) valid Firefighter II and Fire Safety inspector certifications issued by the State of Ohio by the completion of the first-year probationary period. Upon hire, residency within the corporate limits of the City of Columbus is highly desired. A competitive compensation package, with excellent benefits, will be offered for this executive position.

Candidates should apply by October 9, 2020.

Interested candidates should email a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, salary history, and 6 professional references to

If you have any questions or wish to discuss the opportunity further, please contact Robert Burg at (916) 630-4900. Detailed brochure available at

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