Fire Chief


Performs highly responsible supervisory and administrative work in planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing all activities of the Farmington Fire Department in conjunction with New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated Chapter 154. 


·         Administrates and directs the activities of rescue, fire suppression, fire prevention, and fire administration.

·         Directs and oversees the selection, training, development, and evaluation of department personnel.

·         Directs and oversees the fire prevention program which includes public education and inspections to determine compliance with building and fire codes and reviews building and development plans

          for compliance with established codes.

·         Develops and maintains an efficient fire suppression operation with the ability to rapidly confine and extinguish fires.

·         Directs and coordinates preparation and implementation of the annual budget.

·         Directs and commands fire-rescue personnel and equipment at all major fires, HAZMAT, extrication, and other emergencies.

·         Establishes and directs training programs providing basic fire training and training in new methods of firefighting, fire prevention, and rescue techniques.

·         Oversees the specifications/requirements, purchases, and maintenance of equipment, and the maintenance of facilities.

·         Provides technical advice and guidance to the Town Administrator, makes presentations, and writes reports.

·         Participates in and provides leadership to area and regional agencies to coordinate mutual aid arrangements, disaster planning and establish shared services.

·         Initiates needed action to change fire and building codes to reflect changes in construction materials and techniques.

·         Establishes and maintains effective public relations with community groups, local and state agencies, and the media.

·         Ensures the Fire/Rescue department is administrated and managed effectively and efficiently to provide fire services to the community.

·         Ensures Fire/Rescue department personnel are selected, trained, and developed to meet emergency and hazardous situations and to perform fire prevention and public education activities


·         Ensures policies, rules, regulations, practices, and procedures meet department objectives for efficient operation of the Department.

·         Identifies and obtains grant funding; administers grant programs that have been obtained through successful grant applications.

·         May act as the Town’s Emergency Management Director upon appointment by the Board of Selectmen.

·         Reviews planning board applications for State Fire Code.

·         Attends Town Staff Meetings as Fire Department representative.

·         Performs all duties of a firefighter and EMT.

·         Oversees ambulance billing operations.

·         Acts as State Forest and Fire Warden 


Performs other related duties as requested. 


Education and Experience

Associate's Degree in Fire Science, Public Administration, or a directly related field, with ten or more years of experience including proven supervisor skills preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Continual education may be required. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

·         Excellent physical condition required with the ability to perform strenuous or peak physical activities during emergencies, training, or station maintenance activities for prolonged periods under conditions of extreme heights, intense heat, cold, or smoke.

·         Thorough knowledge of modern firefighting methods and practices, first responders and first-aid principles and practices, local streets, water supplies, types of building construction, sprinklers, and detection devices, code enforcement and special fire hazards in the community, the operations and maintenance of various types of apparatus and equipment used in firefighting and rescue activities is essential.

·         Thorough working knowledge of New Hampshire fire prevention laws, regulations, and procedures is required.

·         Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required.

·         Ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the general public and the ability to plan, direct, and coordinate personnel and equipment is essential.

·         Ability to prepare and administer the annual budget is required. 


Directly or through subordinates, supervises all Fire/Rescue department personnel.  Carries out all supervisory functions following the Town’s rules, regulations, policies, and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, recommending the hiring of call company, training; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems 


NHFST Certified Fire Fighter II; EMT-B, CPR, AED, HAZMAT, NHFST Certified Fire Officer II; educational methodology classes as provided for the fire service; Incident Command Certified; Course completion in advanced fire fighting and rescue techniques highly desirable. Must possess a valid New Hampshire Drivers License of sufficient grade to lawfully operate/drive Fire Department Vehicles including any airbrake and tank endorsements required.  CDL-B Tank/Airbrakes. 


Computer, general office equipment, various department vehicles, fire engines, ladder trucks, fire pumps, hoses and nozzles, hydrant assist valves, master stream devices, self-contained breathing apparatus, thermal imagers, multi-gas detectors, medical equipment including defibrillator, foam generator, hand tools, generators, hydraulic rescue tools, hoist, airbags, various hand and power saws, fire extinguishers, fans, rescue ropes and pulleys, ice water suit, torches, radiation detection kits, carbon monoxide detector, porta-power unit, SKED and stokes basket, hazmat suits, sprinkler tongs and 2-way communication equipment. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; run; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk, see and hear; and taste or smell.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. 

Firefighters must be able to see, speak, and hear clearly in noisy and stressful situations.  Firefighters must have keen senses; i.e. smell to detect and identify various substances; hearing to detect trapped victims and to assess patients for lung sounds and the like. Firefighters must meet required physical and medical standards and must be able to carry, drag, or restrain individuals or equipment over 100 pounds. 


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; blood and airborne pathogens, toxic chemicals or gases, extremes in temperature, cramped surroundings and contact with death, emotional stress, trauma, contagious disease and terminal illnesses.  Firefighters are also exposed to the risk of explosions, burns and electrocution, extreme heat, contaminated environments, emotionally upset people, noise, physical hazards from traffic, fire and falling objects, and atmospheric conditions such as smoke, fumes, odors, and gases.  Required to wear items such as a hard hat, safety glasses, earplugs, respirators, rubber or plastic gloves, rubber boots, and the like.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.

Town of Farmington
Close Date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2024
TBD based on experience and certifications