Town of Norwood
Fire Chief
Department: Norwood Fire Department
Location: 135-137 Nahatan Street, Norwood MA
Salary: Grade M18, FY18 base range $109,658 – $134,840/annual + excellent benefits

The Town of Norwood is located in Eastern Massachusetts, 14 miles south of Boston, 30 miles north of Providence, RI and 205 miles from New York City. Norwood was incorporated as a town in 1872 and has approximately 29,000 residents. The land area of Norwood is approximately 10 square miles with a population density of approximately 2,700 per square mile. Norwood has a representative town meeting form of government with a total approximate budget of $185 million. The Norwood Fire Department provides Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services with a 70 member staff and an approximate total annual budget of $6.7 million.

General Summary: The purpose of this position is to plan, organize, and direct the operations of the Norwood Fire Department, its staff, and equipment in the protection of life and property, in the prevention and extinguishing of fires, and in the safe handling of hazardous materials; all other related work as required. Performs complex and highly responsible duties requiring a high level of initiative and independent judgment. Works under the direction of the General Manager. Assumes responsibility for developing and achieving the department goals.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Oversees the general operations of the Fire Department, delegating supervision of daily operations to the Deputy Chief. Serves as Incident Commander at all major emergencies. Develops and recommends to the General Manager major department policies; implements such plans and policies upon approval; assesses their effectiveness and recommends modifications as required.
  • Oversees fire prevention and safety education activities within the town. Enforces Massachusetts General Laws, federal and state regulations, and town bylaws
  • Interacts with federal and state officials to represent the interests of the town and the department. Represents the department within the town government decision-making processes.
  • Develops, recommends, and defends department budget requests; authorizes and expends funds consistent with town policies and procedures; monitors budgets to ensure compliance with approved levels and takes corrective actions as required.
  • Performs as a member of the management negotiations committee for fire department bargaining unit negotiations.
  • Performs related work as directed and assigned by the General Manager or as noted in the official position description.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in fire science or related field; and a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in fire/rescue, emergency management, emergency medical services, and management; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • EMS certification desirable, progressive management of an EMS system (BLS and ALS) strongly preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of the current practices and principles of fire service management and emergency medical service response in a municipal setting. Extensive knowledge of the laws, rules, and regulations relating to fire protection.
  • Comprehensive technical knowledge of emergency medical response functions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with town officials, subordinates, the general public and other law enforcement officials.
  • Ability to work in a high stress environment on a regular basis. Ability to remain calm, concentrate and perform all responsibilities in a competent manner at all times.
  • Good managerial and organizational skills and excellent fiscal skills required. Knowledge of labor law and collective bargaining.
  • Strong commitment to public service required.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen, psychological exam, extensive background check, interview and applicant selection process.

*This posting is not meant to be inclusive of all job duties or qualification requirements. Complete job description is available in the Human Resources Department.

Candidates meeting the qualifications and expectations as noted above should submit a cover letter, resume and Town of Norwood General Employment Application plus any other relevant materials to the address below by Friday, April 6, 2018.

Please reference Requisition #2018-008 on all materials:
Michelle Pizzi, Director of Human Resources
Town of Norwood


Montpelier VT
Full-Time Firefighter, AEMT/Paramedic

Required Minimum Applicant Qualifications:

  • AEMT
  • Firefighter I
  • Valid Driver’s License

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Paramedic
  • Firefighter level II
  • EMS transport experience
  • Hazmat Operations
  • NIMS Certifications
  • College Degree or Military Experience

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and copies of current certifications to; Fire Chief Robert Gowans, 61 Main St, Montpelier VT, 05602. Process is open until position is filled. EOE.

City of Torrington
Fire Chief

Provides highly responsible supervisory, administrative and technical work leading the City’s Fire department.

Minimum Qualifications: B.S. degree, plus 10 years of fire suppression experience, including 5 years of related administrative and supervisory experience at the rank of Battalion Chief or higher. Must be certified by the State of Connecticut for Firefighter II and Fire Officer III. Must possess a Connecticut driver’s license.

Residency requirement: Must maintain primary residence in the City of Torrington within one year of appointment.

To Apply: Application and a full job description are available on our website www.torringtonct.org.

Application, cover letter, and resume must be received by 3/12/2018 to be considered. AA/ EOE.

Sturbridge Fire Department
Firefighter / Paramedic

The Town of Sturbridge Fire Department is accepting applications for the position of full-time fire-fighter/paramedic. The position(s) are being partially funded from the Assistance to Firefighters SAFER Grant.

Minimum requirements include high school diploma or GED, non-smoker, valid MA driver’s license, and certification as a National Registry EMT. The ideal candidate for the position is progressive in the fire, rescue and EMS field and is a MFA graduate; Firefighter I/II certified; Paramedic certification and possess other advanced qualifications and degrees. Candidates should be customer service oriented.

The starting salary range is $19.16 to $22.77 per hour, DOQ. Full time members work a 24 hour shift, 48 hours per work week. Other benefits include paid vacation, sick time, uniform allowance, training reimbursement, and medical/dental insurance, as described within the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Candidates will be subjected to several interview panels, a medical examination, a Physical Ability Test, and a rigorous background investigation as part of the hiring process. Successful candidates who are not already certified as a Paramedic will be required to obtain Paramedic certification as a condition of employment. They also must reside within 15 miles of the Town of Sturbridge within one (1) year of appointment.

The employment application may be found on the Fire Department link of the Town website (www.town.sturbridge.ma.us). Submit cover letter, resume, copies of all diplomas / certifications / licenses, and mail the completed Town application to: Fire Chief, Town of Sturbridge Fire Department, and 346 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566. Applications will be accepted until vacancies are filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The Town of Sturbridge is an equal opportunity employer (AA/EOE).


The Town of Lebanon, Maine

The Town of Lebanon, Maine is seeking a Fire-EMS Chief/EMA Director with a broad and varied professional fire and EMS background, who has demonstrated success in leadership.  He/she will have an established reputation as a confident, dynamic leader from a progressive, well managed Fire-EMS department; will be current in modern management practices and will have well-developed skills in strategic planning, people management, conflict resolution, organizational analysis, and consensus building.

The successful candidate will need to be very familiar with the operations of volunteer/per diem department and will have an understanding of the legal and public policy environment such a service operates in, as well as the best management practices of that field. He or she will be constantly on the lookout for ways to maximize the responsiveness and innovation of the services the Town of Lebanon provides its residents while controlling costs.

The ideal candidate will be experienced and confident managing a workforce of paid on call/per diem fire-fighters, EMTs and paramedics; will be a strong leader and an outstanding administrator who works well with other departments and administration, and will be active and visible in the community. The Town of Lebanon offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental coverage, retirement, vacation, etc.

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