Town of Brookfield

Town of Brookfield

Fire Chief

The Town of Brookfield, WI, with a population of 6,480, is actively seeking an accomplished, forward-thinking, and seasoned leader to serve as its next Fire Chief. Situated approximately 15 miles west of the City of Milwaukee, at the convergence of Interstate 94, State Highway 18 (Bluemound Road), and County Truck Highway O (Barker Road), the Town stands at a pivotal point of development. Notably, the ongoing revitalization along the Bluemound Road corridor, coupled with multimillion-dollar redevelopment projects at the intersection of Barker and Bluemound Road, presents fresh challenges and opportunities for our emergency services.

Committed to excellence, the Town of Brookfield prides itself on its accountable and accessible municipal governance, actively fostering public engagement and collaboration among residents and businesses alike.

The Fire Chief role entails the comprehensive oversight of personnel and operations within the Fire Department. Staffed around the clock by approximately 45 dedicated part-time paramedic and firefighter members, the department operates under the stewardship of two full-time positions: the Chief and Assistant Chief. Notably, the Chief position is hands-on, embodying a working leadership style to effectively address the dynamic needs of our community.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2024. Interested candidates should send a completed application packet, including the signed job description, employment application, background check authorization, and current resume to Wendy Mills at or hand delivered to the Town Clerk’s Office located at 645 Janacek Road, Brookfield, WI 53045.


Position Fire Chief Classification: Exempt
Department: Fire Department Employment Status: Full-Time
Responsible To: Administrator Wages: $75,000-$105,000 (DOQ)

This is a full time position, non-represented professional administrative and supervisory position. Under
the supervision of the Town Administrator, the Fire Chief directs the planning, organization, and direction
of the Fire Department, its administration, and its operations.
Duties of the Fire Chief involve tasks of considerable difficulty involving pre-planning emergency
operations, ensuring the safety of firefighters, planning and implementing the Fire Department’s financial
management, preparation of the operating and capital budgets, purchasing of capital and non-capital
supplies and equipment

 Serve as the chief executive officer of the Fire Department, ensuring compliance to state statutes,
and ordinances of the Town and Department Standard Operating Guidelines.
 Serve as the responsible party for the general condition and efficient operation of the Fire
 Represent the Fire Department at official Town meetings and liaise with media, citizens groups and
professional associations, and all other individuals and organizations.
 Submit periodic written reports to the Town Board including:
o An annual report for the calendar year ending on December 31st of the preceding year shall be
submitted not later than the first of April each year. This report shall detail the condition of all
apparatus and equipment; a number of fires, EMS calls, and other requests for emergency
response; and the total number of members of the Department. The annual report shall also
include an overview of the total Department operations for the preceding year; the type and
amount of training conducted; and the present and future needs of the Department.
o A monthly report indicating the number and type of emergency responses and any significant
events of the preceding month.
 Collaborate with the Police and Fire Commission as requested or required.
 Act as the Fire Department’s records custodian. Keep a record of every fire and EMS call to which the
Fire Department responds. Maintain personnel files for Fire Department employees, correspondence
files, and other administrative files as necessary. Develop, revise, and keep updated policies and
procedures necessary to carry out the functions and operations of the Fire Department.
 Assess departmental needs, evaluate the use of current equipment, and assess and research the
need for additional equipment necessary to protect the lives and property of the Town’s residents and
 Develop and manage the annual Fire Department budget for purchases and services.
 Research and pursue grant opportunities available to fire departments.
 Respond to fires and emergencies in the Town, and provide mutual aid support to neighboring
 As necessary, assumes command of and responsibility for all emergency operations in the Town. As
the incident commander, plans and controls emergency operations, directs the activities of the
companies working at the scene, and observes overall performance of companies, apparatus and
equipment at the scene.
 Preserve order and ensure efficient operation of the Department taking any other disciplinary action
that is deemed necessary.
 Recommend individuals for appointment or promotion to the Police and Fire Commission for
 Perform such other duties that are incumbent upon; him/her as the chief executive officer of the Fire
Department and as may be directed from time to time by the Town Administrator and the Town

 Minimum of five years in a ranking officer position within a Fire Department.
 Formal fire training; preferably a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science or a related field.
 Considerable knowledge of modern methods of Fire Department operations and administration.
 Knowledge of accounting and budgeting principles and practices; preparation and administration of
the Fire Department operating and capital budgets; purchasing procedures; and personnel
 Knowledge about fire apparatus and equipment; incident command and disaster management;
procedures and practices for hazardous materials incidents, structural and vehicle firefighting and
EMS incidents; pre-planning of high hazard occupancies for potential fire and EMS incidents; federal,
state and local laws relating to Fire Department procedures; good knowledge of Fire Department
rules and regulations.
 Understanding about labor/management relations and departmental agreements.
 Ability to collaborate with administrative staff and subordinates, community and business
representatives, union representatives, vendors and the public.
 Must be a citizen of the United States.
 Availability for on-call duty 24/7.

 Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science or related field is preferred
 Certification as Wisconsin Fire Fighter II, Wisconsin Fire Officer I, Wisconsin Fire Service Instructor I
 Wisconsin license as Emergency Medical Technician – Advanced or Paramedic
 Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License

 Optional medical insurance available immediately upon hiring
 Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
 Dental and vision insurance provided by the Town
 Enrollment in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)
 Life insurance options
 Optional deferred compensation
 Town Vehicle
 Town cellphone

This is a Fair Labor Standards Act exempt position, requiring the Fire Chief to work in various conditions,
including potentially hazardous situations. This job description supersedes any previous descriptions for
this position.
I hereby acknowledge receipt of this job description and affirm my understanding of its expectations and

For more information, contact:

Wendy Mills

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