- Including the Fire Chief, the Wheaton Fire Department is staffed by 38 full time personnel, 19 contract personnel who staff their ALS/EMS response and transport provider services, one part time Administrative Assistant, and one part time Emergency Management Specialist.
- Firefighters and Lieutenants are represented by the International Association of Firefighters Local 3481.
- The command staff consists of the Fire Chief, three Assistant Chief-Shift Commanders (24/48), one Assistant Chief-Administration with oversight of Training/Risk Management (40 hr), and one EMS/Community Risk Reduction Manager (40 hr). Each shift has a Shift Commander, 3 Fire Lieutenants, 6 Firefighter/EMT-B’s, and 6 Paramedics.
- The department responded to 6135 total calls for service in 2021. The Wheaton Fire Department is a founding member of the West Suburban Fire Rescue Alliance consisting of six Departments who participate in functional cooperation for all hazards training and response. The Department is also a member of MABAS Division 12 (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) and Ducomm 9-1-1 Dispatch.
- The City encompasses 11.43 square miles from providing modern fire/EMS services from 3 fire stations.
- Union Pacific runs 20-25 daily freight trains through Wheaton. Union Pacific (UP) runs freight and Metra commuter trains through Wheaton (60 commuter trains a day during the workweek; 353 commuter trains a week). The fire department holds an ISO Class 2 insurance rating.
- The City is seeking an experienced, innovative, collaborative fire/EMS leader with demonstrated managerial, interpersonal and customer service skills. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a balance of commitment to the organization as well as the senior management team of the City with a genuine confidence and approachable personality to residents, business, and governmental leaders.
- It is particularly important that the next Fire Chief be an integral and engaged leader of the Fire Department, with a strong background in modern fire, EMS, Community Risk Reduction, emergency management and all hazards’ practices.
- The new Fire Chief must provide an understanding of the need to use data for problem solving assessing community risk and vulnerabilities.
- The Fire Chief should have a positive track record of strong bargaining relations with proven experience in fostering collaboration with Bargaining Unit members.
- The ability to mentor and foster leadership roles within the staff, succession planning, and a global vision of the community’s needs and vision are critical. Creativity and the ability to guide and balance change is a must.
- The capability to be an active participant in operations and training to safely function as a command officer on incident scenes including oversight of interior operations within IDLH conditions
- The next Fire Chief will also have a demonstrated record of fairness, transparency, and consistency in the administration of Departmental policies and procedures and the willingness to address issues in a positive and timely manner. The Fire Chief must possess well-developed writing and public speaking skills and the utmost integrity.
- Shall possess a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration or related field from an accredited college or university. A master’s degree preferred.
- The position requires 10 years of firefighter experience and employee supervision.
- All requirements of 65 ILCS 5/10-1-7.3
- Illinois EMT-B Certification
- Ability to wear Department self-contained breathing apparatus and maintain compliance with respiratory requirements.
- Candidate’s successful completion of the Executive Fire Officer Program offered by the National Fire Academy, and or Chief Fire Officer Designation is desired.
- Reside within ten (10) of the City of Wheaton and ability to timely respond to major emergency incidents.
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