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Part Time Fire Chief

The Sparta Fire Board (Sparta Township, Kent Co.) is now seeking qualified applicants to interview for a part time Fire Chief position. The deadline for application submittal is Aug. 1, 2018.

Statement of Responsibilities:

The Fire Chief is responsible to the governing Sparta Fire Board for the overall management and direction of the Sparta Fire Department including the daily operations, fire suppression, rescue, fire investigations, fire prevention, and emergency medical services. The position is responsible for the supervision, evaluation, discipline, recommending hiring and discharge of all subordinate members of the fire department. The Fire Chief also assigns duties to all levels of employees under his direction, manages the supplies, equipment, structures within the confines of the Fire Department Budget.


  1. Must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in a fire department leadership position.
  2. Must have Fire Officer I, II & III certifications
  3. Recommend-Fire Chief 101 (or equivalent) and Michigan Fire Instructor I
  4. Must have a valid Michigan Driver’s License
  5. Ability to manage multiple objectives and projects concurrently and perform duties in a fast-paced environment.
  6. Ability to lead or attend Council, Committee, and other meetings as required.
  7. Manage expenditures, budgets and plan for future capital needs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Effective communication, oral and written, with department, boards, peers and the public.
  2. Understanding and following work rules and suggested operating guidelines.
  3. Knowledge of National, State, and Local laws, and fire/safety codes.
  4. Knowledge of fire protection systems, water supply, building construction, direct fire and rescue operations, disaster control, and extinguishment of combustible and flammable materials.
  5. Skills in firefighting, MFR, fire inspection, fire scene command, and public relations.


  1. Negotiable

For interview consideration, applicants should submit a resume to Dale Bergman, Sparta Township Supervisor/Fire Board Chairman at supervisor@spartatownship.org.

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