Assistant Fire Rescue Chief

Fire Rescue

The Town of Gorham is a thriving community and one of the fastest growing towns in Maine with a population of approximately 18,000.  With a flourishing urban village, steady industrial and commercial expansion, plentiful recreation opportunities, a college campus, and Greater Portland METRO public transit service, the Town of Gorham is a vibrant place to live, work, and do business.

Due to a recent promotion, we are currently seeking qualified candidates to join our Fire Rescue Department team in the full-time salaried exempt position of Assistant Fire Rescue Chief. The Assistant Fire Rescue Chief is responsible for assisting the Fire Rescue Chief in managing the day-to-day operations of a combination Fire-EMS department to ensure the effective, safe, and efficient delivery of emergency and non-emergency services in the community. The Assistant Fire Rescue Chief serves as second in command within the department and performs a variety of technical, administrative, and supervisory work related to fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical services, technical rescue, and hazardous materials response. 

This position assists the Fire Rescue Chief with oversight of 2 FT Administrative Assistants, 1 FT Fire Mechanic (shared with Town of Windham), 1 PT Fire Inspector, 10 FT Firefighters (all trained at the level of EMT or Paramedic), 2 Call Company Deputies, and over 150 Call Company personnel and live-in students. The Town’s EMS personnel respond to over 3,000 calls per year and are assigned to six stations, including four stations within Gorham’s 59 square miles and two shared stations located in neighboring towns.

The Town of Gorham offers a comprehensive package of pay, benefits, and paid time off to eligible employees, including excellent health insurance, a 457(b) deferred compensation retirement plan with a 7.5% employer match, earned vacation, sick time, and 12 paid holidays. Employees also have access to dental, vision, medical and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts, life insurance, short-term disability, IRAs, and tuition reimbursement. Salary depends on experience and qualifications.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s Degree required. A minimum of 8 years’ experience as a Firefighter/EMT, plus 3 years’ of supervisory experience in the fire service required. Must be licensed in the State of Maine as an EMT-Advanced or higher and have Firefighter I certification or higher. Specialized training in fire department administration and prior experience conducting training preferred. Any equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

Must live within a 15 minute response time from Gorham town limits and have the ability to respond to emergency scenes, sometimes outside of normal work hours, and perform all essential duties of this position. Valid Class C or higher Driver’s License required. Will need to pass a post-offer physical exam and comprehensive background screening process. A complete job description for the position can be found HERE or by visiting the “Employment Opportunities” section of the Town’s website

HOW TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should prepare a Cover Letter, Resume, and Employment Application, available HERE on the "Employment" page of the Town's website

POSTING PERIOD EXTENDED: Applications will be accepted until Sunday April 4, 2021

Please mail, fax, or email completed applications to:*

Town of Gorham Municipal Center
Attn: Human Resources
75 South Street, Suite 1
Gorham, ME 04038
Fax: 207-839-5408

*Applications may also be hand-delivered by appointment.

~The Town of Gorham is an Equal Opportunity Employer~

Posted: February 27, 2021