Fire Chief

Gorham Fire & Rescue Department

Application Deadline Extended to Monday July 20, 2020

The Town of Gorham is a thriving community and one of the fastest growing towns in Maine with a population of approximately 17,000.  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 an upcoming retirement, we are currently seeking qualified candidates for the full-time salaried exempt position of Fire Chief. This is a critical role responsible for ensuring public welfare through the effective management of a progressive fire and emergency service delivery system that serves the Town of Gorham and provides mutual support to surrounding communities. The Fire Chief oversees 1 FT Deputy Chief, 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.


Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Public Administration, or related field required. A minimum of 6 years’ of supervisory experience in the fire service required. Extensive experience in modern Fire suppression, EMS, and EMA Command operations. Must be licensed in the State of Maine as an EMT or higher and have Firefighter II certification or higher. Any equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered. Must 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.

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, and tuition reimbursement. Salary depends on experience and qualifications.


Qualified candidates should prepare a Cover Letter, Resume, and Employment Application, available HERE on the “Employment” page of the Town’s website  Applications will be accepted until Monday July 20, 2020. The Town reserves the ability to extend the posting period if necessary.

Please mail, fax, email, or hand-deliver completed applications to:

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


~The Town of Gorham is an Equal Opportunity Employer~

Posted: June 3, 2020