Assistant Fire Chief & Fire Division Chief

  • San Bernardino, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Fire and EMS
  • Salary: See Position Description USD

Job Description

The Job

Priority Review Date is Friday, November 19, 2021
Apply ASAP for priority consideration.

San Bernardino County Fire District seeks strong, forward-thinking leaders in the fire service to fill key positions in the Fire Management Team to assist in guiding the future direction of the department while continuing to ensure the safety of the County's residents and visitors.

Assistant Fire Chiefs report to a Deputy Fire Chief and are responsible for providing direction and oversight for a major function, fire community or geographic area of the Fire District with considerable responsibility for and authority over operational, fiscal, prevention, training, programs, and/or planning functions. Assistant Fire Chiefs may serve as the Fire Chief for any contract cities within their assigned area and liaison/report to the City Manager, Mayor and/or Council.

Fire Division Chiefs report to a Deputy Fire Chief or an Assistant Fire Chief and are responsible for administrative and managerial oversight for one of the department's functional divisions: Administration, Training and Safety, Emergency Medical Services, or Wildland and Aviation. Fire Division Chiefs serve as the County-Wide Duty Chief and may provide Battalion coverage while Battalion Chiefs take leave or are on fire assignments.

Our generous Fire-Exempt C compensation and benefits package is offered and includes competitive annual salaries and generous benefits.

Assistant Fire Chief
$134,638 - $181,875 Annually
Fire Division Chief
$128,586 - $173,576 Annually
The County also offers an alternative Modified Benefit Option (MBO) that provides a wage differential of 4% above the base salary rate with modified benefits , including: Use of increased pay rate to calculate County contributions to RMT, 401(k), and 457(b) plans, leave cash outs, and retirement contribution rate.

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Minimum Requirements

These positions require progressively responsible management fire command experience, preferably in a mid to large size all risk fire department or emergency management department, with a minimum of, at time of appointment* :

Assistant Fire Chief
Fire Division Chief
Option 1 - One year as a Fire Division Chief or higher.
Option 2 - Three years as a Battalion Chief or higher.
One year as a Fire Battalion Chief or higher.

*Applications will be accepted from candidates who have less than the required experience, but who will attain such experience prior to appointment.

  • An Associate's degree for the Division Chief, Bachelor's degree for the Assistant Chief, or equivalent coursework in fire science, public/business administration, or related field is desired but not required.
  • State of California Fire Officer's Certification or equivalent is required.

Selection Process

This is a confidential process and will be handled accordingly throughout all stages of the recruitment process.
Priority Review Date is Friday, November 19, 2021
Apply ASAP - This recruitment may close at any time once sufficient qualified applications are received.

Application Procedure
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for either one or both positions, depending on qualifications, by submitting:
• Compelling cover letter indicating the position(s) for which you are applying
• Comprehensive resume
• Three (3) professional references

An electronic version of all submittals must be sent to:, -or- candidates may complete the online application and upload the required documents:

Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to interview. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established and a reference release form is completed.

Questions regarding this position or status should be addressed to:
Silvia Zayas at
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

San Bernardino, California United States View Map