Fire Chief

Fire Department · Shipshewana, Indiana
Department Fire Department
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation Based on Qualifications and Experience

Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm M-F, and as needed outside normal business hours

FLSA Status: Salary Non-Exempt

Location: Shipshewana Fire Station


Under administrative direction from the Shipshewana Town Council, plans, directs, manages and oversees the activities and operations of the fire department including policy development, fiscal management, emergency medical services, fire safety and fire suppression and prevention; to coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Town Council; performs related duties, as required. 



Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans, coordinates, supervise and evaluate fire, medical and rescue operations.
  • Assume full management responsibility for all department services and activities.
  • Recommend and administer policies and procedures for fire, medical and rescue activities.
  • Manage the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned service area.
  • Establish appropriate service and staffing levels.
  • Monitor and evaluate efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures.
  • Review and evaluate work methods and procedures.
  • Handles grievances, maintains departmental discipline and conduct, and general behavior of assigned personnel.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement and direct and implement changes.
  • Perform final interpretations of fire codes and/or ordinances to ensure consistency and compliance with mandated rules, regulations, codes and ordinances.
  • Select, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel.
  • Provide and/or coordinate staff training.
  • Work closely with other departments, emergency service agencies, associations, community groups and representatives to determine fire service requirements.
  • Prepare and implement short and long-term strategies to meet community needs.
  • Oversee, develop and control the development and administration of the department budget.
  • Approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate.
  • Explain and justify department programs, policies and activities.
  • Coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Prepares and submits monthly reports to the Town Council regarding the department’s activities and prepares a variety of other reports as appropriate including the annual report activities or other necessary correspondence.
  • Attend and participate in department meetings, attend or appoint a department delegate to Town Council meetings.
  • Serves as a member on various committees.



  1. Supervises personnel and other emergency response activities.
    1. Responds to fire and any emergency alarms; makes decisions as to methods of combating fires, directs firefighting and emergency work. Responds to EMS calls, supervises and participates in rendering medical aid and treatment.
    2. Commands officers and firefighters in performing tactical fire ground operations.
    3. Commands officers and firefighters in performing tactical rescue operations.
    4. Responsible for initial size-up and initial report.
    5. Requests additional resources and agencies, as needed.
    6. Responsible for initiating the Incident Command System.
    7. Establishing accountability of personnel.
    8. Application of sound judgment based on fire experience in mitigating emergencies.
    9. Supervises officers(s), firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and other subordinate staff (full-time, part-time, and volunteers) in their assigned duties as directed.
    10. Assigned to work eight (8) hour shift, but available to respond after duty hours.
  2. Emergency Response Planning:
    1. Conducts research for the development of building pre-plans.
    2. Assist in determining training priorities of emergency response personnel.
    3. Directs and instructs department in-service training activities in suppression, medical, rescue, hazardous materials, etc.
    4. Directs and conducts demonstrations in presenting fire safety and emergency techniques to the public.
    5. Directs the inspection, care, maintenance and cleanliness of the station and the grounds surrounding the station, and the apparatus and all equipment housed, stored or assigned to the station.
    6. Determines need for equipment repair, building and grounds maintenance, and assigns personnel to work duties.


Employee maintains a working relationship with co-workers, vendors, and the public for the purpose of exchanging information, assisting in explaining and interpreting policies and procedures.  The Fire Chief reports to the Town Council.



Work is performed in the fire station, vehicles, structures and other settings, in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during daylight and in darkness.  Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations. Incumbent must have the stamina and the mobility to work a minimum of a 12-hour shift and to respond to major fire alarms and emergency situations. Work is performed in a variety of environmental conditions.  The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in office setting, moderate noise levels in the garage areas and loud at the emergency scene.  Protective clothing helmets, gloves, boots, etc., are required while responding to emergency calls. Physical demands require running, bending, stooping, climbing and frequently lifting heavy objects. Incumbent must be able to pass the medical examination required of fire personnel. Incumbent must be able to see and hear in the normal range with or without correction and communicate verbally and in written form with great facility and must be able to be understood. Incumbent may be required to respond to emergencies after regular working hours and on weekends and must be willing to work an irregular schedule, which will include weekends, holidays, evenings and/or varying hours.



    • Completion of High School with diploma or certificate of equivalency GED.
    • College education with degree (preferred).
    • Knowledge of basic computer skills.
    • Physically fit in accordance with Federal, State and local standards for firefighters and must be able to pass the annual medical examination required of Shipshewana fire personnel.
    • Certified and maintain certifications:
      • Firefighter I & II, by the State of Indiana
      • Hazardous Material Operations Level, by the State of Indiana
      • Emergency Medical Responder or higher, by the State of Indiana
      • Fire Officer II, (preferred).
      • Fire Instructor, by the State of Indiana (preferred).
      • Applicable NIMS training or completed within 18 months of hire.
      • Current BLS and CPR certifications.
      • Valid State of Indiana Driver’s License.
      • Valid Motor Vehicle Insurance.
    • A mechanical aptitude is desired.
    • 10+ years of experience in fire and medical services work, with 4+ years as an officer (preferred).
    • If incumbent’s residence is located outside the Shipshewana Corporate limits, they must reside within a 15 minute response time to the Shipshewana Corporate limits within 12 months of hire.


The job description for the position of FIRE CHIEF for the Town of Shipshewana describes the duties and responsibilities for employment in this position.  I acknowledge that I have received this job description and understand that it is not a contract of employment.  I am responsible for reading this job description and complying with all job duties, requirements and responsibilities contained herein, and any subsequent revision.  If I have any questions about these or any other job duties that I am asked to perform, I will discuss them with my interviewer during the pre-hiring process, or afterwards, with my immediate supervisor.  Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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  • Location
    Shipshewana, Indiana
  • Department
    Fire Department
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation
    Based on Qualifications and Experience