Job opening: Huron Township is looking for a new Fire Chief



The Township of Huron, Michigan is seeking an innovative, dynamic, experienced professional to serve as its Fire Chief. The Department provides fire suppression, fire prevention, and emergency medical services to the Huron Township community.  The Fire Chief is responsible for: establishing a vision and planning Departmental activities; coordinating the day-to-day operations of the Department; assisting with budgeting and grant administration; capital projects administration; developing, implementing, and evaluating departmental services; developing and administering departmental policies and procedures; and volunteer recruitment and retention.  The Chief is also responsible for coaching, supervising and evaluating departmental personnel in accordance with collective bargaining provisions and other applicable HR policies.  The Fire Chief reports directly to Director of Public Safety.

About Huron Township

The Huron Township Fire Department is responsible for the protection of life and property from the ravages of fire. The Fire Department’s objective is to deliver the highest level of emergency response with the greatest margin of safety for firefighters and citizens in the most fiscally responsible way. Currently the Huron Township Fire Department consists of 35 dedicated men and women who serve our community, providing fire and emergency medical services (EMS) 24/7. The Huron Township Police Department is a member of the DCC.

Our fire apparatus and equipment is housed in three fire stations strategically located throughout our 36 square mile community. Fire station 1 is located in New Boston on Sterling Street, Station 2 in Waltz on Mineral Springs and Station 3 at Middlebelt and Sibley.

At this time the Huron Township Fire Department is licensed by the State of Michigan to provide Basic Life Support (BLS), Limited Advanced Life Support (LALS) or Specialist, and Advanced Life Support (ALS) services. In addition, all fire department personnel are CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) trained and certified to use semi-automatic heart defibrillators that can shock a heart back into a normal heart rate. Patients in need of additional care are transported by Huron Valley Ambulance to local hospitals.

Fire Department personnel are certified by the State of Michigan Firefighters Training Council, at a minimum, Firefighter I, with most personnel certified to the Firefighter II level.

The Fire Department is involved in the enforcement of National, State, County and local laws, codes and ordinances that relate to fire protection. In addition, the fire department reviews commercial/industrial buildings and multiple dwelling plans to assure that the building is code compliant. The fire department provides an aggressive fire prevention program within the schools in the community.

The Huron Township Fire Department currently employs two (2) full-time firefighters that are supplemented with paid-call personnel. As the community grows, emergency responses will increase placing additional time requirements on our paid-call firefighters.



Huron Township’s current Fire Chief is retiring after many years of service to the community.  The hiring rate of pay will depend upon the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. The preferred candidate will be subject to a criminal background check, drug/alcohol screening, motor vehicle checks and a pre-employment medical evaluation.

Candidates should have extensive experience in fire service and emergency medical services work, including considerable supervisory experience.  Volunteer firefighting experience and/or experience as an officer managing a combination department is highly desirable.

Possession of a Q restriction or CDL A or B driver’s license and certification as an Emergency Medical Technician B are required.  EMS licensure at the paramedic level is preferred.

The Town will look to the selected candidate to provide vision and leadership to ensure that the Department meets the needs of the community now and in the future.  The selected candidate will be expected to maintain our tradition of excellent public service.

Work Hours and Schedule

This is a full-time position. The normal work schedule is 40 hours per week or the amount of hours necessary to perform the successful duties of the Fire Chief. The selected candidate will be required to respond to emergency calls after hours as appropriate and to attend career, volunteer, and Council meetings in the evenings as required.

Application Process

Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, and a list of at least three professional references to or in person at the Huron Township Police Department located at 36500 S. Huron Road, New Boston, MI 48164. The interview process may include multiple interviews with the Township Supervisor and Board of Trustees. Application deadline is August 19th, 2016. Specific questions about the position or recruitment process may be directed to Everette Robbins, Director of Public Safety at 734-753-4400 Ext. 126 or AA/EOE

Source: Everette Robbins, director of public safety

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