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    I have a possible job interview for a fire chief in a neighboring county. It is a combo department. Two stations are a paid and 1 is a volunteer. This will be there 1st paid chief. The current volunteer chief doesn't meet the requirements. The problem I'm having is I don't know how to interview for the position. I have over 12 years in the fire service, but being a fire chief has very little to do with emergency response. Can anybody offer any advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by psilentchild View Post
    I have a possible job interview for a fire chief in a neighboring county. It is a combo department. Two stations are a paid and 1 is a volunteer. This will be there 1st paid chief. The current volunteer chief doesn't meet the requirements. The problem I'm having is I don't know how to interview for the position. I have over 12 years in the fire service, but being a fire chief has very little to do with emergency response. Can anybody offer any advice?
    Guess you have talked to other fire chiefs you know??

    My other guess is they would want to know you have

    Managerial skills

    Budget knowledge

    Can be in the middle of employees and upper management

    Are able to hire and fire

    Have a five year plan for the dept

    Do you know if you will work under a contract or just at will ?

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    How did the interview go? do you still need help? Larry

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    I haven't had an interview yet.

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    It seems now-a-days being a Chief is more like being the CEO of a business than it is fire related. Like fire49 said, you should have experience with budgeting, being able to work with politicians and all forms of administrative duties. A degree in fire administration or public administration would work in your favor as well as experience of running a business.

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    Stepping into this position with volunteers you could be eaten alive.

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    Here is update. I received a rejection letter. What's iffy is that everybody that met the minimum requirements received a rejection letter. The two people that didn't meet the requirements got an interview.

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    It sounds like they had an unpublished set of requirements.

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