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Burnet County ESD #9 - Spicewood Fire Rescue: Part-Time Fire Chief

About the District: Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 9 (BCESD 9) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas created in 2014 to provide fire and emergency medical services to those who live and work in our district. The District covers 55 square miles, and is bordered on the north by 10 miles of Lake Travis shoreline and is bisected east to west by US Hwy 71.

The District is comprised mainly of single-family residences, a large percentage being retirement or second homes. The Hwy 71 corridor generates a significant portion of the call volume. Hwy 71 is also home to most of our commercial occupancies. The District is experiencing significant residential growth as citizens look for an alternative to the larger cities and enjoy the relatively low cost of living in Burnet County. This growth is expected to continue.

Approximately 50 percent of the District’s revenue is funded through ad valorem taxes which are capped by state law at ten cents per $100 valuation. The other 50% of revenue is collected through a two percent sales tax on purchases within the District.

The District owns two properties: The Fire Hall on Hwy 71 and the EMS station on Spur 191. The District has contracted with Marble Falls Area EMS (MFAEMS) to provide advanced life-support responders and also patient transport from the EMS station.

About the Fire Department: In 2020, BCESD 9 elected to operate its own fire department, Spicewood Fire Rescue (SFR). Regulated by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a combination department, the department will hire its first paid responders in Fiscal Year 2021, on a part-time, limited basis. Accordingly, the department will continue to rely on volunteer members for many years to come. The department has 15 active members and is subject to the same ebb and flow in membership as many VFDs. SFR currently holds the TCFP commissions for three members. 

Fire Prevention duties including plan review, permitting, inspections and public education are handled by a contracted Fire Marshal.

For medical responses, the department operates a First Responder Emergency Medical Service, under the medical direction provided through MFAEMS.

About the Part-Time Fire Chief Position

The following is a general list of duties and responsibilities to be performed by the Fire Chief, who, when hired, will be an “at-will employee.”

▪ The Fire Chief will fulfill the strategic goals and objectives set forth by the Board of Emergency Services Commissioners; more specifically those goals and objectives pertaining to the effective delivery of emergency services.

Will monitor and seek to improve response times.

Will monitor and seek to improve response capabilities.

▪ The Fire Chief will oversee the execution of the District’s approved budget.

Will adhere to the established procurement procedures and applicable law.

Will conduct all financial activities in the most transparent, ethical manner.

Will work closely and cooperatively with the District’s financial manager and its governing body, the Board of Emergency Services Commissioners.

▪ The Fire Chief will lead, oversee and manage other staff members, including:

The Assistant Chief of Administration, and the Administrative Assistant.

The Fire Marshal.

Operations personnel, volunteer and paid.

▪ The Fire Chief will establish and maintain an efficient rank structure and make all personnel decisions, with the District’s approval.

Will establish minimum qualifications for all positions.

Will create job descriptions for member positions.

Will administer application, assessment, testing, and promotional processes.

Will address disciplinary matters.

▪ The Fire Chief will provide educational, professional development opportunities for the members and paid staff, to include:

Initial on-boarding.

FF 1, FF2, Fire Officer I, Driver/ Operators, etc.

Will find opportunities to motivate volunteer participation in such development.

May delegate and will build a training program that utilizes a broad cadre of instructors.

▪ The Fire Chief will monitor and seek to improve the condition of the District’s facilities, fixtures and furnishings. 

Will oversee maintenance, upgrades and renovations.

Will forecast needed upgrades, replacements, and repairs as part of the budget process.

▪ The Fire Chief will monitor and seek to improve the condition of the District’s apparatus, firefighting equipment and EMS equipment .

Will oversee maintenance and upgrades.

Will forecast needed upgrades, replacements, and repairs as part of the budget process.

Will maintain the Asset Maintenance Plan.

▪ The Fire Chief will maintain the District’s professional, industry relationships and obligations to other organizations such as:

Texas Department of State Health Service, First Responder EMS compliance.

Texas Commission on Fire Protection, regulated department compliance.

State Firefighters and Fire Marshals’ Association compliance.

Marble Falls Area Emergency Medical Services.

Burnet County Emergency Services Association.

Neighboring Emergency Services Districts and Fire Departments.

▪ The Fire Chief will be capable of providing emergency response.

Will assume IC on appropriate, significant incidents.

Capable of responding to all call types.

Will manage all instances of accident or injury to any member, vehicle, or property.

Will designate another chief officer to serve as fire chief in his or her absence.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Texas Commission on Fire Protection: Advanced FireFighter, Fire Officer III, Instructor II.

- Texas department of State Health Services: EMT-Basic

- NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 700, 800,

- Capable of being named TCFP Head of Department.

Work Expectations

▪ The Fire Chief position will be an at-will employee of the District.

▪ Workers Compensation and other appropriate insurance will be provided.

Compensation

The salaries and benefits paid for the Fire Chief position will be based on the qualifications, availability, and experience of the selected candidate.

Application Process

1) Interested candidates will fill out the below Candidate Profile and submit to: firechief.bcesd9@gmail.com .

2) A cover letter expressing your interest, along with your unique skill set as a candidate, should be attached to the candidate profile.

3) Candidates are encouraged to visit the department’s website at www.bcesd9.org to learn more about the organization. Site visits to the facility are available M-F, 8-2.

The Fire Chief Selection Committee of the ESD will screen the applicants and their qualifications, and then conduct follow up interviews as needed.

The deadline for submitting a candidate profile and cover letter is April 2nd, 2021.

BCESD 9 Spicewood Fire Rescue Candidate Profile

Name:

Contacts: email/phones

Home Address:

Available start date:

Current TCFP Certifications:

Current EMT certifications:

Current SFFMA certifications:

Other accreditations and certifications:

Work History within the Fire Service:

You may submit a resume or C.V.

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