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Deputy Fire Chief

Downers Grove, Illinois


Village of Downers Grove

801 Burlington Avenue

Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone: 630-434-5537

Fax: 630-434-5484




Salary: $93,248 - $128,215 DOQ

Population: 50,000

Sworn Officers: 70

Application Deadline: Until Filled





Located 22 miles west of Chicago, the Village of Downers was founded by Pierce Downer in 1832 and covers 13 square miles.  This established community of nearly 50,000 residents has convenient access to I-55 and has five interchanges to/from I-355 as well as three Metra stations to serve commuters.  With numerous public transportation options, Downers Grove has become a popular location for several corporate headquarters.  As a result, the daytime population increases to approximately 110,000 with employees, shoppers and visitors.


The Downers Grove Fire Department (DGFD) is an ISO Class 1 organization which is made up of a team of dedicated professionals providing a safe environment for the residents, guests and employees of the Downers Grove community. The DGFD prides itself on customer service, financial stewardship and innovation. The department is committed to team-work, strong communication, and interdepartmental collaboration.

The Downers Grove Fire Department is comprised of 70 firefighter/paramedics operating on 24/48 schedule shifts covering four fire stations.  In addition to fire services, the department provides complete advanced life support (ALS) emergency medical services, technical rescue and hazardous material services, fire prevention, and a nationally recognized fire and life safety education program.  The department runs 3 ALS engines, 3 ALS ambulances, 1 ALS ladder truck, a heavy rescue squad and other vehicles in its fleet ready to assist the community. The Downers Grove Fire Department is a participating agency in the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) and the Combined Agencies Rescue Team (CART).

Village of Downers Grove
Department of Human Resources
Notice of Job Opportunity


The Village of Downers Grove is accepting applications for the position of Deputy Fire Chief.

Job Duties:


Deputy Chief of Operations is under the direction of the Fire Chief. This position is responsible for planning, organizing, and managing the operations of the fire department; supervises professional management staff, will assist in the Accreditation Process, participates in the Duty Chief rotation and performs related duties as required.


  • Candidates must have experience in the fire service as a chief officer or equivalent position;

  • Comprehensive knowledge of current issues in fire management;

  • Knowledge of building and construction codes;

  • Ability to organize, direct and control fire and emergency operations under stressful situations for prolonged periods of time.

  • Candidates will have an active role on the fireground and must be able to demonstrate the technical aspects of emergency scene management.

  • Candidates will be expected to respond to emergencies after hours and will serve in the Duty Chief rotation.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to work in a collaborative environment, possess strong problem solving skills, and demonstrate team leadership. The candidate must exhibit excellent interpersonal and communications skills and a commitment to high professional standards. The candidate will promote teamwork and mentor subordinates for success as it applies to the fire service.


  • Bachelorís degree in Fire Service or related field.

  • Five (5) years or more of progressively responsible fire service management experience.

  • Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal Fire Officer II required, Fire Officer III or Chief Fire Officer  certification desired

  • Illinois Department of Public Health EMT-B or higher.

  • Valid Illinois Driver's License - class B non CDL  minimum



Grade 19


Salary Range:


$93,248 - $128,215 DOQ


Application Period:


Open Until Filled

Note:  First review of candidates will occur September 2, 2016

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