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Fire Chief

Grand Prairie, Texas

 

City of Grand Prairie

318 W. Main Street

Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Phone: 972-237-8192

E-mail: lnorris@gptx.org
Website: www.gptx.org

 

 

Starting Salary: $145,564

Population: 177,000

Sworn Officer: 200

Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

 

 

THE POSITION

 

The city is seeking a strong, innovative and progressive leader with a collaborative management style who will engage employees through teamwork and motivation, and promote diversity within the department.

 

 

When asked, fire personnel said they wanted

a chief with the following traits:

  • Honest

  • High integrity

  • Fair

  • Visionary and progressive

  • Values fire service traditions

  • Leads by example

  • Strong communicator

  • Decisive

  • In touch with personnel

  • Approachable/friendly

 

The chief should have a commitment to leading-edge technology and equipment, developing regional partnerships and training. The chief is expected to demonstrate a commitment to Raving Fans service and maintain an open door policy. Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are imperative to interact effectively with and gain the respect and trust of staff, city personnel, the Civil Service Commission, the City Council, the community and the news media. The successful candidate will effectively command leaders, set and achieve goals and monitor performance. The successful candidate will have unquestioned personal and professional integrity, and adhere to the highest ethical standards. The chief must be politically astute and effectively able to analyze issues, gather facts and make fair, appropriate and timely decisions.

 

The Fire Chief is appointed by and reports to the City Manager, Tom Hart. The chief will work closely with other internal city department heads, the Mayor/Council or staff on issues that arise. 

 

 

THE FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

The Grand Prairie Fire Department is an all-risks emergency response organization that provides fire suppression and rescue, fire prevention and investigation, first responder emergency medical services, advanced life support, emergency medical transport, hazardous materials awareness response, confined space and water rescue services.

 

 

Fire Department:

  • Emergency Medical Service

  • Fire Marshalís Office Training Division

  • Nine Fire Stations

  • One Jointly Operated Fire Station in Cedar Hill Public Safety Training Center

  • Fire Training Facility Emergency Operations Center

  • Public Safety Building

  • The departmentís budget is $22 million.

  • Each year the department receives approximately 18,000 calls for service including 7,200 patient transports to emergency rooms.

 

CITY MISSION STATEMENT

 

Create Raving Fans by Delivering World Class Service

 

 

THE COMMUNITY

 

Conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Grand Prairie is the 15th largest city in Texas and in the top 150 nationwide. Grand Prairie, population 177,000, offers relaxation, family fun and friendly neighbors.  With four school districts from which to choose, families have many options when it comes to the education of their children. In Grand Prairie, families who have lived here for generations welcome newcomers who move here for the same reason the natives donít leave ó location and hometown atmosphere.

 

The U.S. Census listed Grand Prairie as one of the fastest growing cities in the nation in 2005 and 2006.  Money Magazine listed Grand Prairie a Best Place to Live in 2008.

 

With a park system recently named Best in the Nation, businesses and residents feel right at home. Fifty-eight parks include the award-winning Summit Active Adult Center, a conference center, three recreation centers, golf courses, public swimming pools, softball and baseball complexes, soccer fields, tennis courts, a camp ground, beach parks, an aggressive skate park and football fields. With a ľ cent sales tax devoted to parks, improvements to parks throughout the city are made annually.

 

More than 6 million people a year visit Grand Prairieís entertainment and tourist attractions: Lake Joe Pool, Lone Star Park Class I Thoroughbred Horse Race Track, Verizon Theatre, Louis Tussaudís Palace of Wax, Ripleyís Believe It Or Not, Traders Village flea market, historic Uptown Theater, Farmers Market, Turner Park Disc Golf Course and QuikTrip ballpark, home of the Grand Prairie AirHogs minor league baseball team. 

 

 

DEMOGRAPHICS

 

According to 2010 U.S. Census, 30 percent of Grand Prairie residents are Caucasian, 20 percent are African-American, 42 percent are Hispanic of any race and 8 percent are other. Forty-two percent are 24 and younger, 45 percent are 25-54 years old and 13 percent are 50 and older. Single-family homes number almost 42,000 and multi-family units total about 17,000. The median household income is $51,000.

 

Grand Prairie boasts a wide range of housing stock for all income levels, from quaint older homes to spacious new homes. The average price of a new home is $215,000.

 

 

THE CITY GOVERNMENT

 

The city of Grand Prairie is a Council-Manager form of government. A Mayor and eight Council members provide policy direction. Six Council members represent single member districts. Two are elected at large.

 

The city provides a full range of services, from aviation to water, planning to public works, environmental services to parks, fire to ambulances, police to courts and more. The operating budget is $214 million, with a General Fund budget of $102 million. The city employs approximately 1,100 full-time employees.

 

 

LOCATION

 

The city is located directly between Dallas and Fort Worth. Just five minutes south of DFW International Airport, the city enjoys easy access to anywhere and everywhere on Interstates 20 and 30, State Highways 161 and 360, Loop 12 and Spur 303. Grand Prairie stretches 30 miles long by 8 miles wide and covers 81 square miles.

 

 

THE REQUIREMENTS

 

Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 (ten) years Fire Department experience with a minimum of 5 (five) years command experience in a senior-level Fire management position.

  • Record of progressing responsibility and implementation of innovative programs in recent years.

  • Broad experience in all aspects of municipal fire departments, modern fire practices and fire prevention.

  • Experience with Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 143 a plus. 

  • Experience working with a multicultural staff and community preferred.

  • Experience in working with shared resource opportunities.

  • Demonstrated ability in seeking out and obtaining grant funding.

  • Experience managing EMS.

  • Experience working with specialized trained teams within the Fire Department.

 

Education:

  • Bachelorís degree in public or business administration, science, emergency management, or related field is required.

  • Masterís degree in public administration, urban affairs, criminal justice or related field preferred.

  • Certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (advanced or higher), National Fire Administration (executive fire officer) or Chief Fire Officer designate preferred.

  • Advanced Life Support Certification preferred.

 

Compensation and Benefits:

 

The city of Grand Prairie offers a competitive starting salary, depending on qualifications and experience. The current chiefís salary is $145,564, plus a take-home vehicle. The city participates in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) at a 7% employee deposit rate with a municipal match of 2-1.  A full range of leave and insurance benefits is provided. A relocation package will be considered.

 

 

To be Considered:

 

To apply, please email a cover letter, with critical items included as identified below, and resume to:

 

Lisa Norris, SPHR

Human Resources Director

lnorris@gptx.org

972-237-8192

 

Your cover letter must include your current salary, the size of your department, number of employees you supervise, demographics of the community you serve, your current position and highlights in your tenure related to the requirements requested. Finalists will be subject to a comprehensive background check. 

 

The position is open until filled; however, the first review is expected in early June with additional applicant testing and/or interviews offered for finalists to narrow down the candidate of choice.

 

Residency within the city of Grand Prairie is preferred (within a reasonable amount of time).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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