Fire Chief: South Padre Island Texas Deadline: February 8, 2016

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Fire Chief

Deadline: February 8, 2016

Salary: $72,873 Per Year

Job Description:

South padre Island operates as a Home Rule City and is directly supervised by the City Manager. The Fire Chief position is an Emergency Essential staff member and an important component of the city’s Leadership Team. Because the city is a desirable tourist vacation area, the city’s population varies. Our daily population in the summer is typically around 10,000 to 15,000 over the base residential number. The city has a very active convention and visitor bureau that promotes many concerts and special events annually which also adds to the population.  Additionally, during some of our city’s signature events like spring break and/or bike rallies, we can see the population rise to 50,000.

South Padre Island Fire/EMS Department consist of 24-fulltime firefighters/EMS and one clerical member.  Additionally there are around 15-20 beach patrol/life guards employed during summer and or part-time staff members of the fire department.   In 2011 the city’s new fire station was opened. It’s a magnificent $3.8 million structure with many amenities.  The city’s fire suppression apparatuses consist of modernized equipment. Additionally, the City’s two way communication is project 25-certified. The non-exempt firefighters are divided into 3-shifts, A, B, and C, working 24-hours every 3rd day.   Each shift has a Captain and a Lieutenant.  All firefighters are also EMT’s, many of which or at the paramedic level.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Not all inclusive):

Plans, organizes, directs and coordinates professional, technical, and clerical staff within the fire, emergency medical, and beach patrol (life guards) divisions.  Responds to emergency incidents and assumes direct command of large scale operations.  Develops recommendations and implements decisions regarding operational policies, expenditures, plans, and other administrative matters; assist with preparing and administering the department’s budget. Also assist with developing and implementation of department policies, procedures, goals, and objectives.  Enforces state, county, and city codes related to fire/EMS. Oversees Emergency Medical Services for quality assurance, medical control, and regulation compliance.  Conducts staff meetings and attends various community and municipal meetings as Fire Department representative.  Monitors expenditures for adherence to goals and objectives.  Reviews and approves all department payrolls. Assists with providing presentations to municipal and civic groups.  Administers department apparatus and equipment inspection program to ensure operational readiness.  Administers records maintenance functions in accordance with rules, regulations, and effective records management procedures.   


¨ Bachelor’s degree required with educational training emphasis in Fire Science, Public Administration, or Organizational Management. (Master’s degree preferred)

¨ Basic Fire Fighter Level I (Level II preferred)

¨ EMT-B or higher (Paramedic preferred)

¨ Ten (10) or more year’s previous experience working in a firefighting and EMS emergency service district with five (5) or more years in a managerial capacity as a Chief, Deputy Chief or Assistant Chief with a city in similar size or larger.

¨ Must meet suppression standards set by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

¨ Must possess or obtain a Texas driver’s license within 3-months of employment.

¨ Must have the required NIMS ICS required certificates.

¨ This Fire Chief is required to live on South Padre Island as per policy.

The deadline to submit an application for this position is February 8th, 2016 at 11:00am CST.

To apply for a City of South Padre Island available position you must submit a completed application form by mail, fax or email to:

The City of South Padre Island

Attn: Human Resources

4601 Padre Blvd.

South Padre Island, TX 78597

Fax: (956) 761-3888

City application forms are available on the City’s website at, located in the front lobby of City Hall, or requested by phone at (956) 761-6456.

External and City employees interested in employment with the City are required to submit a South Padre Island application form to the Human Resources Division during the specified job posting period.   A separate application form must be completed for each position in which the individual is interested.  A resume may be attached as supplemental information.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for employment.

An applicant for employment is an individual who fully completes an employment application for a position that is currently open and who meets the qualifications of the position.

  • An applicant must apply for a specific job on the City’s current vacant job list.  The City will not accept applications for anything other than a current open, posted position.
  • An applicant must submit a separate application and attachments for each position for which they are applying.
  • All materials submitted for consideration will be considered the property of the City of South Padre Island and cannot be returned.

The City will reject incomplete applications, unsolicited resumes for non-posted positions and “any position” applications.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

City’s Website Click HERE


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