The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is a system of beautiful parklands and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco. The East Bay Regional Fire Department is a branch of the Public Safety Division within the East Bay Regional Parks District that is comprised of fire and lifeguard services. EBRPD is seeking a Fire Chief who will maintain a high level of discipline and morale, but remain approachable and maintain an open-door policy with all staff. Candidates for the position should have knowledge of current District operations (including administration, suppression, training, prevention, and public relations), as well as law, regulations, taxation, and funding methods pertaining to California Special District. Candidates must possess a Bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in fire science/administration, business or public administration, or a closely related field and five (5) years of increasingly responsible supervisory experience in full time fire suppression and prevention, with three (3) years in a command position. The monthly salary range for the Fire Chief is $11,052.13-$17,158.27 and is dependent upon qualifications with future performance-based merit steps.
The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is a system of beautiful parklands and trails in the Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco. The system comprises 120,931 acres in 65 parks, including over 1,250 miles of trails. The District acquires, manages, and preserves natural and cultural resources for everyone to enjoy now and in the future. The parks are ideal for healthful recreation and environmental education, where people are invited to enjoy hiking, biking, picnicking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, golfing, boating and nature study in all of the parks.
The Vision of the EBRPD is to preserve a priceless heritage of natural and cultural resources open space, parks and trails for the future and will set aside park areas for enjoyment and healthful recreation for generations to come. An environmental ethic guides the District in all that they do.
The core mission is to acquire, develop, manage, and maintain a high quality, diverse system of interconnected parklands which balances public usage and education programs with protection and preservation of all of the natural and cultural resources.
The East Bay Regional Park District Fire Department is a branch of the Public Safety Division within the East Bay Regional Parks District that is comprised of fire and lifeguard services. The Department provides all typical emergency services including fire suppression with emphasis on wildland fire suppression, search and rescue, fuels management, and pre-hospital emergency medical care. The lifeguards provide public safety services during recreational swimming, aquatic programs, and swim lessons, and deliver first aid training. The lifeguards serve at conventional swimming pools, chlorinated swimming lagoons, and open-water lakes.
The East Bay Regional Park Fire Department has equipment stationed at 10 locations with 14 engines that serve all 65 regional parks. The Public Safety Headquarters serves as the Fire Deartment administrative offices. Fire Station 1, located in Tilden Park, is the main fire station, and the rest serve as substations where engines, water tenders, and other safety equipment are stored. Firefighters use the fire stations for overnight fire watches and as a rest and recovery area following fire incidents. The Fire Department is charged with working in cooperation with the Districtís Stewardship Department in writing and applying various fuels management prescriptions in compliance with CEQA. The Department also works closely with allied municipal cooperators and Cal Fire.
The East Bay Regional Park District Fire and Police Department is managed by the Assistant General Manager (Police Chief) for the Public Safety Division. The Fire Chief oversees the Fire Department with the help of the Assistant Fire Chief and Assistant Chief of Lifeguard Service. The administrative team also includes a Secretary and an Administrative Analyst.
The women and men of the fire and lifeguard departments hold positions ranging from Fire Captains, Fire Lieutenant, Firefighters, Aquatic Supervisors, Aquatic Assistants, program assistants, and Lifeguards. The fire department is composed of 46 firefighters, 6 full-time Aquatics staff, and 160-180 seasonal lifegaurds. Many of the firefighters are on-call personnel who work a primary job, such as park ranger, park specialist, or another position within the park district, in addition to serving in a collateral role as a firefighter.
The Fire Department is committed to prevent, respond to, control, and minimize the impacts of fire, medical, aquatic, and other emergencies which occur within and adjacent to District parklands. The Department strives to provide the highest level of professional emergency services, remain fiscally responsible, provide for the safety of personnel, and promote the overall mission of the District. Fuels management for wildifre hazard reduction and resource enhancement has long been a significant aspect of the Departmentís activities. Fuel break construction and maintenance, especially along the Districtís expanding wildland-urban interface, is an increasingly important component of the Districtís land management responsbilities. Whether employing wildland firefighting techniques, fuels reduction strategies, lifeguarding methods, swim programs, or safety campaigns, the Department aspires to continue as a leader in all they do.
The East Bay Regional Park District is seeking a Fire Chief who will maintain a high level of discipline and morale, but remain approachable and maintain an open-door policy with all staff. The ideal candidate will have strong leadership and management skills. Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with the public, Board members, and other District personnel will be valued. The incoming Chief will be expected to cultivate good working relationships with District staff, labor groups, and members of the community, as well as with other fire departments in the area.
Candidates for the position of Fire Chief should have knowledge of current District operations (including administration, suppression, training, prevention, and public relations), as well as laws, regulations, taxation, and funding methods pertaining to California Special Districts. It is expected that candidates will have knowledge of the principles and practices of budget preparation and administration, fiscal management, grant writing, and personnel regulations and management. Experience in forestry conservation, urban interface firefighting and prevention, and fuels management are highly desirable.
Candidates must possess a Bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in fire science/administration, business or public administration, or a closely related field and five (5) years of increasingly responsible supervisory experience in full time fire suppression and prevention, with three (3) years in a command position.
The monthly salary range for the Fire Chief is $11,052.13 - $17,158.27 and is dependent upon qualifications with possible future performance-based merit steps. The District also offers an attractive benefits package including:
Retirement Plans CalPERS 3% at 55 for classic members (Employee currently pays 6% which will increase an additional 3% in October 2017 for a total of 12% share) or 2.7% at 57 for new members as defined under PEPRA (Employee pays 11.5%); and a voluntary 457/401(a) deferred compensation plan.
FICA Employees pay 6.25% for Social Security and 1.45% for Medicare.
Health Plan The District participates in the CalPERS medical plan. District pays 100% of the Kaiser premium.
Cash-in-Lieu of Medical District pays $175 per month for demonstration of other medical coverage. Dental plan premiums also paid by the District. An optional vision care plan is available.
Life Insurance/AD&D District provides coverage up to two and one-half times annual salary and AD&D is three times annual salary capped at 500,000.
Flexible Spending Accounts premium only benefit plus dependent care and medical.
Holidays 13.5 days.
Vacation 12 days per year.
Administrative Leave 80 hours.
Long Term Disability 70% of base salary up to a maximum of $10,000.
Sick Leave 12 days per year
Miscellaneous additional benefits including tuition reimbursement, uniform allowance and employee assistance program.
A complete list of District benefits can be found on the Districtís website:
Fuels Management The District is committed to accelerating its fuels management accomplishments. The Fire Department has the lead in this effort, and other District departments, in particular the Stewardship (natural resources) and Park Operations departments have key roles. The work is guided by a comprehensive Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan, and funded by voter approved assessments, substantial hazard and pre-disaster mitigation grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and generous financing by the Districtís Board of Directors.
Recruit and Train New Industrial (On-Call) Firefighters For more than half a century, the Industrial (On-Call) Firefighters have been a crucial adjunct to the permanent fire staff in the successful delivery of fire and emergency medical services. They receive the same training, equipment and experiences as the full-time fire personnel, but work primary jobs in other District departments. A complement of 40 to 50 Industrial Firefighters is considered optimal; however, the actual numbers often have fluctuated well below that ideal. New firefighter recruitment remains a challenge, and required training to meet state and national standards is extensive and costly.
To assist in the evaluation of your qualifications for the position of East Bay Regional Park District Fire Chief, please provide responses to the following questions:
1. What is your experience with forest management project planning and implementation?
2. What is your experience with fuels management for hazard reduction and resource enhancement?
3. Describe your experience with management of wildland-urban interface fire protection, including work with cooperators, the public and incident management teams.
4. What is your experience working with Industrial (also referred to as Facility Firefighters or On-Call Responders) or similar programs?
5. Have you managed emergency medical services training and delivery programs? If so, please describe your experience.
6. What is your experience managing a complex lifeguard and aquatic services program?
Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to personal interviews with Bob Murray and Associates. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following finalistsí selection. Finalist interviews will be held with East Bay Regional Park District. A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references once it is anticipated that they may be recommended as finalists. References will be contacted only following candidate approval.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Joel Bryden at: (916) 784-9080