Merrimack NH - Fire Chief


Deadline to apply: August 20, 2021

The Town of Merrimack (Population 26,490), incorporated in 1746 is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Fire Chief. Located in Southeastern New Hampshire, the Department covers a response area of 33.4 square miles and operates from three stations. The Department is an ISO Class 5/9. The organization employs 44 career firefighters which includes 2 Assistant Chiefs, 4 Captains, 4 Lieutenants and 32 firefighters. The Department also has 6 volunteer, on-call or per diem personnel. In 2020, the Department responded to 2,033 EMS calls, 1,106 fire or other non-EMS calls for a total volume of 3,139 emergency calls. The annual operating budget is $7.6 million dollars.

The Chief is appointed by and reports to the Town Manager and is a member of the Town’s Leadership team. Candidates must have strong, innovative leadership, conflict resolution, planning and managerial skills combined with excellent interpersonal and communications skills and a sense of social responsibility. A proven, successful record of experience in progressively responsible supervisory, administrative and command assignments is required.

Minimum qualifications include: Bachelors’ Degree with major coursework in in Fire Science or Fire Administration or a related field; Master’s preferred; 10 years of fire suppression experience as a career member in a comparable fire and rescue department and at least 5 years of experience as a command officer in a comparable or larger organization. A comparable combination of education and experience will be considered.

Candidates must possess or can obtain New Hampshire or Pro Board Firefighter I/II, Fire Officer I/II certification, and ICS/NIMS Training through level 300/400. Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician required; higher level certification preferred. Hazardous materials technician preferred.

Candidates must have demonstrated experience and skill within the following critical areas; budgeting, crafting collaborative interagency relationships, labor management relations in a unionized environment, pacing change, fireground management, incident command and emergency management. Consideration will be given to graduates of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP).

Salary range is $110,000 to $129,000 depending upon qualifications and experience. Residency is required within 6 months of appointment. 

A resume and cover letter formatted as a PDF file can be sent to Applications will be accepted until August 20, 2021.

All applications for this position will be held in confidence. The Town of Merrimack is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or age.


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