Fire Chief

City of Lincoln

Location: Lincoln, NE

$126,972 - $175,155

The City of Lincoln, pop. approx. 275,000, is the capital and higher education center of the state of Nebraska. The city has a historic and vibrant downtown core and is the home of the University of Nebraska. Lincoln boasts 125 city parks, 9 recreation centers, 10 public swimming pools, 5 public golf courses and over 131 miles of trails. Lincoln's downtown offers an energetic night life that includes The Railyard on Canopy Street, the city’s premier entertainment district, which features restaurants and bars, live entertainment, a public market, and THE CUBE, a mega screen which displays digital art, as well as showing sporting events and movies.

Lincoln Fire & Rescue (LF&R) provides first tier emergency response to incidents involving fire, emergency medical services, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous materials, and rescue services. Operating on a 2020/2021 budget of $45,418,795, LF&R maintains an allocated force of over 325 FTE’s, including 318 personnel within the emergency services division, of whom, approximately 88 are system certified paramedics. Services are provided by 16 fire stations, 16 engine companies, 4 truck companies, and 7 paramedic units. The department responds to nearly 27,000 calls annually. Of these calls, approximately 80% are EMS based, 10% fire based, 4% MVA’s, 4% hazardous materials, and 2% other.

Receiving general administrative direction from the Mayor, the Fire Chief is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring the effectiveness of departmental programs, policies and procedures. The Chief supervises and directs departmental operations regarding fire suppression, emergency medical services, ambulance services, fire safety, communications, and equipment maintenance, and enforces provisions of the Uniform Fire Code, state fire codes and related laws and regulations. The Chief also develops, implements and monitors the departmental budget, reviews departmental training programs, and confers with other municipal departments, state fire officials, public officials and the general public concerning emergency medical services, fire suppression and fire safety related topics.

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in fire science, business or public administration or related field; plus ten years of experience in fire department operations, which includes the areas of fire suppression, rescue, fire investigations or emergency medical services; or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the desirable knowledge, abilities and skills.

For a complete position profile and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. To apply, click on "Apply Online" and follow the directions provided. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Lincoln is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: August 9, 2020 (open until filled).

See Attached: Lincoln Fire Chief Position Profile 


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