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Deputy Chief Recruitment

Recruitment for the position of Deputy Fire Chief

Our Department:

The Henrico County Division of Fire (DOF) is a progressive, all-hazards, fire and EMS department serving more than 335,000 residents in Central Virginia. One of only a handful of metropolitan departments that is both accredited and rated “Class 1” by the ISO, the DOF’s 623 members are proud of our 75-year history and excited about our future. The annual budget of $68M, supported by a strong local economy and job market, and broad community support, helps us serve the residents and visitors.

Our 21 community fire stations are strategically positioned throughout Henrico’s 244 square miles and support response to approximately 40,000 calls per year. Two additional fire stations are planned before 2023 and the replacement of several others are included in the capital improvement plan. The DOF also provides special operations service with our Marine, Dive, Technical Rescue, and Hazmat programs. We are part of a collaborative public safety team and are proud to be one of only a few counties in the nation where all three public safety agencies are accredited. Come join our family.

Our Mission:

A community driven, professional public safety and service organization that takes PRIDE in stewardship and innovation, while maintaining the public trust.

Our Values:

  • Professionalism – We will provide service in an accountable, competent, and innovative manner.
  • Respect – We will hold in high regard the diversity within our organization and community.
  • Integrity – We will uphold public and organizational trust by committing ourselves to the highest ethical and moral codes.
  • Dedication – We will remain loyal to our commitment, our oath and our community.
  • Empathy – We will support, understand and meet the needs of our organization and the community in a compassionate manner.

Your Role:

The three Deputy Chiefs in the Division of Fire (DOF) are considered the second-in-command and, with the DOF’s Director of Administration, make up the Fire Chief’s executive staff.  The Deputy Chiefs may fulfill roles as the Operations Section Chief, Community Risk Reduction Section Chief, or the Fire Chief’s Chief of Staff.  The current vacancy is for the Fire Chief’s Chief of Staff (COS), however the Deputy Chief positions may be rotated.

The Chief of Staff is a critically important role and allows the Fire Chief to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders and fulfill commitments to Henrico Fire staff, citizens, county partners, and county leadership. The COS reports directly to the Fire Chief and assists with strategic counsel, planning, and partnerships; community engagement and affairs; intra- and inter-departmental communications; management of day-to-day operations; and works to ensure that the Fire Chief’s vision and goals for the Department and our Community are being accomplished.  The COS may also fill in for the Fire Chief as needed.

Primary Duties Include:

  • Works with executive staff and the Fire Chief to lead and set direction for the Division of Fire.
  • Coaches, mentors, and observes Division staff at all levels.
  • Serves as a member of executive staff, collaboratively establishing policies that support and promote the Division of Fire’s culture and implementing strategic projects and programming.
  • Maintains knowledge of modern firefighting, emergency , and Community Risk Reduction strategies, tactics and
    operational methods.
  • Receives reports of important or unusual incidents, takes personal charge of those requiring attention and notifies the Chief of any such incidents which might have serious consequences.
  • Serves as liaison between the Division of Fire and other County departments and agencies.
  • Serves as advisor to the Chief in matters of policy, strategy, community affairs, and stakeholder relationships.
  • Actively participates in coordination of internal and external messaging; recruitment, hiring, and promotional activities; and relationship-building.
  • Assumes command of the Division during the absence of the Fire Chief.
  • Represents the Chief and the Division, as required, outside of normal working hours.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders or takes the lead on strategic plans, programs, and projects for the Division of Fire.
  • Coordinates leadership and management training programs for executive staff.
  • Coordinates and manages special projects for the Division.

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • An innovator who effectively collaborates, leads change and assures forward progress of strategic initiatives.
  • A visionary who tracks emerging trends, particularly around leadership, communication, fire/EMS operations, and community protection, and is prepared to lead the response.
  • Practices and promotes accountability and inspires pride, engagement, and confidence.
  • Approachable and able to connect with others, building rapport by demonstrating empathy and active listening.
  • Engenders trust by embodying integrity, moral courage and advocacy for the Division of Fire, its employees, and the community.
  • Fosters and supports overall employee wellness including life-work balance and fitness practices.
  • A practitioner with proven experience in Emergency Management, Community Risk Reduction and Operations.

Your Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of principles and practices of modern fire administration.
  • Extensive knowledge of codes and ordinances and of Division rules and regulations.
  • Solid public safety, prevention, and emergency management knowledge.
  • Demonstrated ability to command respect of subordinates.
  • Ability to supervise work of subordinates and others.
  • Ability to deal firmly, tactfully and courteously with public.
  • Ability to deliver planned and extemporaneous talks
  • Good judgement
  • Dependability.

Contact Us


Main Receptionist
(804) 501-4900


Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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