Phone: (440) 926 - 2401

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The Village of Grafton seeks a qualified and experienced candidate to direct and oversee the daily operations of the Village of Grafton Fire Department as FIRE CHIEF.   This part-time position is responsible for the administration and direction a Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.  The FIRE CHIEF reports directly to the Mayor, implements departmental policy, organization and coordinates all operational activities of the department.   The FIRE CHIEF is the sole authority and command at the incident scene, ensures all Department equipment is monitored on a regular basis and tested when required, establishes training guidelines, standards and protocol, including any and all required certifications, of all Volunteer Firefighters and EMT’s.  The Fire Chief will oversee and maintain policies and procedures for the department in accordance with federal law, state law, and the ordinances and regulations of the Village of Grafton.  The Village of Grafton is an EEOC employer.  The successful candidate is subject to pre-employment screening, physical  and a comprehensive background check prior to employment.  For additional information or to request an application AND A FULL Job-Description, visit the village web site at, or contact the office of Mayor David DiVencenzo at 440.926.2401, or Resume and completed applications should be returned to Village of Grafton, 960 Main St., Grafton, OH 44044.  Deadline for applications/resume is 4:00 PM,  April 21, 2017.


  1. Firefighter II certification and/or 10 years Firefighter experience

  2. EMT Certification

  3. BLS Instructor

  4. Certified Fire Safety Inspector

  5. Certified Professional Fire Instructor or willingness to become certified

  6. Arson Investigation Training and Certification

  7. Hazmat Training and Certifications

  8. Incident Command Center Training

  9. NIMS 100, 200, 300 ,400, 700 and 800

  10. High School Diploma

  11. Valid Driver’s License

  12. Fire Department Leadership Experience

  13. Emergency Vehicle Operation Certification

  14. Knowledge of Fire and EMS State Reporting Program

  15. Reside in an adjacent community to the Village





  1. Develop, review and implement all Firefighting and EMS policies and procedures in accordance with municipal ordinances and state and federal laws and regulations.  Establish appropriate Firefighting and EMS techniques, strategies and protocols and ensure the adherence of these.

  2. Recruit, train and direct the activities of the Volunteer Firefighters and EMS personnel and to ensure that trained personnel are ready for emergency events.  Evaluate personnel and recommend discipline or dismissal, if necessary.

  3. Inspect all Departmental equipment and make recommendations on the repair or replacement of equipment. 

  4. Take command in the event of a fire or other emergency/rescue situation to ensure a safe and effective response and confirm that command and control techniques are in place at the scene. The Fire Chief will make decisions concerning the appropriate response to and method of responding to emergency and direct all activities at the scene. He will also investigate the cause(s) of the underlying crisis.

  5. Make inspections at places of business to ensure compliance with all fire safety regulations.

  6. Perform administrative tasks, such as maintaining records of Fire and EMS incidents and of any injuries or loss of property.  Prepares all necessary state or local reports.  Prepares annual Fire and EMS budget for council approval.   Monitors this budget throughout the year.  Maintains Mutual Aid Agreements.  The Fire Chief will maintain all required records in accordance with the approved records retention policy.

  7. Attend meetings of County Organizations as related to emergency responses such as, Lorain County Fire Chiefs Association and LEPC meetings.

  8. Present Monthly Departmental Report to Mayor and Council.

  9. Perform other duties as required.