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Now Hiring: New Woodinville Fire Chief

It's no secret Woodinville Fire & Rescue is searching for a new fire chief and the position was officially posted late last week on several websites.

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It's no secret Woodinville Fire & Rescue is searching for a new fire chief. The position was officially posted late last week on several websites, including Firefighter Nation

The Board of Fire Commissioners for  Woodinville Fire & Rescue has entered into a contract with the City of Bellevue which allows Risen to serve as interim chief in Woodinville for a period of six months. 

According to the job profile posted, Woodinville Fire & Rescue provides fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the City of Woodinville and adjacent portions of unincorporated King County. The district has three fire stations staffed 24/7, covering a service area of approximately 30 square miles, and serving a population of just over 40,000. In 2012, the district answered more than 2,900 calls for service. The district currently employs 62 FTEs and has an operational budget of $11.8 million and a total budget of $18.7 million. Reporting to the Board of Fire Commissioners, the Fire Chief plans, organizes and directs the emergency medical, fire suppression, fire prevention, EMS emergency response, EOC disaster preparedness and resource management activities of the district.

Requirements for the position include graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in Fire Science, Business or Public Administration, or in a related field preferred. A proven track record of progressively responsible and related operational and administrative experience required, with at least ten years of experience in a chief position strongly preferred.

The salary range is listed as between $135,000 - $150,000 per year.

Woodinville Fire & Rescue is an equal opportunity employer. First review: May 26, 2013 (open until filled). To apply, visit Prothman at http://www.prothman.com/ and click on "Submit Your Application" and follow the directions provided. Questions, please call 206-368-0050.

Jude Kanaga April 24, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Now that voters have extended Woodinville Fire & Rescue's benefit service charge authority for another six years commissioners have a blank check with which to compensate another new chief. But wait, are they hiring a new chief or not? Last they said, the Board wanted Bothell's chief to have a go at running the department when the current victim returns to Bellevue in June. Who's going to take this job without the guarantee of a generous severance package? Better yet, who's crazy enough to take this job period? The firefighters union clearly controls the board. Their biggest interest is not in serving the citizens, but in serving themselves. The benefit charge and lack of clear direction from voters that the commissioners need to get their house in order make it all but certain they will get their way, which means fatter pay checks, shorter hours and less service to citizens as Woodinville residents prop up an already stretched system in Bothell. Way to strike an own goal Woodinville!
Jude Kanaga April 24, 2013 at 03:45 PM
The Patch has done an interesting job of NOT covering what's happening at Woodinville Fire & Rescue. The editor seems happy to regurgitate the District's pablum rather than probing in the public interest. Little if any coverage has appeared regarding the pending annexations besides the union's expression of support for a merger between the fire district and the City of Bothell's fire department. These are clearly separate issues. The annexation will result in the loss of more than $1,000,000 per year in district revenues. The district will remain responsible for providing protection under the King County mutual aid system, which dispatches the closest available fire or EMS unit. In the meantime, the revenue reduction will result in layoffs of reductions-in-force through attrition. This means fewer firefighters will cover more calls. And you can bet that most of that activity will flow from north to south and from east to west. In other words, Woodinville will become a suburb of Bothell subsidizing its public safety services. Patch has reproduced the job announcement for a new fire chief, but given no coverage to the fact that commissioners have made arrangements related to the annexation to transfer day-to-day management of the district to Bothell's fire chief when Mark Risen heads back to Bellevue in June. (I'll bet he's feeling relieved!) Lisa, pretend you're a real journalist! Do your job, get the story and inform the public before it's too late.

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