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Hiring: Division Chief for Training/Operations/Safety

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Division Chief Announcement.pdf

Cannon Beach is the premier coastal vacation destination on the Oregon Coast, whose economy is primarily dependent on tourism. It is recognized both state and nationally for its beach and beauty attracting more than 750,000 visitors annually. Cannon Beach Fire District covers an area ¼ mile wide by 24 miles long. It includes beaches, forests, highways, state parks, and cliffs. Due to the varied and sometimes rough terrain, the district requires multidisciplinary skills from its firefighters and varied apparatuses to support surf and cliff rescues.


Division Chief Job Description.pdf

The Division Chief is responsible for training, safety and helping ensure a state of operational readiness of a combination fire district. This position provides and conducts a variety of management, technical support, and administrative duties in helping oversee day-to-day operations. A member of the District management team, the Division Chief oversees the development and implementation of all training programs and may represent the district in absence of the Fire Chief. Works closely and coordinates with other subordinates in the accomplishments of district goals and objectives. Responds to emergency incidents as a commanding officer at times of the day or night; coordinates with the other duty officers for 24-hour on-call coverage. Helps determine appropriate action and response to incidents and may direct operations to ensure the safe, efficient, and effective deployment of personnel, equipment, and resources.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma.
  • Associates Degree in Fire Service, public/business administration, or related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years fire service experience in a municipal fire department (city, district, or other similar organization).
  • Two or more years’ experience providing fire service leadership.
  • Must be a current certified Oregon State or National Registry EMT or acquire this certification within six (6) months of hire and maintain for the duration of employment.
  • Must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older at time of hire.
  • Must have an acceptable driving record and possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Must have no felony convictions or disqualifying criminal histories.
  • Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the job.
  • NFPA Fire Officer II
  • NFPA Instructor II


  • Bachelor’s degree in fire related field
  • NFA Executive Fire Officer Graduate
  • Experience working with a volunteer fire department
  • Experience developing and leading training programs.
  • Experience as a Chief Officer
  • Paramedic Certification
  • Strike Team/Task Force Leader

Hiring timeline: 

Tentative dates of hiring process

  1. Applications open September 16 to October 16.
  2. Application close October 16th @ 5 PM
  3. Review applications week of October 19th
  4. Applicants invited to assessment center by October 23rd
  5. Assessment Center November 7th
  6. Chief’s Interview November 8th
  7. Conditional job offer by November 13th
  8. Official Job offer by December 7th
  9. Position start January 4th


Submit an application by the deadline and include the following (in order) – secured with a binder clip or paperclip only):

  1. Letter of Interest Explaining Qualifications and Experience
  2. Resume
  3. Employment Application
  4. Signed Applicant's Statement
  5. Acknowledgement and Authorization for Background Check (pg. 8) Must be signed with notary.
  6. Photo Copy certifications including Fire, EMS, and Driver’s License.


Download the application PDF below. 

Division Chief Application Packet.pdf

By Mail: Cannon Beach Fire District Attn: Division Chief Application PO Box 24 Cannon Beach, OR 97110 In

Person Deliver: Cannon Beach Fire District Attn: Division Chief Application 188 Sunset Blvd. Cannon Beach, OR 97110

By Email:

Application packets must be received by 5 PM, October 16, 2020

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Veteran’s Preference: Candidates requesting veteran’s preference will be asked to submit documentation (a long-form DD214) which indicates the nature of the discharge in order to receive veteran’s preference points. Preference points are only added to passing scores.

Reasonable Accommodation: In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District will make reasonable accommodation during any and all phases of the selection process for individuals with a disability. Please contact Fire Chief Marc Reckmann at 503-436-2949 ext. 103 by the resume deadline date to request accommodation.

Equal Opportunity Policy Statement:  Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. 

Disclaimer: The provisions of this hiring notice do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this notice may be modified or revoked at the discretion of the Department.