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Tuesday March 28, 2017

Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue, Inc. Hiring Fire Chief

                                                      Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue, Inc.

2503 Old Spartanburg Hwy

East Flat Rock, NC 28726



Position Title: Fire Chief

Hiring Salary: $57,000.00 – $68,000.00

Retirement Program: North Carolina State Employee Retirement System. This fire department is one of only a few non-profit fire departments within NC that can offer this to our employees.

Health Plan: 100% Insurance Premiums paid by the fire department for Medical for employee and 75 % for his/her family.

Chief’s Vehicle: The fire department will allow the new Fire Chief to purchase a new Chief’s vehicle after being hired.

New Hire Expenses: The fire department may provide reimbursement for reasonable relocation expenses.

Other Benefits: Paid Vacation Leave, Paid Holiday Leave, Paid Sick Leave, Longevity Pay, Tuition Assistance and More.


In the realm of emergency services, the Fire Chief and the personnel over which he/she has managerial control must be in a state of continual and constant readiness. Because any and all aspect of emergency service involves the saving of human lives and, to a lesser nature, property, it is fundamental to the position of Fire Chief that all duties and responsibilities are deemed essential at the very least.


Whether under direction of the Board of Directors or acting of his/her own volition, the Fire Chief performs responsible management, technical and administrative work in commanding and coordinating fire emergency operations, training of firefighters, fire prevention, general facility/equipment maintenance, public education and other related programs and services. The Fire Chief develops and implements program goals, sets objectives and oversees his/her lower ranking officers to insure they are completing their assigned task.


Education & Experience

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  1. Needed
  • Ten (10) years of fire service experience and a minimum of five (5) years of that experience in a supervisory (Chief Office or Company Officer) role;
  • Certified Firefighter;
  • NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 & 800; and
  • Certified Fire Officer Level I.


  1. Recommended & Preferred
  • NC Emergency Medical Technician;
  • S. Degree in fire science, public or business administration; or
  • Bachelor’s Degree in fire science, public or business administration; and
  • Certified NC Fire Officer Level II & III.


Disclaimer: Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue reserves the right to select the candidate it feels best fulfills the role of the Fire Chief. The Education and Experience listed above is just a guideline for hiring and does not represent mandatory qualifications.


Drug Test & Criminal Checks: Candidates shall pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal history check per criteria set forth by this fire department.


Application Deadline – April 20, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST

How to Apply

Step 1: Submit in PDF format a cover letter, resume, current salary, and at least five (5) work related professional references with phone number and email address.


Note: Your resume should reflect years and months of employment (beginning/ending dates), as well as size of staff      and     budgets you have managed.


Step 2: Please submit an essay covering the following topics:


  1. What is the most significant contribution you have made to your past fire department(s)?
  2. How do you normally deal with conflicts when they arise?
  3. What are the three (3) most important lessons you have learned as a command level officer?
  4. Do you see yourself as an Administrative Fire Chief or an Operational Fire Chief? Which is your strongest side and why?
  5. Do you believe that combination fire departments can exist or are they a fire department transitioning from a volunteer to paid department?


Note: Please limit each response to 300 – 500 words.


Submit all packages to:



Equal Opportunity Employer

Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment due to race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, military status, or protected veteran status. Our Fire Department complies with all applicable state, federal and local laws, regulations and ordinances prohibiting discrimination in places where our fire department operates.

NC Fire Chief Wins NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award

NVFC Announces 2017 NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award:


Chief Freddy Johnson Sr.

NVFC Lifetime Achievement Award

Award sponsored by Rosenbauer

Chief Freddy Johnson, Sr., has served his community through the Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Department (SPVFD) in Fayetteville, NC, since 1976, where he quickly moved up the ranks to lead as Chief. The department has grown from less than 30 members and one station to over 100 members, mostly volunteer, at two stations, which now also offer rescue and emergency medical service. Johnson’s leadership at SPVFD guided the department to attain international accreditation with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International in 2012, a distinction further enhanced by a recent recommendation for reaccreditation, a status never before achieved by another volunteer department anywhere in the world.


In addition to his own department, Johnson presently serves as Emergency Services Director for the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office & Emergency Management, President of the Cumberland County Fire Chief’s Association, and a nominated member of the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission. In 2008, he served as a Homeland Security Fire Service Grant Peer Review member and, in the years following, he authored several million dollars’ worth of Assistance to Firefighters Grants that vastly improved emergency communication capabilities within his state. He has received several Volunteer Chief of the Year awards from organizations such as the International Association of Fire Chiefs, as well as Cumberland County Volunteer of the Year (1993), Young Deputy Sheriff of the Year (1988), and two state awards for volunteer service. Chief Johnson also received numerous awards and decorations during his service in the United States Army, where he retired as Sergeant Major after 23 years.

Damage to the NCSFA Office from Downtown Raleigh Fire

The Office of the NC State Firefighters’ Association suffered extensive damage due to a fire in a six story lightweight construction building being built across the street. It was a five alarm fire for the City of Raleigh and their crews did a fantastic job. The office has sustained significant water and some heat damage. All the windows on the Jones Street side were blown out by heat and all the offices on the Jones Street side had sprinklers activated.
We are going to have to find alternate office space for the time being. I suspect reparing the damage to this building will take more than 6 months. The Board and Staff of NCSFA would like to let you know that for a few days service will be intermittent, but we will get things back up to 100% as rapidly as possible. If you experience a delay in a response or have a critical need that cannot wait, here are a couple of cell numbers:
Tim Bradley – 919-376-5135
Ed Brinson – 919-605-0115
Thank you for your patience during this time.



If you are an active firefighter or rescue squad worker or a member of the North Carolina Firefighters’ and Rescue Workers’ Pension Fund, under certain conditions you may be eligible to purchase health coverage for you and your family under the North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees on a fully contributory basis. G.S. 135-48.40(d).

Who may be eligible to participate?


  • Members actively serving as firefighters or rescue squad workers and retired members who receive a monthly benefit from the North Carolina Firefighters’ and Rescue Squad Workers’ Pension Fund.


  • Dependents of members, including spouses and natural, legally adopted, or foster children up to the end of the month of their 26th


Participation is voluntary, but to be eligible to participate you must be:


  • Certified by your Fire Department, Rescue Squad, or Emergency Medical Services Unit Head/Administrator.


  • Ineligible for any other comprehensive group health insurance coverage, including Medicare, CHAMPUS, or other uniformed services benefits.


  • Without coverage under a comprehensive group health benefit plan for at least 6 consecutive months.


See the attached rate sheet for a breakdown of monthly premium rates associated with the Plan’s 2017 coverage options.


For more information regarding coverage options, enrollment, and eligibility visit or contact the North Carolina State Health Plan at 855-859-0966.


Fire Service Legislative Day – May 4, 2017


May 4th, 2017

The NC State Firefighters’ Association and the NC Association of Fire Chiefs invite you to attend Fire Service Legislative Day Thursday, May 4th, in Raleigh. We will meet at 8:00 at 323 West Jones Street in the Lobby Conference Room. This is the building the NCSFA office is located within. We’ll start with a quick briefing and then proceed over to the Legislative Building for a group picture on the red carpet steps. Between 11:30 and 1:00 lunch will be available, provided by the NC Association of Fire Chief’s, in the Lobby Conference room.

Both Chambers are in session at 10:00, and many legislators leave early on Thursday afternoon when session is over. PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES OFFICE AND SCHEDULE A TIME TO MEET WITH THEM BEFORE OR AFTER SESSION.

Since both Chambers are in Session at 10:00, we’ll try to sit as many as we can in the balcony of both the Senate and House Chambers for the opening of session. This will provide us a great opportunity for visibility as a group.

The impact of a large group of uniformed firefighters in the Legislative Building at one time is awesome, and speaks volumes when we ask for legislation. PLEASE SCHEDULE TO ATTEND.

We will have a display set up in one of the quadrants of the Legislative Building so legislators can stop by and chat. Please drop by during the day between visitations and chat with other fire service personnel and legislative members.

Schedule (Individual Visits can and Should be Scheduled Throughout the Day)

8:00 Opening Discussion and Material Distribution

9:00 Group Photo on the Red Carpet

9:10 Individual Visits

10:00 Seating in Chamber Balconies

11:15 Lunch Available

1:15 Lunch Closes

4:00 Travel Home

Please Plan to attend

NCSFA President Brian Cox

NCAFC President Tracy Mosley