Missouri City, Texas, known as the “Show Me” city, has a population of over 70,000 and is conveniently situated 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston. The city covers 29.8 square miles and is easily accessible by major transportation thoroughfares including US 90A, Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Tollway), Fort Bend Toll Road, and State Highway 6. Most of the city is located in Fort Bend County with a small portion of the city in Harris County.
The City is looking for a dynamic leader as the new Fire Chief to champion a team with a Public Protection Class rating of 1/1Y, the highest rating awarded by ISO - only 26 cities in Texas and 97 cities nationwide have achieved a Class 1 rating! The Fire and Rescue Services Department’s multi-year plan included enacting the Quint concept, improving and increasing the training of firefighters, and improving the fire education and prevention activities, such as adopting the 2015 Fire Code. The Department has a total of 80 employees in the following divisions: Administration, Training & Education, Operations, Community Risk Reduction/Fire Prevention, Community Engagement and Emergency Management, and currently has 5 stations with station 6 about to break ground. The total operating budget for FY2020-21 is $9,128,262. The Department responded to a total of 6,842 calls in FY 2020, consisting of 4,418 EMS/Rescue calls, 79 Fire Incidents, 91 Structure Fires and 2,254 Other Calls.
The ideal candidate will be a dynamic leader with proven fire services management experience in diverse environments, must have strong interpersonal skills, the ability to build positive relationships, and be a team player in the department, the City, and the community. The candidate selected will be experienced in Fire Services, but more importantly, will be a strong leader with a transparent and inclusive management style. It is imperative that this new Fire Chief comes with experience having managed in a highly resourceful manner during challenging fiscal times, and is attentive to responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness. Prior experience in emergency operations is highly desirable!
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred; a minimum of seven years relevant professional experience and possession of a Master Firefighter or comparable national certification; or, the ability to secure a Master Firefighter Certification within one year of employment required. Instructor II Certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection preferred. Basic Fire Inspector Certification preferred. Emergency Medical Technician – Basic certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services or National Registry strongly preferred.