Employment Opportunities


Current Employment Opportunities with the City of Meridian:

Job Title: Division Chief of Health and Safety
Department: Fire
Reports To: Deputy Chief of Administration
Open Date: September 7, 2022
Close Date: Open Until Filed
Salary: $11,000.19 per month

Job Summary:

The Division Chief of Health and Safety the responsibility and scope of this position is to limit the exposure of the fire department to situations and occurrences that could have harmful or undesirable consequences to the department or its members. To provide a safe working environment for the members of the fire department while recognizing the risks inherent to the fire department’s mission. To require all personnel to use the concept of risk vs. benefit as a primary consideration during fire department operations. Is responsible to oversee the departments work related injuries, record and analyses near misses, provide training, mitigation measures and return to work activities. Analyze the departments injuries and claims as provided through the City’s Worker Compensation Insurer, develop and implement department risk management initiatives that demonstrate a significant cost reduction to the City and employees of the Fire Department. Works with considerable latitude for independent action and discretion in performance of assigned duties, and is expected to carry out all functions through to completion with general instructions. Work is reviewed through results achieved. This position is structured to follow the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1500, the Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Programs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

The Division Chief of Health and Safety has the responsibility for the implementation and operation of the department’s risk management plan. The Department’s Health and Safety program, and shall be responsible for management and revision of the risk management plan annually based on potential exposures.

Monitors internal operations and procedures to ensure compliance with rules, regulations, policies, and procedures and evaluates the effectiveness of division policies and procedures and makes recommendations and implements improvements;

Supervise the Incident Safety Officer program for emergency scene safety

Supervise the Health Safety Officer program for non-emergency scene fire station/facility safety

Guidance for the Occupational Health Provider and Annual Physical contracts related to NFPA 1582 standards
Chair for the MFD Behavioral Health Committee

Research and implement best practices in occupational cancer prevention programs, best practices, and ongoing research

Supervise the Peer Fitness Trainers (20) that assist firefighter physical fitness initiatives and programs

Supervise the Peer Operational Support Team (5) that works with contracted for employee follow up after encountering troubling and gruesome scenes (CISM alternative)

Participate with city procurement processes in Request for Proposals (RFP) and Request for Services (RFS) contracts related to safety and wellness and Risk prevention with city and state partners

Develop and update departmental safety and wellness policies and procedures

Instruct at regular Continuing Education classes, departmental promotional courses, and firefighter recruit training

Oversee documentation for accidents, injuries, and workplace exposures to fire personnel

Collaborate with City of Meridian Risk Management and State Insurance Fund for tracking data for workplace accidents, injuries, and exposures

Attend and present at local, regional, state, and national fire service conferences

Member of various fire service organizations, including the At-large Board of Directors for the IAFC Safety, Health, and Survival Section

Collaborate with university-level researchers in fire-related studies

Performs specific task and completes projects assigned by the Deputy Chief of Administration to accomplish the goals and objectives of the division;

The adoption, monitoring and evaluation of injury, illness and wellness initiatives in the national fire service as relevant to the Meridian community.

Other duties as assigned.

Job Specifications:


Certified Health Safety Officer (HSO) NFPA 1500 compliant

Incident Safety Officer Instructor (ISO) NFPA 1500 compliant

College graduate from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Fire Administration, Public Administration, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, or other related field as approved by the Fire Chief; required

Minimum fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in a Fire Department with five (5) years of experience as a Fire officer (Captain, Battalion Chief or above)

Membership with the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA)


College graduate from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in Fire Science, Fire Administration, Public Administration, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, or other related field as approved by the Fire Chief;

Minimum fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in a Fire Department with five (5) years of experience as a Battalion Chief or above

National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program graduate

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Best practices in Risk Management and prevention.

NFPA 1500 guidelines

NPA 1582 and return to work guidelines for employees

Geography of City of Meridian/Meridian Rural District and surrounding areas;

Current fire suppression and firefighting techniques, including all related equipment to include, but not limited to the following: Fire and Alarm Systems, Fire Prevention, Wildland Fire Suppression, Incident Command/Management, Emergency Management, Rapid Intervention, Fire Inspection, Building Construction, Hazardous Material Awareness, Hazardous Material Operations, Technical Rescue, and Safety;

Department’s performance management software and associated forms;

State and Federal Laws, Codes, Regulations;

City of Meridian and Meridian Fire Department policies and guidelines;

Budgeting, report writing, and course delivery;

Fire records systems, communications equipment and use, fire computer applications and fire reporting procedures;

Principal and techniques of making effective oral presentations;

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint);

Supervise, coordinate and evaluate the work of others;

Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with other City departments and City employees, victims of disasters, other emergency response agencies and the public;

Work effectively within a command structure;

Work in a team environment as a team player;

Show respect to fellow employees and customers;

Communicate well with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;

Understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions;

Prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations;

Provide effective leadership and mentorship;

Apply corrective action(s) fairly, effectively, and efficiently;

Operate or quickly learn to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks;

Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;

Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;

Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;

Independent judgment and creativity in the performance of assigned tasks;

Must display an attitude of cooperation and the ability to work well with others;

Provide leadership through adaptability/flexibility, anticipatory thinking, dynamic optimism, organizational/time management, decisiveness, proactive engagement, and resiliency;

Provide strategic management, business process enhancement, change implementation and management, empowerment, and being an environmental catalyst;

Coach performance through mentorship, talent and team development, conflict resolution, and team facilitation;

Communicate to give direction and guidelines, provide meeting facilitation, give presentations and storytelling.

Supervisory responsibilities:

Employees in this position are authorized to recommend and/or effect the full range of duties (with appropriate managerial review), including hiring, performance evaluations, transferring, promoting, assigning of significant duties, rewarding, disciplining and terminating employment; exercise independent judgment to direct others work and have the authority to take corrective action; and, utilize people skills to communicate, motivate and direct or oversee a person, group, department, or organization;

Incident Response:

May be required to cover line positions as requested by the Deputy Chief of Operations or his/her designee.

May require emergency response to EMS, Fire or other emergency scenes as the department HSO/ISO.

Other Duties & Responsibilities:

Develop and implement general departmental risk reduction strategies and specific programs which address identified issues within the ; Department

Review, analyze, and document fire data to determine the effectiveness of programs while monitoring trends;

Prepare department members to conduct risk reduction education programs; Comply with risk management programs, process and procedures.

Design, develop, and deliver well planned, organized, informative fire prevention training training consistent with NFPA 1500 to all department members, as assigned;

Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to remain current on principles, practices, and new developments with instructional techniques and technology;

Assists with public relations/social media/website duties to inform Meridian City residents and business members about programs, projects, and daily activities of the fire department;

Assists in training new employees;

Performs related work as assigned.

Licensing and Certification:

NFPA 1500 Health and Safety Officer (HSO)

NFPA 1500 Incident Safety Officer (ISO)

Must possess a valid Idaho Class D driver’s license;

ICS 100,200,300,400,700, and 800 certificates required, or within 24 months of hire;

Current State of Idaho EMT or Paramedic license, required;

Incident Safety Officer certification, required;

Fire Officer I and II certification, preferred;

Fire Officer III and IV certification, preferred;

Fire Service Instructor I certification, preferred;

Fire Service Instructor II certification, preferred;

Type 3 All Hazards Incident Management Team certificate of completion, preferred

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally lifting/carrying up to 50 lbs. Also, the employee is occasionally pushing/pulling up to 35 lbs.

Uses tools and equipment that pertains to firefighting, fire training, medical and rescue situations

The noise level is occasionally loud. Work includes sensory ability to talk, hear, smell, touch and feel.

Work in this position also includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.

Employee will sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach and grasp. Position requires hand/finger dexterity.

The work environment will include inside conditions, outdoor weather conditions and extreme temperatures.

Employee will work in/at heights, confined spaces and are exposed to mechanical, electrical hazards.

Employee will drive a department vehicle as part of this position.

Travel Requirements:

Travels by car to classes and seminars;

Some local, regional, or national travel may be required for training;

Drives a city vehicle to presentation/inspection sites.

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