Fire & Rescue Chief Recruitment

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Roanoke County is currently seeking applicants for the position of Fire & Rescue Chief. Since the Department was formed in 1986 there have been only three Fire Chiefs as the Department continues to be well-managed at all levels of the organization and supported by County Administration. The current Fire & Rescue Chief was promoted up through the ranks and is retiring after 27 years, with almost six years as the Chief.

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  1. About the Department
  2. Major Duties
  3. Education & Experience
  4. Current Challenges
  5. Our Community
  6. Compensation

Fire and Rescue Oath of ServiceThe Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department is predominately a career department with volunteer support at some stations providing fire and rescue services to the citizens of the County.

The Department currently employs 198 sworn personnel and five (5) civilian staff that operate from fourteen (14) fire and rescue facilities across the County, including twelve (12) fire and rescue stations, one (1) administrative office located at the Roanoke County Public Safety Center and one (1) training facility.  Currently, the County has approximately 150 active volunteers that make up nine (9) volunteer fire companies and four (4) volunteer rescue squads that serve as firefighters, emergency medical technicians and rescue drivers. See the department's current Organizational Chart for more information.

The department has continued to increase its paid staffing to ensure adequate coverage for all county residents and partnership stations. Volunteers currently respond to approximately 5% of total call volume with paid staff answering 95% of calls. Last year Roanoke County Fire & Rescue responded to 15,047 calls with 86% EMS calls and 14% fire calls. As of June 1, 2021, all career field staff will work rotating 24/7 shifts similar to the neighboring cities of Roanoke and Salem. See more information about 2020 Incidents and Staffing Levels.

The department has an active capital outlay plan for both fire and emergency medical services apparatus and equipment which is funded on a regular basis in the County budget. The Roanoke Valley Regional Fire and Rescue Training Center is a jointly operated facility that is managed by Roanoke County, Roanoke City, the City of Salem and the Town of Vinton. The facility provides training to fire and EMS personnel throughout the Roanoke Valley area and offers multiple classrooms, a burn building, a pump and drafting simulator, mayday firefighter simulator, a fixed trench, confined space area, SCBA maze, railroad tank car, sprinkler area and a breathing air replenishment station. 

The County has a land area of 250+ square miles for which the department is directly responsible. The County also exercises automatic mutual aid with several surrounding jurisdictions. The Fire & Rescue Department is operating with a budget of approximately $18 million for Fiscal Year 2020.

Application and Selection Process

Initial review of applications will begin on February 1, 2021. To be considered, please submit a cover letter, resume with salary history and five (5) professional references, and a completed application through the County’s online application process. The County will review recommended candidates who most closely meet the established criteria and finalists should be interviewed in Roanoke during the month of February 2021.


For more information, please email Anita Hassell, Director of Human Resources, or call  (540) 283-8112.

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