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Job Announcement

Central Lyon County Fire District is seeking applicants or the position of

Battalion Chief

(see accompanying job description)


Open Competitive

Application Closing Date: October 1, 2021, 1700 hours


Central Lyon County Fire Protection District is an all-hazard emergency response agency with roots in the historic Comstock mining district, a farming and ranching tradition, and rural “hometown” communities. The District is located in Northern Nevada, stretching along iconic Highway 50, once known as the Loneliest Highway in the World; It is not lonely today, as some 25,000 commuters a day make their way from comfortable and affordable communities to jobs in the Capital City (Carson City), Reno-Tahoe, and the surrounding Industrial Parks. Central Lyon County provides easy access to Nevada’s wide-open spaces, vast high desert plains, mountain ranges, rivers and creeks, Lake Lahontan, and two other State Parks, as well as stunning views of the Sierra-Nevada mountains. We also have excellent schools; Dayton High School is the number 1 ranked High School in Lyon County, and Silver Stage High School sports a 92% graduation rate.

Central Lyon Fire serves the communities of Dayton, Dayton Valley, Mark Twain, Mound House, Silver City, Silver Springs, and Stagecoach, covering 650 square miles and 26,000 people. We respond to approximately 4,500 calls for service annually, most of them (80%) medical emergencies, from two career fire stations supported by a long-standing volunteer system operating out of 5 stations. The District provides Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the Advanced Life Support level, including transport. Long travel distances to definitive care facilities provide extended patient contact times for our Paramedics and Advanced-EMTs.

Second-due units and mutual aid resources can have extended travel times in our rural setting, often creating dynamic initial incident phases. The District dynamics result in very diverse, capable, and experienced firefighters. We pride ourselves on creative EMS service delivery and firefighter flexibility and efficiency, as we answer calls for service safely and efficiently despite our rural geography disadvantages!

The District is an active part of the Lake Tahoe Fire Chiefs, Northern Nevada Chiefs, and the Quad County supporting a collaborative Northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe fire and emergency services network.

Central Lyon County Fire Protection District is seeking an experienced fire and EMS professional to take on a leadership role in our dynamic Fire District. The Battalion Chief reports directly to the Assistant Fire Chief and is a shift commander position working a 48/96-hour shift in a 3-battalion model. The position involves the exercise of a high degree of discretion and independent judgment and is responsible for incident command, resource management, personnel management including direct supervision of shift Fire Captains, personnel staffing, completes and audits reports, directing training, preparation of performance evaluations, formulating departmental policies, assigned program development and oversight, and other general administrative tasks as assigned. Responds to and serves as Incident Commander on structure and wildland fires, complex emergency medical incidents, hazardous materials incidents, technical rescue or extrication emergencies, or any other incidents that requires response and mitigation.


 Minimum Qualifications:

  • 3 years of continuous active service in a full-time career position of Fire Captain or higher-ranking officer
  • Nevada or IFSAC Firefighter II certification
  • NFPA Fire Officer II certification *
  • NFPA Fire Service Instructor II certification *
  • Current certification as Nevada State or National Registry A-EMT or Paramedic *
  • Nevada State EMS Instructor *
  • Haz-Mat Incident Commander
  • Associate Degree in related field


* Or be able to obtain, or achieve through reciprocity, within six (6) months of hire

Conditions of Employment:

  • Complete Fitness Level A – Arduous Pack Test
  • Must be able to pass a firefighter heart-lung medical physical
  • Pass a physical capacity assessment consisting of a 1.5-mile run, max sit-ups, and push-ups in 1 minute, and waist measurement with a minimum composite score of 75 points
  • Maintain NWCG qualified (Red Carded) Engine Boss or higher
  • Must obtain valid Nevada driver’s license within 30 days, and F endorsement within 90 days.
  • Exempt from residency requirement


Desired Qualifications:

  • 5 or more years of continuous active service in a full-time career position of Fire Captain
  • Battalion Chief or Acting Battalion Chief experience
  • Fire Officer III
  • Hazardous Materials Technician
  • Fire Inspector 1and 2
  • Arson Investigator
  • Instructor III and/or Master
  • Specialized Rescue Certifications (Rope Rescue Technician, Confined Space/Trench Rescue Operations and/or Technician)
  • NWCG qualified (Red Carded) as a Strike Team – Task Force Leader/ Division- Group Supervisor/Operations Section Chief/Line Safety/Incident Commander type 1-3
  • Incident Management Team experience
  • Experience in Training Division, Administration, and/or Human Resources
  • Active participation fire service internal committees and program areas of responsibility.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • National Fire Academy Managing Officer and/or Executive Officer Program enrollment and/or completion


Ability to:

  • Function as Incident Commander on a wide variety of emergency incidents.
  • Plan, organize, direct and coordinate line staff.
  • Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
  • Delegate authority and responsibility.
  • Respond to emergency situations on need basis.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Maintain mental capacity, which allows the capacity to make sound decisions and demonstrate intellectual capabilities.
  • Maintain effective training and education necessary for the successful performance of assigned duties.
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.


Terms of Employment:

48/96 Shift

Annual Salary Range: $101,929 – $127,738

Plus Eligible Overtime


Comprehensive benefits package including 100% District-paid employee and dependent health insurance premiums, up to 100% District-paid employee post-retirement health care premiums, Nevada Police-Fire PERS, and competitive leave accruals and buyouts.


Employment is full-time permanent career position with future opportunities for advancement. Position requires completion of a twelve (12) month probationary period. Position is currently not union represented or exempt and is at-will to the District Fire Chief and Fire Board. Annual and Sick leave accrue from date of hire and are available after completion of probation. Health benefits are eligible to the employee after 60 days. Position qualifies for Nevada Police-Fire PERS with a 5-year vesting. Internal promotional candidates maintain their rights to previous position and will not lose any previously earned benefits.


Selection Process:

Following an application and resume review, qualified and desired applicants may be invited to participate in an assessment center which may include oral interview(s), tactical scenario(s), and Human Resources, Management, and/or Administration work quality assessments.


To apply:

Please complete an application found at and submit in a single PDF packet with a letter of interest, cover letter, resume, and all applicable certifications and minimum qualification documents by Friday October 1, 2021, no later than 1700 hours, to


* The Fire Chief reserves the right to allow substitutions of suitable certifications and qualifications, and the right to determine a candidate’s qualifications based on a combination of education, training, and experience. The ideal candidate may be permitted by the District Fire Chief to negotiate terms of employment.

In compliance with applicable disability laws, reasonable accommodations may be provided for qualified individuals with a disability who require and request such accommodations.  Incumbents and individuals who have been offered employment are encouraged to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Submit Applications

Submit application, documentation of minimum qualifications, and a resume to prior to the deadline indicated on the job description.

For questions, email or call 775-246-6209

CLCFPD is an equal opportunity provider.