Farmington Fire Department (FFD) is located in the northwest corner of New Mexico and protects an area of 27 square miles, as well as supporting departments within the Four Corners Area. Farmington has a national reputation for exquisite fly-fishing on the quality waters of the San Juan River. Sportsmen come from all over the country just to fish in Farmington. The department serves a community of 47,000 people with an influx of over 100,000 people during business hours. The district consists of 24% commercial and industrial areas, 66% residential areas, and 10% agricultural areas, with 100% of this area equipped with municipal water supply and hydrants.
The City of Farmington operates under a Council-Manager form of government; the City Council is comprised of the Mayor and four City Council Members. The City of Farmington’s next Fire Chief will report directly to the City Manager. The FDD staffing is career paid personnel made up of 84 line personnel and seven administrative personnel. The department operates on a 48/96 schedule with three shifts, providing service 24/7.
A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from an accredited college or university in fire science, public administration, or a related field, and 10 years of progressive local government fire service management experience is required, with at least five of these years being at a Battalion Chief level or above to include administration/management experience. A master’s degree is preferred. Designation as a Chief Fire Officer, graduation from the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program, and at least three years of experience as a Chief Fire Officer in a similarly sized community or as an Assistant Chief in a larger community are highly desired qualifications.