Chief Mike Renault has started as full time Chief at Mosier Fire. His hours are generally 8:30am – 4:30pm M-F, though he will be varying those as the job requires. Chief Renault brings over 30 years of experience in the fire service to Mosier Fire. All of us at Mosier Fire look forward to continuing to work with Chief Renault. If you haven’t yet met Mike, stop by and introduce yourself.
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Mosier Fire Department, a special tax district of Oregon, announces an exciting opportunity for Mosier Fire Chief, a full time leadership position managing a small, rural volunteer fire agency in Mosier, OR. Located in the spectacular Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, MFD provides fire suppression, EMS, rescue and fire prevention activities for approximately 1400 homes across 22 square miles in the NW corner of Wasco County. Our 2017-18 General Fund budget is $318,471, plus we have significant capital reserve funds and recent major grants. We are fortunate to have a cadre of dedicated, long-serving volunteers and are growing to serve our community. The Chief reports to Mosier Fire District Board. www.MosierFire.com
Starting salary: $43,800 – $51,672/year
A generous Chiefs benefits package includes: Oregon PERS retirement; Medical, Vision, Dental and Health insurance, in addition to State required employee benefits (work comp, etc.) Paid time off includes 2 weeks of vacation accrued annually years 1-4; add one week accrued annually at year 5 and add another week accrued annually at 5 year intervals after that. Nine recognized holidays per year. Sick time is accrued monthly with no ceiling on accruable sick time. Comp time given for hours worked on planned vacation, sick or holiday time or as Board-approved.
All candidates must pass an Oregon State CJIS LEDS criminal background check to be hired. Information: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/cjis/pages/adminrules.aspx
Applicants must email a completed job application and send copies of required professional certifications. Please indicate starting salary or benefits requests if they exceed ours in your cover letter. You may also send additional information, such as references, relevant Fire/EMS certifications and documentation of experience meeting the essential duties, necessary knowledge/abilities and job qualification requirements from the Mosier Fire Chief job description or demonstrate the listed job requirements will be met within three months.
To apply, email your completed and signed job application, cover letter outlining how you meet the specific job qualifications and attach copies of required certifications. Applications will be accepted 2/25/18 to midnight 3/11/18.
We accept email applications only. Please send to:
Attn: Hiring Committee, Mosier Fire Dept.
RE: Fire Chief job opening
Qualified veterans and candidates already living or having access to housing in the Columbia River Gorge will be given application priority.
Initial qualification review / interviews begin Tues March 13, 4-8pm, Sun. March 18, 11-2pm and Thurs. March 22, 6-8pm.
Thank you for your interest!
Late in 2016, Mosier Fire District contracted the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) to perform a comprehensive audit of Mosier Fire District (MFD,) including staffing, budgets, capacity, operations, safety and planning – to gauge how we can continuously improve.
SDAO expert consultants included three retired Fire Chiefs with decades of experience each, who advised the team on areas of improvement to better serve the growing safety needs of our community.
Once the initial assessment was completed, the MFD Board held months of planning meetings, lengthy discussions with staff, volunteers, state experts, and the public to reinvigorate Mosier Fire Department and determine the next steps forward.
It had become clear that the department’s needs had changed over the last seven years and the Chief’s role was much more complex than during the agency’s start up phase. On 11/8/17, Mosier Fire District Board voted unanimously to conclude its contract with Fire Chief Jim Appleton. This step was made with appreciation for all that Appleton has done for the community.
The board appointed the current Training Officer Mike Renault, a veteran with 30 years of fire service experience, as Interim Fire Chief until future leadership decisions were made.
Where to from here
A commitment to continuous evaluation and improvement are hallmarks of successful public safety agencies. MFD Board takes this commitment seriously, and hired SDAO, the state experts in small public service districts for Oregonians.
We’ve made needed improvements – from enhancing training and volunteer recruitment to policy development and strategic planning. We took action on SDAO’s “top 10” recommendations, which were focused on reducing risk and adopting best practices of the fire service industry.
MFD Board doubled its board meetings, added a second monthly work session and brought in trainers from SDAO to guide staff, Board and volunteers in establishing service priorities.
Our district provides fire suppression, emergency medical services (EMS), rescue of persons and fire prevention activities. We are realigning our organization to meet Mosier’s expanding needs –1400+ households, with a real market value of more than $142 million across 22 square miles, or 14,080 acres.
As a small, mostly volunteer fire and EMS agency with one full time Chief, we still have a ways to go, but we are excited about the enhanced focus of purpose, teamwork and synergy with volunteers, mutual aid and state partners.
The MFD goal is to move forward from our district’s start up phase, to a long-term sustainable operation that is team-based, with a focus on higher safety standards, adding structural fire protection, and enhancing our response model from a “one man band” strategy to professional development and team-based coverage.
Enhanced training and Interim Fire Chief
The Board took swift action on the SDAO recommendation to hire a Training Officer, to ensure our safety training and certifications met industry standards. Mike Renault was hired under contract June 1, with a specific focus of delivering regular trainings, enhancing professional certifications for staff and volunteers, and adding structural fire protection for Mosier homes.
In the short term, he resolved the DPSST (state training standards) re-certification of our agency, which was on the verge of lapsing.
Renault reported to Chief Appleton, who appointed him Division Chief. Hats off to Renault for continuing to move the MFD team forward, staying focused on training and team building, despite changes in leadership.
MFD responders were tested in the interim- and succeeded
Chief Renault and the volunteer team have been tested in the last month with a doubling of our normal call volume. Despite Renault’s part time Chief status, and more frequent emergency calls, our team met all calls promptly and professionally.
Also in the last month, Renault also met with neighboring fire agencies to help expand partnership and mutual aid support with Hood River and Wasco counties. More to come in the future.
Our sincere thanks go to the Fire and EMS team – particularly unpaid volunteers, who have been the heart of our department since its beginning, circa 1919, when a single fire event destroyed much of downtown Mosier.
Where we are headed
After generations of all-volunteer firefighter service, taxpayers began investing in the MFD special tax district seven years ago. After this start up phase, our focus has shifted to raising the bar for Fire and EMS services and safety with a combined paid/volunteer model.
Enhanced teamwork with partner agencies, safety and regulatory compliance, continuous training, and volunteer recruitment and retention are vital. So is adding structural fire protection and much-needed safety focus, after the high-profile fire incidents we have seen in the last decade.
Our promise to you is this – we will continue to listen, ask questions, seek advice and move our district forward, in the best interests of the citizens we serve. MFD is focused on ensuring that our program is effective, maximizes resources and meets the highest, best needs of our community.
The Mosier Fire District Board recently placed the Mosier Fire Chief, Jim Appleton, on Administrative leave. This has followed several executive session discussions and months of department “reboot” meetings involving Board, staff, state agencies and volunteers.
While we work through this situation, we want to assure you that the Board and Volunteers are absolutely dedicated to continuing our high quality services to the Mosier community.
The board has appointed Mike Renault as interim Fire Chief. Mike is a well known Emergency Management professional in the Gorge and has over 30 years experience in the fire service. He has has previously been a chief officer, both in the Army and as Chief of Cascade Locks FD.
Mike has been fulfilling the role of Training Officer for our District and he will also continue in that role. The Mosier Fire Fighter Academy will continue to train our new volunteers and aims to graduate seven new qualified fire fighters next spring.
The Fire District’s ability to respond to emergencies has been tested over the past few weeks with a far higher than usual call volume. We are pleased to report that all calls were staffed quickly and effectively.
While the district’s office will be open less often, the administrative functions will be kept up to date and you will see Mike and the volunteers in and around town training, patrolling, and responding to calls as usual.
The Mosier Fire District Board will be working hard over the next weeks and months to define and appoint the appropriate staffing for the administration of the District. And we are eager to talk with the community and hear your thoughts.
Please feel free to call Mike for operational issues on 541 478 3333 or email email@example.com
You may also contact the MFD Board president Phil Evans on Phil.firstname.lastname@example.org
Or simply attend one of the regular board meetings which includes opportunities for public comment: 2nd Thursday of each month @ 6pm at the Mosier Senior Center.
Open burning will be allowed again as of Monday the 16th. You will still need a burning permit from the fire district if you do not have a current one. Call the fire district at 541-478-3333 to arrange to get a current permit.
The Mosier Fire District (MFD) Board placed Chief Jim Appleton on paid administrative leave after a public meeting vote on 9/25/17. This followed executive session discussions with Appleton and months of department “reboot” meetings involving Board, staff, state agencies and volunteers.
Mosier Board, firefighters, officers, staff and EMT’s remain committed to ensuring your service and safety and there has been no interruption in service or loss of fire and EMS protection during this interim period.
Division Chief Mike Renault, Mosier Fire District’s Training Officer has been appointed to serve as interim Fire Chief.
Chief Renault can be reached at 541-478-3333 or email@example.com