BATH TWP. - Two of the items approved by trustees June 17 dealt with the need to fill the Bath’s assistant fire chief position. The retirement earlier this month of long-time Bath Fire Department employee and assistant chief, Tim Gemind, prompted the complementary actions of amending the township job description manual and posting for the position.
In the first action, trustees amended the job description for the second in command of the department to include the need to respond to emergency fire or EMS calls both during and after normal hours.
“The assistant chief and I are on duty 24 hours a day,” Fire Chief Walt Hower said, explaining that this person “works as chief in my absence.”
The opening is a full-time position, requiring a number of State of Ohio paramedic and firefighter certifications as well as a minimum of five years of management level experience in the fire service. All of the qualifications, plus a complete job description, are posted in fire department’s section of the township website at www.bathtownship.org
Five lieutenants in the Bath Fire Department are eligible to apply for the post, Hower said. For external candidates, applicants must be at the rank of captain or above and have experience with a combination fire department, one that employs both full-time and part-time personnel.
Applications will be accepted in person, emailed to the chief or sent through the mail from June 18 through July 29. The hiring procedure will include interviews; assessments at the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association Assessment Center; an evaluation through PRADCO, a management psychologist testing service; final interviews; background checks; and a physical.
The timeline is geared toward hiring a new assistant chief in early November.