18 applications have been received for new Fire Chief in Stockbridge

(Record file photo) Stockbridge fire fighters turn in their gear.

STOCKBRIDGE — The search for the new fire chief is on.

Since posting the position on its website last month, the town has received 18 applications, according to Town Administrator Danielle Fillio.

Applications have come in from as far away as Nevada and Florida.

At the select board’s last meeting on March 27, members authorized a search committee to assist in finding a new fire chief. The committee has been charged with reviewing and discuss the applications and narrow the candidate pool to two or three finalists. The board also indicated that the committee should check references and conduct interviews as needed.

The committee should present its recommendations to the board by April 18, said Don Chabon, chairman of the select board.

Successful candidates for the full-time position should have a high school diploma or a GED, a valid driver’s license, five years of experience as a firefighter and three years as an officer, according to the town’s advertisement.

Applicants should also have or be able to obtain a Firefighter 1 and Inspector 1 certification from the state’s firefighting academy. A bachelor’s degree in fire sciences is preferred. The salary was not disclosed, but was listed as commensurate with experience and credentials.

The position, according to the posting, is governed by strong chief provisions, which includes the authority to make purchasing decisions that are subject to approval by the select board as well as the authority to hire and fire a deputy and firefighters.

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