Institution Fire Chief


Recruitment #220920-4943PS-001


Are you a current State of Connecticut employee with experience working in an organized firefighting unit? If so, you might be just the applicant we are looking for!

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) - Southbury Training School (STS) is currently recruiting for one full-time, first shift job opportunity for an Institution Fire ChiefSTS employs over 1,200 full time, part time and consulting staff. Our staff provides supports and services in a broad array of areas including: medical, vocational, residential, and therapeutic and facility support services.

In this role, we would entrust you with the health and safety for the individuals served by the department. In addition to directing the operations of the STS Fire Department, this position oversees the E-score program for all licensed settings in public and private operations.

We offer the same competitive benefits you are accustomed to including healthcare coverage, retirement plan, paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals. Also, group life insurance and other supplemental benefits. We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.

We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career with us and make an impact by serving your state! 

Selection Plan

To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee, who has worked for the state for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. We are no longer accepting resumes in accordance with PA 21-69. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

Important Information After You Apply:

  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to

Connect With Us:

  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.
  • If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Jennifer Borenski, DDS EEO Specialist 2 at  
  • Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Ethan Ives via email at


At the Department of Developmental Services this class is accountable for directing the statewide E-score program, firefighting, fire prevention, crisis response and emergency medical services.


Supervises the fire prevention, firefighting, crisis response and emergency medical services for the facility on a 24-hour basis; directs maintenance and up-dating of all equipment and plans staffing necessary to carry out operations; supervises and evaluates staff in firefighting, crisis and emergency medical services and prepares reports on operations and activities; plans and conducts both initial and in-service training to a crew and to facility staff in various phases of fire prevention, firefighting and emergency medical services; conducts periodic fire prevention and safety inspection of buildings and equipment to detect violations of fire safety codes; forwards detailed reports to appropriate administrative officials; re-inspects area to insure compliance; investigates all fire calls, including false alarms and working fires, to determine causes and submits reports; coordinates with area fire departments in mutual aid network; prepares budget recommendations for operating supplies and capital equipment needs; prepares incidental reports, including an annual activities report and an annual fire report; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of firefighting and fire prevention practices and procedures; knowledge of fire inspection and prevention techniques; knowledge of fire investigation methods and procedures; knowledge of emergency medical techniques; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; basic knowledge of training practices and procedures; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to evaluate problem and emergency situations and develop effective courses of action.


Three (3) years of experience in an organized firefighting unit.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the level of Fire Lieutenant or its equivalent.


Preference will be given to those who possess the following: 
  • Experience in a career fire department or fire brigade
  • Experience at or above the level of Fire Lieutenant or its equivalent
  • Experience in emergency management and crisis response, to include: creation of emergency response plans; maintenance of emergency response plans; crisis or emergency exercises; and operating in an Emergency Operations Center
  • Experience in conducting and documenting fire safety code inspections
  • State of Connecticut, Department of Administrative Services, Office of Education Data Management (CT DAS/OEDM), Fire Marshal Certification or completion of the CT DAS/OEDM Fire Code Inspector and CT DAS/ODEM Fire Investigator modules without municipal/state agency appointment
  • Completion of levels 100 through 800 National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) Incident Command Systems (ICS) certifications
  • Completion of the FEMA, Emergency Management Institute, Professional Developmental Series (IS-120, IS-230, IS-235, IS-240, IS-241, IS-242, IS-244)
  • State of Connecticut, Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, Certified Fire Officer 2 (As accredited by Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualifications Systems)
  • State of Connecticut, Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, Certified Fire Service Instructor 1 (As accredited by Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualifications Systems)
  • State of Connecticut, Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, Certified Incident Safety Officer (As accredited by Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualifications Systems)
  • Experience with Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Teams


1. Incumbents in this class will be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license with proper endorsements.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification or a Paramedic license.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


1. Incumbents in this class must have general good health and must have and retain sufficient physical strength, stamina, agility, endurance and visual and auditory acuity required to perform all the duties of the class.
2. Applicants may be required to pass a physical examination.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to a moderate amount of lifting equipment; danger of injury or loss of life during firefighting and rescue operations, significant mental stress of responding to life and death emergencies and to disagreeable conditions including exposure to weather and chemicals.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.