Fire District Chief

Recruitment #22-3101-001


Operates as district commander of a fire district on an assigned shift or as commander of an assigned support unit or bureau.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from high school (or G.E.D.) AND must have 2 consecutive years of service in the classification of Fire Captain as of the examination date.

License Requirements

Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of appointment and maintain thereafter as a term and condition of continued employment.

Special Requirements

Must possess and maintain current state and department mandated Emergency Medical Technician, Firefighter II, and Fire Safety Inspector certifications as a term and condition of continued employment.

Promotional Qualifications

Must be currently employed in the Department of Fire with the City of Dayton.


Examination dates and times are subject to change. Calculators will be provided for the Civil Service examination. Final appointment may be contingent upon the applicant passing a drug screen. Applicants are responsible for providing all necessary employment dates, experience, training, or any other requirements as stated in the Exam Announcement, in order for their application to be considered for certification and admittance to the examination process.

Background Check 
A background investigation is required prior to employment. All candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position, including current city employees seeking transfer, promotion, demotion, etc. into a classified position.

Principle Sources of Study Material

1.  The Fire Chief's Handbook - Marinucci (7th Edition) [Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26 and 30]. 
2.  Art of Reading buildings - Mittendorf and Dodson (Copyright 2015) [Section 3]. 
3. Fireground Strategies – Avillo (3rd Edition) – Fire Engineering (Copyright 2019) 
4.  Essentials of Fire Department Customer Service - Brunacini (1st Edition). 
5.  Managing Fire and Emergency Services - ICMA Thiel and Jennings (4th Edition) [Part 1, 2 and 4]. 
6.  Chief Officer - IFSTA (3rd) Edition). 
7.  City of Dayton Personnel Policies and Procedures [1.07, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8.01, and 8.06] (with revisions through March 1, 2022). 
8.  Civil Service Rules and Regulations, including Policies (with revisions through March 1, 2022). 
9.  Dayton Fire Department Tactics Manual (May, 2007) to include Chapter V, High rise; Tactics Manual Addendum 2017; General Orders; SOP Manual; Rules and Regulations (with revisions through March 1, 2022). 
10. Agreement, International Association of Firefighters, Local 136, A.F.L. - C.I.O. and the City of Dayton, Ohio (effective January 1, 2021- December 31, 2023).

Examination Date

August 11, 2022 - Time to be Announced 
Civil Service Board Office 
371 West Second Street, Lower Level 
Dayton, Ohio 45402 

*Certified candidates will be sent a link to self-schedule their examination time at a later date.