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50 Fire Chief Interview Questions 2019

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Fire Chief Interview QuestionsThe Fire Chief is the management level class within the fire safety class series which has the responsibility for managing and overseeing all organizational and operational facets of fire protective services.

Fire Chief Interview Questions

The fire chief is responsible for the organization and also the director of the volunteer fire department in order to ensure that loss of life, property or injury as a result of fire is prevented and minimized. Below is a list of fire chief’s interview questions.

Fire Chief Job Responsibilities/Requirements


1. Develop, review and implement all firefighting policies and procedures in accordance with the municipal by-law, federal and provincial legislation.

  • a. Establish appropriate firefighting techniques.
  • b. Plan firefighting strategies.
  • c. Liaise with the Emergency Response Committee.
  • d. Ensure firefighting policies and procedures are strictly adhered to.
  • e. Make recommendations on changes to the firefighting by-law.

2. Recruit, train and direct the activities of volunteer firefighters in order to ensure that trained firefighters are available in the event of a fire.

  • a. Recruit and orient firefighters.
  • b. Ensure a high level of morale among firefighters.
  • c. Facilitate the training of firefighters.
  • d. Evaluate the performance of firefighters.
  • e. Discipline and dismiss firefighters if necessary.

3. Inspect firefighting equipment in order to ensure appropriate equipment is available as required.

  • a. Inspect the fire truck on a regular basis.
  • b. Inspect firefighting equipment and apparatus on a regular basis.
  • c. Make recommendations on the replacement and repair of equipment.
  • d. Make inspections of places of business to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • e. Takes sole command in the event of a fire in order to ensure a safe, effective and controlled response.
  • f. Ensure effective command and control techniques are in place at the scene of the fire.
  • g. Make all decisions concerning the appropriate response to and method fighting a fire.
  • h. Direct all activities at the scene of the fire.


  1. Possession of high school diploma or GED.
  2. At least seven (7) years paid or verifiable, active volunteer experience as a firefighter, including three years as a superior officer.
  3. Must be certified as a Fire Fighter II and Fire Officer I through the Tennessee Commission on Fire Fighting and Personnel Standards and Education.
  4. Must be certified in emergency medical care at the level of a first responder or higher.
  5. Must possess and maintain a valid Tennessee Driver’s License.
  6. Must successfully pass a background check and drug screen.

50 Fire Chief Interview Questions

  1. Why do you want to work in this industry?

  2. Tell us about yourself.

  3. What do you think of your previous boss?

  4. Why are you leaving your current role?

  5. Where do you see yourself in five years?

  6. What’s your greatest weakness?

  7. What salary are you looking for?

  8. Why should I hire you?

  9. What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?

  10. How do you explain your gap in employment?

  11. When were you most satisfied with your job?

  12. What did you like least about your last job?

  13. Describe a time when you did not get along with your coworker.

  14. What motivates you?

  15. How would your friends describe you?

  16. What is the primary goal of the fire department?

  17. What aspect of the job appeals to you the most? The least?

  18. What is the job of a fire chief?

  19. Do you feel you are qualified to be a fire chief?

  20. If hired, what would you bring to this department?

  21. Why do you want to work for the Fire Department?

  22. Tell us what you know about the city/department/district?

  23. What would your previous boss say about you? Something positive and negative.

  24. What are the most important attributes of a fire chief?

  25. What is the most important trait a fire chief must possess?

  26. Suppose you found drugs in another fire chief’s locker. How would you respond?

  27. Suppose you noticed your Lieutenant was intoxicated. How would you respond?

  28. How would you respond to another fire chief offering you an illegal substance?

  29. How would you handle a conflict with another fire chief?

  30. How would you respond if you saw another fire chief steal?

  31. How would you handle bullying in the workplace?

  32. How would you handle conflicting orders at a scene?

  33. How would you deal with an irate citizen?

  34. How would you deal with sexual harassment towards yourself? Towards another?

  35. How would you deal with a coworker making racist remarks or jokes?

  36. How would you deal with an order against your moral judgment?

  37. How would you deal with an order that put you in great danger?

  38. When you don’t know an answer, how do you respond?

  39. Tell us about a time you disagreed with your boss? A co­worker? How did you handle it?

  40. If we offer you the job, when could you start?

  41. Are you on any other hiring lists?

  42. If we were to offer you the job, would you leave if offered a job elsewhere?

  43. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?

  44. At the end of your career, what would be an accomplishment you would be most proud of?

  45. Have you ever been in an emergency situation?

  46. How do you handle stress?

  47. How do you handle criticism?

  48. What are your hobbies?

  49. Why should we select you over the other candidates?

  50. What are your questions for us?

The above mention are the frequently asked questions on a Fire chief’s interview. I know this was helpful. Leave a reply on the comment section.

CSN Team.

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