North Tooele Fire District is currently hiring for two positions: a fire marshal position and an office assistant.
Before their recent property tax increase was implemented, North Tooele firefighters made known their intent to hire a fire marshal if their tax increase was approved by the North Tooele Fire Protection Service District board.
After the 17.2% increase was approved last month, the department posted their job search online.
The department is looking for someone who can help them complete building inspections and make sure places where the public gathers are up to fire codes. They will also be required to perform medical services and regular firefighting duties.
The position is fulltime and will pay up to $65,000 to $75,000 a year with benefits, which include paid time off, health and dental insurance, short term disability coverage, and enrollment in the Utah Retirement System. The job may eventually pay up to $120,000, according to Jon Smith, North Tooele’s public information officer.
Minimum qualifications for the job will include a high school diploma or GED, certification from the State of Utah in firefighting, certification as a fire instructor and a fire inspector, licensing in emergency medical technician, and a minimum of two years in the fire service, but the department prefers more.
Preferences for the job include a bachelors of science degree in fire science or emergency services or a related field, or a minimum of five years recent fire marshal experience. They also prefer an International Code Council fire inspector 1 certification, an ICC fire plans examiner certification, a Utah State fire inspector certification, an ICC fire alarm plans examiner 1 certification, and a Utah State certified fire operator certification.
To apply for the job, interested candidates may visit www.ntfd.us to find the job application, fill it out, and send the application and resume to email@example.com with the job title in the subject line.
Applications will be accepted until close of business on Jan. 26, 2023.
“We’re happy that our department has been given the opportunity to grow with our community and look forward to being able to serve Tooele County better than before,” Smith said.
The department is also hiring for an administrative office assistant.
Minimum qualifications include a high school degree or equivalent, payroll/accounts payable/ accounts receivable experience, general office and secretarial experience, experience with Microsoft Office, and data entry experience.
Ideal qualifications include a bachelor’s of science or associates of science degree in accounting or finance, accounting experience, HR/ personnel administration experience, experience taking and transcribing minutes, Caselle accounting software experience, Utah Retirement System procedure knowledge, knowledge of fire department schedules and work periods, and minimum of one year related experience.
This full time position will pay $38,000 to $44,000 per year with benefits.
Applications can be sent to the email above with the job title in the subject line.
In the near future, the department also wants to hire a new deputy fire chief, not to be mistaken with Chief Kevin Nunn’s position.
The deputy chief will assist the current fire chief by ensuring effective operations of crews who respond to fires and emergency medical calls. They would also coordinate training and assist with planning for the future of the department, along with fire prevention, according to Smith. The new deputy fire chief will be paid up to $136,000, including benefits.
The department also wants to purchase a wildfire mitigation trailer for $13,000. The trailer will be available for firefighters and community members to clean up debris and haul away downed trees and vegetation that often collects around properties.
The tax increase will also help make up for inflation and help cover the increase of businesses and homes they now cover.
“The areas we serve in Tooele County have been growing at a very swift pace,” Smith said. “Now that post-pandemic businesses are starting to come back online, we are seeing an increased boom as well.”
The tax increase was approved on Dec. 15 after a public hearing.
It affects those living in the north end of unincorporated Tooele County, including Stansbury Park, Lake Point, Erda, and Pine Canyon,
The approved increase was for a 17.2% increase in property tax over the 2022 property tax rate for an additional revenue of $298,000 for 2023.
When property taxes are collected in 2023, taxes on a $557,000 residence will increase from $209.24 to $245.39, a $36.15 a year increase.
Taxes on a business worth $557,000 will increase from $380.43 to $446.15, a $65.72 annual increase.