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Our Process

Our Process

Our unique format provides candidates a safe environment to explore an opportunity, yielding a larger pool of highly-qualified candidates. Our recruitment precedes the hiring entity’s formal application process. We attract, assess alignment, and prepare qualified candidates for the hiring process. We’ll provide the hiring entity support, guidance, and be available for consultation, throughout the entire process.

Our Guarantee

Our Guarantee

You’ll hire an experienced, top-notch leader, and we’ll make sure they have the support they need after they start. If the selected candidate’s employment is terminated within the first year, our team will conduct another recruitment for your agency at no additional fee.

Our Services

Our Services

Whether you’re searching for a permanent solution or looking to fill an interim position, we can customize our recruitment format to fit your needs. Contact us for more information.

Our Fee

Our Fee

Our recruitment fee is a percentage of the candidate’s W-2 annual salary, billed 365 days after their hire date. Direct expenses are billed at the conclusion of the recruitment. Direct expenses include advertising, WFCA consultant travel, and candidate travel (at the hiring entity’s discretion).

Interim Staffing

Whether you’re looking for a short-term or long-term interim solution, we’re here to help match you with a proven leader that can move your agency forward. Contact us for more information.

Confidential Executive Recruiting
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Confidential Recruitment

Led by the Western Fire Chiefs Association

Initial Assessment
We conduct extensive research to build an ideal Candidate Profile for your agency.

Attract Quality Candidates
We deploy a confidential recruitment campaign that allows candidates to explore the opportunity without jeopardizing their current employment.

Candidate screening
We review candidates by screening resumes, conducting interviews, and connecting with our fire service contacts to develop a handpicked pool of custom-matched leadership talent.

Alignment Assessment
We present our findings to your agency and assess how well candidates align to your Candidate Profile.

Evaluate Job Fit
After you select your finalists, we organize individual site visits to evaluate job fit before moving forward in the formal hiring process.

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Formal & Public Hiring Process

Led by the Hiring Entity

Once your agency opens the public hiring process, we’ll remain involved by encouraging finalists, and providing assistance whenever you need us.

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Conclusion & Guarantee

You hire an experienced, top-notch leader, and we’ll make sure they have the support they need after they start. Our recruitment fee is a percentage of the candidate’s W-2 annual salary, billed 365 days after their hire date. If their employment is terminated within the first year, our team will conduct another recruitment for your agency at no additional charge.

ER-1
Confidential Recruitment

Led by the Western Fire Chiefs Association

Initial Assessment
We conduct extensive research to build an ideal Candidate Profile for your agency.

Attract Quality Candidates
We deploy a confidential recruitment campaign that allows candidates to explore the opportunity without jeopardizing their current employment.

Candidate screening
We review candidates by screening resumes, conducting interviews, and connecting with our fire service contacts to develop a handpicked pool of custom-matched leadership talent.

Alignment Assessment
We present our findings to your agency and assess how well candidates align to your Candidate Profile.

Evaluate Job Fit
After you select your finalists, we organize individual site visits to evaluate job fit before moving forward in the formal hiring process.

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Formal & Public Hiring Process

Led by the Hiring Entity

Once your agency opens the public hiring process, we’ll remain involved by encouraging finalists, and providing assistance whenever you need us.

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Conclusion & Guarantee

You hire an experienced, top-notch leader, and we’ll make sure they have the support they need after they start. Our recruitment fee is a percentage of the candidate’s W-2 annual salary, billed 365 days after their hire date. If their employment is terminated within the first year, our team will conduct another recruitment for your agency at no additional charge.

Our Clients

Redmond Fire-Rescue

Redmond, OR

United Fire Authority

Salt Lake City, UT

Gresham Fire Department

Gresham, OR

Jackson County FD 3

White City, OR
What People are Saying

“The Western Fire Chief’s Association provides an exceptional experience for executive recruitment. The environment the WFCA created allowed me to explore a new opportunity without creating controversy at my previous agency. In addition, the recruiter spent adequate time with me to determine my strength, motivation, and fit for the organization. There was no doubt going into the hiring process that I was capable of being successful to serve this organization and community as their Fire Chief.”

Chief Robert Horton
Jackson County Fire District 3

“I was recruited through this program for my current position as the Fire Chief at Unified Fire Authority. Not only did WFCA provide a safe environment while I considered this opportunity, but they evaluated my compatibility for the new role, all without compromising my existing Fire Chief position. I would have never blindly applied for this position on my own, as it would have put my existing job and reputation at risk. Once I did decide to compete for the position, WFCA continued to provide me with counseling to further evaluate my fit. After accepting the role with Unified Fire Authority, WFCA assisted my past agency with their Fire Chief search. I truly believe this is the best method to select a Chief Officer and WFCA provides organizations the best chance in finding the type of person who will be successful, not just people with a good resume shopping for a new job.”

Chief Dan Petersen
Unified Fire Authority

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