Deputy Director of Fire Services

Deputy Director of Fire Services

(Deputy Fire Chief)

Competition #05-2021

For people who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, Sparwood will exceed your expectations by offering you instant access to mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes filled with an array of fish and wildlife. Participate in fishing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, golf, numerous lake activities, hunting, cross country skiing and world class skiing and snowboarding to your heart’s content.

Sparwood is an East Kootenay community of about 4,000 people living in the beautiful Elk Valley, approximately 1.5 hours away from Cranbrook, BC and 2.5 hours away from Calgary, AB - offering easy access to big city amenities while enjoying all that rural living has to offer.

Reporting to the Fire Chief, the Deputy Fire Chief assists in planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing the operations of the fire department and related emergency services. The Deputy Fire Chief assists in ensuring that the department functions at an effective level within the policies approved by Council, the requirements of municipal bylaws, and the expectations of the community. The incumbent undertakes and reports on fire inspections for commercial, industrial and public facilities including undertaking enforcement actions.  This position is both technical and administrative in nature. The Deputy Fire Chief acts for the Fire Chief during absences and is available for rotational on-call duty shifts as assigned.

The Deputy Fire Chief is a Fire Services professional who has demonstrated the ability to operate and lead in an on-call volunteer environment. The position requires strong organizational, interpersonal, leadership and communication skills and demonstrated success in leading volunteer teams, while effectively managing the administrative requirements of the department and its programs.

The core job duties include:

  • Support and implement the vision and direction of the Fire Chief in a positive manner
  • Respond to, and provide or support incident command functions at high-risk emergency scenes, including fires, motor vehicle incidents with injuries, and hazardous material spills
  • Establish and maintain a regular system of inspections for the purpose of fire prevention, in compliance with statutory requirements

The ideal candidate will have:

  • NFPA 1021 Fire officer II; NFPA 1021 Fire officer III considered an asset
  • Incident Command Level 200
  • 10 years of firefighting experience with at least 3 years in an Officer role
  • Valid Class 3 drivers’ license with air brake endorsement and a clean drivers’ abstract
  • Able to function in a high stress environment with demanding timelines and changing priorities
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate being on call on a rotational basis
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

The salary for this position is between $82,000 and $92,000 (dependent on education and experience), and includes a full range of employer paid benefits, an earned day off program, up to 3-weeks of time off in lieu of overtime and an Active Living Pass for access to the Leisure Centre courts, fitness centre, climbing wall, pool, arena and many of the drop-in fitness classes.

More information and a detailed job description can be found below. 

Qualified applicants who are offered and accept the position may be required to complete a satisfactory pre-employment background check. This may consist of all or a combination of the following: Canadian criminal record check, an employment verification and/or an education and accreditation verification and a clean drivers’ abstract.

Applicants are invited to submit their resumes, complete with cover letter, in confidence by April 17, 2021, quoting competition #05-2021, to the attention of:

Jenna Jensen
HR & Communications Coordinator
District of Sparwood
Box 520, 136 Spruce Avenue
Sparwood BC, V0B 2G0
Email to: careers@sparwood.ca

Job Description 

Job Title

Deputy Director of Fire Services (Deputy Fire Chief)

Reports To

Director of Fire Services(Fire Chief)

Salary Grade

Exempt – Management Staff

Department

Fire Services

Updated

March 2021

Job Summary

Reporting to the Fire Chief, the Deputy Fire Chief assists in planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing the operations of the fire department and related emergency services. The Deputy Fire Chief assists in ensuring that the department functions at an effective level within the policies approved by Council, the requirements of municipal bylaws, and the expectations of the community. The Deputy Chief undertakes and reports on fire inspections for commercial, industrial and public facilities including undertaking enforcement actions.  This position is both technical and administrative in nature. The Deputy Fire Chief acts for the Fire Chief during absences and is available for rotational on-call duty shifts as assigned.

The Deputy Fire Chief is a Fire Services professional who has demonstrated the ability to operate and lead in an on-call volunteer environment. The position requires strong organizational, interpersonal, leadership and communication skills and demonstrated success in leading volunteer teams, while effectively managing the administrative requirements of the department and its programs.

Job Duties

General

  • It is estimated that 60% of the position is administrative in nature.
  • Support and implement the vision and direction of the Fire Chief in a positive manner.
  • Provide reasoned and balanced advice, background information and briefing materials to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Maintain communication, ensuring the Fire Chief is apprised of all operational developments that relate to the Fire Services and Fire Fighters.
  • Provide input towards the development of the Fire and Emergency Services policies, procedures and guidelines, and work with the Fire Chief to ensure their implementation.
  • Assume a leadership and project management role as assigned on special projects. Ensure project accountability including work plan development, continuous productivity, progress benchmarks and outcomes.
  • Maintain efficient and effective records for required documentation, reports, statistics, correspondence, and any other material related to the Fire Services department.
  • Carry out the requirements of fire related acts, codes, Council bylaws, and policies.
  • Support and coordinate the District of Sparwood Fire Smart Program.
  • Serve as a role model for effective public participation and relationship building with community stakeholders.
  • Assist with planning, preparation, and organization of Fire Services community events.

Operations

  • Respond to, and provide or support incident command functions at high-risk emergency scenes, including fires, motor vehicle incidents with injuries, and hazardous material spills.
  • Participate in investigations.
  • Monitor operational resource allocation including deployment of fire equipment and apparatus.
  • Ensure policies, procedures and standards are consistently applied and adhered to.
  • May be required to participate in the preparation and management of department finances.
  • Build relationships and ensure collaboration with other departments regarding initiatives that may have multi-department involvement.
  • Provide operational leadership in the areas of public safety and prevention, emergency operations, and incident response and management.

Inspections

  • Establish and maintain a regular system of inspections for the purpose of fire prevention, in compliance with statutory requirements.
  • Organize and lead public, commercial, and institutional building inspections, investigations, and follow-up in compliance with municipal, provincial, and federal fire related statues, regulations, codes, and standards.
  • Modernize and develop new solutions to optimize fire inspection practices and policies based on data-based decision making.

Job Requirements

  • NFPA 1021 Fire officer II; NFPA 1021 Fire officer III considered an asset.
  • Incident Command Level 200.
  • 10 years of firefighting experience with at least 3 years in an Officer role.
  • Valid Class 3 drivers’ license with air brake endorsement and a clean drivers’ abstract. 
  • Able to function in a high stress environment with demanding timelines and changing priorities.
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate being on call on a rotational basis.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

Required Living Boundaries:

  • The Deputy Fire Chief has emergency duties which make their availability on short notice of paramount importance. Anyone accepting the position of Deputy Fire Chief must reside within 10km of one of the District’s Fire Halls.

Hours of Work

  • Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with regular evenings and weekends to facilitate operational and training requirements.  The Deputy Chief will be part of the on-call rotation and respond to emergencies at all hours.  It is expected that the Deputy Chief will support and be available for various community events and activities undertaken by a community fire department.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of fire and emergency services.
  • Working knowledge of fire and emergency services principles and practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of municipal and provincial law and regulations as they pertain to fire and emergency services;
  • Thorough knowledge of legal procedures and regulatory requirements as they pertain to fire and emergency services.
  • Ability to identify issues and implement creative and strategic solutions to overcome problems.
  • Effective leadership skills, with a strong focus on mentoring and motivation of employees.
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Well-developed organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the core competencies of:
    • Accountability
    • Coaching
    • Communication
    • Conflict management
    • Cultural sensitivity
    • Leadership
    • Project management
    • Time management

Our Work Environment

At the District of Sparwood we are always interested in attracting high performing team members to our staff by offering:

  • A collaborative executive team environment
  • Continual professional learning and development
  • Compressed work week / earned day off program
  • Generous vacation entitlement
  • Up to 3-weeks of time off in lieu of overtime
  • Employer paid benefits
  • Active Living Pass for access to the Leisure Centre courts, fitness centre, climbing wall, pool, arena, and many of the drop-in fitness classes

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