Fire Chief - Manager of Fire Services, Municipality of Leamington
April 9, 2018

Employment Opportunity: Fire Chief - Manager of Fire Services, Municipality of Leamington, Closing Date: To remain open until position is filled.

Career Opportunity 

Internal/External Posting

Fire Chief - Manager of Fire Services
Community and Development Services

Job Description:

Reporting directly to the Director of Community and Development Services, the Fire Chief is responsible for providing emergency response for the Municipality of Leamington as well as assists in the strategic direction for the operation of the Fire Services. This role must be competent within the meaning of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). In addition, this position must be capable of recognizing work hazards and be able to translate same into operational recommendations and requirements.

Specific Duties:

• Make recommendations regarding policies and directives related to Fire Services.
• Execute policies and directives established by the Director, CAO and Council.
• Represent Fire Services on Committees.
• Administer the requirements of the Ontario Fire Protection and Prevention Act, the Ontario Fire Code and mandated
  directives/policies of the Ontario Fire Marshal.
• Responsible for the financial management of the Fire Services division:
• prepare, present, monitor, evaluate and manage annual capital and operating budgets as requested by administration;
• project variances as part of the monthly review;
• monitor and control budgets in conjunction with finance staff;
• Direct and oversee the firefighting/rescue, public education, fire prevention, life and property saving functions of the department.
• Recognize work hazards and develop procedures and training to address safety concerns.
• Report and assume command at major emergency incidents.
• Provide on-call relief at times, as required.
• Make recommendations to the Director regarding all employee matters in accordance with the Collective Agreement and the Policies
   and Procedures of the Municipality of Leamington.
• Direct and oversee the administration of the training curriculum, programs and procedures for the Fire Services.
• Responsible for the customer service and administrative components of the Fire Services division.
• Provide fire cause and determination at all responses and when required notify other investigating agencies for further investigation.
  Provide expert witness services when required.
• Direct and oversee the preparation of apparatus and/or equipment specifications as well as direct and oversee the preparation
   and receipt of RFP or tenders where required for same.
• Provide comments on site plans, re-zonings, subdivision agreements and new buildings as they pertain to Fire Services.
• Oversee recruiting, interviewing, training, performance management, etc. of the employees in the Fire Services in conjunction
   with the Human Resources department.
• Accountable for health and safety responsibilities of staff.
• Comply with the OHSA and applicable regulations as well as the Municipality of Leamington’s Health and Safety Program.
• Community Emergency Management Coordinator for larger emergencies.
• Assist as required with the development, training and implementation of the Municipal Emergency Plan.
• Ensure business strategies, policies, programs, services and operations of the department align with the vision and priorities of
  the Municipality.
• Create a work environment conducive to learning, empowerment, innovation, decision making and appropriate risk taking.
• Provide leadership to develop, motivate and retain highly competent staff through best management practices that support the
  Municipalities goals and values.
• Other duties as assigned.


• Must be a graduate of a recognized Fire College, Company Officer Diploma (OFC) or equivalency.
• Must have a minimum of 15 years’ experience in a fire service.
• Certified Municipal Manager Level III would be an asset.
• Must be knowledgeable in the collective bargaining process.
• Experience in a supervisory role would be preferred.
• Must have experience demonstrating effective written and verbal communication skills.
• Must have knowledge of computer software programs in a Windows and Microsoft Office environment.
• Must have knowledge of Ontario FPPA, Ontario Fire Code, Ontario Building Code, and NFPA Standards.
• Must have experience demonstrating strong organizational, sound judgment and leadership skills.
• Must have experience with emergency planning and emergency response.
• A valid Ontario DZ Driver’s License will be considered an asset.
• Preferred if currently certified in First Aid and CPR.
• Must be willing to relocate within Leamington’s municipal boundaries.

Hours of Work:

35 hours per week with the expectation of attendance at major incidents a priority as required.

Employee Group:



$110,696.00-$125,009.00 annually (2018 Rates) and a benefits package is included.

Closing Date:

This posting will remain open until the position is filled.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates must apply online, at our website,
We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Selected applicants will be subject to an interview process and skills testing to determine eligibility.

We are pleased to accommodate any individual needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodation throughout the hiring process, please contact Human Resources 519-326-5761 ext. 1112 to make your needs known in advance.
Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, R.S.O. c45 and will be used to determine eligibility for employment. Questions about the collection of this information can be directed to the Manager of Legislative Services/Clerk, Municipality of Leamington, 111 Erie Street North, Leamington, Ontario, N8H 2Z9, Telephone: 519-326-5761.