Fire Chief

Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley

Fire Chief

Job Description

If you're looking for a workplace that values teamwork, progressiveness, and a focus on customer service excellence, the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley is the place for you. Our employees are passionate about making a difference in our community, and we work together to provide professional and high-quality services. We're excited about fostering a culture of continuous improvement, enhancing the customer experience, and encouraging new ideas and perspectives through prudent and future focused financial management. With a supportive team and a positive work atmosphere, we encourage employees to build their skills through training and development. Additionally, we are striving to build a high-performance team while valuing work-life balance and supporting our employees' needs. Join a team that cares about your success and well-being.

The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley, located in Eastern Ontario, in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville is a flourishing rural community with a close by urban setting. We are a beautiful, safe and diverse community of 10,000 residents, serving a regional catchment area of 90,000+. Brockville is a 20-minute commute, Ottawa and Kingston are less than an hour’s drive, and Toronto and Montreal are but 200 kilometres away.

Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire & Emergency Services has 3 stations located in Lyn, New Dublin and Toledo, with a current volunteer compliment of 45+ active Volunteer Firefighters, and a recruitment program set to launch in December, intending to attract 10-15 additional new recruits. The Fire Department Administration Office is located in Lyn and manages an annual budget of approximately one million dollars. 

Reporting to the Administrator (CAO)/Clerk, the Fire Chief is responsible for the overall management and operation of the Township’s volunteer Fire & Emergency Services Department including administration, fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency response, training, fire code enforcement and public education/community relations according to the policies and procedures adopted by Council and consistent with the provisions contained within the Ontario Fire Protection and Prevention Act.  The Fire Chief provides leadership and technical expertise regarding the development and implementation of service levels, policies and long-range strategies, operating and capital budgets.

Your Opportunity to Make a Difference

Preferred candidate will hold a Degree/Diploma in Fire Service Management, Business, Public Administration or related field would be an asset (acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered). Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible municipal fire service experience, including 5 years of proven management/leadership experience. Thorough and demonstrated knowledge of firefighting, fire prevention, public education, rescue and first-aid procedures and emergency management.  Excellent knowledge of Fire Protection and Prevention Act, Fire Code, Building Code Act, Provincial Offences Act, Municipal Act and other applicable provincial and municipal law. Advanced knowledge of modern fire fighting and fire prevention methods, fire department equipment and apparatus requirements to meet community needs and circumstances. The candidate must have a strong sense of public service, the ability to demonstrate initiative consistently and exemplify a strong commitment to impeccable customer service; doing so with the utmost professionalism and respect in managing all situations. Demonstrated interpersonal skills at a level to develop and maintain co-operative/collaborative working relationships both within and outside the organization, along with excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritize workloads efficiently. Ability to analyze complex situations and data to determine potential problems, provide both umbrella and detailed planning and corrective actions, recognize strengths and weaknesses in staff to mitigate potential problems and be proactive.  Ability to provide detailed and comprehensive guidance and training in the use of approved practices and procedures. The candidate will be resourceful, have the ability to interpret relevant by-laws, legislation, guidelines and policy initiatives and keen interest in quality and process improvement.  Valid Class G and DZ driver’s license required.

The salary range for this full-time non-union position based on a 40-hours work week is $102,534 to $115,392 (2023 Rates). For a complete job description please visit

Contact Details

Please submit your resume and cover letters in strict confidence by Friday, December 8, 2023 at 4:00 pm to:
Leslie Drynan, CAO/Clerk at

We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used for employment assessment purposes only.