Apparatus and Maintenance Division Chief (1), The City of Brampton
June 6, 2019

Employment Opportunity: Apparatus and Maintenance Division Chief (1), The City of Brampton - Closing Date June 27, 2019


HIRING SALARY RANGE:  $126,970.00 - $142,842.00 PER YEAR

Do you exhibit Savvy Interpersonal Skills that guide your ability to Build Partnerships and consult with a broad range of City staff and external contacts?

Do you have high Integrity and are invested in creating a culture of Engagement where people matter, service is paramount and we continue building a community that is Innovative, Inclusive and Bold?

Are you invested in Community Building?  Bring your Leadership talents and step into a unique role as a Division Chief, Apparatus & Maintenance where you will have the ability to channel and excel in project management, purchasing and negotiation skills.

This role goes beyond repairs….. Be the face of efficient and effective Apparatus and Maintenance operations, providing top notch Mechanical and strategic operational solutions, while working in a state of the art apparatus and maintenance facility, driving continuous improvement.  You’ll play a key Leadership role in serving the community ensuring the repair and maintenance of the Fire Department fleet, building and equipment.

If this describes your professional journey, and your demonstrated character and competencies, we want to hear from you.


Reporting to the Deputy Fire Chief, Staff, this leader is responsible for the operational and administrative management duties that ensure the Department has well-functioning buildings, vehicles, equipment, uniforms and all other apparatus necessary in the effective and cost efficient delivery of 24/7 fire and emergency services to the community.

Responsible for all apparatus (equipment and vehicles). Is responsible for: asset management duties, i.e. the purchase, testing, storage and maintenance of vehicles, apparatus, equipment, tools, and uniforms. Testing, maintenance and repair service is provided by internal team of technicians, which report to this position, or by external service contractors. Ensure all mandatory vehicle/equipment tests are completed as required by DOT, MOT, ULC and NFPA.

Acts as facilities manager for all station locations, to ensure they are in good operating order and meet legislative and City standards, (i.e. Health & Safety, accessibility.) Provides input to the design, construction and renovations of fire stations. Plans and implements purchases related to building use. Ensures completion of all required maintenance (e.g. snow removal, landscaping) and repairs to building components (e.g. HVAC, electrical and plumbing. 

Staff leadership. Provides coaching and guidance to motivate a unionized team of vehicle, equipment and facility technicians, supply and equipment officers and an Assistant Division Chief plus other support staff. Holds people accountable for delivery of their functional duties, reviews assignments and work schedules and conducts performance evaluations. Recruits new team members. Plans training & professional development opportunities. Ensures all corporate and Fire Department policies and practices are implemented.

Fiscal responsibilities. Prepares, submits and monitors annual division budget and those for large capital purchases (Vehicles, Buildings, Equipment). Responsible for all phases of purchasing assets and supplies; from tendering or quoting to shipping & receiving. Influences City’s Finance departments to ensure that financial decisions reflect both the needs of BFES staff and the City’s desire for cost-effective delivery of service. Uses industry networks to learn about best practices in terms of service delivery and safety, and researches changes in the industry in terms of equipment and apparatus testing, maintenance, repair and acquisition. Ensures Purchasing policies and practices are followed.

Accidents and emergency response. Personally inquires into incidents to determine the cause, particularly as it relates to equipment/ vehicle use. Prepares and administers all required documentation. May perform on-site inspections and photograph evidence at accident and personal injury investigations. Member of the Accident Investigation team. Responds to emergencies when required to give special oversight on working apparatus and equipment.   

Leads special projects. Acts as the focal point on implementation of changes that impact the department, i.e. energy efficiency. Assists the division in making equipment or apparatus changes required by legislation or best practice changes. May be asked to coordinate information and data across Divisions for compliance/reporting purposes. Prepares reports as requested by the Fire Chief. May present to Council.

Provides expertise and advice. Is an active member of several Internal and External committees, maintaining industry connection through involvement.

Supports Training division. Provides information, presentations and demonstrations as needed by the Training area, to ensure that new and current staff are competent in the use of equipment and apparatus.


  • Grade 12 diploma plus an additional  post-secondary program in Business administration/technical school certificate, or equivalent and formal training sufficient to fulfil job requirements
  • 3 years minimum management experience that includes leading others (preferably in a unionized environment) and administrative responsibilities, including budgeting
  • 3 years of progressive experience in asset management
  • Thorough knowledge in principals and application of asset management concepts and practices specific to the municipal environment
  • Knowledge of firefighting equipment operation and maintenance is an asset
  • Mechanical aptitude (automotive service and truck and coach technicians licence and experience an asset)
  • Minimum 2-5 yrs. experience negotiating quotes and tenders
  • Experience using an electronic inventory control software package. i.e M5
  • Ability to provide customer service in a public-sector, highly responsive environment
  • Building construction experience an asset
  • Project management expertise; business case writing an asset
  • Excellent research skills using evidence informed decision making best practices, exercising a high degree of sound independent judgment and decision making with no clear guidance or precedent
  • Thorough understanding of municipal infrastructure, operations, municipal finance and risk management
  • Excellent negotiation, facilitation and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Excellent verbal and oral communication skills in order to articulate abstract concepts and ideas to senior management, program staff and other government agencies
  • Strong customer service philosophy to deliver work plan outcomes that meet the needs of end users
  • Political acuity.
  • Effective time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple priorities in a very dynamic and changing environment
  • Valid Class “D” Drivers Licence, with “Z” Endorsement

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**Various tests and/or exams may be administered as part of the selection criteria.

Job status: Permanent
Job Type:   Non-Union
Applications must be received by: June 27, 2019
Alternate formats will be provided upon request.

If this opportunity matches your interest and experience, please apply online at: quoting reference #103449 by June 18, 2019 and complete the attached questionnaire. We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate(s) will be required, as a condition of employment, to execute a written employment agreement.

Please be advised, the City of Brampton uses email to communicate with their applicants for open job competitions. It is the applicant’s responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence via email (i.e. testing bookings, interview dates), it is imperative that applicants check their email regularly. If we do not hear back from applicants, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the Job Competition and your application will be removed from the Competition.

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