Assistant Chief, Operations, HRFE – Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia
March 17, 2020
Employment Opportunity:  Assistant Chief, Operations, HRFE – Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia  - Closing date April 19, 2020

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Assistant Chief, Operations

Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) is inviting applications for a permanent Assistant Chief, Operations. We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons.  Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) encourages applicants to self-identify.

Reporting to a Deputy Chief, you are responsible for providing leadership and direction to both career and volunteer members of HRFE. It is expected successful candidates will be initially positioned in operations, but all Assistant Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs may be rotated through 3 other portfolios of responsibility by the fire chief for professional development or operational need.

Responsibilities include helping achieve strategic priorities through planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing the delivery of a variety of proactive community risk reduction initiatives and emergency services to best serve our customers and stakeholders.

  • Overseeing career and volunteer fire operations division, including community engagement / risk reduction initiatives and emergency response throughout HRM.
  • Developing and overseeing municipal and department community risk reduction strategy including public education, fire prevention and emergency management.
  • Promoting our core values of HRFE & HRM through training and education, restorative and conflict resolution processes.
  • Developing and implementing strategies and processes that support and maintain a healthy workplace culture to ensure a respectful and inclusive workplace.
  • Representing the office of the Fire Chief and HRFE within the community to build relationships based on our core values.

The Assistant Chief leads through integrity, credibility, and by example, in a manner that supports and promotes our mission, vision and values.


  • Provides leadership and supervision to District/Division Chiefs, Managers and other assigned staff.
  • Supports HRFE’s annual business plan and assists with managing operating and capital budgets for the assigned portfolio.
  • Supports HRFE’s Fire Strategic Team (FST), while also providing subject matter expertise and recommendations pertaining to workplace culture, ensuring alignment to support the strategic direction of HRFE.
  • Works with FST to provide support for recruitment and participates in related processes as required.
  • Helps establishes priorities and aligns resources for effective and efficient service delivery in accordance with HRFE strategic priorities, policies and operating guidelines.
  • Promotes strong, open, positive, labour management and stakeholder relationships, responds to labour relations issues prior to initiation of the grievance procedure.
  • Represents HRFE in formal grievance proceedings.
  • Monitors and evaluates the performance of assigned staff; sets standards and conducts performance reviews and progressive discipline as necessary.
  • Works with FST and Human Resources to respond to personnel matters.
  • Enforces operational guidelines, OH&S standards, rules, regulations, policies, systems and procedures for safe and efficient fire service operations.
  • Develops and leverages strategic partnerships with internal and external partners to provide an effective and efficient public safety framework and the establishment of professional development and training programs that ensure a safe, healthy, respectful and inclusive workplace.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships/networks with Federal, Provincial and Municipal regulatory authorities and the private sector to further the organization’s goals.
  • May respond and assume the role of Incident Commander at an emergency scene, overseeing the command, control, and coordination of emergency response as warranted.
  • Participates in the “On Call Duty Officer” rotation.
  • Reports to the Emergency Operations Centre as part of the Incident Management Team (IMT) in a major event.
  • Responds to large scale emergency incidents outside of HRM as part of a mobile IMT as required
  • Represents the Deputy Chief and/or Fire Chief at community and public events, on committees, boards and community meetings, including liaising with the HRFE Outreach Committee to help strengthen the trust between the community and HRFE.
  • Works closely with Corporate Communications and key stakeholders to develop internal & external communications strategies.
  • Manages career/volunteer firefighters, administration and support members as assigned.
  • Responsible for other duties assigned.
Education & Experience
  • Diploma in Fire Science or Emergency Management, Public Administration, Business Administration, or other related discipline.
  • Post-secondary education in Project Management, Adult Education, Human Resources, Social Justice or Diversity & Inclusion, an asset.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in the fire and/or emergency service(s), with knowledge of various facets of operations.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience at the District Chief or Division Chief level or equivalent rank.
  • Incident Command System–level 300, and Blue Card Command Certification, an asset.
  • Conflict resolution, restorative practices or mediation training, an asset.
  • NFPA 1521 or confirmation of training equivalent to the standard, an asset.
  • NFPA 1021 Level 3 & 4 or confirmation of training equivalent to the standard, an asset.
  • NFPA 472 Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents/Weapons of Mass Destruction – Incident Commander level or confirmation of training equivalent to the standard, an asset.
  • An equivalent combination of education & experience may be considered.

Technical/Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of management and customer service.
  • Theory and practice of fire suppression.
  • Firefighting Equipment and apparatus.
  • The deployment of personnel and equipment to emergency and fire situations.
  • Composite Fire Service Delivery model.
  • Specialty Rescue Teams, Heavy Urban Search And Rescue and Hazardous Materials response protocols.
  • Community Risk Reduction principles including Emergency Management, Public Education, Fire Prevention Inspections, Investigation and Code Enforcement.
  • Windows based software applications, specifically Microsoft Office and File Data Management.
  • Practical knowledge of Collective Agreements and their administration.
  • Excellent written, oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to respect confidentiality in dealing with personnel issues.
  • Ability to learn departmental rules, regulations, standard operating guidelines, procedures, policies and applicable Codes, Acts, Regulations, Administrative Orders and Bylaws.

Security Clearance Requirements:  Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.

WORK STATUS:  Permanent - Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm with flexibility for on-call duties.

WORK LOCATION:  40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS - 3rd Floor Fire Headquarters

CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be received up to midnight on Sunday, April 19, 2020.


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