Deputy Fire Chief, City of St. Catharines
April 27, 2021

Employment Opportunity: Deputy Fire Chief, City of St. Catharines - No closing date until the position is filled



Deputy Fire Chief
Fire Services

Responsible for the management of assigned department divisions: Communication, Prevention, Suppression and Training. Responsible for the development and management of departmental policies, goals and priorities. To assist in the leadership and strategic direction of the Fire and Emergency Management Services Department.
Duties and Responsibilities:
(These set out the principal functions of the position and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements).
  • Assist the Fire Chief in maintaining the discipline and efficiency of the Fire Service through the development of departmental policies, goals and priorities.
  • Assist in the leadership and strategic direction of the Fire Service.
  • Identify staffing requirements and recommend staff levels to manage ongoing changes in service delivery and assist in the recruitment, selection, training, coaching, motivating, disciplining, and performance management of Fire Services.
  • Ensure compliance with fire safety legislation, regulations, and standards and corporate policies and procedures within the Fire Service.
  • Oversee and assist the divisional heads with regards to operations.
  • Assist with the management of capital assets (building and equipment) by making recommendations to the Fire Chief for the acquisition, replacement, and maintenance of equipment and the maintenance and repair of buildings, as well as, overseeing the construction of new and/or renovation of existing facilities.
  • Assist in ensuring adequate and appropriate inventory of equipment is available for all divisions on a day-to-day basis and to meet emergency response requirements.
  • Research and assess the suitability of new technology and state-of-the-art equipment and recommend technological changes in all operations.
  • Set and supervise promotional examinations on a regular basis.
  • Share in on-call responsibilities, respond to emergencies and assume command when required.
  • Perform the duties of the Fire Chief in his absence, when required.
  • Responsible for performing workplace inspections, conducting safety information sessions, observing employee safety, investigating incidents, correcting safety violations and commending employee health and safety performance etc. including the documentation of these activities.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Position Requirements:
  • University Degree or College Diploma in fire services administration/management, public or business administration or other relevant discipline.
  • Ten (10) years progressively responsible leadership experience in a municipal Fire Services organization, preferably in a unionized environment.
  • Five (5) years’ experience as a senior officer with relevant labour relations experience.
  • Sound knowledge and awareness of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, the Ontario Fire and Building Codes, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and other relevant legislation.
  • Proven experience in the use of communications system, equipment and modern technologies.
  • Proven Fire Command experience and formal training in Fire specific regimens (e.g. Incident Command System).
  • Demonstrated initiative, time and project management skills.
  • Well-developed coaching, supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership and decision-making skills.
  • The ability to work in a team environment, liaison with key internal and external stakeholders and to function effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated professional, proven customer service skills, as well as highly developed interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
  • Attention to detail with proven research, data analysis and report writing skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite with the ability to adapt quickly to applicable software.
  • A valid Ontario driver’s licence, Class “G” or higher, with a clean driving record.
  • A demonstrated commitment to enhancing a safety culture through effective management with the goal of achieving a healthy and safe operation.

Pay Group 12 – Minimum $123,796 annually; Maximum $154,745 annually

Applications will be accepted online at  Please reference the recruitment number 2021-96 in your cover letter.  Applications received any other way will not be accepted.

The City of St. Catharines is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments. We will accommodate the needs of applicants under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Human Resources Division to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated throughout this process.