Deputy Fire Chief - City of St. Thomas, Ontario
September 22, 2022

Employment Opportunity: Deputy Fire Chief - City of St. Thomas, Ontario Closing Date: October 20, 2022


An Opportunity to Join Our Dynamic Team … in a Dynamic City

Due to an internal promotion, the Corporation of the City of St. Thomas - Fire Services is recruiting for a:

(Permanent, Full-Time)

St. Thomas is a community growing in size and strength and is home to about 40,000 people. Conveniently located close to Port Stanley, London, and Highway 401, it's the perfect location in Southwestern Ontario. With a rich heritage but a modern atmosphere, there is nowhere better to thrive than St. Thomas.

Job Posting #603-09-22


This non-union position, under the general direction of the Fire Chief, is responsible for assisting in setting the strategic direction of the department, maintaining professional standards, and providing overall supervision, administration, and management of the St. Thomas Fire Department (STFD). As a member of the Department’s Senior Management Team,the Deputy Fire Chief assists in overseeing the delivery of all council mandated and approved fire protection services and assists in the planning, co-ordinating and directing of the Operations and Communications Divisions. The Deputy Fire Chief assists in the development of a culture of total service excellence. This position is also responsible for filling the role of Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) and has the primary responsibility for developing, implementing, and maintaining the City’s Emergency Management Program.
Responds to emergencies in the role of senior advisor to the Incident Commander. May be required to take responsibility at emergency scenes or to take on other emergency scene roles as required. Acts as a point of reference for media inquiries.
Fulfils the requirements of the “Deputy Fire Chief “as provided for within the City’s Fire Department Establishing and Regulating By-law.
Supervises and directs the day-to-day activities of the Operations and Communications Divisions and ensures that delegated responsibilities from the Fire Chief are carried out in accordance with applicable legislation, corporate and/or departmental policies and procedures.
Creates and maintains an environment of open communication, creative thinking, and cohesive team effort; including but not limited to providing and communicating a vision, motivating, inspiring, coaching and developing members of the team, facilitating problem solving and collaboration, and maintaining both healthy group dynamics and staff morale whenever possible.
The Deputy Fire Chief works with the Fire Chief and the Human Resources Department in the recruitment of staff members and assists in the development of job descriptions, conducts staff performance reviews, coaches and counsels’ direct reports as required, assists with the management of attendance and with staff scheduling, oversees the department’s health and wellness programs, assists with the development of operational guidelines and department policies, assists with the management of labour relations and the Collective Agreement, ensures compliance with the department’s rules and regulations and the Collective Agreement, and assists the Fire Chief in developing a culture of learning.
Assists the Fire Chief in the development of department business plans, strategic plans and emergency plans. Participates in the development of programs and in department planning.
Is the management representative on the Joint Health and Safety Committee and promotes a culture of health, safety, and wellness.
Monitors department key performance indicators, ensures that STFD is compliant with best practices and standards through an awareness of new fire service trends and challenges.
Assists in monitoring the department’s performance for quality assurance, development of reports and the use of data-driven decision making and the development and monitoring of the department budget.
Assists in the review of community risks and the implementation of risk mitigation strategies.
Assists with fire investigations, fire and life safety inspections and public education initiatives as required.
Assists in managing the vehicle and equipment procurement program. Coordinates all vehicle and building maintenance and repair requirements. Directs the annual testing of equipment.
Assists the Fire Chief with the development of the department’s training program and staff professional development initiatives.
Participates in weekly fire administration and committee meetings as required.
Takes the lead on special projects assigned by the Fire Chief and oversees the department’s drone program.
Assists the Fire Chief in representing the department at public events.
Assists in managing all department records in accordance with City by-laws and policies.
Maintains effective relationships with other departments, municipalities, agencies, organizations, levels of government, stakeholders and community partners. Liaises with various agencies and groups within the community on matters relating to the Fire Service.
Assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Chief during absences of the Chief.
Is responsible for the development, implementation, maintenance and review of a comprehensive Emergency Management Program for the City. Ensures that the City is annually compliant with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
Participates in the dissemination of safety and departmental directives, ensuring compliance and that safety and protective clothing and equipment is utilized.
This position must be compliant with all provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, related to “Duties of a Supervisor” and “Duties of a Worker”.


Graduation from a post-secondary education program in Business/Public Administration or another related program plus a minimum of at least ten (10) years’ experience within the Fire Service and a minimum five (5) years’ proven experience in a fire administration / leadership / managerial / supervisory capacity in the fire service including incident command or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Equivalent experience as a senior fire service officer will be considered. Must have or be able to obtain the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021 Fire Officer Level 3 Certification within a reasonable period of time. Must have superior communication and interpersonal skills, a working knowledge of modern firefighting techniques and experience leading a fire service in a unionized environment. Must possess a thorough knowledge of fire suppression/operations, radio communications, computer-aided dispatch, along with a working knowledge of fire inspection and investigation procedures. A working knowledge of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, the Ontario Fire Code and other relevant provincial legislation is required. Must possess or obtain within a reasonable time frame the Community Emergency Management Coordinator (C.E.M.C.) designation and IMS levels one through three from Emergency Management Ontario. Must have a valid Ontario ‘G’ licence and be willing to obtain an Ontario ‘DZ’ licence within a reasonable timeframe. Experience in media relations, labour relations, municipal budgeting and project management is preferred. A Chief Fire Officer Designation and/or an Executive Fire Officer Designation are assets.

Shares on-call and stand-by responsibilities with the Fire Chief. May be required to work outside and beyond the normal office business hours.
The City of St. Thomas offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit and pension package.
Applications must be received on or before Thursday October 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
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All prospective employees, volunteers and students will be required to provide an acceptable “Criminal Record Search” as a condition of employment and prior to commencing employment.
Although we appreciate all applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Personal information for this position is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, R.S.O. 2001, as amended.
The City of St. Thomas is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. If you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, you must provide your accommodation needs in advance. Questions may be directed to the Human Resources Department at 519-631-1680 ext. 4146.