Deputy Fire Chief, City of Thunder Bay
January 8, 2021
Employment Opportunity: Deputy Fire Chief, City of Thunder Bay - Closing Date February 19, 2021


Job Title: Deputy Fire Chief 

Competition Number: DEV-04-21
Department: Development & Emergency Services
Posting Category: Open 
Division: Thunder Bay Fire Rescue
Job Type: Full-Time 
Affiliation: Managerial
Location: CA-ON-Thunder Bay 
Min: CAD $105,676.51/Yr. 
Max: CAD $124,325.32/Yr.
Pay Band: 13
Number of Positions: 1   
Effective Date: February 6, 2012
Supersedes Date: June 27, 2007
Posted Date: January 7, 2021
Post End Date: February 19, 2021 
General Information:
As an equal opportunity employer, the City of Thunder Bay encourages applications from Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.
ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE:  It is a contravention of the Human Rights Code of Ontario to discriminate on the basis of: race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability, age, record of offences, gender identity or gender expression.  Therefore, a resume submitted to the City must not include references to any of the above characteristics.  Do not include: 
  • Photos
  • Any certificates that have photo identification
  • Driver’s licences
  • Police records checks
Note: The above documentation will be requested by the Human Resources & Division should you be the successful applicant.  If a Criminal Record Check is required it will be requested by Human Resources should you be the successful applicant.  Please do not submit your Criminal Record Check with your application.
ACCOMMODATION:  Reasonable accommodations are available upon request for all parts of the recruitment process.
Application forms must reference the competition number and be submitted to Human Resources by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date. 
POSITION SUMMARY:  Under the general direction of the Chief of Fire, participates in planning, coordinating and directing the operation of the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue (TBFR). Specific responsibilities may be delegated to staff members, together with the necessary authority for their fulfillment, but the overall responsibility may neither be delegated nor relinquished.
  • Participates as a member of the TBFR Management Team by providing input into organizational and operational reviews, human resource management, budget issues, technical matters and major issues management.  Also participates by providing input into the identification and development of TBFR policies, strategic initiatives, projects and priorities.
  • Supervises preventative maintenance and the provision of materials and services required for the operation of buildings, apparatus, equipment and property of the TBFR.
  • Manages TBFR operations and personnel; evaluates employees and emergency operations.
  • Participates in developing, administering, and maintaining TBFR policies and procedures, consistent with Corporate and Divisional objectives; plans and implements short- and long-term objectives; participates with the Chief in planning and implementing short- and long-range goals and objectives for the development of effective fire protection services.
  • Ensures appropriate interpretation and application of applicable legislation, related regulations, and codes.
  • Participates with the Chief in the development of annual operating budget for TBFR; participates in the preparation of the capital budget; participates in budget administration and control and in the procurement process.
  • Provides evidence in Court relative to TBFR operations.
  • Assumes all the duties and responsibilities of the Chief during absences.
  • Participates in the pre-planning of unit response to fires and other emergencies.
  • Responsible for clerical staff under the direction of the Chief.
  • Prepares information, reports, letters and memoranda; attends Council/Committee meetings, public hearings, community and other public meetings as required; makes presentations and provides recommendations on matters pertaining to TBFR.
  • Acts as Alternate District Fire Coordinator.
  • Participates on committees and cross-functional teams as appropriate.
  • Provides Incident Command at major emergency operations as required.
  • Assumes the duties of Community Emergency Management Coordinator during absences.
  • Participates as an alternate to the Chief on the Municipal Emergency Control Group.
  • Performs such other related duties as may be required.
  • Degree or diploma in fire service administration, public administration, business administration, or other related discipline
  • Minimum five years of progressive senior-level experience in fire services
  • Must possess or be able to obtain Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge of all aspects of firefighting and firefighter training procedures, and a working knowledge of fire prevention and investigation procedures
  • Must possess or be able to obtain Incident Management System 300 level
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the various components of human resource management
  • Must possess a thorough understanding of the Fire Protection and Prevention Protection Act, 1997 and knowledge of and ability to interpret applicable municipal by-laws, provincial and federal legislation and related regulations
  • Superior ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Superior ability to deliver presentations to a variety of audiences and to skilfully handle on-the-spot questions from senior officials, members of City Council, special interest groups, and the media
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with members of City Council, private and public officials, subordinates, co-workers, and the general public
  • Ability to identify, understand, and meet/exceed the requirements of internal and external customers
  • Strong project/time management, analytical/critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to direct, motivate, evaluate, and recognize staff; proven ability to share skills and knowledge with others
  • Proven conflict management abilities and mediation skills
  • Proficiency with office computer equipment and software
  • Must possess a valid Ontario Class ‘G’ driver’s licence or equivalent
  • Must meet the definition of a competent driver as defined by the Corporation
  • Must be competent within the meaning of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Successful completion of NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualification Level III and IV
  • Must undergo a successful Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)
  • Must remain a competent driver as defined by the Corporation
  • May be required to provide a successful driver’s record (uncertified)
  • Must work and attend meetings outside regular working hours
Closing date: February 19, 2021
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