Deputy Fire Chief - Town of Lakeshore, Ontario
July 11, 2019
Employment Opportunity:  Deputy Fire Chief - Town of Lakeshore, Ontario - Closing Date August 9, 2019


The Corporation of the Town of Lakeshore

has an Career Opportunity for a

Deputy Fire Chief


The Town of Lakeshore is a beautiful Municipality situated in southern Ontario along Lake St. Clair. The Town has a population of over 35,000 and is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Ontario. The Town Lakeshore enjoys a temperate climate year round with more than 200 growing days. Lakeshore's affordable lakefront community enjoys over 35 km of waterfront, low taxes, a high quality of life and abundant recreational opportunities with the new multi-use recreation centre, the Atlas Tube Centre including pools, 3 ice pads, gyms, and much more.

The Town of Lakeshore has an employment opportunity for a Deputy Fire Chief. Reporting to the Fire Chief, the Deputy Fire Chief is responsible for assisting with the management of the operations of the municipal fire service in order to serve and protect the public and to enforce provincial legislation with the Town.

  • Degree or diploma in a related discipline (public administration, business administration), or equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible work experience.
  • Must possess the following certification or equivalent education/experience:
  • NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Level 2
  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level 2
  • NFPA 1521 Incident Safety Officer
  • Minimum of five years of progressive fire service officer experience including incident command experience.
  • Must possess experience conducting fire or emergency services training, fire code inspections and enforcement and public education.
  • Must possess a valid Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) or be able to acquire.
  • Demonstrated record of management experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with proven report writing skills.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated record of continuous fire service and leadership education.
  • Must possess a valid DZ licence or be able to acquire within probationary period.
  • Working knowledge of Incident Command System, Fire Protection and Prevention Act (FPPA), Occupational Health and Safety Act, and other applicable legislation and related regulations.
  • Familiarity with financial management and budgeting
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with members of Council, private and public officials, subordinates, co-workers, and the general public and motivate full time and volunteer firefighting staff
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs and a working knowledge of fire service-related computer software or an ability to learn.
Major Responsibilities:
  • Assisting with the management of Fire Service operations in the Town including administration, leadership and discipline in accordance with the FPPA.
  • Acts for the Fire Chief in the Chief’s absence.
  • Assists with the organization and planning of resources to ensure effective fire protection coverage for the Town.
  • Reports to and assumes command at emergency incidents when necessary.
  • Provides supervision for fleet management, fire prevention, inspection and enforcement, training and public education initiatives.
  • Prepares administrative and operational reports, records, statistics and correspondence.
  • Acts as a liaison for the Fire Department with other levels of government and other fire and emergency services.
  • Meets regularly with fulltime command staff and other Officers to ensure that staff are following the procedures and goals of the service.
  • Leads or assists as required in the investigation of fires to determine the origin and cause.
  • Assists in responding to complaints and grievances from personnel and the public.
  • Reviews and maintains the Emergency Response Plan for the Town.
  • Attends Fire Department Management Team meetings and is an integral member of the Fire Department Management Team.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Decision Making and Judgement:
  • Work is performed under the direction of the Fire Chief to the standards set by Council policy and provincial and federal legislation.
  • Supervising effective fire response when on-call and when performing incident command.
Human Resources:
  • Supervises Assistant Deputy Fire Chief(s) and provides guidance and coaching to administrative support staff.
  • Alternate CEMC.
Financial Management:
  • Assists with the preparation of operational and capital budgets of the department and monitor expenditures.
Interpersonal Skills:
Strong interpersonal skills to assist in leading the Fire Department and act as senior representative of the force to the general public.
  • With the Fire Chief, full time fire Administration, paid on call staff and other Town Administration.
  • Liaise with the Fire Marshall’s Office, provincial ministries, insurance companies, media, other emergency service agencies and general public.
Working Conditions:
The Deputy Fire Chief must be able to assist with advancing hose lines, lift department equipment, climb ladders, ditches, stairs and uneven ground surfaces, kneel to assist with fire origin and cause investigations, climb into fire vehicles and any other potential physical task an emergency scene operation may require.
• Works within an office environment.
• Regularly attends fire emergency scene with occasional exposure to physical and environmental hazards.
• Works in highly emotional and dangerous situations.
• Occasional exposure to emotionally distressed persons and situations that can impact mental wellness.
• Some travel may be required.
Control over Work Schedule
• Office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (35 hours per week).
• On call emergency response and monitor all after hour emergency call radio communications.
• Attend Council and Committee meetings as required.
• Work is subject to deadlines and may be required to work overtime to handle workload.
Qualified applicants interested in the position are to email a detailed resume outlining their qualifications to no later than 12:00 pm on Friday, August 9, 2019 clearly indicating Deputy Fire Chief in the subject line. The salary is $87,541 to $102,398 annually (2019 rates) with competitive benefits and pension
Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will only be used for the purpose of determining eligibility for this competition. The Town of Lakeshore is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodations under the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) will be provided upon request.

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