Fire Chief, Municipality of Kincardine
November 11, 2020
Employment Opportunity: Fire Chief, Municipality of Kincardine - Closing Date December 18, 2020

Fire Chief

Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario

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The Fire Chief will provide leadership, technical expertise, overall management, and operation of Kincardine Fire & Emergency Services, including fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency response, training, Fire Code enforcement and public education in accordance with applicable legislation. The Fire Chief will be administratively focused and will not be expected to respond to calls on a frequent basis. The Fire Chief is also responsible for overseeing the emergency management program, and will:
  • Perform the statutory duties of Fire Chief under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, including attending 3 Council meetings per month and bi-weekly fire service meetings and training
  • Manage administration, operations, and special project activities
  • Ensure that the department is in compliance with all applicable legislation, corporate policies, and procedures
  • Develop standard operating procedures, general orders, and department rules as necessary for the care and protection of the Department, its equipment, personnel, and efficient operation of the Department
  • Provide advice and technical guidance to the CAO and Council on strategic issues, functions, and services
  • Prepare annual business plans and budgets; complete goal setting for strategic direction; and provide information on grant opportunities
  • Forecast needs for fire suppression, fire prevention and emergency management including identification of potential risks and public safety hazards
  • Identify, track, and implement best practices, trends, and advances in the fields of fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency response, communications, fleet/facilities planning, emergency planning and public education
  • Develop, recommend, and implement maintenance schedules for equipment and facilities
  • Prepare and maintain records related to all areas of firefighting
  • Discharge the duties and responsibilities of an incident commander at major emergency scenes as required
  • Conduct fire investigations to determine the origin and cause, assess fire scenes and apply the criteria for contacting the Ontario Fire Marshall for assistance
  • Coordinate with the Planning & Building Department regarding fire prevention aspects of the Building Code for permit processing and inspection
  • Interview & hire new employees, carry out performance appraisals, direct the training & development of staff and Firefighters, provide coaching opportunities, and carry out disciplinary actions
  • Cooperate with other departments to achieve efficient and cost-effective workflows and business processes
  • Act as an alternate Community Emergency Management Coordinator and be a representative on the Emergency Management Programming Committee
  • Ensure the delivery of fire protection services as outlined in the “Establishing & Regulating a Fire Department” By-Law
Education & Experience:
  • Post-secondary education in fire service administration or related program
  • Minimum 10 Years of Progressive Fire Service Experience and a Minimum of 3 Years in a Management Level position or a combination of relevant education and experience
  • Certificate in Community Emergency Management
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR Certificate
  • Valid DZ Driver’s License in Good Standing
Critical Skills & Competencies:
  • Strong working knowledge of firefighting and emergency response, applicable legislative/regulatory standards, budget formulation, local government functions & responsibilities, health and safety, and employee relations practices
  • Excellent research, analysis, and policy development skills
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to manage change, conflict, and influence others
  • Strong communication (oral and written), interpersonal, time-management, and organizational skills
  • Well-developed problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Ability to demonstrate tact and discretion in handling matters of a confidential or politically sensitive nature and to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to effectively foster good rapport and cooperative working relationships and build trust within teams
To apply to this position, email your résumé to:
Marty Greenaway, Search Consultant
Feldman Daxon Partners, Inc.
45 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 700
Toronto, ON M4V 1K9
(416) 515-7600 ext. 231
We thank all of those who apply; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. The Municipality of Kincardine values diversity and inclusion and encourages individuals to apply who can bring the value of their community and professional experiences to support diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.