Fire Chief, Town of Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Service - Ontario
January 12, 2022
Employment Opportunity: Fire Chief, Town of Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Service - Ontario - Closing Date January 31, 2022



An excellent career opportunity awaits you at the Town of Huntsville. If you want to work in a community that is set in one of the most beautiful natural settings in Canada and offers a great quality of life with all the amenities, this is the job for you!

Located in Ontario’s cottage country, the Town of Huntsville is the largest community in the District Municipality of Muskoka and in proximity to the west side of Algonquin Park. Within this exciting setting, the Town of Huntsville has a vibrant downtown and offers many cultural and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Reporting to the Director of Operations and Protective Services, the Fire Chief has the responsibility for the overall operation of the Huntsville Fire Department as well as the Township of Lake of Bays Fire Department through a Fire Service Agreement. The Fire Chief will provide strong leadership, direction and technical expertise to a workforce of five (5) full time employees (Deputy Fire Chief, Fire Prevention Officer, Mechanical Officer, Training Officer and Administrative Assistant) and approximately eighty (80) volunteer firefighters. This role is responsible for the efficient planning and leading of the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Service operations, programs, facilities and infrastructure.

Major Job Responsibilities
  • Provides leadership to both the Town of Huntsville and Township of Lake of Bays Fire Services operations and functions including, but not limited to, fire prevention and public education services, fire suppression, investigation and inspections, search and rescue, auto extrication, hazardous materials response, and agreements to other local emergency services.
  • Provides leadership, coaching and guidance to ensure a high level of morale and discipline. Evaluates performance and recommends training and professional development opportunities.
  • Executes strategy, develops and implements new programs, procedures, services and policies that address emerging needs, expectations and operational proprieties.
  • Conducts long and short-term operational and capital budgets, planning and reporting, and leads the annual budget preparation process for both the Town of Huntsville and Township of Lake of Bays Fire Services.
  • Prepares and presents comprehensive reports to Council and Committee.
  • Responds to inquiries pertaining to the activities from the general public, internal departments, other levels of government, businesses and elected officials.
  • Complies with and assumes appropriate supervisory responsibility for all health and safety practices in accordance with standard operating guidelines and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Develops plans to effectively deal with emerging issues related to emergency management.
  • Post-secondary diploma/degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent in Business/Public Administration or emergency services.
  • Fire Service Executive Management Certificate from an accredited college or university or equivalent preferred.
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of management experience in Fire Services or related field with comprehensive supervisory experience.
  • NFPA Certification – NFPA 1021 Company Officer II, NFPA 1031 Fire Prevention Officer I, NFPA 1035 Public Educator I.
  • Completion of Community Emergency Management Coordinator designation and/or other related emergency planning courses at the provincial and federal levels.
  • Effective financial control, strategic planning, report writing, presentation and public relations skills.
  • Strategic leadership, effective negotiation and dispute resolution skills with the ability to exercise political acuity.
  • Must have valid Class “G” Ontario driver’s license with a demonstrated responsible driving record.

The salary range for this position is $118,154.40 to $130,257.40 (based on a 35-hour work week) including an attractive benefit package.

The Town of Huntsville is committed to providing accommodations throughout the hiring process. If you require an accommodation we will work with you to meet your needs. Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume to the undersigned by 4 pm January 31st, 2022.

Human Resources Department
FIRE CHIEF Competition
Town of Huntsville, 37 Main Street East
Huntsville, ON, P1H 1A1

We appreciate all applications, however, only those candidates invited for an interview will be acknowledged. Personal information contained in your resume is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used strictly for employment assessment purposes. The Corporation of the Town of Huntsville is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to diversity in the workplace.