Platoon Chief, The City of Brampton
April 1, 2019

Employment Opportunity: Platoon Chief, The City of Brampton - Closing Date May 6, 2019


PLATOON CHIEF

 

POSTING NUMBER:  103343

HIRING SALARY RANGE:  $124,786.00 - $140,385.00 PER ANNUM
MAXIMUM OF SALARY RANGE:  $155,983.00 PER ANNUM
 
AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY:
 

Reporting to the Deputy Fire Chiefs, this management position is responsible for providing direct leadership to District Chiefs and indirectly to both Captains and Fire Fighters.  Platoon Chiefs are responsible for managing, supervising, and overseeing the daily operation of the Firefighting Division, ensuring efficient and effective fire service operations.  Platoon Chiefs will ensure that daily requirements for staff scheduling are maintained, labour relations issues are handled effectively, administration of special projects is achieved and the response to daily emergency incidents and activities meet City and legislative standards and protect public safety.  Platoon Chiefs are responsible for the effective management of their assigned personnel, equipment and apparatus.

The Platoon Chief responds to any incident that involves multiple alarms as well as any “abnormal” situation that occurs, providing support and assistance to the Incident Commander and establishing a communications link between the incident scene and the Deputy Fire Chief(s) / Fire Chief. 

The Platoon Chief’s primary responsibility is to assume the role of Emergency Site Manager at complex, large or major emergencies.  In order to maintain long-term operations, in addition to their primary role as Emergency Site Manager, the Platoon Chief must also be able to assume the role normally assumed by the Deputy Fire Chief on the EOC Operations Team as well as being able to assist the District Chief(s) in the delivery of effective Incident Command. 

Operational and Project Management:  Platoon Chiefs guide and advise District Chiefs, Captains and Fire Fighters, and manage the overall operation of the shift in conjunction with the District Chiefs.  Oversee the use of the Telestaff Time and Attendance Management System.  Administer and implement special projects as required.  Assist in the preparation of annual Firefighting budgets by preparing cost estimates and business cases. Review personnel attendance reports, manage discipline and labour relations issues in a timely and effective manner, and assist in various recruitment and/or promotional processes.  Platoon Chiefs will also ensure the proper deployment of personnel, apparatus, and equipment as per department policy, assist in coordination of pre-fire planning initiatives, and perform other administrative tasks as required.

Coaches, Provides Consultation and Expertise: Analyzes and assists with the development of standard operating guidelines, rules and regulations, and department policies and procedures.  Works in conjunction with other Platoon Chiefs to ensure consistency in practice of management initiatives across the four (4) platoons (i.e. eliminate differences across shifts in the handling of similar issues). Ensures the proper and consistent use of incident command and accountability systems by all personnel.  Assists in fire investigation and cause determination.  Liaises with other Divisions to ensure compliance with the Fire Protection and Prevention Act. Evaluates, researches and recommends program and procedure improvements relating to operations and equipment.  Builds, fosters and maintains effective, productive and professional working relationships with other Platoon and Division Chiefs, working diligently to eliminate and prevent silos and isolation.

Supervises: work activities to ensure rules and regulations, corporate and department policies and standard operating guidelines are followed.  Distributes and assigns work. Conducts performance evaluations as assigned.  Supervises, participates in and monitors training & development programs. Provides input to divisional budgeting process and prepares required reports on activities.   Displays leadership by encouraging teamwork and creating a desire for learning and advancement among staff. Supervises work as prescribed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Liaison and Represent: Liaise with other public bodies, i.e. other municipality fire services departments. Acts as management representative on various committees, and at community events (i.e. openings, City functions that occur on evenings and weekends). Liaise with crews, visit stations and develop / maintain relationships across all Platoons and Divisions.  Address issues and concerns with staff as they arise and facilitate communication with the staff to allow for better access of concerns to upper management. Work cooperatively with the Apparatus & Maintenance Division to coordinate and control the issuing of personal protective equipment and uniform clothing to personnel. Participates as an Administrative representative on promotional committees in the Fire Fighting division.

After-Hours:  Assumes the duties of the primary on-duty Chief Officer and ensures that the Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chiefs and Senior Municipal / Elected Officials are kept abreast of significant incidents / issues in accordance with policy and procedure.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

SUMMARY OF REQUIRED CORE COMPETENCIES:

The Platoon Chief is required to possess the demonstrated ability to:

  • Manage and direct Divisional Operations and direct Divisional Personnel
  • Evaluate the status of Divisional Equipment, Apparatus and Premises
  • Perform and review Administrative Activities
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with other internal Divisions, Municipal Departments and other Agencies
  • Support and promote public relations and public fire / life safety education
  • Maintain a personal commitment to continual personal and professional development
  • Act strategically and build commitment to Division / Department / Corporate Vision
  • Delegate effectively, develop others, make effective decisions and work effectively with Council
  • Effectively manage staff, ability to apply knowledge and skills, communicate effectively, demonstrate flexibility and ability to focus on customer service
  • Focus on results, solve problems and work well with others
  • Work in a leadership capacity within the Fire Service

SUMMARY OF REQUIRED SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES:

The Platoon Chief is required to possess the demonstrated ability to:

  • Coordinate and control complex emergency operations involving multi-agency / multi-unit response
  • Coordinate and control complex fireground operations
  • Coordinate and control complex emergency rescue response operations
  • Coordinate and control hazardous materials and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive incidents (CBRNE)
  • Demonstrate significant experience in current firefighting, rescue and emergency medical techniques and procedures
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a leadership capacity in the Fire Service
  • Demonstrate the ability to create and manage various documents and files using the MS Office Suite, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively manage complex projects
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct effective media relations during emergency situations
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze and research current firefighting and emergency response practices and develops recommendations for improvement
  • Demonstrate knowledge, training and experience in Emergency Management in Ontario as well as the City of Brampton Emergency Plan

ACADEMIC AND EXPERIENTIAL PREPARATION:

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible fire service leadership experience. Experience as a District Chief an asset;
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in leadership, management, labour relations and health and safety. Certificate, diploma, or degree in Post Secondary Public Administration an asset, and Graduation from the Ontario Fire College is an asset;
  • Formal knowledge / training / experience in modern firefighting techniques and methods / incident command / public safety theories and methods / emergency response techniques;
  • Proven ability to manage/supervise in a team environment;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken) in English; ability to write and present complex data to various audiences including providing advice to members of the public at community events;
  • Conflict management, influencing and negotiation skills;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable legislation including the Ontario Fire Code, Fire Prevention Protection Act and applicable City By-Laws;
  • Experience and proficiency in working with computer applications (i.e. Microsoft Office, Telestaff, etc);
  • Project Management experience and methodology is an asset.
As part of the corporation’s Modernizing Job Evaluation project, this position will undergo an evaluation which may result in a change to the rate of compensation.  Any changes affecting this position will be communicated as information becomes available.
 

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**Various tests and/or exams may be administered as part of the selection criteria.

Job status: Permanent
Job Type:   Non-Union
Applications must be received by: May 6, 2019
Alternate formats will be provided upon request.
 

If this opportunity matches your interest and experience, please apply online at: www.brampton.ca/employment quoting reference #103343 by May 6, 2019 and complete the attached questionnaire. We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate(s) will be required, as a condition of employment, to execute a written employment agreement.

Please be advised, the City of Brampton uses email to communicate with their applicants for open job competitions. It is the applicant’s responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence via email (i.e. testing bookings, interview dates), it is imperative that applicants check their email regularly. If we do not hear back from applicants, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the Job Competition and your application will be removed from the Competition.

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