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Deputy Fire Chief

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Reporting to the Manager of Protective Services/ Fire Chief, the Deputy Chief provides a wide range of emergency management services for our community that is steeped in natural beauty and historical significance.

The Municipality is looking for a highly motivated leader in the fire service to serve as our Municipal Deputy Fire Chief.  Reporting to the Manager of Protective Services/ Fire Chief, the Deputy Chief provides a wide range of emergency management services for our community that is steeped in natural beauty and historical significance.  The Deputy Fire Chief is responsible for providing excellent leadership for a progressive department of paid on-call personnel, proactively seeking opportunities for improving departmental efficiencies and service levels, providing expertise in incident management, emergency response planning and general administration of the department. 



  1. Performs public education and public relations activities.
  2. Provides incident command for emergencies and actively participates in the on-call rotation as required. Incident command shifts alternate with the Fire Chief and Fire Officers and may be during or after normal working hours.  
  3. Provides leadership and guidance to the Training Officer, ensuring a high-quality training program is effective and sufficient, to adequately preparing responders for a variety of emergencies. Where appropriate, provide training records to Human Resources for personnel files.
  4. Assists the Fire Chief with the Municipal Emergency Plan, including assuming local incident command for situations requiring the Emergency Coordination Centre to be activated. The Deputy Fire Chief will ensure training records are documented and maintained.
  5. Assists with the firefighter recruitment process and makes recommendations for selection of personnel.
  6. Ensure detailed records are kept for all maintenance functions.
  7. Proficiently use fire related and office software such as FirePro/FDM, Microsoft Office, and Excel.
  8. Develops pre-incident plans.
  9. Ensures all members operate in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and that all organizational safety protocols are strictly adhered to.
  10. Assists with the preparation of department budgets and assists the Fire Chief in ensuring that the department remains within budget.
  11. Conducts annual and ongoing performance appraisals for personnel under their supervision.
  12. In the Fire Chief’s absence, the Deputy Fire Chief will assume departmental administrative and operational duties as designated.



  • Extensive knowledge of the Municipal Government Act, OHS regulations, Alberta Fire Code, Alberta Building Code, NFPA, and other applicable regulatory governances.
  • Ability to generate a successful program for the recruitment and retention of suitable candidates for positions on the Fire Rescue department.
  • Knowledge in incident management, emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery responsibilities.
  • Highly motivated, inspired leadership, exercising analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to resolve workplace conflicts effectively.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare detail oriented reports.
  • Time and project management experience.
  • Ability to be an inspirational and positive leader, invoking strong morale with supervisors, peers, and reports.
  • Build and maintain professional working relationships utilizing excellent communication and strong interpersonal skills.



The position requires the following qualifications:

  • NFPA 1001 Level I and II (IFSAC or Pro-board)
  • NFPA 1002 (IFSAC or Pro-board)
  • NFPA 1021 Level I Fire Officer (IFSAC or Pro-board-NFPA 1021 Level II preferred)
  • NFPA 1041 Level II Fire Service Instructor (Pro-board or IFSAC certified)
  • NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector Level I (IFSAC or Pro-Board-NFPA 1031 Level II preferred)
  • Certified Safety Codes Officer in the Fire Discipline, or have the ability to become a SCO immediately upon starting employment with the Municipality
  • ICS 200
  • Wildland 215 Urban Interface
  • EOC/ECC training and experience
  • Class III Driver’s License with Q Endorsement



Decisions and problems are dynamic and varied, requiring the Deputy Chief to use considerable judgement and discretion.  The incumbent may be required to develop policies and discover efficiencies that increase efficiencies in productivities. 



Internal: - Regular contacts are maintained within the Fire Rescue Department as well as other municipal departments, mostly with respect to sharing information.

External: – Regular contacts are maintained with the public, business owners, outside agencies, EMS, other service providers.



Supervisory responsibilities are a regular part of the job which includes planning, assigning and reviewing the work of those supervised.



The work is performed outdoors and indoors.  There may be some exposure to inclement weather.

Indoor work in an office setting is required when completing reports, attending meetings etc.


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