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Deputy Fire Chief

Job Type: 
Management / Administration
Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
Job Description : 

Reporting to the Manager of Protective Services/ Fire Chief, the Deputy Fire Chief provides a wide range of emergency management services for the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass.  The Deputy Fire Chief is responsible for providing excellent leadership for a progressive department of paid on-call personnel.  Assisting the Fire Chief with the overall organization, coordination, and operational direction of the department, the Deputy Fire Chief will proactively seek opportunities for improving departmental efficiencies and service levels, providing expertise in incident management, emergency response planning and general administration of the department.


  • Assists with the development of safe and effective emergency response strategies and systems for the Municipality.
  • Performs public education and public relations activities.
  • 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, during or after normal working hours.  
  • Provides leadership and guidance to the Training Officer, ensuring a high-quality training program is effective and sufficient, adequately preparing responders for a variety of emergencies.  Where appropriate, provide training records to Human Resources for personnel files.
  • Assumes local incident command for situations requiring the Emergency Coordination Centre to be activated. 
  • Ensures training records are documented and maintained.
  • Leads the firefighter recruitment process and makes recommendations for selection of personnel.
  • Ensures detailed records are kept for all maintenance functions.  Ensures all processes pertaining to the operation and maintenance of the department’s vehicle fleet and equipment are followed to ensure all apparatus and equipment are maintained in a ready state for response.
  • Proficiently uses fire related and office software such as FirePro, Microsoft Office, and Excel.
  • Develops pre-incident plans.
  • Ensures compliance with provincial and corporate OH&S legislation and policies.
  • Assists with the preparation of department budgets and assists the Fire Chief in ensuring that the department remains within budget.
  • Conducts annual and ongoing performance appraisals for personnel under their supervision.
  • In the Fire Chief’s absence, the Deputy Fire Chief will assume departmental administrative and operational duties as designated.


  • In-depth knowledge of the 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.
  • Proven ability 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. 
  • Knowledge of the Municipal Government Act would be an asset.


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
  • ICS 200
  • Wildland 215 Urban Interface
  • EOC/ECC training and experience
  • Class III Driver’s License with air endorsement


Decisions and problems are dynamic and varied, requiring the Deputy Fire 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 and there will be exposure to inclement weather.

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


Standard hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm with the occasional requirement to work outside these hours.

Closing Date: 
January 7, 2019
Application Return: 

For more information please see the full job description at http://www.crowsnestpass.com/living-here/employment-opportunities-page/employment

The competition is open from November 29, 2018 to January 7, 2019.

Please apply with a resume and cover letter detailing how you meet the requirements of the position before Monday, January 7, 2019 at 4 pm to:

Kristin Ivey, Manager of Corporate Services