Town of Innisfil Ontario


Fire Chief

Position Description

Position Title: Fire Chief                 

Service Area: Fire & Rescue Service

Immediate Supervisor: Chief Administrative Officer



Responsible for the overall administration, financial management and operations  of the Fire & Rescue Services Service Area comprised of Suppression, Prevention, and Public Education. Key responsibilities include community risk assessment, fire master-planning, providing input on staff equipment, deployment, overseeing emergency response/communication/ reporting/ investigation and attending /commanding at major incidents; overseeing Fire Prevention/Plans Review/Inspection and Public Education activities and events; negotiating mutual/automatic aid agreements; related community, media and inter-department/government liaison; staff supervision, development and training; policy and standards recommendation and SOP/SOG authorization; departmental business planning and capital/operating budgets; Council/Committee report preparation and meeting attendance; developing the Emergency Plan and leading the planning and training requirements for the Town’s  Emergency Control Group; overseeing the procurement of equipment/apparatus; contributing as required to the senior management team; and championing the corporate mission and values.


  1. Leads and directs the general/financial management and day-to-day administration of the Innisfil Fire & Rescue Service comprised of the Full-time and Volunteer staff.
  2. Assesses building stock and community risk; coordinates the preparation of Fire Master Plan; provides review/input to construction projects; prepares long-term and annual business plans necessary for assuring adequate and timely Emergency Response coverage and consideration of future population growth.
  3. Oversees Fire Suppression/Emergency Response and Communications operations; commands at major incidents; assists the Fire Marshal’s Office with fire investigations; ensures appropriate reporting and follow-up to incidents.
  4. Directs the development and update of Town Fire Prevention and Inspection standards in accordance with the Fire Code, OFM guidelines and accepted Fire Prevention/Inspection principles and contemporary best practices; oversees Fire-related plans review and approvals related to new/redevelopment; and participates in associated consultations/negotiations as necessary.
  5. Oversees the development and delivery of Fire Prevention and Public Education Programs throughout the community; ensures special/high risk groups are identified and programs/measures are in place to promote Fire safety and evacuation.
  6. Coordinates the preparation of an Emergency Plan for the Town and leads the Emergency Control Group; coordinates and implements Emergency Preparedness training exercises for Control Group, and for the community in coordination with other Emergency Services providers.
  7. Participates on hiring committees, trains, develops and evaluates employees accountable to the Fire Chief in accordance with the policies of the organization and best human resources practices.  Fosters a team environment by role modeling leadership behaviours, empowering employees reporting to the manager and building team capability.
  8. Assesses departmental staffing needs, makes recommendation on complement amendments and organization structure, assists in the design of and leads in the recruitment/promotional processes, and makes effective hiring recommendations.
  9. Participates in Collective Agreement negotiation and on assigned Labour/Management Committees, and manages the collective agreement.
  10. Prepares reports/recommendations and attends Council, Council/Committee, community and other public meetings and events as required; makes presentations and provides advice/guidance on fire protection, fire prevention, inspections, communications and other fire-related issues and strategies and new or pending legislation and regulatory guidelines.
  11. Responsible for the management, supervision and implementation of administrative procedures and practices, development of annual operating and capital budget preparation and longer-range forecasts for Fire & Rescue Services; administers/monitors the approved budget including authorization of expenditures.
  12. Implements and oversees the organization and maintenance of the Fire and Rescue Service area’s records management function.
  13. Responds to inquiries from and/or liaises with the general public, residents, property owners, community/school/business groups, development/building communities, other emergency services providers, internal divisions/departments, the media, elected officials, other governments/agencies including the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office and neighbouring municipalities, etc. on Fire  & Emergency Response, Prevention, Emergency Planning/Preparedness, and other fire-related matters; monitors and liaises with the County on Ambulance Services.
  14. Regularly reviews and evaluates departmental administrative and service delivery processes with a view to streamlining/updating practices, determining efficiencies and fostering excellence in customer service.
  15. Regularly reviews, assesses and reports on departmental performance measures  as required both for internal performance benchmarking as well as per the requirements  under the Provincial Municipal Performance Measurement Program (MPMP); and devises and recommends strategies for performance enhancement.
  16. Formulates Terms of Reference and oversees the preparation of procurement documents and associated evaluative criteria; makes recommendations on the hiring of suppliers/consultants to provide Fire-related vehicles/equipment/services, as required; monitors their work and administers/oversees the administration of the agreements/contracts in accordance with Town policies/procedures.
  17. Participates as a management member providing input on divisional planning and strategic initiatives; leads and/or participates on project teams, as assigned; and champions the corporate mission and values departmentally, among divisional colleagues and corporately.
  18. Encourages team members towards team goals, supports team processes, and promotes harmony among team members.
  19. Performs the statutory duties of Fire Chief under the Fire Protection & Prevention Act.  Undertakes representative duties as Fire Chief with the Innisfil community, Province and inter-municipally as required/directed; provides expert witness and other testimony as Fire Chief as may be required at inquests or with court and/or other judicial proceedings.
  20. Undertakes special projects and performs other duties as assigned, in accordance with divisional or corporate objectives.


Positions Supervised Directly:    

  • Deputy Chief
  • Administrative Coordinator- Fire,                                                     

Positions Supervised Indirectly:

  • Fulltime Captains
  • Fire Prevention Officer
  • Fulltime Firefighters
  • Training Coordinator
  • Volunteer Captains
  • Volunteer Firefighters



  1. Community College Diploma in Fire Protection Engineering or related discipline.
  2. Significant demonstrated experience in a senior officer capacity, seven (7) to ten (10) years in a Fire Department.
  3. An excellent communicator with demonstrated effective leadership skills.   In addition, must be an effective problem solver and have strong project and time management skills.
  4. Ability to think and act strategically in a political and community service environment, to build strong and enthusiastic staff teams and external alliances/partnerships, to align departmental programs/services with corporate goals and objectives, and to champion the mission and values of the Town.
  5. Thorough working knowledge of the Fire Protection & Prevention Act, Fire Inspection and other legislation/regulations related to the operation of a Fire & Emergency Services Department, OFM/NFPA standards/guidelines and contemporary issues facing the Fire Service in Ontario, municipal government, Emergency Planning/Preparedness principles and practices, investigative techniques and reporting procedures, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Ontario Fire Service Section 21 guidelines, labour relations principles and collective agreement negotiation/administration in a Fire Department context, and contemporary management practices.
  6. Computer literacy utilizing word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software, GIS, Fire-related applications, and the Internet.
  7. Class DZ Driver’s License in good standing and reliable vehicle to use on corporate business.
  8. Residency in proximity to the municipality such as that the incumbent will be able to respond within a 30 minute response time frame to the Town boundaries.
  9. Availability to attend evening and/or weekend meetings or other events; and to respond to major emergencies as required.


Please reply with a compelling cover letter; Comprehensive resume; Salary history; and three (3) professional references. Confidential inquires welcomed to Dan Hughes at 1-888-447-5910 Ext. 702, or email at


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