Town of Innisfil Ontario
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.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITES
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Participates in Collective Agreement negotiation and on assigned Labour/Management Committees, and manages the collective agreement.
- 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.
- 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.
- Implements and oversees the organization and maintenance of the Fire and Rescue Service area’s records management function.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Encourages team members towards team goals, supports team processes, and promotes harmony among team members.
- 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.
- 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
- Community College Diploma in Fire Protection Engineering or related discipline.
- Significant demonstrated experience in a senior officer capacity, seven (7) to ten (10) years in a Fire Department.
- An excellent communicator with demonstrated effective leadership skills. In addition, must be an effective problem solver and have strong project and time management skills.
- 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.
- 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.
- Computer literacy utilizing word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software, GIS, Fire-related applications, and the Internet.
- Class DZ Driver’s License in good standing and reliable vehicle to use on corporate business.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org