Deputy Director of Fire and Emergency Services

City of Cranbrook

City of Cranbrook Deputy

Deputy Director of Fire and Emergency Services

(Competition #20-01)

The City of Cranbrook is located in the southeast corner of British Columbia amongst the majestic Rockies and Purcell mountains, in close proximity to Alberta and the Canada/USA border. With a population of approximately 20,000, Cranbrook is the largest community in the East Kootenay with a trading base of approximately 70,000. Cranbrook provides an inviting lifestyle in a beautiful setting that has made our City a welcoming and growing place in which to live, work and play.

Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services is seeking a leader with outstanding work ethic, sound decision making skills, and extensive incident management experience. As a valued member of our management team, the City is seeking an individual that will lead a high performing team of emergency responders with a focus on efficient and effective customer-based service. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the day to day operation of the Fire & Emergency Services Department and will share administrative responsibilities with the Director.

As a departmental leader, the successful candidate will have consistently demonstrated team building abilities and will be comfortable supervising and directing staff in both emergency and non-emergency situations. As a composite department, the successful candidate will have proven their abilities in  working with both union and non-unionized staff and understand the challenges of having both in the same workplace. Responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to liaising with internal and external stakeholders on matters pertaining to fire suppression, prevention, public education and safety. 

The successful candidate will participate in all aspects of recruitment and labour relations.

As a condition of ongoing employment, the Deputy Director will be required to share on-call duties with the Director of Fire & Emergency Services.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Post-secondary education in Fire Administration or Emergency Management, or an acceptable combination of training and experience may be considered
  • Fire Officer III
  • Incident Safety Officer
  • Operations level certification in Confined Space and HazMat

Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Minimum Ten (10) years as a First-Class Fire Fighter
  • Minimum Five (5) years as a Officer in a career department
  • Experience with First Responder and familiarity with Emergency Medical Responder
  • Education and experience with response in multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional Wildland Urban Interface events
  • Leading, mentoring and evaluating staff within an IAFF unionized workplace
  • Excellent communication and public relation skills
  • Excellent budget planning and management skills
  • Valid Class 3 B.C. Driver’s License with air
  • Ability to successfully work alongside other departments in achieving a safe and healthy municipal workplace

Interested applicants are requested to submit a resume and a 1-2-page cover letter which includes answers to the following questions:
  1. Describe your understanding of what makes for successful fire service delivery.
  2. Why do you think you will be successful in this role?

Applications will be received up to 4:00 pm Mountain Time on January 22, 2020 and should be addressed to:

Human Resources
City of Cranbrook
40 – 10th Avenue South, Cranbrook, BC V1C 2M8
E-mail: hr@cranbrook.ca (Submissions in Word or .pdf format only)

We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Organization: City of Cranbrook
Location: Cranbrook, BC
Region: East Kootenay / Rocky Mountain
Professional Category(s): Fire / Rescue / First Aid Services, Emergency Management/Planning
Posted: January 7, 2020, 5:10 pm
Expires: January 22, 2020, 4:00 pm

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