Assistant Fire Chief – Fire Prevention

City of Coquitlam

Assistant Fire Chief – Fire Prevention

Regular Full Time

The City of Coquitlam is the sixth largest city in BC, home to more than 150,000 residents. Our municipality continues to grow through innovative urban design, inspiring arts, culture and recreation programs, and state-of-the-art transportation systems. Our brand is built on managing our resources in a responsible and sustainable manner, while supporting a vibrant, growing regional urban centre.

Due to impending retirements within the City of Coquitlam’s Fire/Rescue department, we have an exciting opportunity to recruit for our next Assistant Fire Chief – Fire Prevention.  This position reports to the Deputy Fire Chief – Operations Support and is responsible leading a team of fire prevention inspectors and support staff managing all aspects of fire prevention within the City of Coquitlam. Main areas of responsibility are fire cause determination/arson investigations, public education and code enforcement. The protection of life, property and mitigation of loss utilizing these three main areas are the overriding values in the performance and expectations of this position.

This position requires a results driven and collaborative approach to all aspects of fire prevention work as well as the ability to build strategic and influential relationships within our community. Our ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) with an ability to present on a range of related topics as well as deliver training programs on fire prevention best practices, to a variety of stakeholders and team members.

The Assistant Chief Fire Prevention will be required to carry out the following functions including but not limited to:
  • Planning and directing the operations and programs of the Fire Prevention and Investigations Division;
  • Training members of the Fire Department and general public in fire prevention;
  • Participating in all aspects related to full cycle recruitment and labour relations matters;
  • Liaising with internal and external stakeholders on matters pertaining to fire prevention, investigations, education and public safety; and
  • Drafting of correspondence and reports to Executive or Council and/or to other stakeholder/special interest groups.

Our ideal candidate will possess a post-secondary degree/diploma in Building Construction, Engineering, Fire Protection Technology or a similar program along with extensive knowledge of the BC Building Code and BC Fire Code and 7-10 years progressive experience in Fire Prevention or equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to candidates registered and in good standing with EGBC as a P.Eng or Eng.L in civil, construction, electrical or mechanical engineering.
Our successful candidate must reside within the stated geographical boundaries as outlined on our website at  A valid BC Class 5 driver’s license and successful completion of a police information check is also required.

The Assistant Chief Fire Prevention position will be assigned to a four-and-three work week (Mon-Thurs or Tues-Fri). However, there may be times when the position will be required to provide backfill for other chief positions requiring a temporary change in the scheduled hours and days of work.

This position will be compensated with a competitive salary and an excellent benefits program.

Please apply online at by 5:00pm, January 17, 2020.

The City of Coquitlam is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Organization: City of Coquitlam

Location: Coquitlam, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Fire / Rescue / First Aid Services
Posted: November 6, 2019, 1:20 pm
Expires: January 17, 2020, 5:00 pm

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