District Fire Chief - County of Grande Prairie
District Fire Chief
(out of scope)
Regional Fire Services
The County of Grande Prairie No. 1, located in northwestern Alberta, is one of the fastest growing and vibrant economic regions in Canada. This resource-rich area features friendly communities; an array of cultural, recreational, business, and educational opportunities; 5700 square km of vast and dynamic landscape; and an internationally renowned dinosaur bonebed and museum. The County of Grande Prairie serves a trade area of over 260,000 people, its diverse economy driven by agriculture, energy, forestry, manufacturing, tourism, and commerce. As the first established county in the province, the County of Grande Prairie offers rural appeal and easy access to urban amenities.
For more information, please visit www.countygp.ab.ca
40 hours/week Monday – Friday with flexibility and/or additional hours to attend training night/meet operational needs
Expectation of this position to assume a rotational role as duty officer.
$102,029 to $130,637 annually plus a comprehensive benefits package
October 29, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is found.
As an integral part of the County’s Regional Fire Service Administrative Team and working out of the Sexsmith and Clairmont fire stations, the role of the District Fire Chief is to direct, manage and facilitate all firefighting, fire prevention/education, training, and inspection/maintenance programs for the assigned stations. This will be accomplished by utilizing a core of competent Station Captains and Lieutenants through a collaborative process to facilitate organizational goals. This position’s primary responsibility is for the Fire halls in the Town of Sexsmith, Bezanson, LaGlace and Teepee Creek although duties will require working with all stations and agency partners.
You will bring proven abilities as a strong communicator, operationally experienced incident command and risk management and problem-solving skills. The incumbent should have at least 8-10 years’ experience in a composite fire service with knowledge and skills in fostering and maintaining positive relationships and working closely with volunteer officers and firefighters.
As part of the operational officers group the District Chief is expected to take part in a rotational Duty Chief role. This role will provide incident command for major incidents with an expectation of monitoring most calls to ensure they are resourced appropriately as per dispatch protocols.
The District Fire Chief is required to analyze and consult with the Chief’s group and Town of Sexsmith CAO, in developing recommendations for the protection of life and property within the Town and County. Administrative duties include planning, directing, and controlling activities of the stations, including recruitment and retention and overall morale of personnel, input into the purchase of equipment, control of expenditures, preparation of budget estimates, and the assignment of personnel and equipment. Ensure all applicable reporting, legislative compliancy and departmental policies are implemented and adhered to.
The incumbent must exercise considerable independent judgment and action in carrying out assignments in accordance with departmental policies, plans, and objectives and apply risk management process to issues related to the fire department safety, liability exposure and loss control, ensuring services are consistent with the level of service authorized by County and Town Councils and reflect the needs of the communities.
The position requires the ability to work in highly stressful situations and dynamic ever-changing environments with other professionals. The ability to prioritize daily workloads to accomplish service goals is expected. The incumbent will have to maintain a flexible schedule that allows for the addressing of the needs of volunteer firefighters as well as career and administrative personnel.
The District Chief is expected to balance a role that provides administrative and operational assistance and support to three County and one Town fire station. Preference will be given to candidates that are willing to reside in or near the Town of Sexsmith.
At a minimum, the successful candidate will have:
- Certified post-secondary education at a recognized educational institute (minimum 2-year diploma) in the areas of administration leadership, human resources management and/or other related areas. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
- Minimum of 8-10 years of progressively more responsible experience in a fire fighting environment including demonstrated supervision of firefighters. 5 years of which will in the position of Captain or higher.
- Sound experience in training needs assessment and the preparation and delivery of training courses and programs for firefighters and officers
- Experience recruiting and retaining volunteers
- Valid AB drivers’ license Class 3, with Air Brake Endorsement required and acceptable driver’s abstract.
- The ability to obtain a clear criminal records report and vulnerable sector report from the RCMP.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated report writing and public speaking abilities.
- Technical fire operation qualifications as outlined in the job description as well as the ability to respond to incidents outside regular working hours and provide leadership and mentorship as well as direct activities (as necessary) at incidents
- Ability to ensure that all equipment is properly maintained, inspected and appropriate records kept for equipment at all assigned fire stations
- Excellent relationship building skills to liaise with partner fire departments, industry, government, other appropriate agencies, and other County and Town staff to achieve their respective objectives
- Champion physical and mental fitness for firefighters and actively participate in a regular fitness regime.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Interested Applicants please apply at https://countygp.prevueaps.ca/jobs/.
Applicants will provide:
- A cover letter providing experience and knowledge, skills and abilities as specified in this posting and job description.
- A detailed Resume or Curriculum Vitae providing education, and relative experience.
- Three (3) Examples of reports or correspondence indicating abilities at report writing.
- Three (3) credible references that can corroborate knowledge, skills, and abilities in instruction, firefighting, incident command, and communications.
- Ergometric’s testing facilitated through the County to those meeting pre-selection criteria.