Director - Fire Department

Fire Department

Job Description

Director - Fire Department


The incumbent will report to the Chief Administrative Officer and provide strategic and operational leadership in managing human, financial and material resources to achieve high-quality service and cost-effectiveness standards. Among other things, the incumbent will plan, direct and control all aspects of the Fire Department, including administrative, firefighting and rescue, fire prevention, public education, staffing, training and emergency measures services. As an expert in the field, the incumbent will also act as lead consultant for City authorities in matters of fire safety, risk management and emergency response in the event of a major emergency or disaster.


1. Leadership, Planning and Development

  • Provide the leadership needed to establish and implement strategies, objectives and action plans in accordance with City guidelines
  • Establish operational principles and develop measurement systems to evaluate operational effectiveness and efficiency as well as program and customer service quality
  • Inform and advise management on fire risk management and prevention, and act as an expert consultant for emergency measures
  • Oversee the development and implementation of fire safety, tactical doctrine, fire protection and disaster planning operational procedures
  • Set priorities and assign tasks to the appropriate departmental resources to mobilize staff toward a common objective
  • Ensure that training and professional development programs are developed and implemented to update skills based on advances in equipment, methods and new response techniques
  • Ensure that inspection plans are consistent with new building practices, renovations and land-use planning pursuant to the National Fire Code and National Building Code
  • Oversee fire investigations to determine cause and provide supporting evidence, if needed
  • Ensure compliance with municipal fire protection regulations, New Brunswick's Fire Prevention Act, the National Fire Code and New Brunswick's Municipalities Act
  • Liaise with neighbouring fire department representatives in relation to mutual aid agreements in the event of a major emergency or disaster
  • Participate in conferences/seminars to stay abreast of trends and advancements in fire service techniques, and attend provincial and regional Association of Fire Chiefs meetings
  • Ensure that records and other documents are kept in compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements as well as City policies
  • Respond to media and provide information and clarifications on any issues related to fire prevention and operations, including hazardous materials and all other aspects of the Fire Department
  • Promote and ensure compliance occupational health and safety regulations and best practices
  • Perform any related tasks assigned by the Chief Administrative Officer

2. Financial Resources

  • Manage operational and capital budgets in compliance with municipal policies and procedures
  • Recommend the purchase of new equipment and promote ongoing equipment upgrades and the continuing improvement of emergency response measures by assessing station and staff needs on an ongoing basis
  • Analyze budget allocations and spending for sound cost-effectiveness management

3. Human Resources

  • Oversee human resource management in terms of staffing, performance evaluation, promotions and professional development
  • Administer and interpret the collective agreement and participate in negotiations
  • Communicate and support guidelines, policies, procedures and practices implemented for sound human resource management



  • College diploma Firefighter Training Level 2 and a Certificate in Fire Service Administration


  • University degree in public administration, business administration or a related field, Firefighter Training Level 2 and a Certificate in Fire Service Leadership


  • University degree in a related field and a certificate of Fire Service Officer Level 2


  • Ten (10) years' firefighting experience and an additional five (5) years at a senior command level
  • Demonstrated administrative experience in a fire department or similar environment, experience in emergency/disaster response, and experience establishing emergency measures or programs and similar procedures
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered


  • First responder (medical)
  • CPR - Level C
  • NFPA Certified Fire Inspector (Level 1)
  • NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor
  • Blue Card Commander
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • NFPA 1033: Fire Investigator (Level 4)
  • NFPA Certified Fire Plan Examiner (CFPE)
  • Emergency Operations Centre Management (EOCM), Emergency Scene Management (ESM) or Incident Command System (ICS) 400


  • Valid Class 5 driver's licence

Professional associations

  • Membership in professional associations related to the position

Other requirements

  • Medical clearance
  • Acceptable driving record
  • Criminal record check


  • Proficiency in spoken and written French and English
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
  • Excellent knowledge of fire prevention, inspection, investigation and suppression equipment principles, procedures, techniques and practices
  • Excellent knowledge of federal and provincial codes and legislation as well municipal regulations relating to occupational health and safety as well as firefighting and rescue, including but not limited to Canada's National Building Code, National Fire Code, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Code as well as New Brunswick's Fire Prevention Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Incident Command System (ICS)

Skills and abilities

  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively, clearly, concisely and in an organized fashion to convey information to staff and municipal departments, share information with the media, advocate for the City and provide sworn testimony under oath
  • Motivating leadership and ability to effectively contribute to the success of work teams
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to make informed and independent decisions
  • Ability to assess situations, facts or reports using sound judgment, to determine the impact of decisions and make recommendations, and the ability to react quickly while remaining calm in stressful situations
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City Council, employees, other departments, the government, union representatives and mutual aid partners
  • Ability to use negotiation and persuasion techniques to obtain consent and gain acceptance, and ability to interpret the collective agreement and ensure compliance with it
  • Positive attitude toward the interests of the municipality and the community in general


  • Thirty-five (35) hours per week (on call as 24/7 fire inspector on a weekly rotation)


  • As per the current pay scale

Disclaimer: The statements above are the main characteristics of the position and are meant to describe the general nature and level of work and should not be considered a comprehensive list of all the inherent occupational responsibilities, duties, skills and requirements. All staff members can be called upon from time to time to perform tasks outside their line of regular duties, as needed.

Note that the municipality officially declared itself a Francophone municipality offering bilingual services in 2000. (Municipal Administration Language Policy A-9). Staff must be able to speak and write in both French and English.

The masculine gender is used without discrimination and solely for the sake of readability.
Revised October 30, 2018 - Human Resources Department

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