Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department Fire Chief

The Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department (KVFD) is inviting applications for the position of Fire Chief.

The KVFD is a Regional Service which provides coverage to approximately 31,000 (2016) residents in Quispamsis and Rothesay. The two towns are located along the beautiful Kennebecasis and Hammond Rivers and neighbour the City of Saint John. With the breathtaking Bay of Fundy next door, the Kennebecasis Valley offers a quality of life like no other. Safe, affordable living in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The natural beauty of the area is rivalled only by the easy-going and friendly nature of its people.

The Kennebecasis Valley has much to offer including abundant recreational areas; quality schools; places of worship; retail; quality professional services; boating and rowing clubs that make extensive use of the river and provide the citizens of Rothesay and Quispamsis with excellent access to the waterways and trail systems of the St. John River valley.

Operating out of two fire stations, the KVFD provides fire suppression, vehicle, off-road, ice and water rescue and response to medical emergencies with Ambulance New Brunswick. The department also has an active fire prevention division that conducts fire code inspections, provides fire and life safety educational programs, and a child car seat installation program.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Joint Board of Fire Commissioners, the fire chief is a senior management position responsible for providing overall leadership, administration and strategic direction for all aspects of the fire department including short and long-term planning, daily operations and its' physical, financial and human resources on behalf of the Fire Board. The Fire Chief is also appointed the KV EMO director on behalf of both Towns.

Qualifications

The successful incumbent will:

  • Possess exceptional leadership, judgment and interpersonal skills.
  • Have demonstrated experience in enhancing service delivery.
  • Proven ability to develop effective working relationships with labour groups, elected officials, employees and external stakeholders.
  • Extensive experience in labour relations, including negotiating and administering collective agreements.
  • Demonstrated ability in coordinating and commanding emergency incidents.

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree or post-secondary education in a related field.
  • Formal training in Fire Service Leadership with a preference to Fire Service Administration.
  • NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Professional Qualifications (Level IV) Certificate or equivalent.
  • ICS Certification.
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Certifications.

Experience

  • At least 15 years of progressive experience in the fire service with a minimum 2 years in a senior management role.
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About Town of Quispamsis

Quispamsis (population 18,245) is located along the breathtaking Kennebecasis and Hammond Rivers in southwestern New Brunswick, 22 kilometres northeast of the City of Saint John.

Quispamsis is a forward-thinking community, where families enjoy a safe, friendly and active lifestyle surrounded by a beautiful, natural environment. This progressive, vibrant community has many attractive residential opportunities for all types of families. Abundant recreational areas, quality schools, places of worship, and retail and professional services can all be found within the Kennebecasis Valley. Quispamsis boasts a highly educated, growing workforce with above average incomes. Quispamsis is also home to one of only two francophone elementary schools in Greater Saint John.

We seek team players who are committed to their community. They must share our values of integrity, creativity, adaptability, diversity, professionalism and leadership.

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