Employment Opportunity - District FC, County of Grande Prairie

District Fire Chief
County of Grande Prairie - Regional Fire Services department

Salary: $97,302 – $124,585 annually plus an excellent benefits package
Hours: 40 hours/week; 08:00 – 16:30, Monday through Friday; with flexibility and/or additional hours at times to attend training nights or meet other operational needs, including participation in the on-call rotation.
Position type: Supervisory, Non-Management
Close date: April 27, 2018 at 08:30 hours

Working out of the Sexsmith Fire hall, the role of the District Fire Chief is to direct and manage all fire fighting, fire prevention, training of fire crews, and inspection programs for the assigned halls and provide assistance with emergency and disaster preparedness for the County’s Fire departments and the Town of Sexsmith’s Fire department. This position’s primary responsibility is for the Fire halls in the Town of Sexsmith, Bezanson, Laglace and Teepee Creek.

The District Fire Chief is required to analyze and consult with Fire Chief and Town of Sexsmith CAO, in developing recommendations for the protection of life and property within the Town and County areas. Duties include recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters, purchase of equipment, control of expenditures, preparation of budget estimates, and the assignment of personnel and equipment.

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.

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;
• Experience of a progressively responsible nature in firefighting, including supervisory responsibility;
• 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;
• 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.

For additional information please visit www.countygp.ab.ca to view the current job description.

Interested applicants are requested to send their resume and covering letter, prior to the close date above, to: