Fire Chief – City of Penticton

8 June 2023

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City of Penticton

Fire Chief

Job ID: 20924

Job Info
Job Title: Fire Chief
Posting Close Date: 2-Jul-2023
Employment Type: Full-time Permanent
Location: Penticton, BC, CAN V2A 5A9
Exact Location: Penticton, BC, Canada
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Min Salary: 145775  
Max Salary:  171500
Benefits: Competitive wages, benefit and pension package. Opportunities for career development and professional advancement, including financial support for professional development. A diverse, inclusive and supportive workplace. Wellness incentives, Earned Time Off Program, flexible work environments, and Federal & BC statutory holidays.

Job Summary
Penticton is a vibrant, innovative, healthy waterfront city focused on sustainability, community, and economic opportunity. At the City of Penticton, our goal is to serve our residents, businesses, and visitors through good governance, partnership, and the delivery of effective and community-focused services.

The City of Penticton is looking to fill the position of Fire Chief on our Penticton Fire Department (PFD). As the leader of the PFD and a senior member of the City of Penticton Team, the Fire Chief plays a critical role in ensuring public safety through the delivery of fire suppression, specialty rescue teams, safety education and fire prevention services. The Fire Chief has overall responsibility for the PFD operations, employing approximately 40 firefighters, as well as approximately 30 auxiliary firefighters and administrative/command staff team members. The Fire Chief also oversees the Emergency Management Program on behalf of the City, facilitating the City’s response, preparedness and legislative requirements during a major emergency event. Key Responsibilities: The Fire Chief demonstrates a high level of skill and aptitude as an empowering and effective leader and communicator. The Fire Chief creates an engaged working environment that fosters excellence and respects diversity in background and thinking. With the credibility to guide a world-class fire rescue service, the Fire Chief demonstrates the business acumen necessary to oversee a large, complex department.

A proven relationship builder, the Fire Chief will have a track record of partnerships with other first responder and public safety agencies and a demonstrated ability to work with senior managers, front-line staff, union leaders, elected officials and the community to deliver on the department’s mandate and to protect the wellness of the staff. During their career, the ideal candidate will have gained proficiency in financial and human resource management, as well as community and media relations to complement their background in emergency management.

Required Knowledge, Abilities & Skills:  

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of the modern fire service, applicable legislation, regulations and statutes, including but not limited to the BC Fire Code, Fire Safety Act, Workers Compensation Act, City of Penticton Fire and Rescue Services Bylaw, Human Rights Code, and Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and all other relevant policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Strong business acumen and political acuity with the demonstrated ability to effectively manage complexities in a challenging and rapidly changing corporate environment.
  • Demonstrated track record as an inspiring, and adaptive leader with a demonstrated ability to build consensus and positively influence direction.
  • Results-oriented with the ability to create and champion a shared vision, and lead decisively and promote a collaborative team environment.
  • Strong people leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to foster a positive, respectful, inclusive workplace culture.
  • Forward-thinking and visionary, capable of developing and implementing progressive ideas and concepts with excellent strategic and lateral thinking skills.
  • Ability to build consensus among multi-disciplinary teams and supports a high-performing team environment.
  • Superior interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with a range of diverse and complex stakeholders including, senior leadership, political representatives and with the media and prepare briefings, memorandums and reports.
  • Champion of inclusion, equity and diversity, with a commitment to upholding and embracing these principles and values across the Fire Service.
  • Growth mindset and a demonstrated ability to embrace and positively manage and respond to change.
  • High degree of integrity, honesty, and accountability for personal and team successes and challenges.
  • Available for rotational after-hours on-call duty with a maximum emergency incident response time of 30 minutes from time of notification to on-scene.

Qualifications (Experience/Education):  

  • 7+ years’ demonstrated leadership experience with progressive responsibility and supervisory experience in Fire Service;
  • Post-secondary education in a professional discipline pertinent to the job function;
  • Relevant leadership/management training and experience;
  • Experience as an Incident Commander with the ability to organize and direct resources to control a major emergency incident;
  • Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) qualification;
  • Possession of the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) or Executive Chief Fire Officer (ECFO) Professional Designation; and,
  • Training in the British Columbia Emergency Management System (BCEMS); or,
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses & Certificates (or Equivalent):  

  • Valid B.C. Driver’s License, Class 3 with Air Brake endorsement.
  • NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications – Fire Officer IV.
  • NFPA 1521, Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer – Incident Safety Officer.
  • NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications – Level II.

At the City of Penticton, we recognize that great talent and great ideas come from a variety of backgrounds. Tapping into the diversity of our community makes us all stronger and allows us to serve Penticton even better.

That’s why we welcome all applicants to consider joining our team. We encourage Indigenous persons, people of colour, all genders and expressions, 2SLGBT2QIA+,persons living with disabilities, and others who reflect our ever-changing workplace to apply.

So, if your experience is close to what we’re looking for, we would love a chance to talk about working with you. We welcome your cover letter and resume by July 2, 2023.
For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.