Reporting to the Deputy Fire Chief, the Assistant Chief is responsible for overseeing daily operational activities, response procedures and fire services provided to Rocky View County residents. The incumbent provides leadership and guidance to Rocky View County Fire Services personnel regarding personnel issues and supports the provision of fire suppression, medical assist services, training, fire prevention, inspection and investigation activities. They ensure all documentation and legislative requirements are met in a timely fashion. They are responsible for proper application and ensuring compliance of provincial and municipal statutes, including Alberta Safety Codes, Alberta Fire Code, and Alberta Building Code and explosives act (as referenced by fire code).
Rocky View County Fire Services is a composite fire service consisting of full time, paid per calls (volunteers) and part-time employees. This staffing model meets the needs of the County and reflects the commitment of both the County and that of its various communities and residents. This commitment to a composite model is unwavering and must be understood and embraced by all Fire personnel.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Direct and assist full time Fire Captains and Volunteer Station Fire Chiefs in the identification of fire station & operational needs.
Act as first point of contact for station officers.
Provide leadership, guidance and mentoring to Fire Captains and Volunteer Station Fire Chiefs.
Set priorities and workflow within given portfolios, providing subordinates with achievable goals and resources.
Point of contact for any resident’s concerns or questions regarding Fire Service’s response.
Act in rotation as after hours on-call duty officer as needed.
Participate in personnel management. Document significant issues or concerns and initiate and carry-out disciplinary measures when required.
Provide input on personnel requirements and participate in the hiring process.
Provide regular technical guidance, coaching and mentoring.
Resolve issues expeditiously, and ensure that employee resources are in place and utilized effectively to meet the service delivery standards of the County.
Coordinate fire service personnel in assisting residents in Rocky View County with questions relating to fire code issues.
Represent Rocky View County Fire Services on Corporate and departmental committees as assigned.
Work with portfolio Captains to ensure portfolio work is supported and tasks are completed.
Respond to emergencies within RVC as per RVC Standard Operating Procedure in support of responding crew(s).
Team building within and between fire stations; and between the stations and headquarters.
Endeavor to build a positive team atmosphere at the Fire Stations and foster positive relationships with internal and external customers.
Perform other administrative duties and special projects as assigned.
Fire Prevention Portfolio:
Department program coordination for inspections, fire prevention and public education.
Oversee the Safety Codes Officer (SCO) training program.
Updates to bylaws and the QMP as required.
Ensure compliance with the Rocky View County Quality Management Program - Fire (QMP).
Field work inspections and fire investigations as directed.
Review and issue Rocky View County fire burn and fireworks permits.
Monitor and provide comment on planning documents as required.
Monitor crew fire and FireSmart inspections.
Support community FireSmart committees.
*This specific vacancy in the Fire Services team has a focus on the Fire Prevention portfolio, the preferred candidate will also have the ability to fluidly fulfill the other portfolios (training and operations), as operationally required.
A minimum 6-10 years of progressively responsible and diversified leadership experience within a Fire Service supported by technical training in all of the various areas and a 2 year diploma/certificate in a related field.
NFPA 1001 L2, NFPA 1021 L2; NFPA 1041 L1
NFPA 1031; NFPA 1033
Safety Codes Council (B2, C2)
Knowledge of local, provincial, and national codes, bylaws and laws relating to fire prevention and principles administration.
Demonstrated leadership skills, team building, conflict resolution, business/technical writing skills, coaching and mentoring abilities in addition to time management, organizational, problem solving and decision making ability.
Well-developed communication and interpretation skills, with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team.
Able to maintain self-discipline and professionalism at all times.
Clean Criminal Record.
Possess the physical agility and stamina sufficient to perform all functions of this position in extremely adverse conditions.
Possess the ability to lift heavy equipment /loads as needed (May be expected to carry equipment weighing 20 to 40 lbs up stairs while wearing protective gear weighing at least 50 lbs or to carry or rescue-drag individuals weighing over 200 lbs).
Possess adequate vision, hearing, mobility and dexterity to perform routine and non-routine firefighting tasks.
Able to react quickly and remain calm in stressful situations.
Demonstrate knowledge and experience of basic computer functions (including MS Office Suite) as well as basic keyboarding skills.
Demonstrate superior customer service skills to both internal and external customers