Woodlands County is a rural municipality, 150 kilometers NW of Edmonton, with an area of 7,668 sq. km.
The County surrounds the Town of Whitecourt and includes the hamlets of Blue Ridge, Goose Lake, and Fort Assiniboine. With a population of over 4,700 residents, Woodlands County is a thriving natural playground, welcoming families, businesses and tourists alike to experience and enjoy all there is to offer.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Providing leadership, management, and direction to four rural fire departments, the health and safety function, as well as patrol services contractor. This technical role also fulfills the duties of Municipal Director of Emergency Management (DEM) and prepares, maintains, and administers the Municipal Emergency Plan. Being highly collaborative and results-oriented, this role brings innovation and effective leadership to the department and grows, develops, and empowers its team.
This position is responsible to:
Supervise the planning, coordination, and scheduling of training, activities, and duties of the four fire departments
Prepare and implement fire department policies
Approve and maintain fire department standard operating guidelines
Engage, evaluate, and manage station chiefs in accordance with Woodlands County policies
Respond to emergency situations, as required
Develop and manage operating and capital budgets
Provide department operational reports to the CAO and Council
Demonstrate experience of firefighting and emergency response, applicable legislative / regulatory standards, budget formulation, local government functions, and employee relation practices
Highly collaborative and skilled with considerable technical and managerial experience
Experience with ICS and emergency management models
Strong leadership skills and ability to manage change and conflict
Qualifications & Education Requirements
Post-secondary degree or diploma in Emergency Services Management
5+ years experience in an emergency services position, in a municipal environment
Fire chief/senior officer experience, considered an asset
High level of emergency management training as per Local Authorities
Emergency Management Regulations (LAEMR)
NFPA 1001, Level 2 Firefighter, considered an asset
Class 3 driver’s license with air brake endorsement, considered an asset