Deputy Fire Chief – Operations & Training – Big White – 2022
Reporting to the Fire Chief, the Deputy Fire Chief – Operations and Training directs and delivers first responder, fire and emergency service training to all department volunteers, Work Experience Program members, career staff and staff of support agencies. The role is also responsible for the maintenance and review of department
equipment, vehicles, supplies, and facilities. This position is required to be on-call and may be required to work long hours during emergency situations. Evening meetings, open houses and training are regular features of this role. Travel throughout the RDKB area may be required from time to time. The Deputy Chief shall assume the duties of the Fire Chief in his absence, and acts as an Incident Commander as
required. The Deputy Chief will also ensure that there is a high level of morale within the career, volunteer and WEP ranks by maintaining a positive working relationship.
Duties and Responsibilities
The key accountabilities of the Deputy Fire Chief – Operations and Training role include:
• Directs all aspects of the various training programs for career, probationary, and volunteer staff. Conducts training and drill sessions, prepares, and conducts examinations to ensure for continuity of training of fire companies on a day-to-day basis.
• Make recommendations to the Fire Chief regarding the acceptance or rejection of probationary members.
• Recruits volunteer and work experience firefighters.
• Oversees the firefighter work experience program (WEP).
• Identifies training needs and schedules and delivers training to firefighters.
• Monitors and tests firefighter skills, readiness and delivers training programs to remedy deficiencies.
• Coordinates training, incident planning and joint training sessions with mutual aid partners.
• Plans and arranges for training courses delivered by other agencies (e.g., Justice Institute).
• Coordinates vehicle, equipment and hall maintenance and ensures inventories are maintained regarding
The required qualifications, experience and training for this position include:
• High School graduation
• Considerable experience in fire ground command, plus senior supervisory and administrative responsibilities in a Fire Department setting
• Fire Service Instructor Level 1 preferred
• Satisfactory completion of NFPA 1001 Level 1 and 2
• JIBC Fire Officer program, equivalent, or is actively working towards and committed to completion of.
• Satisfactory completion of recognized Fire service ‘instructor/evaluator’ training
• Emergency Scene Management Level I.
• Emergency FR Instructor.
• Certified as a Fire Apparatus Driver Instructor.
• Valid BC Class 3 Driver’s License with air brake endorsement; satisfactory driver’s abstract required
• Satisfactory criminal record and vulnerable sector check
• An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
• Proficient comprehension of the Incident Command System (ICS); ICS 200 preferred
• Professional computer skills, including ability to produce reports and plans