Public Fire Protection Specialist (FPS-1)

64x64 FUS Logo 2017 grey maroon Public Fire Protection Specialist (FPS-1)
Fire Underwriters Survey
May 17, 2022
Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Canada
Job Type
June 1st, 2022
Work Hours
37.5 (hybrid)


Fire Protection Specialist (FPS-1) is a supervised position that is responsible for learning and applying a national standardized methodology for determining the levels of public fire protection in relation to the levels of risk within a community/municipality.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Consults with clients to conduct fire department assessments based on guiding principles
• Collect and aggregate data related to levels of risk and fire protection. This includes building stock, GIS data, fire department response capacity, water system infrastructure. This data is collected using a web-based application and through on-site surveys of communities.
• Complete fire flow calculations and ensure adequate documentation is maintained and processes tracked including GIS spatial recording.
• Provide and deliver good customer service skills with the ability to communicate ideas and concepts clearly and provide constructive feedback. Ability to conduct on-the-job training. Good verbal and written communication skills.
• Self-starter with the ability to manage time and projects independently under minor supervision.
• Process data and Grades to the GIS database following standardized procedures.
• Respond to client queries using GIS systems and other aggregated datasets.
• Assist senior fire protection specialists in the evaluation of larger communities.
• Participate in consulting studies for municipalities.
• Speak and communicate with municipal officials (including fire and rescue service providers) in a professional manner.
• Being able to perform data analysis for custom reports.
• Participate in procedure, standard and process development.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree/ life experience in a technical discipline or equivalent experience preferred and one year of experience in fire/property insurance, fire protection services or engineering.
• Graduation from a fire protection technology and/or engineering program or other quantitative field, related degree, or equivalent experience in fire protection and/or firefighting
• Ability and willingness to travel to various locations for meetings, field surveys and to complete studies of local fire protection locally and in other provinces at request
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group
• Experience and/or education/training related to fire protection and life safety systems
• Valid Driver’s License
• Basic GIS concept knowledge

Preferred Qualifications

• Firefighting experience would be a considerable asset
• Knowledge of fire science and engineering and related standards
• Knowledge of fire department operations (including equipment) and related standards
• Knowledge of water supply systems and related standards
• Knowledge of public safety emergency communications systems and related standards
• Knowledge of building construction and private fire protection systems
• Strong organization, presentation and public speaking skills
• Strong computer and technology skills in the areas of: Report Development (MS Word, Excel), Adobe Acrobat; Geo – spatial (ex. Google Earth, ArcGIS)

Additional Information

OPTA Intelligence Corps and affiliates welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates throughout the recruitment and assessment process. All prospective employees must pass a background check.

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