Deputy Fire Chief and Emergency Program Coordinator

Competition Number: 2022-27

Job Title: Deputy Fire Chief and Emergency Program Coordinator

Department: Fire Department

Employment Type: Part-Time, Temporary (Term 5-6 months)


Posted Date: September 12, 2022

Closing Date: October 03, 2022

Last Updated Date: October 3, 2022, 2:01

Status: Closed


Deputy Fire Chief and Emergency Program Coordinator

(Temporary, Part-Time)


Reports to the Fire Chief


The City of Fernie invites applications from qualified, experienced, persons to provide Part-Time, temporary Deputy Chief administrative and operational services to the Fernie Fire Department. This part-time, temporary position will be before Council as a part of the budget approval process to determine if it will be extended beyond March, 2023, as a Full-Time, permanent exempt position. The City of Fernie is a progressive workplace with diverse and passionate staff. We strive to be a model of public service excellence for all our residents, visitors, and businesses.


This management position reports to the Fire Chief and is responsible for ensuring the day-to-day operational and administrative excellence of the department. Duties include responsibilities within the operations, administration, safety and health, equipment and facilities, fire prevention and education, training, and emergency management programs. The Deputy Fire Chief also oversees the response by full time Firefighters and Auxiliary Firefighters to ensure that loss of life, damage to property or injury, because of an incident, is prevented and/or minimized, and that service is delivered in a professional manner.


The successful candidate will bring to this role well developed fire department leadership experience, operational and planning skills coupled with financial, and project management experience. Your ability to develop credibility and build effective working relationships with others as well as the ability to effectively manage change, are key abilities required for the position.




The Deputy Chief will be responsible for:


Leadership and Supervision


  • Assists the Chief by directing, supporting, managing, and overseeing operations of the Fire Department including fire suppression, specialized rescue response, emergency medical services, fire prevention, fire education, core fire service programs and related initiatives
  • Coordinates planning and evaluates the Fernie Emergency Management Program in accordance with applicable plans, bylaws, regulations, and policies
  • Supervises both career and auxiliary (paid on-call) fire fighters during emergency and non-emergency incidents
  • Assumes the duties of the Fire Chief during their absence
  • Coordinates and oversees recruitment for auxiliary members and supports the Chief in career firefighter recruitment and selection
  • Provides leadership and guidance of firefighter related training programs
  • Oversees programs and the scheduling of training sessions, ensuring mandatory and cyclical training requirements are met
  • Assists the Fire Chief with developing and monitoring departmental policies, procedures and standards that guide and direct the activities and services within the department.
  • Liaises with other appropriate City staff, stakeholders, external emergency services, and the public as appropriate


Administrative Management


  • Strong understanding and ability to complete administrative functions including, but not limited to; budget preparation and management, administrative duties, complete grant applications and adhere to requirements, and other administrative duties as required
  • Ensures all departmental work and operations adhere to relevant health and safety regulations, legislation, and industry standards including; departmental guidelines, City policies, NFPA standards, and collective agreements as applicable
  • Reviews, evaluates, and updates policies, practices, and operating guidelines for the Fire Chief’s consideration as required
  • Strong knowledge and experience with project management, records management, fire reporting systems (FDM), and coordination of procurement processes
  • Maintains files and records, prepares reports, develops forms and executes correspondence as required
  • Champions the health and safety management program, and performs the management responsibilities in accordance with Acts and Regulations
  • Ability to prepare material for presentation to Council as required
  • Adherence to legislated requirements and regulations, bylaws, guidelines, and best practices
  • Assist the Fire Chief as required


Operational Management

  • Responds to emergency and non-emergency incidents in a senior leadership role; utilize the incident management system (IMS) to direct activities and communications as appropriate
  • Performs or delegates the duties of an Incident Safety Officer
  • Respond to the City’s or District’s (RDEK) emergency operations centre (EOC) and performs the leadership duties as assigned
  • Completes all required forms and reports with accuracy and attention to detail
  • Review forms and reports completed by others for accuracy and attention to detail
  • Is available and responsible for consultation or operational response to incidents, to perform duties on a rotational, on-call schedule, that is shared with the Fire Chief


Educational Requirements

  • Emergency Management Certificate
  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level II, or equivalent
  • NFPA 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator or equivalent
  • NFPA 1035 Public Fire and Life Safety Level I, or equivalent
  • NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector Level II or equivalent
  • NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Level I or higher, or equivalent
  • FireSmart – Local FireSmart Representative
  • Working experience with Wildfire Fuel Management programs
  • First Responder EMA or equivalent
  • Incident Command Level 300 or equivalent
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including; Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook and Fire Department Management software
  • Post Secondary certificate in public administration, management, business, fire administration or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications

  • NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor Level I or equivalent
  • NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator Level I or equivalent
  • NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Level II or equivalent
  • Wildland Fire Fighting qualifications
  • Special Operations qualifications (Hazardous Materials, Swift Water, Ice Water, High Angle Rope, Confined Space)
  • Incident Command Level 400 or equivalent



  • Minimum of five (5) years of fire fighting experience in a composite fire department
  • Minimum of five (5) years directly related experience including serving as an emergency management professional, preferably with some time in a local government setting with a thorough knowledge of the BC Emergency Management and Incident Command Systems, and the roles and responsibilities of the local authority under the BC Emergency Program Act
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working in a unionized environment
  • Working knowledge of the FireSmart program


  • Ten (10) years of fire fighting experience in a composite fire department
  • Five (5) years of experience in a supervisory role with a minimum of two (2) years in a senior management position


  • Class 3 BC Driver’s Licence with air brake endorsement or equivalent, with clean drivers abstract
  • Possession of LAFC or ability to obtain within 4 months
  • Provision of a Criminal Records and Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Must reside within a 10-minute response time to the City of Fernie fire response area
  • Job Posting  
Contact Information:

Interested applicants are requested to submit a resume and cover letter before 2:00PM (MST) October 3, 2022, to:

Chief Brendan Morgan, Fire Chief

cc: Human Resources

PO BOX 190, 501-3rd Avenue

Fernie, BC V0B 1M0


We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest in applying for this position. This is a temporary, part-time position for a 5- or 6-month term. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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