Deputy Fire Chief

legal & protective services health & safety
Location: Town of Canmore, AB
Type: full-time
Posted On: Oct 4, 2017
Closing Date: Nov 3, 2017
Why work for the Town of Canmore? For starters, you can take great pride in our organization, its positive work culture and our exceptionally trained team of talented Fire and Rescue professionals who accomplish outstanding work each and every day for our citizens. You will have the opportunity to lead a team that is professional, fun, dedicated and passionate about Fire-Rescue services, our community, and the endless opportunities for adventure in our magnificent Rocky Mountain environment.
The Town of Canmore is located in the heart of the Bow Valley region, surrounded by the stunning Alberta Rocky Mountains. Our unique location defined by; culture, geography and a  booming tourism economy make this a dynamic and  challenging environment for 
emergencies services professionals. Canmore Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) serves a population of 16,967 permanent and part-time residents as well as up to 1 million tourists and visitors annually here to enjoy the mountain experience and diversity of recreational activities.
In response to our unique location and population, CFRS provides a wide range of fire protection services including public education, fire prevention and fire suppression within the urban boundary of the Town and to neighboring communities through mutual aid agreements. Further, CFRS offers several specialized services, including response to hazardous materials (HAZMAT), ice rescue, water rescue, rope rescue, trench rescue, and heavy rescue.
The Canmore Fire-Rescue Services (CFRS) operates out of one fire station centrally located at 1021 Railway Avenue in the core of downtown Canmore. As a composite Fire Service, it includes both full-time (IAFF) and paid response Firefighters. The current complement of CFRS includes a FT Fire Chief, a FT Deputy Chief, 4 FT Captains, 4 FT Firefighters, 12 Casual Firefighters and 36 highly trained and dedicated paid response team members.
Position Overview: The Deputy Fire Chief is a critical leadership position within our organization that combines long range strategic focus with active involvement in the day to day operations of the department. This role is an exceptional opportunity for an energetic, innovative and motivated leader who is looking to play an active role in building and shaping a dynamic team of passionate, dedicated and highly trained Fire-Rescue professionals into the next phase of community growth and team development. In this role you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from many talented people within and outside the organization, as the successful execution of your portfolio will require extensive coordination and collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders. As Deputy Fire Chief, you will be assigned many high priority projects and will have the opportunity to further develop both your strategic and operational skills with this challenging portfolio. Operationally, the Deputy Fire Chief is accountable for assessing the potential fire hazards, anticipating the emergency risks, protecting lives and property of citizens, organizing fire prevention, and maintaining a highly trained firefighting team capable of carrying out a diversity of fire-rescue challenges in our unique geographic locale. The Deputy Fire Chief is also responsible for the Operations and Training portfolios, and for supporting the Fire Chief with education, inspections and overall leadership of the Fire Rescue team. The Deputy Fire Chief responds as required, to assume direct command or provide leadership over firefighting activities and rescue calls when responding to emergencies. This may include considerable work outside of regular business hours as the Deputy Fire Chief is also required to be available on a consultative basis to the Captains when off duty and is Acting Fire Chief as required. To view the full Position Description, click here.
Attributes: In this role you will have a unique opportunity to help shape a strong and dynamic leadership team in an exciting time of transition and growth within both the Fire-Rescue team and the community it adapts to serve. At the Town of Canmore, we hire first for attitude and then for skill, which means that you’ll need to demonstrate a proven track record of working positively and collaboratively with others. We are looking for a strong leader with the demonstrated ability to translate organizational, political, and community needs into operational ones. You have the ability to communicate honestly and directly, build relationships and inspire trust with fire staff, council, managers and the diverse stakeholders to whom you will provide ongoing partnership, support, direction and leadership. You have a genuine interest and talent for leading, mentoring, and motivating others and can create an environment that empowers employees to collaborate, generate, and implement new ideas and creative solutions. In conjunction with your Fire Chief and team, you are willing to improve existing programs or develop new ones that ensure the overall team success and alignment with corporate and community goals and approved budgets. To be successful in this role, you will need to have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a chief officer or senior leadership position as well as thorough knowledge in all aspects of fire, rescue and emergency management. Post Secondary education in Fire Service Management, Business or Public Administration and a strong compliment of NFPA and ICS certifications (see Position Description for complete listing) will help you to be successful in this role.
How to Apply: This posting will remain open until November 3, 2017. To apply, please combine your cover letter and resume into a single document (PDF or Word) and visit our website ( to complete the online application. To help us learn more about you, in your cover letter please clearly detail the following:
  1. Why you want to be the Deputy Fire Chief for the Town of Canmore? Why Canmore?
  2. What interpersonal and leadership skills would make a great leader for our team?
  3. What are the key technical highlights of your training and experience that make you ideally suited to mentor/train our team?
  Prior to beginning work, the successful candidate will be required to submit all required certifications and documentation, including driver`s abstract and records checks. The Town of Canmore wishes to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.