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Fire Chief Employer: RM of Springfield Location: Oakbank, MB Application Deadline: May 16, 2021

Job Description:

Reporting to the CAO, the Fire Chief provides leadership and management in all aspects of fire and emergency services within the RM of Springfield.

The Fire Chief manages the RM of Springfield’s Fire Services Departments and administers fire operation plans, implementation of the health and safety programs, oversees the Safety Codes Fire Discipline and Prevention program, fire training and emergency planning / response measures and assists with the development of Emergency Management Plans.

The Fire Chief supports Council and Administration in the process of allocating resources and developing applicable by-laws, guidelines and policies related to the safety and protection of Municipal residents, property, environment, economy and reputation.


Key Responsibilities

The Fire Chief shall be responsible to the CAO for the proper administration of the Fire Department and for the discipline of its members. He / She may make such general orders and departmental rules as may be necessary for the care and protection of the property of the department, for the conduct of the members, and generally for the efficient operation of the Fire Department providing that such general orders do not conflict with the provisions of any by-law of the Municipality, and/or Act or Regulation of the Province.

Any general orders and departmental rules need not be identical to those of the other departments of the municipality, but all general orders and rules shall be made available to the CAO who reserves the right to amend or appeal any such order or rule.

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar and related.

  • To fulfill the responsibilities of the Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner as outlined within the Fire Prevention and Emergency Response Act C.C.S.M. c. F80.
  • To direct the preparation of short and long range plans for the development, operation and maintenance of all departmental activities and equipment within the jurisdiction of the Department and as necessary for consideration and/or ratification by Council.
  • Develop, implement, and review all Fire Department goals, objectives, policies and procedures in accordance with the current Springfield Fire Prevention By-Law, as well as federal and provincial legislation.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate the Fire Department’s work plan through appropriate departmental staff; delegate work activities and responsibilities to appropriate departmental personnel; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; identify and resolve problems and/or work issues.
  • Oversee all administrative tasks, inclusive of the following:
    – Develop and monitor department budget.
    – Approve budget expenditures.
    – Advise department personnel on budget matters.
    – Manage department payroll.
    – Maintain records on incidence of fire, injuries and loss of property.
    – Prepare department reports on all areas of firefighting.
    – Review and evaluate service delivery methods and systems including administrative and support systems and internal relationships; identify opportunities for improvement and implement changes to standard operating procedures to enhance services.
  • Respond to major incidents and coordinate activities as necessary.
  • Coordinate inspections of buildings and properties as per the Fire Prevention and Emergency Response Act C.C.S.M. c. F80 and the current Fire Prevention By-Law as amended periodically, and to coordinate on-site inspections prior to special functions as requested or required.
  • Review all fire cause and injury investigations conducted by Fire Prevention Officers and submit, as required, all investigative information and material to the Office of the Fire Commissioner.
  • Oversee the maintenance and repair of all Fire Department equipment and vehicles, as well as daily maintenance of all Fire Department facilities.
  • To establish and maintain effective liaison and working relationships with the provincial government departments, other municipal corporations, municipal departments and businesses located in the Municipality of Springfield.
  • To attend and participate in professional and community meetings as necessary in order to remain current on issues relevant to the field of fire protective services and relative service delivery responsibilities including the development of responses to and the resolution of sensitive and complex community and organizational inquiries and complaints.
  • Take all the proper measures for the prevention, control and extinguishments of fires and for the protection of life and property and shall enforce all municipal by-laws respecting fire prevention, all general orders and departmental rules and shall exercise the powers and duties imposed by the Fire Prevention Act and CAO.
  • Report all fires to the Office of the Fire Commissioner for the Province.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and repair of all equipment and vehicles, which are part of the department; and ensure every vehicle owned by the department is inspected by a valid inspection mechanic as per the requirements of the Highway Traffic Act and Regulations.
  • Sign off on expense invoices for the Fire Department.
  • All other duties as required by the RM of Springfield.


Supervision and Development of Staff

  • To lead, mentor, develop, train and cultivate the development and growth of the leadership and members of the Springfield Fire Department in terms of personal and professional growth plus the maximization of service delivery opportunities within the Rural Municipality of Springfield.
  • Oversee the recruitment, training and evaluation programs for all fire personnel including, but not limited to:
    – Identify and resolve staff deficiencies.
    – Execute discipline and/or termination procedures, in accordance with municipal policies.
  • Final sign off on employee timesheets and ensure the submission of timesheets monthly to the municipality for the purpose of payroll preparation.
  • Monthly records of attendance of members at all emergency responses, practices, training sessions and meetings.
  • Facilitate training and educational programs if required for members of the department.
  • Employee performance evaluations.


Job Requirements (minimum standards):

  • Grade 12
  • Minimum Fire Fighting Level II NFPA 1001
  • Minimum Fire Officer Level I NFPA 1021
  • Fire Officer Level II NFPA 1021 is considered an asset.
  • Ten (10) years experience as a firefighter, with a minimum of five years in a supervisory / management role.
  • Post secondary education in disciplines such as administrative management, leadership, human resources management or emergency services is desirable.
  • Class 4 Manitoba drivers’ licence with air
  • Demonstrated knowledge in all areas of fire services including fire prevention, public education, investigations, code enforcement, communications, mechanical, fire suppression and emergency response is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of all equipment, apparatus, maintenance and operations.
  • Must have a thorough working knowledge of provincial and municipal fire prevention by-law statutes, codes, regulations and standards
  • Experience with administrative duties, self-direction, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills are imperative.
  • High proficiency in the use of computer programs including MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills.
  • Excellent communication skills including written, verbal / interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Effective conflict management skills
  • Creative and innovative thinking skills.

Qualified Candidates:
Please submit a cover letter and resume by 4:00 p.m. May 16, 2021 to either the email, fax, or post mailing address noted below.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Direct Applications To:

RM of Springfield
Attention: Human Resources Department
“Fire Chief”
Box 219, Oakbank MB R0E 1J0


Tel: 204 444-3321

Fax: 204 444-2137

Application Deadline: May 16, 2021