Deputy Fire Chief – Training and Support Services

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Deputy Fire Chief – Training and Support Services Olds, Alberta



We have an exciting opportunity for a Deputy Fire Chief – Training & Support Services to join the Town of Olds, Alberta. This is a newly created position and will manage and supervise the training, prevention, and membership division of the department. This position is also responsible for providing emergency response, ensuring the operational readiness of the fire service, and to work alongside, and as necessary, providing supervision to the paid-on call members.  The Deputy Fire Chief – Training and Support Services will report into the Director of Protective Services (Fire Chief) and work with the current Deputy Fire Chief – Operations.


The Town of Olds is a vibrant community 59 km south of Red Deer and 90 km north of Calgary. Olds is home to 9,184 residents who feel they have the best of both worlds with a small town feel and big city amenities.  Olds is the hub of Mountain View County with a drawing population of more than 45,000 with a thriving retail and business sector.  It is positioned close to 4 beautiful lakes, the mountains, has an excellent hospital, college and schools and recreational facilities.    

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  • Manage and supervise firefighters through the application of National Fire Protection Association standards, Olds Fire Department Standard Operating Guidelines, Town of Olds policies and procedures, and other applicable standards.
  • Assist the Fire Chief with establishing goals, objectives, financial and personnel requirements and performance indicators related to training, prevention, and emergency management division functions along with monitoring the achievement of results.
  • Coordinate and oversees annual member recruitment, recruit training, and cadet program.
  • Provide verbal and written communications, coaching, consultation, mentoring and performance monitoring to ensure staff performance.
  • Manage and directly supervise the Firefighter/Fire Prevention Officer and inspection program maintaining compliance with the Quality Management Plan of the Town of Olds.
  • Manage, supervise, and administer the Town of Olds Emergency Management program to maintain compliance with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency requirements.
  • Perform duties of Director of Emergency Management when required.
  • Manage, supervise, and administer the Town of Olds Emergency Management program to maintain compliance with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency requirements.
  • Assist the Fire Chief in managing, capital, and operating budgets (including budget preparation).
  • Administrate the training/training grounds, fire prevention and education, emergency management budgets, and collaborates on member related items.
  • Supervise, manage, maintain, and administer the Health and Safety Program including Biz Trainer in collaboration with the Health and Safety Committee.
  • Work collectively with Human Resources on accident/incident investigation reports and provide to Health & Safety committee.
  • Coordinate all Town of Olds departments requirements for maintaining COR Certification.
  • Work in compliance with the OHS regulations and all related department policies and procedures.
  • Acts as Safety Coordinator for the Town of Olds Health and Safety Program.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Minimum 10 years in Fire Services with at least 3 years in a managerial or an officer role.
  • Experience as a past or current member of a Paid-On Call Fire Department would be an asset.
  • Experience in a training/mentorship role.
  • Extensive experience “on scene” in a variety of diverse types of emergency situations.
  • Experience in Health & Safety training and administration would be an asset.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Public Administration or a related field OR post-secondary. education in Fire Services or Emergency Management are an asset.
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Level II.
  • NFPA 1021 Level I.
  • NFPA 472 Operations level.
  • NFPA 1041 Level I, Level II would be considered an asset.
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 300 – 400 would be considered an asset.
  • Alberta Emergency Management Agency Director of Emergency Management.
  • Alberta Safety Codes Council Fire Group B-2 and C-2 will be required within one year of employment.
  • Standard First Aid CPR/AED “C”, Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) or Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) designation would be an asset.
  • Valid Alberta Class 3 with Q (Air) Endorsement Driver’s License, Class 4 would be an asset.
  • Intermediate computer skills with above average working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, experience with Fire Record Management would be an asset.
  • Technical knowledge of the internal and external operations of fire and emergency services.
  • Highly effective communications skills with a strong ability to listen and present information to various groups, sometimes in highly stressful situations.
  • Write and speak in clear professional dialect to effectively communicate with stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in dealing with staff, peers, the public, and council under all types of conditions.
  • Ability to recognize changing priorities and approach these changing situations with common sense and sound judgment.
  • Pragmatic decision maker always keeps the overall vision and values of organization at the forefront for decision making.
  • Strong desire for continuous learning.


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