Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers jobs in Canada

Salary

101 220 $
This salary is an average estimate between all available diplomas degrees related to this career. Click here to get an overview of salary depending of diploma.
No certificate, diploma or degree : 39 570 $
High school diploma or equivalent : 106 720 $
Postsecondary certificate or diploma below bachelor level : 98 730 $
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above : 127 040 $

Career's stability

Stable
The career's stability is based on the employment projection for that working area for the year 2022.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of a college program in fire protection technology, fire science or a related field is usually required.
  • Completion of a provincial or municipal firefighters training course is required.
  • A minimum of ten years of experience as a firefighter is usually required before becoming eligible for a senior officer position.

Job overview

Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate firefighting operations and fire prevention activities in fire departments. Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers are employed by municipal and federal governments and by industrial establishments with firefighting services.

Main duties

  • Develop, implement and evaluate policies and procedures for the operation of a municipal fire department, a district fire region or an industrial firefighting service
  • Plan, direct and co-ordinate firefighting strategies for fire departments
  • Evaluate the type of fire, the extent of damage to buildings and the danger to nearby establishments
  • Direct activities at the scene of a fire
  • Determine damage estimates and investigate the potential causes of a fire after extinguished
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of security and fire prevention campaigns
  • Represent the fire department in communications with government, the media and the public
  • Direct the training of personnel in firefighting methods
  • Co-ordinate and monitor budget and departmental resources.

Illustrative example(s)

  • deputy fire chief
  • district fire chief
  • fire chief

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