Assistant Chief Fire Prevention (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 28633 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Vancouver Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) invites interested, qualified applicants to apply for the position of Assistant Chief, Fire Community Safety.

Reporting to the Assistant General Manager/Deputy Chief Community Safety, the successful candidate will be responsible for the effective development and implementation of community safety and fire prevention for the University of British Columbia/University Endowment Lands and City of Vancouver.  This skilled and specialized position is responsible for enforcement of the Fire Services Act; plan review for compliance to the B.C. Building and Fire Codes; public education and inspections.  The successful candidate will work closely with the Fire Protection Engineer to provide expertise and make recommendations involving building code issues and determining code equivalencies for the University of BC, the Endowment Lands and City of Vancouver.  The successful candidate will also be conversant with the BC Building Code, BC Fire Code, Vancouver Building and Fire By-laws and all applicable codes and standards. The Assistant Chief, Community Safety, will have superior communications skills and represents the Department in all committees involved in fire safety within the University of BC, the Endowment Lands and the City of Vancouver.

This position demands wide latitude of independent action within the framework of established policy and practice. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability as a critical thinker, capable of making strategic decisions and sound judgment in developing work programs, supervising staff and consultants. As a member of the Senior Exempt Team, this position manages complex projects in consultation with Council, partner agencies, and the private sector.


The ideal candidate will have all or a majority of the following qualifications:

  • Ability to plan, direct, coordinate, analyze data, assign and review the work of a team of professional and technical staff utilizing effective leadership and mentoring skills
  • Ability to lead multi-disciplinary project management teams involving aggressive schedules and deadlines
  • Experience in fire service at a supervisor/management level
  • Superior communication skills, both verbal and written, to effectively work with Department staff, outside agencies and other municipal departments
  • Ability to make public presentations
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise technical and policy reports for presentation to senior City staff and Council
  • Ability to engage in facilitation, negotiation and conflict resolution with professionals, City staff and other government agencies and municipalities
  • Project management experience, preferably at the system management level
  • Significant in-depth working knowledge of computers, computer systems, and programs associated with Community Safety including but, not limited to, Posse, FDM, Excel, Lagan, prism, etc.
  • Proven track record with being involved in various roles and responsibilities over your career within the fire service
  • Proven track record as a positive, forward thinking individual dedicated to assisting peers and the Department to achieve stated goals
  • Demonstrated abilities to lead change management programs
  • Post-secondary education and/or management courses
  • Relevant training, courses, conferences, seminars or forums
  • Have extensive knowledge of the B.C. Fire Code, City of Vancouver Fire Bylaw, B.C. Fire Services Act, City of Vancouver Building Bylaw, N.F.P.A. standards and applicable regulations
  • The ability to work effectively with others to accomplish common goals
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in Fire investigations and their relationship to the Community Safety division and VFRS.

Business Unit/Department: Community Safety Division/Fire Rescue Services 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time (RFT) 

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply through our careers site.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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