Fire & Life Safety Advisor
Requisition ID: 25358
Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and 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.
Main Purpose and Function
The Fire Safety Advisor provides advice and operational management pertaining to the City’s Fire Safety Program. This includes inspections and audits to ensure all City assets are compliant with BC Fire Code and Building Code. This position will provide on-site tactical planning with respect to fire safety plans, equipment inspection programs, fire safety education and training, and fire prevention activities. The Fire Safety Advisor provides fire safety advice and expertise to City managers, and works with stakeholders to ensure compliance with applicable legislation, codes, standards and best practices.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
- Develops and implements fire safety programs/systems/approaches.
- Works with managers and supervisors to develop appropriate and coordinated fire plans and responses.
- Advises managers and supervisors on practices, policies and duties required to be in compliance with Fire Code.
- Provides consultation to City departments/programs regarding fire safety issues and requirements.
- Works with Managers, supervisors and staff to develop fire Safety programs specific to leased properties, including roles and responsibilities.
- In conjunction with Real Estate and Facilities Management, Planning and Development (Capital Project) ensures that appropriate equipment and fire plans are in place in leased facilities and that drills are conducted and staff educated to code in these facilities.
- Works with the Manager, Fire Safety to develop policies and procedures to ensure City assets continue to be compliant.
- Audits City Buildings and other assets to ensure they meet BC Fire Code and Building Code and take appropriate action to bring them into compliance
- Develops and maintains fire emergency response protocols.
- Maintains records of all required fire safety activities.
- Develops and updates, as required, site specific fire safety plans for each directly managed facility.
- Supports managers in the implementation of their departmental specific fire safety plan.
- Interprets and maintains compliance standards in accordance with the BC Fire Code and BC building code and related regulations.
- Advises the monitoring stations of changes in the status of the building life safety systems impairments.
- Coordinates Fire Watch activities during irregular operations related to building, life safety system outages and impairments.
- Documents and ensures annual testing of fire alarm and building suppression systems through a trade qualified professional.
- Develops and delivers fire safety education content for all staff; manages the on-line fire safety education program.
- Provides fire safety orientation education sessions to City staff, and contractors.
- Identifies the need for, and leads or updates, risk assessments.
- Analyzes and produces statistics and metrics related to fire safety.
- Ensures fire drills are conducted in all directly managed facilities as per British Columbia Fire Code regulations.
- Ensures that designated staff complete weekly fire safety hazard checks and take immediate action to remedy.
- Ensures that all portable fire extinguishers and hoses are inspected and maintained as required by regulations.
- Monitors designated personnel to ensure that they can function as a first responder in fire alarm response.
- Supervise and coordinate subordinate staff and or work performed by a contracted service including making recommendations regarding the use of contracted services.
- Acts as a liaison with local municipal fire departments.
- Establishes and fosters a “fire safety culture” within The City.
Education and Experience:
- Post-secondary education in a related field (minimum 2-year diploma) or equivalent education and experience
- Industry recognized professional certification in risk management, emergency management and/or fire prevention is preferred
- Fire safety experience preferably in a corporate environment
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Considerable regulatory knowledge and demonstrated practical application of fire safety policies and programs.
- Ability to develop and foster relationships and collaborate with client groups and colleagues
- A broad based knowledge of principles and techniques related to fire safety planning
- Ability to handle confidential and/or sensitive information with a high degree of discretion and impartially
- Ability to converse with, writes reports for, and create/deliver presentations in ways that support problem solving and planning
- Strong management and facilitation skills.
- Ability to exercise tact and discretion and work effectively within a team environment
- Ability to prepare and deliver training material
- Ability to supervise and coordinate subordinate staff and/or contracted work
- Skilled in conflict resolution and the ability to identify potential pitfalls and problems areas
- Good computer skills and working knowledge of computer information access and protection
Drivers License and Record Checks:
- A current and valid BC Driver’s License
- A Police Record Check may be a requirement of this position. A clearance requires the absence of any criminal charges or convictions related to this position.
Business Unit/Department: Real Estate & Facilities Mgmt (1100)
Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Parks
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Position Start Date: March, 2021
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-025: $37.23 to $43.95 per hour
Application Close: February 5, 2021
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. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
To be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity with a generous benefits package, please apply on our careers site.
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