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Assistant Fire Chief - Operations (2 Positions)

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Position Title Assistant Fire Chief - Operations (2 Positions)
Job Status Regular Full-Time
About Us
Home to vast parkland and attractions including Grouse Mountain, Lynn Canyon and Capilano Suspension Bridge, the District of North Vancouver is inspired by nature, and enriched by people. Designated one of BC’s Top Employers for six years, the District offers exciting professional development opportunities and a competitive total compensation package. This is an exciting time to join the District, as we embark on a range of initiatives to transform digital service delivery, customer experience, and our approach to climate action. Known for being a flexible, family-friendly employer with an inclusive workplace culture, the District of North Vancouver is an exceptional place to work. If you are civic-minded and interested in making an impact on people and businesses on the beautiful North Shore, consider working for the District of North Vancouver.
Position Overview
The District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (DNVFRS) is a mission-oriented emergency services agency focused on the safety and well being of the community. With over 130 firefighters, command, training, and support staff at five fire stations, we serve the District’s 160 square kilometres of urban and wilderness land, and our 82,500 residents. The DNVFRS is the first career department in BC and 9th in Canada to achieve Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

With two Assistant Fire Chief positions available, the District of North Vancouver Fire Service (DNVFS) is known for its innovation and collaboration across the North Shore. The DNVFS is well poised to transition into a state of the art, 21st century Fire Service. Joining our team at this time in a senior leadership capacity presents an exciting opportunity. This role is ideal for a proactive individual who excels in achieving results. The Assistant Fire Chief position entails overseeing the administrative, operational, and leadership aspects of the Fire Department, including strategic planning, organization, coordination, project management, and procurement of goods and services to support fire operations.

You are a forward thinking, visionary leader capable of implementing progressive ideas and concepts and able to operate in a participatory environment. You will demonstrate a genuine concern and interest for the well-being and professional development of staff in an environment that encourages personnel to perform at a high level while providing effective and efficient services for the benefit of the community. 

You should have a good knowledge of Fire & Rescue administrative functions, budgets, labour relations and strategic planning. You have completed the minimum educational requirements (listed below) as related to the practical, technical, supervisory and administrative aspects of the work, and possess sound related operational, administrative, and fire prevention experience, preferably at a leadership level.

Qualifications (or equivalent experience/education)

  • NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications – Fire Officer IV.
  • Executive Fire Chief Officer (ECFO) and/or Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated leadership experience with progressive responsibility and supervisory experience in the Fire Service.
  • Have completed formal post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate in Business Administration, Emergency Management, Fire Service Leadership or a related field.
  • Candidates are expected to have supplemented their professional development with additional courses/curriculum demonstrating a commitment to continuous learning.
  • Available for rotational after-hours on-call duty with a maximum emergency incident response time of 45 minutes from time of notification to on-scene.
  • Demonstrated computer competency in related business and office software programs.
  • Demonstrated business writing competency including briefings, memorandums and reports.

Required Licences & Certificates (or equivalent experience/education)
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Valid B.C. Driver’s License, Class 3 with Air Brake endorsement.
  • NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications – Fire Officer III.
  • NFPA 1521, Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer – Incident Safety Officer.
  • NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications – Level II.
  • Emergency Medical Assistant – First Responder Level-III (Higher or Equivalent Accepted)
  • Blue Card Incident Command Certification.


Salary: The pay range for this exempt position is $137,898.63 to $153,184.17 per annum (2022 rates)
Hours of Work: 35-hour work week (Compressed work schedule available)


The District of North Vancouver is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and accessible work environment. If you have what we’re looking for and have a passion to serve people and the community, a demonstrated understanding of safety, a commitment to supporting a healthy and safe workplace, and a willingness to take further safety training as required, we would like to hear from you. Please apply with on-line at by June 23, 2024 to be considered.

If you require accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please inform us when we contact you.

We thank you for your interest in employment with the District of North Vancouver and advise that only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

We respectfully acknowledge the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), on whose ancestral lands the District of North Vancouver is located.
Compensation The pay range for this exempt position is $137,898.63 to $153,184.17 per annum (2022 rates)
Posting Detail Information

Posting Number JP#24-39
Job Open Date 06/04/2024
Job Close Date 06/23/2024
Special Instructions to Applicants

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is the highest level of education attained?
    • High School Diploma/GED
    • Technical/Trade School Certificate/Diploma
    • Associates Degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • PHD
  2. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 1-3
    • 3-5
    • 5-7
    • 7+

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Other