FIRE PREVENTION OFFICER
3 Days per Week
March 1 – October 31, 2019
“Building a Sustainable Municipality”
Building - Through council’s leadership, building and diversifying Big Lakes County’s economy and strengthening the County’s role as a leader of rural municipalities.
Sustainable – Striving for sustainability in Big Lakes County by setting the stage for continued innovation, education, diversification and good government.
Municipality – Maintaining the rural landscape in Big Lakes County by protecting agricultural resources and significant natural environments for future generations.
Under the direction of the Fire Chief, the Fire Prevention Officer will assist the Fire Chief in organizational mandates including fire permit issuance, fire prevention projects and activities, as well as Emergency Management projects and tasks. The Fire Prevention Officer shall act as the main point of contact from March 1 to October 31 for all fire permit enquiries, fire permit issuance, suspension and cancellations in concert with the Slave Lake Wildfire Management Area. Special projects directly related to Big Lakes County Fire Services administration and operations as well as Big Lakes County’s Emergency Management Program shall also be assigned as part of the Fire Prevention Officer’s duties.
Key Roles & Responsibilities
- Establish and maintain a sound working relationship with inter-agency Area Forest Officers, Fish and Wildlife Officers, Parks Conservation Officers, Peace Officers, Bylaw Officer and RCMP Officers.
- Provide information, assistance, and enforcement in a polite, courteous and professional manner to all stakeholders and public forest land users.
- Record fire permit requests, and arrange for an inspection to determine legislative compliance (determine if fire permit will be approved, denied or cancelled).
- Issue approved fire permits; ensuring that the approved burning will be completed under safe burning conditions and will not escape the fire permits legal land location.
- Pass all fire permit locations to the Wildfire Management Area and notify the County Bylaw Officer and Slave Lake Wildfire Operations Center.
- Maintain a fire permit-tracking registry that records all fire permit and patrol activities information monthly and for the year-end report.
- Educate stakeholders and rural residents about safe burning practices and changing fire hazard conditions, through friendly and courteous contact.
- Monitor fire hazard conditions and communicate changing conditions to fire permittee holders.
- Take part in Fire Prevention Educational events, activities, displays and FireSmart home assessments.
- Post and update wildfire prevention and fire hazard signage information.
- Participate in Fire Restriction, Fire Advisory, Fire Ban and Forest Closure patrols, road closures, and gate monitoring activities in the local forest area.
- Emergency Management, Fire Services projects and training as assigned.
- Promote fire prevention in the region through inspections, public appearances, and public information education programs.
- Oversee the general upkeep and orderliness of the fire station and the maintenance and operation of all emergency equipment and apparatus as assigned.
- Perform other related duties as required or as responsibilities necessitate.
Education & Experience
- Grade 12 / GED, plus some related experience
- Criminal Records Check
- Valid First Aid Certificate with CPR
- Provide current 5-year drivers abstract
- Familiar with ATS mapping system
- Municipal fire service experience (preferred)
- NFPA 1001 Level II (preferred)
- ICS 100 (preferred)
- Valid Class 5 Drivers License with “Q” Endorsement (preferred)
Knowledge, Skills & Attributes
- Good communication and public relations skills in order to deal tactfully with the public.
- Possess high degree of integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
- Ability to perform well in a high-paced work environment.
- Ability to support, collaborate and develop mutually beneficial partnerships with others in and outside the organization in accordance with the County’s mission and values.
- Possess a constant awareness of the external and internal customer and direct all efforts to the service of those customers.
- The ability to organize and prioritize workload.
- Possess good planning and organizational skills, demonstrating initiative and innovation with the ability to prioritize workload.
- Work with minimal supervision.
Health & Safety:
- All personnel working at Big Lakes County are governed by the County’s Health & Safety Policy.
- Ensures all operations are conducted in a safe manner and in accordance with County Policies and Occupational Health & Safety Regulations
- Must follow all safe job procedures
Note: the above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities require of the positions.
Submit cover letter and resume, including references to:
Human Resources Manager
Big Lakes County
Box 239, High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0
Ph: 780-523-5955 Fx: 780-523-4227
Deadline for applications: Open until suitable candidate is found.
Big Lakes County thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Visit our website at www.biglakescounty.ca for more information.