432- Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
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.
Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers perform some or all of the following 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.
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.
National Occupation Classification, (2011)
Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,
Catalogue no. 12-583-X