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IN FCO 27R – Fire Services Advisor

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  • Posted Date : May 1, 2021
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Job Description

Job description: An eligibility list may be established for future permanent and/or temporary vacancies.

This position is also posted for other locations: Smithers REQ 76645 ,Surrey REQ 76642 ,Kelowna REQ 76648 ,The KootneysREQ 76644 andThe Comox ValleyREQ 76647

Although this position has onsite office based requirements, it can temporarily be performed virtually due to the current extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19. This will remain in place until physical distancing advisories are lifted.

Due to present physical distancing requirements related to COVID-19, the recruitment process for this competition will take place virtually.

An excellent senior opportunity for a dedicated professional

The Fire Services Advisor (FSA) is the senior, regional representative of the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC), with key responsibilities focused at the local level. The FSA liaises with, and provides advice for, local governments, fire departments and other emergency response agencies i.e. the RCMP, community agencies, and members of the public.

Drawing upon their considerable experience and background in the fire services, the FSA plays a crucial role in developing and supporting the OFC’s mandate with respect to leadership, guidance, facilitation, coordination, and expert advice on best practices for the fire services in British Columbia. The FSA provides technical advice and assistance to stakeholders on routine matters upon request; and, also provides more immediate technical advice and assistance to local authority fire services in cases of high-risk situations. The FSA answers inquiries relating to the British Columbia Fire and Building Codes, Provincial Legislation (Fire Services Act), and minimum training standards for the BC Fire Service: “British Columbia Structure Firefighter Minimum Training Standards” (formerly known as the Playbook).

The FSA provides assistance and advice on fire safety inspections in a variety of situations. Working with local fire authorities, the FSA coordinates the investigation and evaluation of fire hazard / life safety complaints when a corrective Order is being requested to mitigate contraventions of non-compliant public property owners under the BC Fire Code and Fire Services Act Legislation. The FSA coordinates appeals by said property owners to set aside, rescind, or amend a corrective order, and represents the Office of the Fire Commissioner by providing expert testimonyduring legal proceedings. The position has the powers of a peace officer for the purposes of the Fire Services Act. FSA provides assistance and oversight toLocal Assistants to the Fire Commissioner (LAFC) in carrying outin fire prevention and enforcement duties. See: OFC Request for Assistance Bulletin

At the request of Police, Coroner, Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner (LAFC), or other local fire authority, the FSA plans and conducts independent investigation/audits of suspicious and/or fatal fire scenes, to determine cause, nature, and origin of fire. The FSA represents the Office of the Fire Commissioner by providing expert testimonyof fire cause determination during legal proceedings.

During a local or provincial emergency, all FSA’s may be required to respond directly to the site of any hazard (ie: wildfire; flood, or other natural or manmade emergency) as part of an organized response supporting local fire services. The FSA may be required to participate in the Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Centre (PREOC) or the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre (PECC) and perform a variety of duties within the scope of their expertise and responsibilities. This may include work after regular hours including evenings, nights and/or weekends.

Some of the required work involved may be in areas distant from the Regional Office; the Fire Services Advisor operates independently and may be required to travel on a frequent basis to carry out the assigned duties, often for several days when cases involve activities in remote parts of the province.

Frequent travel in rural/remote areas of the province, and requires working outside in all weather conditions, sometimes alone. Good physical health is required.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For advice and guidance on applying and/or preparing for an interview for this opportunity, we invite applicants to connect with the Indigenous Applicant Advisor Amanda by email: or by phone: 778-698-1336.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact . DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to , before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Completion of the following:
  • NFPA 1021 Fire Officer 1 through recognized fire training academy or Institute; AND
  • Fire Services Instructor 1.
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in a combination of fire prevention/inspection/investigation; fire suppression operations; Emergency Operations Centres (EOC); and/or training officer roles with recognized fire service provider(s). An equivalent combination of education, skills, training, and/or experience may be considered.
  • Experience facilitating and leading communication and action among individuals, groups, and organizations.
  • In-depth experience working with the “British Columbia Structure Firefighter Minimum Training Standards” Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook” (formerly known as the Playbook).
  • In-depth experience working with the Fire Services Act Legislation; BC Fire Code; Applicable Regulations, and NFPA Standards relating to fire protection and suppression operations.
  • Extensive experience in a compliance and enforcement environment conducting fire investigations and inspections.

Preference may be given to candidates who have:

  • Completed Fire Cause & Origin Level 1, Level 2 and/or Level 3.
  • Related Operations experience at the ranks of Lieutenant and/or Captain.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience within a senior Command Staff Team (i.e. Fire Chief; Deputy Fire Chief; Assistant Fire Chief; Fire Services Coordination / Protection Managers) within a recognized fire service provider in BC.
  • Previous experience in a Training Officer role within a fire department, and/or have previous experience instructing as a representative of a recognized fire training academy in BC.
  • Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner (LAFC) qualification.
  • More than 8 years of relevant experience.

Candidates must be willing and able to:

  • Travel on a frequent basis.
  • Possess a valid unrestricted Class 5 BC Driver’s License.
  • Work evenings / weekends.
  • Be willing and able to work outside in all weather conditions, sometimes alone or with minimal support.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

CRC – A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Cover letter: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES – A resume is required as part of your application; however, itmay notbe used for initial shortlisting purposes. Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire (COMPREHENSIVE): YES – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.

Expected salary: $72724 – 83014 per year

Location: Cranbrook, BC

Job date: Sat, 01 May 2021 05:25:35 GMT

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