Deputy Fire Chief EX23-057

Posting date: January 16, 2023

Job Title: Deputy Fire Chief

Number of Vacancies: 1

Posting number: EX23-057

Status: Permanent Position

Range of Pay: $138,998.16 to $163,644.39 per annum

Start date: To follow selection process

Initial Reporting Location: Lionel E. Lalonde Centre
Eligible to Work from Home: No

Division: Fire Services
Department: Community Safety                                   

Main Function:     This position is responsible to the Chief/General Manager of Community Safety for the complete management, direction and operation of the Fire Services Division, in support of quality customer service outcomes and the Business Plan for the Division.

Duties:     Under the general direction of the Chief/General Manager of Community Safety.       

  1.    Responsible for the preparation and execution of an annual Business Plan covering all mandated services of the Fire Services Division, in concert with the budgeting process.  The plan will detail service goals, expected service/performance outputs, resource inputs required to achieve these outputs, and the performance measures used to assess the Division’s performance against the goals.

  2.    As a senior administrator of the Department, primarily responsible for the municipality’s emergency fire services, support and contribute to the accomplishment of the Community Safety’s Business Plan.

  3.    Provide direction and co-ordination of activities within the Division. Responsible to:
     •    Manage the in-house delivery of emergency fire services assisting in the co-ordination of human and physical resources to maximize efficiency and maintain quality customer service levels.
     •    Act as a representative and contact for the City of Greater Sudbury (CGS) with various stakeholders (e.g. broader public sector, outside agencies, Ontario Fire Marshall’s (OFM), Paramedic and Police Services, etc.). 
     •    Conduct literature reviews, data analysis, best practice reviews, liaise and consult with various stakeholders, and recognized experts, in developing recommendations for performance based service delivery.
     •    Provide ongoing management and control of Fire Operations to ensure quality delivery of services;
     •    Assist in the preparation, implementation and maintenance of CGS’s Emergency Preparedness Plan, as directed
     •    Oversee logistics and purchasing of apparatus, equipment and buildings.

  4.    Act as Chief/General Manager of Community Safety, as directed.

  5.    Manage the financial, human and physical resources of the Division in alignment with CGS’s vision and values, and in accordance with the annual Business Plan.

  6.    Prepare reports and make presentations for Council, Senior Management Team (SMT) and the general public.

  7.    Responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the delivery of Fire
        Operations while ensuring compliance with all legislation and standards (e.g. Fire Prevention and Protection Act (FPPA), NFPA Standards, Ontario Fire Code, etc.).

  8.    Prepare current and capital budget for Divisional review and approval and monitor revenues and expenditures from approved Division budget.  

  9.    Assume standby duties as scheduled, ensuring a standby Operations Duty Officer is available 24/7, 365 days a year.  Respond to major emergencies on a 24-hour basis and assume Incident Command as required.

  10.    Manage the Fire Services’ training complex including marketing, program development, budgeting, maintenance and operation of the facility.

  11.    Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of CGS’s Safety Manual and the applicable Provincial legislation listed therein.

  12.    Perform other related duties as required.


Education and Training:

University degree from a recognized University with Canadian accreditation, preferably in Business or Public Administration an asset.

Successful completion of a Certified Fire Service Administration Program an asset.


Minimum of six (6) years of experience at a leadership level in large, unionized and highly diversified public or private sector organization including four (4) years in the delivery and co-ordination of fire protection.

Experience working in a composite Fire Department considered an asset.


Education and Training:

College Diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution with Canadian accreditation, preferably in Business or Public Administration an asset.

Successful completion of a Certified Fire Service Administration Program an asset.


Minimum of eight (8) years of experience at a leadership level in large, unionized and highly diversified public or private sector organization including four (4) years in the delivery and co-ordination of fire protection.

Experience working in a composite Fire Department considered an asset.

Knowledge of:

Applicable legislation and related regulations (e.g. The Fire Protection and Prevention Act, The Occupational Health and Safety Act, The Ontario Fire Code, National fire Protection Association’s codes and standards).

Thorough knowledge of fire service administration and the principles, practices and techniques of Fire Service operations.

Demonstrated knowledge of collective agreement administration, performance management and collective bargaining.

Excellent computer skills with good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and fire service management software programs.

Abilities to:

Assume responsibility, manage and direct emergency operations.

Work well under pressure, exercise good judgement in emergency situations

Display leadership through sound administrative abilities, attention to detail, strong conceptual thinking and working co-operatively with all staff to achieve positive results.

Possess excellent communication and team-building skills.

Personal Suitability:

Demonstrated character that reflects ethical and professional standards as well as a dedication to providing a quality fire and emergency service.


Excellent use of English, verbally and in writing. 

French verbal skills highly desirable, written skills an asset.


May require the use of a personal or CGS vehicle on CGS business.  Must be physically capable of operating a vehicle safely, possess a valid DZ driver’s licence, have an acceptable driving record and personal insurance coverage.

Leadership Competencies: 

Strategic Implementation (III)


Competency Definition


Level Definition

Shaping the Future

Business Acumen

Understand the business implications of opportunities and decisions, and implement successful business strategies to improve organizational performance.


Applies broader business metrics

Judgment and Decision Making

Make sound decisions involving varied levels of complexity, ambiguity and risk.


Formulates a “big picture” understanding of the near-term impact of decisions

Strategic Orientation

Understand the business implications of decisions on one’s role, and link daily work to the organization’s strategy.


Understands external impact on internal strategy

Delivering Business Results


Work and communicate collaboratively within City of Greater Sudbury to create alignment within and across teams and groups.


Enables organizational collaboration

Customer/Citizen Focus

The desire to work closely with internal and external customers to meet and exceed their expectations.


Uses a long-term perspective; acts as a trusted advisor

Driving for Results

The personal drive to achieve results, and focus one’s attention on accomplishing key objectives and positive outcomes for oneself, one’s team and the business.


Makes cost-benefit analyses

Impact & Influence

Persuade, convince, influence or gain the commitment of others to get them to accept a point of view, adopt a specific direction, commit to an idea, or take a course of action.


Uses customized influence strategies

Organizational Awareness

Learn and understand the key relationships, diverse interest groups and power bases within one’s own and other organizations.


Understands organizational politics

Aligning People & Teams

Developing Others

The genuine intent to foster the long-term learning or development of others by recognizing and supporting their developmental interests and needs, and encouraging opportunities for learning.


Provides in-depth coaching, mentoring or training

Holding Self & Others Accountable

Hold others accountable to execute to high standards of excellence and hold themselves accountable to the same or higher standard.


Acts to address performance issues


Inspire others to work toward common goals by engaging and empowering them, and providing clarity and direction.


Acts as a credible leader

Enhancing Personal Effectiveness

Managerial Courage/Integrity

Acting with integrity, ensuring one’s actions are consistent with City of Greater Sudbury’s values and expectations.


Applies strong personal moral compass to strategic decisions and actions


For more information on leadership competencies, please see our Leadership Competency Dictionary.

How to Apply:

Résumés quoting EX23-057 are invited and will be received by the City of Greater Sudbury’s Human Resources and Organizational Development Division, by e-mail at or fax at 705-688-3979, for the above noted position until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.  Any application received after this deadline will not be considered.

For further instructions on how to apply to this position, please visit our How to Apply section.

All City of Greater Sudbury employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with the City's mandatory Vaccination Policy. Please do not submit your proof of vaccination with your resume. This information will only be required if you are selected as the candidate of choice.

All applicants are thanked for their interest in this position.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  If contacted, and you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process you must advise the Hiring Manager.

The City of Greater Sudbury is dedicated to maintaining an equitable, inclusive, diverse and accessible work environment. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in Canada. To find out if you’re eligible and for more information, visit our Applicants Living Outside of Canada web page. If you received your education from an educational institution outside of Canada, a copy of your Word Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) document is required, along with your credentials. Personal information submitted will be used for the purpose of determining suitability for this competition only in accordance with The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.