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Deputy Fire Chief

City of Langley

The City of Langley is 10-square-kilometre urban centre located in the heart of the Lower Mainland economic region. With a population of over 25,000, the City of Langley offers residents all the amenities of a major urban centre including shopping and dining, world-class education and entertainment facilities, extensive recreational opportunities and community events, and over 346 acres of parkland. Today, the City’s regional town centre is one of the most active industrial and service commercial land bases in the Lower Mainland.

Langley City Fire Rescue operates with 3 Chief Officers and 45 career and paid-on-call firefighters. The department also oversees a shared emergency program between the City and Township of Langley. For the past several years the Department has been experiencing growth in calls for service. In 2016, the department responded to 3,206 calls.

To learn more, please visit the City of Langley’s website.

Reporting to the Fire Chief, the Deputy Fire Chief assists the Fire Chief in planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the operations of the Fire Department in all fire suppression and related emergency services and assists in ensuring that the department functions at an effective level within the policies approved by the Council, the requirements of municipal bylaws and the expectations of the community. The Deputy Fire Chief exercises considerable independence of judgment and action in carrying out assignments in accordance with department policies, plans and objectives. 

Reporting directly to this position are the career Firefighters and the Fire Prevention Officer.

Position Details

Assists the Fire Chief in managing the department.  Assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Fire Chief in his absence.

  • Assists the Fire Chief in preparing the annual capital and operating budgets.
  • Assists in preparation of all specifications for new equipment and oversees all purchases of operations materials such as turnout gear and training supplies.
  • Provides administrative and technical advice to the Fire Chief on operational issues and participates in the formulation of departmental policies, procedures and operational guidelines.
  • Is designated as Duty Chief Officer in rotation with the Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief, which requires being on call 24 hours per day and being available to respond to all major emergencies.In addition, during the Duty Officer periods:
  • Arranges for and directs all non-preventative maintenance repairs to buildings and equipment;
  • Acts as a Public Information Officer for the Department and/or City;
  • Performs fire investigations in the absence of the Fire Prevention Officer.
  • Participates with the Fire Chief in the hiring and selection of new personnel.
  • Evaluates the work of subordinates, guides them and identifies needs for development.
  • Acts for the employer in grievance meetings, arbitration hearings and related disciplinary actions.Resolves issues arising from application of the Collective Agreement.
  • Responds to all major fires and life-threatening incidents while on or off duty as required.This may involve directing operations at a major incident.
  • Coordinates staffing and payroll procedures and documentation.
  • Develops and implements operational guidelines and policy documents for approval by the Fire Chief.
  • Manages the fire prevention program, supervises fire prevention staff and participates in fire prevention and fire safety campaigns.
  • Acts as a Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner (LAFC).
  • Maintains extensive contacts with outside agencies and the community.Attends meetings as the Department’s representative and meets with citizens, citizens’ groups, Federal, Provincial and Municipal Departments and other fire related agencies.
The Person:

Desirable Knowledge, Training and Experience

  • Completion of Grade 12.
  • Post-secondary training in business administration or a related discipline.
  • Completion of a Diploma or Certificate program in Local Government Administration, fire service management or equivalent.
  • Extensive related Fire Department experience in progressively responsible roles.
  • NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer IV
  • NFPA 1521 – Incident Safety Officer
  • NFPA 1041 – Fire Service Instructor II
  • NFPA 1033 – Fire Investigator
  • NFPA 1031 – Fire Inspector III
  • ICS 400 – Incident Command System
  • Working knowledge of computer programs such as FDM, MS Office, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  • Solid working knowledge of legislation related to the fire service including the BC Building and Fire Codes.
  • Knowledge of municipal emergency management including BCERMS.
  • Experience working with senior staff and politicians.

Required Licenses, Certificates and Registrations

  • NFPA 1021 – Fire Officer III
  • Valid Class 3 Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia with air brake endorsement.

Competencies and Personal Characteristics

Leadership - Achieves desired organizational results by encouraging and supporting the contribution of others; a proactive and positive team player who acts with a sense of urgency and leads by example; sets and communicates clear goals.

Accountable – Holds self and others accountable for responsibilities; focuses on results and measuring attainment of outcomes in a business focus.

Strategic – Develops and implements a plan in support of organizational strategic direction. Demonstrates an understanding of the link between one’s job responsibilities and overall organizational goals and needs, and performs one’s job with the broader goals in mind.

Integrity and Honesty – Demonstrates a resolute commitment to and respect for the spirit and intent behind the rules and core values of the organization, setting an example of professionalism and ethical propriety.

 Creativity and Innovation – Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/ processes

Effective Working Relationships – Treats staff, colleagues, and customers with respect; resolves conflicts respectfully and in a timely manner, negotiates effectively, and provides effective feedback to colleagues/employees.

Influential and Collaborative – Has an honest, open, and consistent approach to working with others and possesses strong relationship and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and develop/maintain partnerships, obtaining stakeholder agreement.

Communication – Clearly presents written and verbal  information; writes with clarity and purpose; communicates effectively in both positive and negative circumstances; listens well.

People Development – Fosters long-term learning and development of others through coaching, managing performance and mentoring; has a genuine desire to develop others and help them succeed; formally and informally recognizes deserving staff and colleagues.

Citizen Focused – Anticipates, responds, and attends to the needs of colleagues and citizens, and other internal and external stakeholders of the department and organization; keeps the citizen interests in the forefront.


A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits.  Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.

Nick Lay or Tony Kirschner
#880—609 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC    V7Y 1G5
Phone: (604) 688-8422

Additional information can be found at:

Deputy Fire Chief Langley British Columbia

Expiry Date: 2017-11-06
Date Posted: 2017-10-06
Province: British Columbia
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