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Fire Chief/General Manager Vancouver Fire Rescue Services
Requisition ID: 20196
As the leader of the Vancouver Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) and a member of the City of Vancouver’s executive team, the Fire Chief plays a critical role in ensuring public safety through the delivery of fire suppression, specialty rescue teams, medical response, safety education and fire prevention services. The Fire Chief has overall responsibility for the operations of 20 fire halls across the city, employing more than 800 firefighters and administrative team members. The Fire Chief also provides leadership and operational oversight to Canada Task Force 1; one of the country’s specialized heavy urban search and rescue teams.
The Fire Chief works with the VFRS leadership team and staff to develop and oversee implementation of the department’s vision and strategic plan and works closely with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to ensure VFRS remains aligned with the broader goals of the City. Serving a highly diverse population, the Chief is responsible for building a team that reflects that diversity and supports an inclusive culture that provides opportunities for all.
The Fire Chief must bring proven skills as an outstanding leader and communicator who can create an environment that fosters excellence and respects diversity in background and thinking. With the credibility to guide a world-class fire rescue service, they have demonstrated the management acumen to oversee a large, complex organization. A proven relationship builder, the Chief will have a track record of partnerships with other first responder and public safety agencies and a demonstrated ability to work with senior managers, front-line staff, union leaders, elected officials and the community to deliver on the department’s mandate and to protect the wellness of the staff doing that work. During their career, the ideal candidate will have gained proficiency in financial and human resource management, including the use of data to drive improvement, as well as community and media relations.
At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities. The City of Vancouver is always interested in adding high performing team members to its staff. If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply on our careers site.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.