Fire Prevention Officer

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Reporting to the Manager, Emergency Services/Fire Chief, the incumbent will:
• Be responsible for the daily administration and operation of the Fire Prevention program with Emergency Services
• Assess building plans and inspect premises in the community for compliance with relevant codes and standards related to fire protection
• Prepare inspection orders, review fire safety plans, investigate fires, assist in the prosecution of offenders and prepare and deliver fire and life safety presentations to various stakeholders

• High School graduation plus an additional programme of over one and up to two years, or equivalent
• over four years, up to and including five years current related experience (experience in Incident Command, and being able to direct multiple staff in high stressful situations)

Or equivalent to the above.

• Must be certified to the NFPA Standard 1001 Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications Level I & II which includes NFPA 1072 Hazmat Operations
• Current First Aid & CPR Certifications are required
• Certified in NFPA 1031, Certified Fire Inspector, NFPA 1035, Life Safety Educator Level 1, and NFPA1033, Certified Fire Investigator.
• The ability to successfully complete all certifications required to work as a Fire Prevention Officer in the Province of Ontario within 2 years of recruitment.

• Good understanding of emergency services (modern firefighting and fire prevention methods), emergency services operations and municipal services.
• Sound technical knowledge relative to area of responsibility – for example, technical aspects of alarm, detection and voice communication systems, elevators, sprinkler systems, fire pumps, hazardous materials, emergency electrical power and other factors related to fire protection; fire safety education, code compliance inspection, incident investigation methods.
• Interpersonal skills to establish and maintain relations with others (County staff, peers within other organizations, agencies / organizations, and the public).
• Research, analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills to enable the assessment of issues / situations, develop options and make decisions necessary for the effective and efficient operation of work unit.
• Communication skills (listening, writing, verbal), including facilitation and presentation skills to provide clear information and to ensure solid understanding of fire prevention requirements, and guidelines.
• Time Management / organization skills to identify priorities, re-arrange work if required to meet identified deadlines.
• A valid Ontario Driver’s License (Class G) and access to a reliable vehicle is required. DZ license is an asset.

Level 3 – The incumbent must possess introductory and intermediate level computer skills scored at 65% or higher for Outlook and at least one of Word / Excel / PowerPoint to ensure their
• proven ability to apply essential functions of desktop software to create simple spreadsheets, documents,
• send and receive emails,
• use Internet for research,
• file management
• and/or require introductory to intermediate knowledge of department or division-specific software to accomplish job tasks

Accountabilities / Tasks

Include, but are not limited to the following:
• Contribute to the development of appropriate policies and procedures, fire prevention training modules, as required
• Assist with the application of legislation and regulations relevant to the Division; including
 Emergency Services policies and procedures,
 County by-laws respecting fire safety and fire prevention,
 provincial statues and regulations respecting fire safety and fire prevention,
 appropriate standards of the Canadian Standards Association,
 listings of the Canadian Standards Association Testing Laboratories, the Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada, National Fire Protection Association and the National Research Council of Canada,
 methods of fire investigation
• Ensure he / she understands and safely conducts work within applicable Acts, regulations, approved County policies and procedures
• Research and prepare / drafts documentation on current projects, conditions, issues; make recommendations if / as required; present information at public and other meetings
• Ensure records for all projects / work undertaken are current accurate and complete and that documentation is readily retrievable
• Conduct operational pre-planning
• Liaise with other municipal departments / divisions and agencies
• Represent the Division at relevant meetings, if required
• Practice effective public relations to sustain the positive image of the Corporation in Haldimand County
• Establish and maintain relationships with counterparts in other Municipal governments, and ensure cooperative relations with Staff
• Conduct fire inspections as per mandatory standards, county identified, and upon request, identifying problem areas and recommending actions to create a safe environment and if / as necessary issue orders or lay charges.
• Act as an assistant to the Fire Marshall, under the provisions of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.
• Prepare reports to the appropriate government ministry in writing for their action on all instances of non-compliance with the Provincial Fire Safety Statues and regulations.
• Review fire safety plans
• Test components of fire safety plans to ensure compliance
• Determines occupancy loads
• Prepare information and summons for prosecution of offenders of municipal by-laws and Provincial Acts.
• Act as a witness in court for prosecution of offenders.
• Examine all applicable premises requiring a license from the municipality for fire safety and prepare reports outlining findings and recommendations.
• Preserve sites, investigate causes and coordinate work with other agencies, such as OPP, Office of the Fire Marshall, T.S.S.A. and the Electrical Safety Authority.
• Where directed, determine the cause of fires
• Perform related work such as photographing fire hazards and speak on fire safety and fire prevention topics to industry and citizen groups.
• Develop, supervise and / or facilitates safety education programs including, but not limited, to confidential programs such as TAPP “C”.
• Coordinate the examination of all premises that require a license from the municipality in order to ensure safety; prepare report for Fire Chief outlining findings and recommendations.
• Act as a Duty Officer within the Fire Department, which includes a on-call basis to be able to respond to emergencies and answer communications from District Chiefs, Officers, Firefighters, media, and the public.
• Attend emergency scenes and carries out duties as outlined in the division and Corporate emergency plans.
• Undertakes projects / tasks as assigned by Deputy Fire Chief or division manager.

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