Manager, Fire Investigations

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Ministry of the Solicitor General

Manager, Fire Investigations

Attention, Community Safety Leaders!

Consider this challenging and rewarding management role, where you will provide leadership in managing Office of the Fire Marshal programs and resources relating to the delivery of comprehensive fire investigations, and engage a highly technical team of professionals located throughout the province.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) is hiring for 2 permanent positions within the Fire Investigation Unit and/or the Emergency Response Team.


The primary function of the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) is to minimize the loss of life and property from fire by assisting municipalities and fire departments to improve fire protection and prevention services. By administering the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, the OFM supports the functions of municipal fire departments through a variety of advisory, training and instructional programs. The OFM also advises the Ontario government on standards and legislative developments that relate to fire protection and prevention. The OFM conducts fire investigations throughout the province under the authority of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act (FPPA), to investigate the origin, cause and circumstances of fires resulting in either a fatality or serious injury, explosions, fires in vulnerable occupancies (as defined in the Fire Code), fires of unusual circumstance or suspicious in nature, large-loss fires of $500,000 and over, or where the loss is significant to the community, and provincial interest fires that are identified and defined by the OFM. For more information on Fire Investigations, please visit the website below.

The OFM administers the Ontario Fire Code. The OFM works in collaboration with numerous partners in public safety to contribute to an environment for the residents of Ontario that is safe from fire and other public safety hazards.

Visit our website at:

Office of the Fire Marshal  < >

What can we offer you?

We offer a dynamic work environment and corporate culture that values respect, inclusion, teamwork and accountability.

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to be an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment. In addition to flexible work arrangements, a collegial and professional work culture, career growth and development and on-the-job training to help you succeed, we offer a competitive total compensation package, which includes an attractive salary and may include the following:

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits, which cover adoptive parents
  • Comprehensive health and dental plans
  • Life and disability insurance

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy > and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint > pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

To advance this goal, the OPS is collecting socio-demographic information that will help to address potential barriers and achieve equity in hiring. You are requested to complete the voluntary survey and contribute to building a more diverse, anti-racist, inclusive and accessible OPS.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

Reporting to the Director, Fire Investigations Services, you will:

  • Empower your team of professional staff to grow and develop to their full potential, fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity, and excellence.
  • Provide leadership by managing and optimizing staff performance, building teams and maximizing employee engagement.
  • Provide strategic and people-focused leadership while achieving operational and performance targets.
  • Work closely with other Fire Investigations Managers and Managers within the OFMEM to enhance the team delivery system, which includes developmental opportunities for staff, succession planning, and building a strong team environment.
  • Coordinate the OFM’s involvement in Major Fire Investigations, by determining the direction of the investigation, assigning technical support and providing expertise, as required.
  • Manage Provincial CBRNE/Hazmat/USAR programs.
  • Develop, coordinate, monitor and deliver training programs to OFM staff, including the Fire Investigations Certification program.
  • Provide advice and guidance to municipalities, municipal fire and police departments, and unorganized communities on all aspects of fire investigations.
  • Participate in after-hours operations by being available to answer calls from the Provincial Operations Centre on a rotational basis.

Leadership in the OPS

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) Leadership Behaviours define what it means to be a leader through the following expected behaviours and attributes:

  • You are committed to the responsibilities of being a leader by demonstrating authenticity, accountability and courage.
  • You are innovative by embracing positive disruption, maintaining a future mindset and leading with a common purpose.
  • You are collaborative by driving people-centred outcomes, being inclusive and helping staff and colleagues grow, every day.

Location: Midhurst

How do I qualify?


  • The successful candidates require a valid Ontario Driver’s Licence (Class “G”).
  • Undergo Enhanced Security Screening

Strategic Leadership Skills:

  • You have leadership experience and the ability to inspire, engage, motivate, develop and mentor a highly technical team to deliver on results.
  • You are a collaborative leader and have incorporated the principles of inclusion and diversity across all elements of your management style.
  • You have demonstrated success in fostering an environment of continuous improvement, creativity and excellence.
  • You have the ability to develop, coordinate, monitor and deliver training programs to staff, and coordinate and monitor annual training initiatives, training needs, and opportunities.
  • You can articulate and promote the goals of Fire Investigation Services (FIS) and influence staff and a broad, diverse client group to achieve organizational goals.

Technical Expertise:

  • You have knowledge of fire investigation procedures, FPPA, fire and building codes, Occupational Health & Safety Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and OFM policies and procedures.
  • You have knowledge of, and experience with, investigative techniques and knowledge of Criminal Code, Canada Evidence Act, Provincial Offences Act, applicable Case Law, Rules of Search and Seizure, and the issuance of warrants.
  • You have knowledge of municipalities and fire department operations, including Hazardous Materials and Urban Search & Rescue.
  • You have the ability to identify criminal human intervention in occurrences.
  • You have knowledge of courtroom decorum and have the ability to present a credible position when acting as an expert witness as to investigative practices.
  • You have a sound understanding of Freedom of Information (FOI), and investigations procedures, related to confidentiality and judicial procedures, and records document management.

Program Management Skills:

  • You have knowledge of change management principles and best practices, and demonstrated experience in leading change initiatives.
  • You have thorough knowledge of budgetary and financial processes to prepare, and implement fiscal and performance budgets, and multi-year and annual work plans, and monitor/report on budget allocations.
  • You have experience preparing detailed business cases and administering procurement processes.
  • You can analyze and interpret findings and make appropriate decisions.
  • You have good judgment and political acuity to deal with highly visible, complex and sensitive issues.
  • You have knowledge of human resources theories, principles, and policies, hiring processes, collective agreements, and labour relations.

Communication, Negotiation and Relationship Management Skills:

  • You can provide guidance and advice to elicit information, prepare reports and liaise with a variety of people of diverse backgrounds and skills.
  • You have proven negotiation, mediation and presentation skills to resolve problems and develop protocols and memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with outside agencies.
  • You have the ability to liaise with peers and colleagues to exchange information and ensure consistent application of programs and services.

Salary Range:

$90,348.00 – $136,530.00 Per Year


Additional information:

  • 2 Permanent, 2284 Nursery Rd, Midhurst, Central Region, Vulnerable Sector Check, Driver’s Licence History, Local Police Databases Search, PIP/NICHE/RMS


  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Development Branch, Talent and Leadership Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual’s employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 185413, by Friday, September 23, 2022. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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