Fire Prevention Officer

We seek a dedicated professional to join our team in the capacity of Fire Prevention Officer to work within our composite department of approximately 35 firefighters.

As an employee of the City of Armstrong, this exempt position is full-time permanent and includes a comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This is a skilled position under the general direction of the Fire Chief.

Reporting to the Fire Chief, the Fire Prevention Officer is responsible for carrying out routine inspections of public buildings and premises to ensure compliance with the British Columbia Fire Code and Municipal Fire Prevention Bylaw. The Fire Prevention Officer conducts fire investigations to determine cause and origin and completes all reporting information.

This position is operational and will be expected to respond to emergency calls during shift and after hours and attend required weekly fire practice and training.

The position will be of interest to an individual with proven leadership abilities, well-developed organization skills and effective communication and public relations skills. We are seeking a candidate with a minimum of five (5) years of firefighting experience.

The anticipated start date for this position is September 1st, 2021. View the complete job description attached for more information.

Please submit, in confidence, your detailed resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in this opportunity by Friday, July 16th, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. to:

Ian Cummings, Fire Chief

City of Armstrong

Box 40 Armstrong, BC

V0E 1B0

Delivery in person: 3570 Bridge Street, Armstrong

Delivery via email:

If you have questions about the position, please contact Ian Cummings at (250) 546-6708.




Nature and Scope of Work

This is a skilled position under the general direction of the Fire Chief.

The Fire Prevention Officer will schedule and carry out routine inspections of public buildings and premises to ensure compliance with the British Columbia Fire Code and Municipal Fire Prevention Bylaws. He or She will be responsible for Fire Cause Determination for all reportable fires within the Fire Protection Area as well as developing and delivering fire prevention education to the public.

Fire Prevention Officer

Under the general direction of the Fire Chief, the Fire Prevention Officer shall:

  • Enforce all provincial and municipal fire prevention legislation and codes, perform inspections and analyze new and existing structures, review and approve plans for construction occupancy, fire protection and exposures.

  • Conduct fire inspections of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential buildings as required in the City and Township bylaws/policies, provincial fire legislation and regulations.

  • Develop appropriate fire prevention, mitigation and education programs for the Fire Service Area.

  • Participate in the emergency preparedness function as required.

o Assist in the planning and development of the Municipal disaster coordination and educational programs.

  • Conduct pre-incident planning as required.

  • Review Fire Safety plans.

  • Liaise with Planning, Engineering, and Building Inspection personnel to coordinate fire prevention operations and inform the Fire Chief on matters relating to fire prevention, fire hazards and fire fighting.

  • Provide technical advice to Fire Department officers and firefighters relating to fire prevention matters, and attend Fire Department meetings as required.

  • Carry out follow-up action on fire hazard complaints by issuing notices or orders under the Fire Safety Act.

  • Complete detailed notes, prepare written information and provide evidence in Provincial Offences Court, Coroner's Inquests and tribunals, criminal/civil proceedings etc.

  • Act on behalf of the City of Armstrong - Township of Spallumcheen as a Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner (LAFC).

  • Provide technical advice to the Local Governments Building Department on Building Fire Protection, Occupant Safety and Accessibility.

  • Review plans, drawings and specifications of building construction or alteration for fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, heating units to ensure compliance with British Columbia Fire Code and Municipal Fire Bylaw.

  • Carry out inspections of flammable liquid storage and storage tank installations.

  • Provide technical advice to the public on subjects related to fire prevention.

  • Respond to emergency fire, rescue and medical calls during regular working hours and perform the duties of a firefighter under the direction of the Fire Chief or senior officer at incidents. Responding to emergency calls after-hours shall be on a volunteer basis.

  • Prepare and conduct lectures and public education programs to school children, private groups, and the general public on fire safety/prevention and the interpretation of various codes, acts and bylaws.

  • Review issuance of Business Licenses and provide technical advice to the Building and Planning departments on B.C. Fire Code issues.

  • Conduct fire investigations to determine fire cause and complete all reporting information.

  • Participate in the weekly and weekend fire training as required.

  • Maintain the necessary record-keeping system for the tracking of fire inspection sites.

  • Assist with developing, maintaining, and updating the Department's Operational Guidelines, which shall meet the Department's operational requirements and fulfill all statutory and regulatory requirements, including those under the Workers Compensation Act and regulations made thereunder.

  • Assist with bylaw enforcement as required.

  • Participate in the on-call Duty Chief rotation as required.

  • Perform other related duties as required by the Fire Chief.

Required Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

  • Continually maintain a high standard of professionalism, integrity, reliability and credibility, which are fundamental requirements for this position.

  • Thorough knowledge of all Federal and Provincial Acts, codes and municipal bylaws relative to the fire services' activities.

  • Demonstrated leader with excellent communication skills and emotional intelligence.

  • Must have excellent organizational skills, sound decision-making abilities, proven leadership, and the desire to work closely with others in a team environment at various tasks to accomplish common goals.

  • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills with the public, with the ability to educate on Fire Safety matters and meet objectives for the community.

  • The Fire Prevention Officer shall keep current membership in the Fire Prevention Officers Association of B.C. and stay abreast of all changes to associated codes and directives.

  • Proficient in the use of computers, including the Microsoft Office Suite and databases related to the administration of fire services.

  • Ability to work effectively within a team of volunteers to achieve improvements in the Department's operations. Able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends when required.

  • A strong understanding and commitment to excellence in customer service and good public relations.

  • Be physically and psychologically capable of performing all firefighter duties to recognized industry-accepted equivalent standards and mandated by ASFD fire department policies and procedures.

  • Must be willing to relocate or live within the Armstrong – Spallumcheen fire protection area in order to respond to incidents from home safely and efficiently.

  • The successful candidate must submit a current criminal records check and driver's abstract acceptable to the employer.

  • Physical ability to wear respirator mask while performing work for long periods of time when required.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum five years firefighting experience

  • NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector or Equivalent

  • NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator or Equivalent

  • NFPA 1021 Fire Officer 1 or Equivalent

  • B.C. Drivers License Class 5 with Air Endorsement

  • Certified as Medical First Responder Level 3 or able to be certified within 12 months of appointment.

The following qualifications would be considered an asset:

  • NFPA 1001 FF II

  • B.C. Drivers License Class 3

  • NFPA 1035 Standard on Fire and Life Safety Educator

  • NFPA 1002 - EVO