40041 – Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers


40041 – Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate firefighting operations and fire prevention activities in fire departments. They are employed by municipal and federal governments and by industrial establishments with firefighting services.


Index of titles
Airport fire department chief
Deputy fire chief
District fire chief
Division chief - fire department
Fire chief
Fire department assistant deputy chief
Fire department assistant manager
Fire department chief
Fire department division chief
Fire department duty officer
Firefighters executive officer
Industrial fire chief
Refinery fire chief
Sawmill fire chief
Senior firefighting officer


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Develop, implement and evaluate policies and procedures for the operation of a municipal fire department, a district fire region or an industrial firefighting service
Plan, direct and co-ordinate firefighting strategies for fire departments
Evaluate the type of fire, the extent of damage to buildings and the danger to nearby establishments
Direct activities at the scene of a fire
Determine damage estimates and investigate the potential causes of a fire after extinguished
Develop and oversee the implementation of security and fire prevention campaigns
Represent the fire department in communications with government, the media and the public
Direct the training of personnel in firefighting methods
Co-ordinate and monitor budget and departmental resources.


Employment requirements
Completion of secondary school is required.
Completion of a college program in fire protection technology, fire science or a related field is usually required.
Completion of a provincial or municipal firefighters training course is required.
A minimum of ten years of experience as a firefighter is usually required before becoming eligible for a senior officer position.


Additional information

Firefighters (42101)