The fire prevention officer is responsible for conducting fire inspections, public education/awareness and coordination of pre-incident planning. Responsibilities also include assisting with and conducting fire investigations throughout the county.
Principal duties and responsibilities
- Conducts fire inspections.
- Interprets and enforces the Alberta Fire Code as it relates to buildings and safety within Leduc County.
- Plans, schedules and conducts preventative or reactive fire safety inspections to meet Leduc County’s Quality Management Plan as required by Safety Codes Council.
- Conducts follow-up inspections to ensure compliance as required.
- Prepares fire inspection reports and maintains precise and accurate records.
- Enforces Part 4 of the Alberta Fire Code in coordination with the PTMAA.
- Liaises with other AHJ’s, agencies, or levels of government to ensure currency of knowledge and fairness in application as related to interpretation and enforcement of the Alberta Fire Code and other related documents.
- Enhances working relationships with local businesses.
- Oversees public education and awareness.
- Oversees and maintains currency of all public fire safety education programs across Leduc County.
- Oversees and/or delivers fire prevention education sessions to the public as required.
- Alerts through the chain of command to the Fire Chief and to the public as directed of any abnormal fire risks or other unusual concerns.
- Coordinates pre-incident planning.
- Conducts pre-incident planning inspections.
- Maintains pre-incident planning records and ensures they are available during emergency events for responding fire crews.
- Provides fire safety information through the district chiefs to district stations thereby ensuring current awareness and information by firefighters as needed.
- Conducts and assists with fire investigations.
- Conducts fire investigations or assists on-call Deputy Fire Chiefs in conducting fire investigations when required.
- Liaises with other fire investigators, including private insurance fire investigators, ensuring adherence to process while effectively collaborating.
- Prepares fire investigation reports for the County and provides reporting to the Fire Commissioner’s Office as legislated.
- Ensures event records are up to date in order to ensure accurate tracking of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and the potential provision of records in legal proceedings.
- Assists the Fire Marshal when required.
- Performs duties as a County fire guardian.
- Provides quarterly reports to the Fire Marshal of all activities.
- Forwards proposals for policies, regulations and procedures, for consideration.
- Submits annual budget proposals for consideration in areas of responsibility.
- Adheres to guidelines as set out in the County Human Resources Policy Manual.
- Participates in the County Health, Safety, and Wellness Program, as required.
- Performs related duties as required.
Qualifications, abilities and skills
A high school diploma and certification to NFPA 1001, Level 2 is required. Safety Codes Officer certification to the level of Group “B” Level 1 and Basic Group “A”, or the ability to attain certification, is required. A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the fire service with 2 years’ experience as a fire prevention officer is an asset.
A working understanding of the Alberta Building and Alberta Fire Codes and other relevant fire safety related legislation with the ability to interpret the codes and apply them effectively across the various municipalities across Leduc County is required. Excellent interpersonal, public relations, and presentation skills are required.
Competency in data entry using various software including Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word is required. A class 5 driver license is required. This role involves duties that demand a level of physical fitness to be maintained.
A criminal record check satisfactory to Leduc County and the ability to obtain security clearance at the Edmonton International Airport are required.