Fire Chief

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

The Fire Chief reports to the Program Authority of Fire Protection and Emergency Preparedness and is accountable to the Vice President, Health Safety Security & Environment through their line management.


  • The Fire Chief is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Fire Department.
  • This includes personnel and equipment readiness, adequate training levels, fire prevention activities and coordination required with customer groups to execute tasks necessary.
  • The Fire Chief provides the leadership necessary to motivate all fire department personnel to perform to a high standard.
  • The Fire Chief ensures training is challenging, focused, and outcome driven in order to inspire all to achieve high standards. Where this is not possible, the Fire Chief either addresses resource shortfalls, prioritizes based on risk, or performance manages as appropriate.
  • In conjunction with the Fire Program Authority, the Fire Chief ensures code compliance with the CNL license and provincial and national codes.
  • The Fire Chief provides leadership, direction and decision-making in managing emergency situations.
  • The Fire Chief develops strategies and tactics to successfully react to and conclude all emergencies and minimize the loss of lives and company assets. Responsibility 2 b:
  • The Fire Chief is responsible for the application of the collective agreement. He/she is also the key person on the management team during negotiations. Responsibility 2 c:
  • The Fire Chief assists, as required, with the integration of other HSSE programs such as Environmental Protection, Emergency Preparedness and Criticality Safety, etc.
  • Management of Fire Operations, Training and Prevention
  • Provision of direct management to the Deputy Chiefs of Fire Operations, Fire Training and Fire Prevention.
  • Supporting the development, management and review of annual operational budgets and capital budgets.
  • Development and maintenance of fire department succession plans and asset management plans.


  • Bachelor Degree in fire science, fire administration, business administration, public administration, or a related curriculum and at least ten (10) years of experience in fire service positions, at least five (5) of which must have been in which include administrative or supervisory responsibilities.
  • Fire service experience must include work in positions which would provide background in fire prevention and investigation, fire training, and related areas of fire department operations and management.
  • NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Level IV
  • NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor Level II
  • NFPA 1403 Live Fire Training Evolutions N
  • FPA 1031 Fire Inspector II
  • NFPA 1035 Level II
  • NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator


  • Leadership experience within a fire department or an emergency response organization.
  • Thorough knowledge of modern techniques and methods as applied to the administration of firefighting and prevention activities, Training, License Conditions, Codes, Standards and Regulations gained through 15 years’ experience in the profession, including a minimum of 5 years as a Deputy Chief Officer.
  • Incident Command training and experience.

Abilities and Skills:

  • Maturity and interpersonal skills, abilities to comprehend or be cognizant with a broad range of technological and/or business issues.
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate (verbally and in writing) sensitive information to senior management in the organization and to external agencies and organizations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with Union Representatives to resolve management/Union conflicts.
  • Able to develop confidence through personal and telephone contacts with colleagues in the fire field and various agencies (e.g., MNR, Mutual Aids, etc.).
  • Ability to organize information, plan and assess issues, and take action within broad organization objectives dealing with a variety of diverse technical, complex organizational, and economic challenges.
  • Ability to plan, organize and co-ordinate activities of self and others to achieve individual/branch targets.
  • Highly developed analytical, organizational, negotiation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Job/Industry Specific Knowledge:

  • Emergency Response Training, First Aid, Confined Space, High Angle Rescue, HazMat, Forest Fires.
  • Knowledge of the CNSC Regulations, CNL Policies and Procedures.

CNL is committed to providing an atmosphere free from barriers that promote equity, diversity and inclusion in achieving our mission. CNL welcomes and celebrates employees, stakeholders and partners of all racial, cultural, and ethnic identities.

CNL also supports a workplace environment and a corporate culture built on our Core Values: Respect, Teamwork, Accountability, Safety, Integrity and Excellence, which encourage equitable employment practices and career prospects inclusive of accommodations for all employees.

CNL is committed to being an equal-opportunity employer. If you require accommodation measures during any phase of the hiring process, please inform the Talent Acquisition Advisor with whom you are in contact. All information received in relation to accommodation requests will be kept confidential.

The Chalk River Laboratories site is located on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people. As an organization, CNL recognizes and appreciates their historic connection to this place. CNL also recognizes the contributions that First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous Peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and this province and country as a whole.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent


  • Company pension
  • Dental care
  • Employee assistance program
  • Extended health care
  • Paid time off
  • Relocation assistance
  • Vision care


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

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