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Assistant Fire Marshal

Job Summary

Location: Fort Smith
Department: Municipal and Community Affairs
Job ID: 20128
Salary: $97,325 - $116,240
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: May 21, 2021

Department Information

The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), supports capable, accountable and self-directed community governments providing a safe, sustainable and healthy environment for community residents.

Job Information

Directly reporting to the Regional Superintendent and has a functional reporting relationship to the Fire Marshall, the Assistant Fire Marshal (AFM) manages the effective delivery of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) fire prevention and protection and investigation programming  within their region and actively guides and supports community efforts in delivering fire prevention initiatives. The position also supports communities and the regional office in emergency management programming and response.

All duties are carried out within the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) legislative, regulatory and policy framework including the Fire Prevention Act {FPA) and Fire Prevention Regulations {FPR).

The incumbent works closely with fire chiefs and community governments to facilitate a coordinated approach to the development and delivery of fire protection and prevention/ emergency management programs and services in the region. The incumbent does not supervise staff directly; rather, they provide expert advice and guidance to community fire departments, community councils, government officials, and private and public clients.

The incumbent must have in-depth knowledge of fire protection and ability to work within legally defined legislative parameters to ensure compliance with adopted codes, standards and regulations. Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) and GNWT policies, practices and procedures guide the incumbent in fulfilling job responsibilities. The FPA and FPR guide the incumbent in their regulatory responsibilities. Objectivity and independence are necessary in making decisions related to enforcement, investigations and inspections.

Extensive community travel requires the incumbent to be able to function effectively in the field without supervision. Sound judgment is required in determining the level and type of community guidance and support. Written work plans are developed annually and reviewed as necessary with Regional Superintendent.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

  • A Diploma or Degree in the sciences or social sciences. A background in Emergency Management, Fire Training, or in Fire Service would be preferred;
  • Successful completion of the following NFPA training courses from an accredited training institution: NFPA 1001 and 1002 Professional Firefighter, 1031 Fire Inspector, 1033 Fire Investigator, 1041 Fire Service Instructor; and
  • 3 years' experience in firefighting / fire investigations and fire inspections.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 876
Tel (867) 872-6500
Fax (867) 872-3298

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 3 Driver's License with Air Brake certification. 

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 20128 

Closing Date: May 21, 2021 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $49.91 per hour (approximately $97,324.50 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $7,374.