Assistant Fire Marshal

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Location: Norman Wells

Department: MAC Emergency Services

Job Code: 14158

Salary: $91,358 - $109,064

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

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

The Assistant Fire Marshal delivers fire safety programs within the region and is the day to day contact for the general public, private sector and community governments, fire chiefs and fire fighters on fire protection issues. The incumbent educates members of the public, including specific targeted groups (such as school children) on fire prevention and protection in order to raise the general awareness of fire safety. The incumbent deals with juvenile fire setters to effect positive change in fires caused by arson or fire play.  Supports the Regional Superintendent in the capacity of Regional Emergency Co-ordinator.

The incumbent is involved in supporting and motivating community governments, fire chiefs and fire fighters in order to enable community fire departments to maintain an effective fire response capability so that injury/deaths and property losses caused by fire can be minimized. This is undertaken through assessments, training, orientations and other methods of support.

Pursuant to the Fire Prevention Act, the incumbent conducts fire prevention inspections, where mandated, to ensure all construction and renovation projects comply with applicable codes and standards to improve fire safety and reduce risk to persons and property. The incumbent also carries out fire prevention inspections on all buildings to reduce the risk of fire. Under the Fire Prevention Act, the incumbent conducts fire investigations to determine the cause of all fires and prevent similar occurrences.

Working directly with five communities, the incumbent is directly responsible for an annual budget of $19,000 and indirectly influences the budgetary decisions of community governments in the region related to fire protection and prevention, including the community government infrastructure of the region valued at $138.6 million.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of Fire Prevention codes, standards, legislation and regulations coupled with the ability to apply them in a consistent manner.
  • Flexibility and judgement to be able to balance the operational and functional/regulatory aspects of the position, and to work successfully within a dual reporting environment
  • Extensive experience in hazardous training environments, with the ability to supervise participants and apply safe training practices. These environments include water rescue, live fire training, and hazardous materials incidents.
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrate initiative, judgement, discretion and creative thinking
  • Proven interpersonal skills as well as written and verbal communications skills. Compassion, tact, sensitivity, and diplomacy are required. The incumbent must be able to direct, compel or order compliance with the Fire Prevention Act_or regulations verbally or in writing as required.
  • Knowledge of investigative principles, fire terminology, fire growth and behaviour, human development and behaviour, mathematical concepts and formula, building construction theory and court systems is critical.
  • Competence is required in specialized area and technological fields. Understanding of basic chemistry, physics and mathematics is essential to overall job function.
  • Knowledge of basic financial procedures and processes.

Typically the above qualifications would be attained through   Grade 12 matriculation, plus coursework in certified training in NFPA 1001, 1002, 1021, 1031, 1033, 1035, 1041, 1051, and 1081 from a recognized fire training college, as well as Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Planning training from a recognized college.

This position is a highly technical, multiple trade - based profession. As such, training in numerous secondary disciplines is ideal to ensure effectiveness in meeting the regulatory, education and training mandate.

A valid Class 3 Driver's License with air brake endorsement is required. Professional knowledge and skills must be maintained and improved to ensure continuing competency with current changes in the fire protection field.

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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.

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.


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

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $46.85 per hour (approximately $91,357.50 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 3 Driver's License with air endorsement.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Sahtu Client Service Centre
GNWT Human Resources
#2 McKenzie Drive
Box 360 
Ph. (867) 587-7150
Fax (867) 587-2173

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #14158 Closing Date: Open until Filled


This job opening is for a Non-Traditional Occupations.  Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.