Job Opportunity: Emergency Services Officer-Fire Investigator

Emergency Services Officer-Fire Investigator

AF3 Assistant Fire Commissioner 3

Regular/full-time Department of Growth, Enterprise and Trade

Office of the Fire Commissioner, Labour and Regulatory Services

Brandon MB

Advertisement Number: 34628

Salary(s): AF3 $59,482.00 – $75,804.00 per year

Closing Date: January 21, 2019

The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary civil service that is inclusive and reflective of the population it serves. We encourage applicants to voluntarily self-declare in the cover letter, resumé or application if they are from any of the following employment equity groups: women, Indigenous people, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities. This is a preference competition. All applicants are encouraged to apply, however first consideration for this competition will be given to Indigenous people. Applicants are requested to self-declare at the time of application. An eligibility list may be created for similar positions and will remain in effect for 12 months.

Introduction                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) is a special operating agency of the Manitoba Government performing a critical role in ensuring and maintaining Manitoba’s public safety. The overall mission is to safeguard both persons and property from fire and life safety hazards through education, inspections, investigation, emergency response and code application.                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Agency is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the role of Fire Investigator responsible for conducting fire investigations, undertaking public education, working with municipal fire departments and local governments, and supporting emergency response operations, among other duties. The successful candidate will represent the OFC in the interpretation and enforcement of the Fires Prevention and Emergency Response Act (FPERA) and the Manitoba Fire Code.                                                                                                                                                                                                             If you are looking for a rewarding and exciting career, this is a great opportunity to join our team. We have a comprehensive benefits package which includes extended health, health spending, dental, vision, long term disability, supportive employment, maternity and parental leave, a defined pension plan, relocation costs as applicable, training, educational support and career development opportunities, among others.                                                                                                                                                                 Conditions of Employment:                                                                             Must be legally entitled to work in Canada

Certification to the NFPA 1033 Standard with accreditation from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or the Pro-Board within approximately 6 months of hire. The OFC will support this financially.

Must be able to work on call on a rotational basis

Must be able to travel throughout Manitoba and occasionally in Canada and internationally

Must be able to work alone for extended periods of time    

 Must be able to drive long distances in rural areas

Must be able to obtain a satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Child Abuse Registry Check

 Must be able to obtain a satisfactory Driver’s Abstract

Must hold a valid Class 5 driver’s license or equivalent from another jurisdiction, with ability to obtain class 4 with air brake endorsement within 3 months of hire and class 3 within 18 months of hire

Must be able to wear personal protective equipment including respirator. 

Must be physically capable of performing the duties and functions of the job including lifting heavy objects, kneeling, standing, climbing stairs and ladders, working at heights and entering confined spaces in various temperatures

Qualifications:                                                                                                Essential: 

 Completion of Fire Investigation NFPA 1033 theory course(s) (previously Manitoba Emergency Services College Fire Investigation Level II). Equivalent theory and/or forensics investigations courses/programs from other jurisdictions or recognized institutions will also be considered. Applicants are required to provide proof of completion of NFPA 1033, Manitoba Emergency Services College Fire Investigator Level II, and/or transcripts from equivalent theory/forensic investigations courses from other jurisdictions or recognized institutions as part of their application. Experience working in an occupation within the emergency services field, such as, but not limited to: fire investigations, forensics, legal/justice, Incident Command System (ICS), or other related emergency response agencies.

Knowledge of effective investigation techniques and strategies 

Knowledge of Fires Prevention and Emergency Response Act and supporting regulations

Ability to facilitate effective consultations with various stakeholders and the general public

Strong written communication skills for preparing investigation reports/documents

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

 Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle competing priorities within tight timeframes

Ability to foster positive working relations with a variety of clients and peers

Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook (or equivalent programs)

Strong verbal communication skills with the ability to articulate complex ideas in simple term


Experience performing forensic or criminal investigations

Certification in Fire Fighter Level 1 and 2 (NFPA 1001)

Certification in Fire Inspector Level 1 and 2 (NFPA 1031)

Certification in Hazardous Materials Operations (NFPA 472)

Experience providing instruction or training in the emergency services field

Duties: Reporting directly to the Program Manager – Fire Investigations, the position conducts investigation to determine the nature, cause and origin of fire in support of the Manitoba fire service and police authorities. This includes examining fire sites and scenes, collecting and securing evidence, obtaining statements from witnesses, analyzing evidence and other information and documenting findings and conclusions. The position also testifies in court or other quasi-judicial proceedings as may be necessary as a result of investigations performed. The incumbent liases with various agencies and the public to undertake education and consultations on fire prevention and protection. The incumbent is also tasked with delivering training programs on fire investigations for students of the Manitoba Emergency Services College (MESC) and with responding to provincial or local emergencies on behalf of the OFC.

Apply Now:

Advertisement # 34628

Civil Service Commission

Human Resource Services

608-330 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0C4

Phone: 204-945-4394

Fax: 204-948-2193


Please be advised that job competitions may be grieved and appealed. Should a selection grievance be filed, information from the competition file will be provided to the grievor’s representative or the grievor, if unrepresented. Personal information irrelevant to the grievance and other information protected under legislation will be redacted. We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. WHEN APPLYING TO THIS POSITION, PLEASE INDICATE THE ADVERTISEMENT NUMBER AND POSITION TITLE IN THE SUBJECT LINE AND/OR BODY OF YOUR EMAIL. Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications.