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Notice of Employment Opportunity: Fire Chief and CEMC

1/28/2021 2:42:57 PM

January 15, 2021

Nestled in the heart of rural South-Western Ontario, the Township of South-West Oxford offers many of the conveniences of urban living while enjoying the serenity of country life.  The Township includes the communities of Beachville, Brownsville, Centreville, Culloden, Delmer, Dereham Centre, Foldens, Mount Elgin, Ostrander, Sweaburg and Verschoyle.  The Township has a population of 7,500 and is strategically located with and proximity to many large economic centres (Woodstock, Kitchener-Waterloo, London) via Highway 401, which runs across the north end of the Township and Highway 19 which connects the Township to the Town of Ingersoll to the north and the Town of Tillsonburg to the south

Fire Chief and CEMC

The Township of South-West Oxford is currently recruiting for a highly motivated individual to fill the regular full-time position of Fire Chief and CEMC.

Your positive attitude and proactive approach in serving our community combined with your willingness to engage in team development will assist the municipality in realizing its’ goal to develop and deliver municipal services for the growth and well-being of our community.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer and as a member of the Senior Management Team, the Fire Chief, is a seasoned and highly capable professional, responsible to lead, direct, manage, plan and oversee the operations of the Emergency Services Department. The portfolio includes operating and maintaining the Township’s three (3) stations with a volunteer compliment of approximately 70 volunteer firefighters, including overseeing fire prevention (Public Education and Fire Safety Inspections), fire suppression, fire investigations, and emergency planning and rescue operations.  Integral to the position is long-range planning, master plans and strategic priorities, project management, budget and financial management, coordination with Township departments, community agencies, provincial ministries and stakeholders’ groups.

The portfolio includes fostering a healthy workplace culture where team members feel involved, included and supported; develop and maintain a cohesive team across all stations and display strong communication, team building and conflict resolution skills.

Qualification and Requirements

Completion of a recognized University Degree/College Diploma in Public or Business Administration is preferred, along with completion of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021 Fire Officer III or Fire College Company Officer Certification or equivalent combination of related education and experience.  The preferred candidate will have progressive related experience with supervision, fire fighting and fire prevention of at least ten (10) years including five (5) at the Senior Officer level.  Candidates will have had responsibilities with emergency planning and emergency response, incident management and thorough working knowledge of fire suppression and public education best practices, as well as knowledge of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act and Fire Code and experience with enforcement processes of these documents.  Candidates must have senior management experience with responsibilities for leadership and direction of fire services operations, strategic business planning, financial budget and business planning, fiscal accountability/sustainability and human resources management within a private/public sector environment.

Knowledge and demonstrated skills and ability in change management design, process and implementation strategies to optimize both quality and cost-effectiveness of service delivery, as well as demonstrated knowledge of applicable legislation including Health and Safety, municipal government organization and structure, industry standards, issues and communities served.


The Township is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes.  If contacted for an interview, please advise if you require accommodation.

We invite you to visit to obtain further information about the municipality and to view the full job description (currently under review) for this position.

Salary and Benefits (Grade 9 on 2021 Township Grid – Senior Management Position)

The annual salary range of $74,074.00 to $92,601.60 (based on a 35-hour work week), plus a comprehensive health benefits package and the OMERS Pension Plan.  There are policies in place to allow for pre-approved overtime to be paid at an hourly rate or taken as time off in addition to the base salary. The current Township grid is under review using similar size municipalities within the region.

Interested applicants are invited to apply in writing outlining their qualifications and experience to:

South-West Oxford Human Resources

Attn:  Brooke Crane

312915 Dereham Line

Mount Elgin, ON N0J 1N0


by 4:30 p.m. (local time) on Friday, February 5, 2021.  The competition for the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected. 

The Township of South-West Oxford is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free environment.  Please advise the Township’s Human Resource Department if you require any accommodations to ensure you can participate fully and equally during the recruitment and selection process.

We thank all applicants who apply for this position, but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, chapter 25, as amended, and will be used for the purpose of candidate selection only.

Municipal Contacts

Township of South-West Oxford

Located in South Western Ontario, in the South West section of Oxford County and serves as a regional centre for industry, commerce and recreation.

The Township oversees 87,588 acres with a population of 7,544 and we have Canada’s busiest highway in our front yard! With a rich agricultural heritage, please stop by and enjoy our diverse Township. 

The Township’s mission is be "a leader in the development and delivery of municipal services for the growth and well being of our community"

Contact Us

312915 Dereham Line
Mt. Elgin, On N0J 1N0
Hours: Monday – Friday 
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: 519-877-2702 / 519-485-0477
Fax: 519-485-2932

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