Shackan Indian Band

Positive Community, Self Sufficient, Healthy Lifestyle

The Organization

The community members of Shackan or the Scw'exmx - People of the Creeks - is taken from the name of the Nicola River, Scw'ex, meaning creek. The Shackan Indian Band is one of five bands in the Nicola Valley who comprise the Scw'exmx. Their mission statement is to promote the development of a healthy lifestyle and self- sufficiency for Shackan community members while achieving positive, respectful, leadership to all members when administering services. Shackan’s services comprise of Administration, Education, Finance, Social Development, Emergency Services and Capital Infrastructure.

Job Sumary: Fire Chief

The Fire Chief is responsible for organization and direction of the volunteer Fire Department to ensure that loss of life, property, or injury as a result of fire is prevented and/or minimized. The Fire Chief reports to Council through the Senior Administrative Officer. He/she is responsible for directing the activities of the Fire Department and is the sole authority and command at the scene of a fire. The Fire Chief is responsible for directing all volunteer fire fighters and ensuring that fire fighters have adequate training. The Fire Chief is also responsible for ensuring that firefighting equipment is monitored on a regular basis and is in good working

order. He/she will develop all policies and procedures concerning firefighting in accordance with the municipal bylaw, federal and territorial legislation, and policies and in accordance with the Office of the Fire Marshall. Failure to provide adequate services will endanger the safety of residents and may result in unnecessary injury, loss of life or damage or destruction of property as a result of fire.


1. Develop, review, and implement all firefighting policies and procedures in accordance with the municipal by-law, federal and provincial legislation.

  • Establish appropriate firefighting techniques 
  • Plan firefighting strategies
  • Liaise with the Emergency Response Committee
  • Ensure firefighting policies and procedures are strictly adhered to
  • Make recommendations on changes to the firefighting by-law

2. Recruit, train and direct the activities of volunteer fire fighters in order to ensure that trained fire fighters are available in the event of a fire

  • Recruit and orient fire fighters
  • Ensure a high level of morale among fire fighters
  • Facilitate the training of fire fighters
  • Evaluate the performance of fire fighters
  • Discipline and/or dismiss fire fighters if necessary

3. Inspect firefighting equipment to ensure appropriate equipment is available as required

  • Inspect the fire truck on a regular basis
  • Inspect firefighting equipment and apparatus on a regular basis
  • Make recommendations on the replacement and/or repair of equipment
  • Make inspections of places of business to ensure compliance with regulations
  • Takes sole command in the event of a fire to ensure a safe, effective, and controlled response
  • Ensure effective command and control techniques are in place at the scene of the fire
  • Make all decisions concerning the appropriate response to and method fighting a fire
  • Direct all activities at the scene of the fire
  • Ensure that fire fighters are responding in a safe and appropriate manner
  • Investigate the cause of fire once it has been extinguished (not a requirement in Newfoundland)
  • Maintain records on incidence of fire, injuries, and loss of property
  • Prepare reports on all areas of fire fighting
  • Monitor the firefighting budget
  • Implement fire prevention education and awareness programs
  • Perform other related duties as required

ABOUT YOU – Qualifications

The incumbent must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:


  • The incumbent must demonstrate the following skills:
  • leadership skills including the ability to take full command at the scene of a fire
  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • decision making skills
  • negotiations skills
  • effective verbal and listening communications skills
  • ability to deal effectively with people in difficult situations
  • effective written communications skills including the ability to prepare reports
  • effective public relations and
  • public speaking skills
  • research and program development skills
  • stress management skills
  • time management skills
  • Personal Attributes

The incumbent must demonstrate the following personal attributes:

  • maintain standards of conduct
  • be respectful
  • possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • be flexible
  • demonstrate sound work ethics
  • be consistent and fair

The Fire Chief would normally attain the required knowledge, skills, and attitudes through competition of Fire Fighting Training combined with several years of related firefighting and supervisory experience in emergency and command and control situations. The incumbent must possess a valid Driver’s License appropriate to the class of vehicle being operated.

What we will provide:

  • Full-time permanent role
  • Competitive compensation package
  • A great work culture and environment

Please submit applications to:

Preference will be given to persons of aboriginal ancestry as per section 16 (1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Thank you to all who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Deadline to apply: Open until filled

Please submit your resume to the Band Office at 2099 Granit Avenue or email to assist@shackan.ca