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Fire Chief Position

The Corporation of the Municipality of Hastings Highlands is a rural community with a population of approximately 4,078. The seasonal population of the Municipality increases significantly in the summer months due to seasonal citizens and visitors. The municipality is comprised of an abundance of lakes and waterways that encompass the 972.54 square kilometers (37.50 square miles) of lands, with approximately 50% of those identified as Crown Land.  

The Corporation of the Municipality of Hastings Highlands is currently recruiting a committed, dependable, and tactful professional with strong attention to detail to fill the full-time position of Fire Chief.  

Job Summary

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Fire Chief is responsible for providing accountability, leadership, and a vision to the future for the Hastings Highlands Fire Department. As a senior member of the leadership team, the Fire Chief is responsible for managing both financial and human resources. Additionally, the Fire Chief is accountable for working closely with both internal and external stakeholders, media, Municipal Council, and the local school board.

A high degree of responsibility for the protection of lives and property are inherent within the role of Fire Chief. The Fire Chief will be responsible in the delivery of the Three Lines of Defence as identified by the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal; in the order they represent:

  • Public Education
  • Code Enforcement
  • Suppression

More specifically, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Responding to all alarms of emergency calls for service, if necessary, assumes command of the complex scenes.
  • Drafting policy and procedures, operational guidelines, or documents necessary to maintain or increase departmental efficiency.
  • Supervising fire ground operations to ensure that the officers and firefighters operate in a manner consistent with established policy and procedures and operating guidelines.
  • Conducting origin and cause investigation of fires, ensures that the necessary forms are completed and that the appropriate outside agencies are contacted and briefed on the circumstances.
  • Meeting regularly with subordinate officers and assist in developing and maintaining a progressive and efficient training program.
  • Administrative duties such as, but not limited to, data entry, year-end fire fighter payroll, inventory, creation of forms, and creation of training materials when required.
  • Maintaining a positive work environment that embraces diversity, teamwork, safety, and accountability.
  • Completion and maintenance of the Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (HIRA).
  • Annual documented completion of the following:
    • Simplified Risk Assessment,
    • Smoke Alarm Program,
    • Public Safety Education Program,
    • Inspections upon Request and Complaint.


The preferred candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in Emergency Services Management, Fire Service Administration, Fire Safety, Business Administration, Accounting, or relevant combination of professional discipline.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible leadership experience in fire and emergency services.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years experience in municipal government or legal field.
  • Certification in the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) qualifications: NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II, NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I & II, NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector I, NFPA 1035 Public Education I, NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Technician, NFPA 1521 Incident Safety Officer and NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor I and II.
  • NFPA 1021 Fire Officer III and IV and Humber College Fire Services Executive; Management Certificate would be considered an asset.
  • Dalhousie University Fire Service Leadership and Fire Service Administration programs would be considered an asset.
  • Experience in all areas of fire services including fire prevention, public education, investigations, code enforcement, communications, mechanical maintenance, fire suppression and emergency response.
  • Required, excellent organizational, analytical, interpersonal, and public relations, written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Windows, and Microsoft Office environment including PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets.
  • Advanced knowledge of Municipal Bylaws and Federal and Provincial Acts and Regulations relating to the activities of the Fire Department.
  • Ability to ensure confidentiality in all matters, while exercising tact and diplomacy.
  • Must possess a valid Class “DZ” Ontario Driver’s Licence.


Hiring will be subject to the submission of a Criminal Record check and verification of education and experience requirements, in addition to the submission of a valid and acceptable Drivers Abstract.


The Municipality offers an annual salary range of $79,384.50 – $99,255.00 per year.

Applicants are invited to submit resumes in confidence by 3:00 p.m. on February 4, 2022, to:

Municipality of Hastings Highlands

33011 Highway 62, P.O. Box 130,
Maynooth, ON K0L 2S0

Email: [email protected]

The Hastings Highlands Fire Department currently has six (6) fire stations and approximately sixty-five (65) personal that are committed to protecting the residents of Hastings Highlands (over 5,500 residents) and property within our community (over 972 sq. kilometres) through the following:

  • Fire Prevention and Education
  • Code Enforcement
  • Fire Suppression
  • Rescue Services

Open-Air Fire Bylaw (2020-047)

The Open-Air Fire Bylaw (2020-047) governs open burning in the Municipality of Hastings Highlands and closely parallels the Forest Fire Prevention Act. Some of the General Prohibitions outlined in the bylaw are listed below:

  • No person shall ignite an open-air fire, from between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., during the period from April 1st to October 31st, which is the Fire Season.
    Exceptions: A small contained campfire*, maple syrup operations, farm meat processing and preparation.
    *Campfire (as defined in Bylaw 2020-047) means ‘a fire area no larger than 60 cm in diameter (2 ft by 2 ft) that is used for cooking or warmth and is supervised at all times by a responsible person; includes an open-air fire device.’
  • A responsible person shall burn piled wood, brush, or discarded wood by-products only if:
    (a) The fire is ignited at 7:00 p.m. or later and is extinguished at 7:00 a.m. or earlier during the period from April 1st to October 31st,
    (b) The fire is supervised and tended to by a responsible person capable of extinguishing the fire until the fire is out;
    (c) The pile is less than 2 meters in height and less than 2 meters in diameter;
    (d) The fire is at least 5 meters from any combustible materials; and
    (e) The responsible person capable of extinguishing the fire has adequate tools, water and human resources to contain the fire.
  • A responsible person shall burn grass and leaves only if:
    (a) The fire is supervised and tended to by a responsible person capable of extinguishing the fire until the fire is out;
    (b) The area to be burned is less than 1 hectare;
    (c) The length of burning edge is less than 3 meters per person;
    (d} The fire is ignited at 7:00 p.m. or later, and is extinguished by 7:00 a.m. or earlier during the period from April 151to October 31st;
    (e) The responsible person capable of extinguishing the fire has adequate tools, water and human resources to contain the fire.
  • No person shall set an open-air fire in a restricted fire zone or during a total fire ban, including clusters of candles, tiki torches and any other open flame devices.

    Waste Disposal/Transfer Site.
  • No person shall burn materials other than Class “A” Materials.
  • No person shall burn household waste, human waste or hazardous waste.

    Weather Conditions
  • No person shall set an open-air fire:
    (a) under weather conditions that limit the rapid dissipation of smoke;
    (b) when wind may cause dangerous/ unsafe conditions that may result in fire spread, a decrease in visibility on any highway or roadway or an adverse effect on neighbouring lands or persons;
    (c) under extremely dry or arid conditions;
    (d) when the Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change has issued a Smog Advisory or Smog Alert applicable to the area;
    (e) when the Fire Chief has placed a total fire ban on open-air fires.

Fire Services User Fees (Bylaw 2022-001)
Establishing and Regulating a Fire Department (Bylaw 2020-012)

Fire Department Staff & Station Locations

The fire service in Hastings Highlands are provided by sixty five (65) volunteer firefighters who are managed by a full-time Fire Chief and Fire Admin Coordinator.

Fire Department Locations

Fire Department Staff

Brandon S. Northrup – Interim Fire Chief
Email: [email protected]

Glen Ackerman – Deputy Fire Chief
Phone: (613) 334-1325
Email: [email protected]

Milka Hider – Office Administrator
Phone: (613) 318-9046
Email: [email protected]

Hastings Highlands Noise & Fireworks Bylaw

Fines for Setting off Fireworks when there is a Fire Ban in effect or the Fire Danger Rating is High or Extreme
Noise and Fireworks Bylaw Reminder: No Person shall set off Consumer Fireworks on any day during the year EXCEPT on Fridays and Saturdays between dusk and 11:00 p.m. from June 20, 2021 to Thanksgiving Weekend and to Include New Year's Eve, Victoria Day and Labour Day unless permitted by the Municipality.

Fire Prevention and Education