Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers (NOC 0432)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers:

  • plan, organize and direct firefighting operations and fire prevention activities in fire departments
  • work for municipal and federal governments and for industrial establishments with firefighting services
Common job titles
  • duty officer, fire department
  • executive officer, firefighters executive


Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • develop, put into use and evaluate policies and procedures for the operation of a municipal fire department, a district fire region or an industrial firefighting service
  • plan, direct and co-ordinate firefighting strategies for fire departments
  • evaluate the type of fire, the extent of damage to buildings and the danger to nearby establishments
  • direct activities at the scene of a fire
  • determine damage estimates and investigate the potential causes of a fire after extinguished
  • direct the training of personnel in firefighting methods
  • develop and oversee the use of fire prevention campaigns
  • represent the fire department in communications with government, the media and the public
  • co-ordinate and monitor budget and departmental resources.

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office.

Career paths and resources

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