Emergency Management and Fire Safety Officer

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Author pmnationtalk
Date April 16, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Location Waterloo,On
Category Business / Management
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Emergency Management and Fire Safety Officer

Posting ID : 10288
Apply By : 4/29/2019
Position Title : Emergency Management and Fire Safety Officer
Department : SHERM
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Manager, Safety and Risk Control
Position Summary :

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.

Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as an Emergency Management and Fire Safety Officer.

The Emergency Management & Life Safety Officer is responsible for developing the University’s Emergency Response Plan, and maintaining and communicating emergency preparedness measures and strategies. In addition has responsibility to keep abreast of industry standards that advance prevention, mitigation, response and recovery elements of emergency management. The incumbent also provides fire/life safety advice and expertise to the Laurier community, working with internal and external stakeholders to ensure compliance with applicable legislation, codes, standards and best practices.

The incumbent develops, implements and maintains the Fire/Life Safety Program. They are responsible to conduct fire/life safety audits and risk assessments, and provide advice on practices, policies, codes and standards. In addition, the incumbent reviews plans for code compliance, compiles lists of deficiencies and develops, implements and maintains fire safety plans, programs and policies for all campuses. The incumbent is also responsible for all training and education related to fire/life safety.

The incumbent maintains and implements the Emergency Management Program. This includes implementation of prevention techniques, mitigation strategies and preparedness activities. In addition the incumbent develop and maintain Laurier’s emergency response plans and helps oversee recovery activities during and after emergencies.

This position has a university-wide mandate. The incumbent provides subject matter expertise to all campuses, requiring regular interpersonal interactions and collaboration with departments at the Waterloo Campus, Brantford Campus, Kitchener location, Toronto office and any future locations. The regular hours of work for this position are Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Accountabilities : Emergency Management


  • Develop and conduct risk assessments in order to determine and prioritize risks to Laurier.
  • Develop and implement pre-emergency safety planning to ensure continuity of operations with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans and Event Safety and Security Plans for specific events taking place at Laurier.
  • Responsible to review and recommend amendments to the Emergency Management policy and Emergency Response Plans as needed.
  • Participation in the Emergency Operations Groups (EOG) during emergency situations, as required.
  • Responsible to ensure the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) is in a constant state of readiness and to ensure all necessary equipment needed for its function is located within.
  • Coordinate with key university stakeholders, including Special Constable Service, Facilities and Asset Management, Communications and Public Affairs and Information Communication Technologies to provide technical and consultative support in all areas and activities, including fire/life safety systems, necessary to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergency incidents, crisis and/or disasters occurring at or impacting the University.
  • Responsible to liaise with external stakeholders including fire departments, police departments, emergency medical services etc. to ensure continuity of operations and compatibility of response plans.
  • Plan, develop and facilitate emergency preparedness training awareness and exercise activities at all levels within the university community to continually improve the University’s preparedness.

Fire/Life Safety 


  • Develop and conduct risk assessments in order to determine and prioritize risks.
  • Responsible for the development, implementation, maintenance, promotion and training of the fire/ life safety program including: policies, programs and procedures and fire safety plans.
  • Respond to, when needed, fires occurrences, including those occurring after hours, to assist Municipal Fire Departments and assists building emergency teams and investigates and follows-up on building fire alarm activations.
  • Oversees and approves “hot work” permits for all contactors
  • Respond to, investigate and follow-up on fire safety complaints.
  • Liaise with the fire departments and municipalities on a regular basis and with other interested parties as necessary. Conduct inspections and investigations to develop a good working relationship and mutual understanding with community partners.
  • Perform fire/life safety audits and inspections in all Laurier buildings (leased or owned) to ensure compliance with codes, standards and procedures. Perform due-diligence inspections to ensure compliance of new building construction, new acquisitions and renovations.
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to staff, faculty, students, fire safety volunteers and others on fire safety issues. Recommend and initiate corrective actions to ensure a fire safe environment.
  • Monitor and evaluate maintenance of fire protection systems (e.g. sprinklers, fire alarms, fixed suppression systems etc.) and recommends repairs as they impact Ancillary/Facilities and Asset Management & project budgets.
  • Assist Facilities and Asset Management and the Department of Residence in ensuring all external inspections, maintenance and record keeping of fixed fire extinguishing systems and fire alarms systems are in conformance with applicable codes and standards.
  • Ensures appropriate volunteer evacuation staff coverage and executes annual evacuation drills.
  • Supports the SHERM lead in the implementation in areas relating to fire safety, as requested (Milton Campus)

Staff or Faculty Threats (Waterloo Campus)


  • Responds to urgent situations and leads the safety planning for staff and faculty who may encounter, or be exposed to violence in the absence of the Manager, Safety & Risk Control.
  • Assists the Manager, Safety & Risk Control, during investigation activities including making recommendations for remedial actions, as requested.
  • Meet the stakeholders to resolve low/moderate risk workplace violence situations, as requested.
  • Handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion.

Qualifications :

  • A College diploma in Fire Protection and Prevention plus five years combined experience in the following:


  • Emergency preparedness and management programs
  • knowledge of the Ontario Fire Protection and Prevention Act, Building Code Act and Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and associated regulations and standards.
  • Strong understanding of fire and life systems as they relate to building systems


  • A Certificate in Emergency Management, and/or Provincial Certification/training in emergency management.
  • Incumbent must have:
      • Strong verbal and written skills
      • Strong training and education skills
      • Strong judgment, analytical and problem solving skills
      • Excellent organizational abilities, including ability to set priorities, manage a high volume of work and competing demands
    • Ability to travel to Brantford campus
Grade : WLUSA-09
Salary : $36.24 – $42.62
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, continuing position.
Please Note : This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors. 

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at jbecker@wlu.ca. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Employment Equity and Accessibility at diversity@wlu.ca. We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or hr@wlu.ca.
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