|Reporting to the Public Education Officer, responsibilities for this position include the following:
- Utilizes fire loss data in the development and design of appropriate fire safety education programs.
- Utilizes analytics and data in the development and delivery of targeted public education messages.
- Designs and deliver public safety education presentations and seminars to a variety of audiences including community groups, dwelling unit owners/residents, elementary school students, seniors, ESL students and workplace employees.
- Designs and delivers special events, media campaigns and other activities to promote and provide education on fire prevention and safety awareness.
- Provides fire safety materials to support program delivery, including lessons plans, PowerPoint presentations, and brochures.
- Utilizes all forms of media to support effective fire safety messaging to the public and undertakes media related activities as required to such as interviews (print, radio, television, and social media) and the preparation of media advisories and releases
- Performs education functions as specified within the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, and guidelines issued by the Fire Marshal and Toronto Fire Service.
- Follows all directives issued by the Fire Marshal.
- Engages with various internal and external stakeholders.
- Supports fire services operations staff in the delivery of the Alarmed for Life and school fire drill programs, station tours, and community events.
- Engages stakeholders to deliver fire safety education, including Toronto Public Health, Toronto Police Services, Toronto Public Library, Toronto District School Board, National Fire Protection Association and Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
- Demonstrates a commitment to personal and professional development.
- Must be able to follow direction of a senior officer.
In addition to the above duties the successful candidates are required to:
- Continually maintain a high standard of professionalism, integrity, reliability and credibility, which are fundamental requirements for this position.
- Function as an integral member of the City of Toronto workforce to support corporate vision and mission statements.
- Function as an integral member of the Toronto Fire Service workforce to deliver and support Division specific vision and mission statements.
- Function as an integral member of the Toronto Fire Service emergency response team to deliver and support Division specific goals of emergency preparedness.
- 18 years of age or older.
Legally entitled to work in Canada.
- Must possess a valid Ontario Driver’s License Class “G” and meet the requirements necessary to receive a City Equipment Operator’s license.
- Must provide a satisfactory Police Reference Check (PRC) with vulnerable sector screening
- Must be able to drive a vehicle and the ability to drive on Highways
- The ability to drive to presentations/meetings/etc.
- Must be able to drive for extended period of time.
- The ability to lift equipment up to 50 lbs, load equipment into vehicles, etc.
- Must possess post-secondary training in fire safety, adult education, early childhood education, a teaching degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
- Demonstrated experience in the preparation of presentations, lesson plans, and other written and audio-visual materials to support program delivery for a wide range of audiences
- Demonstrated experience in the preparation of media related materials.
- Possession of a current and valid minimum level C, CPR Certificate issued prior to the date of application submission.
- Possession of a current and valid minimum level Standard First Aid Certificate, issued by a WSIB approved First Aid Trainer issued no more than 1 year prior to the date of application submission
- Psychometric testing may be required.
- Must pass in-house entry level TFS exam on Fire/Life safety education principles/adult learning principles OR provide certificate of NFPA 1035 Level 1.
- Must pass practical presentation component
- Knowledge of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, Ontario Fire Code, Provincial Offences Act and related legislation and related
- Knowledge in powers and duties of the Fire Marshal, Assistant to the Fire Marshal, Fire Chief and OFMEM Directives, Guidelines and Comprehensive Fire Safety Effectiveness Model.
- Must be familiar with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the regulations that apply to this work.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and public speaking experience.
- Demonstrated experience in report writing and in the preparation of media related materials.
- Problem solving/analytical skills.
- Interpersonal/Interaction skills when dealing with the public, Fire Services staff and all other levels of City personnel.
- Ability to effectively prioritize tasks/demands.
- Ability to work within a team environment.
- Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
- Ability to work and positively interact within diverse work environment.
- Ability to work with internal and external stakeholders and interdisciplinary teams in the delivery of public fire safety activities.
- Customer service skills.
- Presentation skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills when dealing with the public, fire services and other City divisions.
- Experience related to Public Education.
- Expertise or expert knowledge in Public Education.
- Experience as a first responder is considered an asset.
- Expertise in the preparation of lesson plans and use of audio visual, PowerPoint
- Previous experience in presenting and educating the public.
- Post-Secondary education in Fire Protection Technology.
- Commitment to personal and professional development and in continuing education through ongoing learning.
- Ability to correlate TFS Fire Safety curriculum to provincial curriculum.
- Degree in education or in early childhood education.
- NFPA 1031, Level 1 – Ontario certified.
- NFPA 1035 Level 1 and Level 2
- Multilingual skills preferred, including sign language.
Assessments of Candidates
May include the pre-screening of candidates, resume reviews, interviews, presentations, tests or exercises, which may be in addition to any listed in this document or in the job posting.
Prior to being hired or transferred, the successful candidate may be required to participate in the following:
(a) Participate in a comprehensive medical examination, and
(b) Receive medical clearance by TFS Chief Medical Officer.
Employee Reference Check Clearance
Prior to being hired, the successful candidate must:
(a) Provide at least three employment references, and
(b) Receive employment reference clearance from TFS.
Prior to being transferred, the successful candidate may require:
(a) Reference /records check clearance from TFS.
(Note: This applies only to candidates requesting transfer to
a division in which they were not previously qualified).
Criminal Reference Check Clearance for External Candidates only
Prior to being hired the successful candidate must:
(a)Provide a criminal record check from their local Police Service, and.
(b) Receive criminal reference check clearance from TFS.
Candidates who successfully transfer to another division must:
- Successfully complete his/her assigned training ,and
- Successfully complete the assessment period.
Post Transfer Training and Assessments
Transferees who fail to achieve either (a) or (b) shall be considered to be unqualified for the position to which they transferred. In such cases, transferees shall be transferred back to their previous division with no impact on service or seniority within that division.