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Deputy Fire Marshal (Inspector (Specialist) 4)



Competition # : 32987 

Department: Municipal Affairs

Location: SYDNEY

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/21/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

With the introduction of the new cabinet on August 31st, 2021, some Nova Scotia Government departments are going through name changes and structural transitions. Until administrative & system updates are made, the name of these departments, as it appears in the posting, might be impacted. Meanwhile, if you require clarification, please contact


The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing is dedicated to working with municipalities to build healthy, vibrant, and safe communities throughout Nova Scotia. Municipal Affairs provides programs, grants, and funding opportunities for municipalities and community groups. The Department also provides services and guidance to municipalities in many areas including land use planning, budget planning and finance, infrastructure development, policy and program development, and support for economic development through the management of the Regional Enterprise Network program.

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing is also responsible for ensuring the availability of safe, suitable, and affordable housing for all Nova Scotians. Our work involves making strategic investments, leveraging new funding, and building on critical partnerships to help further position ourselves to meet current and future housing challenges.

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About Our Opportunity

The Deputy Fire Marshal is independently responsible for the effective implementation of fire safety and fire prevention within buildings and premises within the province. This position is primarily a subject matter expert in the field of fire safety, prevention, and enforcement. There are many opportunities for the Deputy Fire Marshal to provide creative and innovative solutions and concepts to support client needs while ensuring acceptable fire safety initiatives.


Primary Accountabilities


You will provide information, advice and guidance to multiple stakeholders and professionals with relation to their respective duties and responsibilities under the Fire Safety Act and regulations of Nova Scotia.  You assist the public, building owner and occupants to work cooperatively to ensure the highest standard of fire and life safety within buildings and premises.


Further responsibilities include conducting fire and life safety inspections in buildings and premises within the province to make certain that minimum fire and life safety measures are upheld. As Deputy Fire Marshal you will conduct fire investigations including those for which there is a fatality or injury resulting from fire to determine the cause, origin, and circumstances of fires. You will investigate allegations of violations of the Fire Safety Act and Regulations and issue orders and/or initiate prosecution.


You are also responsible for the development and delivery of fire and life safety training and educational materials.


Qualifications and Experience

You possess a certified fire inspector certification combined with eight (8) years of work-related experience (fire, building investigations/inspections, fire prevention and report writing) or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience.


You must have a sound knowledge of the Fire Safety Act, Regulations, Codes and Standards related to fire and life safety. A working knowledge of the Nova Scotia Building Code Act, Regulations, Codes and Standards as they relate to building construction is necessary.


Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. Demonstrated diplomacy and sound judgement in assessing existing conditions and making recommendations for applying a reasonable application of fire protection principals is required. Strong computer skills in word processing and database management are necessary.


You must have completed, or be willing to successfully complete, courses recognized by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing in fire prevention, fire inspection and fire investigation. A National Fire Protection Association 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator Certification would be considered an asset.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.




An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Related equivalencies may include, but are not limited to:


  • A related degree and four (4) years of related experience


Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.


Working Conditions

Will be required to often work alone and be on-call twenty-four hours a day. Extensive travel is a requirement of this position. You will attend unstable buildings at fire scenes, and hazardous materials may be present. Some activities require a high degree of physical fitness; i.e. climbing ladders, moving heavy objects. You will be required to work in adverse weather conditions.


Additional Information

Applicants must qualify for Special Constable Status, possess a valid drivers license, and have access to a reliable vehicle as a requirement of this position.

This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of November 28, 2022.


What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless career paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  TE 29  

Salary Range:  $2,718.98 - $3,159.34 Bi-Weekly


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to