Fire Investigator (3 positions)

Fire Investigator (3 positions)

AF3 Assistant Fire Commissioner 3


Municipal Relations

Fire Investigations Unit, Office of the Fire Commissioner

Various rural locations MB, Various urban locations MB

Advertisement Number: 36809

Salary(s):   AF3 $59,482.00 – $75,804.00 per year

Closing Date:   December 11, 2020

The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary public service reflective of the citizens it serves, where diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, identities, languages and perspectives drives a high standard of service and innovation. The Manitoba government supports equitable employment practices and promotes representation of designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities).

Employment Equity is a factor in selection for this competition. Consideration will be given to women, Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

An eligibility list may be created for similar positions and will remain in effect for 12 months.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) under Municipal Relations is a diverse organization that plays a strong role in public safety and fire protection by safeguarding both persons and property from fire and life safety hazards through education, investigation, emergency response, code application and enforcement. The OFC also provides fire service training, facilitates  liaison with fire departments and local officials, and ensures that Manitoba’s response pre-planning and response capability is coordinated with municipal, provincial and national partners while ensuring the provision of incident command at larger emergencies. 
The OFC is seeking qualified candidates to fill three (3) Fire Investigator positions responsible for conducting fire investigations, undertaking public education and supporting emergency response operations across Manitoba.
While the OFC’s main offices are located in Winnipeg and Brandon, the majority of the work is performed outside these areas and in various rural locations across Manitoba.  In lieu of centralized operations, the OFC is employing a regional approach with opportunities in Northern Manitoba, Interlake Manitoba, Central Manitoba, and Southern Manitoba. Successful candidates may be allowed to work from a home base (telecommuting) in lieu of a regional office, subject to the provisions of the Collective Agreement, although intermittent travel to centralized base operations will be required.
Candidates are asked to indicate their preferred region on their cover letter.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Must possess or be eligible to acquire a valid Class 4 driver’s license preferably with air brake endorsement 
  • Must be willing and able to complete NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor Level 1 and NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor Level 2 within six months and one year respectively from the date of hire
  • Must be able to work on call on a rotational basis
  • Must be able to drive long distances in rural areas
  • Must be able to travel throughout Manitoba and occasionally in Canada and internationally
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Child Abuse Registry Check
  • Must be able to obtain satisfactory Driver’s Abstract
  • Must be able to work alone for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment including respirator.
  • Must be physically capable of performing  the duties and functions of the job including lifting heavy objects, kneeling, standing, climbing stairs and ladders, working at heights and entering confined spaces in various temperatures 



  • Experience working in public safety and/or the emergency services field 
  • Experience conducting effective investigations
  •  Completion of Fire Investigation Theory Course (previously Fire Investigation level II)  or equivalent program or course from other jurisdictions 
  • Knowledge of Fires Prevention and Emergency Response Act and supporting regulations
  • Ability to facilitate effective consultations with various stakeholders and the general public
  • Verbal communications skills with the ability to articulate complex ideas into simple terms to various audience
  • Written communication skills for preparing investigation reports/documents 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to handle competing priorities within tight timeframes
  • Ability to foster positive working relations with a variety of clients and peers in a team environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and e-mail softwares)


  • Certification on Fire Fighter Level 1 and 2 (NFPA 1001)
  • Certification on Fire Inspector Level 1 and 2 (NFPA 1031)
  • Certification on Hazardous Materials Operations (NFPA 472) 
  • Experience providing instructions or training within adult setting
  • Experience performing forensic or criminal investigations 

You will be responsible for conducting investigations to determine the nature, cause and origin of fire in support of the fire service and police authorities.  This includes examining fire sites and scenes, collecting and securing evidence, obtaining statements from witnesses,  analyzing evidence and other information and documenting findings and conclusions.  You will also be expected to testify in court or other quasi-judicial proceedings as may be necessary as a result of investigations performed.  You will liase with various agencies and the public to undertake education and consultations on fire prevention.  You will also be tasked with delivering training programs on fire investigations for students of the Manitoba Emergency Services College (MESC)  and responding to provincial or local emergencies on behalf of the OFC. 

Apply to:

Advertisement # 36809

Service Centre 2

Human Resource Services

360-1395 Ellice Avenue

Winnipeg, MB , R3G 3P2

Phone:  204-945-3001

Fax: 204-948-2841


Applicants may request reasonable accommodation related to the materials or activities used throughout the selection process. When applying to this position, please indicate the advertisement number and position title in the subject line and/or body of your email. Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications.

Please be advised that job competitions may be grieved and appealed. Should a selection grievance be filed, information from the competition file will be provided to the grievor’s representative or the grievor, if unrepresented. Personal information irrelevant to the grievance and other information protected under legislation will be redacted.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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