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Safety Regulations & Compliance Specialist (Fire Marshal)

Source:    BC Hydro

Job Title: Safety Regulations & Compliance Specialist (Fire Marshal)

Job Number:   BCH-R-9246-130809E1

Job Location: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada


Your passion lies in making a difference. By moving beyond the expected, you help make our world a better place. These values we respect and seek out in employees. Together, we can build our community, foster conservation and deliver clean, reliable energy solutions for today, tomorrow and generations to come.

Being one of the largest electric utilities in Canada and North America, BC Hydro offers challenging opportunities throughout the province.



BC Hydro is seeking a fire safety and protection expert to lead the Fire Safety and Protection program at BC Hydro. The BC Hydro Fire Marshal has accountability for fire governance in four key areas: Wildfire Protection, Fire Safety (referring to life safety), Fire Protection (referring to asset protection) and Fire Incident Planning & Response. The regulations under which BC Hydro operates hold BC Hydro to the Wildfire Act of BC, but the utility operates as its own Authority Having Jurisdiction with respect to many other aspects of fire risk management. This self-regulation requires internal fire risk management expertise and creates a somewhat unique opportunity for an experienced fire safety and protection professional with a strong combination of technical and governance experience. The Fire Marshal is accountable for development and sustainment including assurance of an overall fire protection and life safety program for BC Hydro covering off the four governance areas outlined above. The duties include:

  • Acts as the corporate wide fire authority for BCH with respect to fire and life safety and fire prevention, including acting as the Authority Having Jurisdiction for the organization on related topics
  • Manages a fire safety and protection inspection and audit program for BC Hydro
  • Provides interpretation of Building and Fire Codes and oversees the development of corporate design standards, technical bulletins and policy with respect to fire safety and protection
  • Oversees system for reviews and acceptance of impairment mitigation strategies for BC Hydro facilities
  • Interfaces with insurers and BC Hydro leadership to ensure an appropriate balance of risk and cost with respect to fire and life safety
  • Maintains records of reports and investigations of incident involving fire and/or explosion
  • Provides crucial and authoritative advice and leadership and technical expertise in fire and life safety and corporate fire risk across the organization to ensure that an acceptable level of fire and life safety is present in all BCH facilities
  • Interfaces with industry and Emergency Management Organizations, the Provincial Fire Commissioner's office and BC Fire Chiefs to ensure that knowledge and experience is shared and BCH's interests are represented in the code and policy development processes
  • Liaises with local emergency responders for the purpose of ensuring capability to attend BCH fires is in place where practical and works with operations groups to define requirements for internal capability where outside response is not practical
  • Maintains position as industry expert through involvement in relevant technical committees, and ensures alignment at BCH with industry best practice


The successful candidate will have:

  • An engineering degree (postgraduate Fire Protection degree is and asset) with ten or more years of progressive experience in managing fire and life safety
  • Eligibility for registration as a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC)
  • Experience in fire safety and protection program management, policy and procedure development including leading change in a large complex organization/agency
  • Well-developed leadership and interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain positive working relationship within the business group, across BC Hydro and externally with regulatory agencies, and associations
  • The ability to influence change and excellent communication skills and the ability to plan and organize work and delegate responsibility
  • Experience in industrial fire protection and performance and objective -based fire protection design for fire and life safety


    At BC Hydro, our vision Powering B.C. with clean, reliable electricity for Generations is about working together to make a difference for the future of all British Columbians. To achieve this goal, we live by our six core values of Safety, Accountability, Teamwork, Integrity, Service and Ingenuity.

    • Safety – keep safety first in mind, heart and action
    • Accountability – take ownership, be decisive and move forward
    • Teamwork – One Hydro – make it happen together
    • Integrity – do the right thing
    • Service – proud of our service
    • Ingenuity – create resourceful solutions

    If you share our values and are ready to join a great team, we’d love to hear from you!

    BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.

    How to Apply

    Interested candidates should submit their applications online at by September 9, 2013.

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