Apply By: Tuesday, June 25, 2024 11:59 pm EDT
Competition Status: Application Screening

Approximately 277 individuals applied for this opportunity.

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Amended - Fire Investigator -Unilingual (English) and Bilingual (English/French)

Ministry of the Solicitor General
Office of the Fire Marshal
Any City
Language of Position(s):
Both English and bilingual
Job Term:
7 Permanent
Job Code:
05714 - Fire Services Investigator 1
$1,584.94 - $1,948.86 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Amendment: 1 permanent unilingual vacancy added.

If you are a skilled investigator with strong communication and analytical skills, the Ministry of the Solicitor General would like you to consider this opportunity to become a Fire Investigator with the Office of the Fire Marshal. Your knowledge of fire investigation methods and practices is required to investigate the cause, origin and circumstances of any fire or explosion.

•There is a current need to fill Fire Investigators across the Province. Pending the results of the competition, consideration will be given to the successful candidates to allow them to work out of a District Office, based on the successful candidate's current home and operational needs.

• This competition may be used to fill future vacancies.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the "How to apply" section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

• Create, organize and lead multi-agency teams (e.g. fire and police departments, technical staff) at fire scenes
• Conduct investigations based on established fire investigation methodology regarding the origin, cause and circumstances of fires
• Promote fire protection and prevention and be familiar with the delivery of fire safety and prevention programs
• Assist in the development and delivery of training
• Represent the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal (OFM) in response to requests by fire or police departments, insurance adjusters and the public requiring the investigation of fires
• This position requires that the successful candidates be on-call 24 hours a day for certain days of the month and available at all hours to attend investigations.
• This position also requires extensive travel throughout the province including travelling by large and small aircraft as well as marine transportation.
• This position will also require you to wear the appropriate personal protection in working in compliance with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
• This position will require you to work in all types of weather and is physical in nature while conducting scene analysis and is labour intensive while searching and sifting through fire debris in a systematic process while maintaining detailed notes.

How do I qualify?


• This position requires a valid Class "G" Driver's Licence or equivalent as recognized by the Province of Ontario
• The successful candidates must clear an employment security screening check
• You must possess oral and written French language skills at the advanced level. Your proficiency level will be confirmed before hire. (For bilingual position only)

Technical Knowledge

• You have knowledge of and experience with fire investigative methods, techniques, procedures and theories in order to: conduct, evaluate, and report on investigations into fatal incidents, explosions, large loss fires, incendiary fires, serious threats to life, and multi-unit fires
• You have knowledge of court proceedings, including criminal investigations and rules of evidence to gather evidence and provide expert testimony
• You are able to determine cause, origin and circumstances of the fire/explosion as well as provide findings and recommendations
• You have knowledge of fire dynamics, chemistry of fire/combustion and scientific and technical principles
• You can operate a variety of investigative safety equipment, hand tools as well as a camera
• You have experience applying relevant legislation and related documents such as Fire Protection and Prevention Act, Fire Code, Building Code, Criminal Code, Office of the Fire Marshal Comprehensive Fire Safety Effectiveness Model, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Charter of Rights, Provincial Offences Act, Rights to Privacy Act, Youth Criminal Justice Act, etc

Analytical and Evaluative Skills

• You can perform initial scene assessments to identify potential hazards as well as assess the scope and requirements of the investigation
• You have knowledge of building construction principles to assist in determining the structural integrity of a structure
• You are able to assess appropriate corrective action in compliance with legislation and standards
• You can identify trends in fire causes (e.g. hazardous products) and report on public safety issues
• You can evaluate the adequacy and condition of fire safety programs
• You have proven ability to prioritize effectively

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

• You can liaise effectively with peers, stakeholders (such as public safety officials, police, fire departments), the media and the general public
• You are able to convey technical information such as the application of legislation or fire investigation findings
• You have written communication skills to record and maintain chronological records of incidents
• You have tact and diplomacy to interview witnesses during fire investigations and secure the cooperation of witnesses in often sensitive situations (such as the death of a family member)

Other Essential Skills

• You are proficient with computer software such as databases, word processing and spreadsheets to manage and evaluate data, create presentation/course material, and prepare reports

Additional Information:

  • 6 English Permanent, Any City, Anywhere in Ontario , Vulnerable Sector Check, Driver's License History, Local Police Databases Search, PIP/NICHE/RMS
  • 1 Bilingual English/French Permanent, Any City, Anywhere in Ontario , Vulnerable Sector Check, Driver's License History, Local Police Databases Search, PIP/NICHE/RMS
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Inspections and Investigations
Posted on:
Tuesday, June 11, 2024
  • This ad is also available in French.
  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Corporate Talent Programs Branch, Talent and Leadership Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
  • T-SL-215638/24(6)
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 25, 2024 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

All Ontario Public Service external job advertisements are posted in English and French. To confirm the language requirements of a job, check the "language of position" information at the top of each job ad. For all positions, candidates will be assessed in English, the business language of the Ontario Public Service. For English/French designated bilingual positions, candidates will also be assessed through French-language proficiency testing.

Toutes les offres d'emploi externes de la fonction publique de l'Ontario sont affichées en anglais et en français. Pour connaître les exigences linguistiques, vérifiez les renseignements sur la « langue du poste » figurant dans le haut de chaque offre d'emploi. Pour tous les postes, l'évaluation des candidates et candidats se fera en anglais, la langue usuelle de la fonction publique de l'Ontario. En ce qui concerne les postes désignés bilingues, la maîtrise du français des candidates et candidats sera également évaluée.

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