Fire and Life Safety Systems Manager – DCC/CDC Facility Maintenance & Support Services (Real Property Operations Unit) in Greater Toronto Area, Ontario

Black & McDonald Limited


Black & McDonald’s team is growing! If you are a committed and collaborative professional looking to contribute to a hard-working, innovative team, this opportunity is for you.

The Fire and Life Safety Manager is responsible for overseeing all Fire Suppression and detection systems, within Defense Construction Canada (DCC) facilities are operational and meet all Federal regulations, NFPA standards, ULC S536 – Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems Canadian Standards Association, CSA-C282 – Emergency Power Supply for Buildings, and Fire Marshal Directives – FMD 4004, FMD 4006. As needed and as volume increases, the Fire and Life Safety Manager may also be responsible for overseeing a team of resources to further coordinate the planning, execution, and testing of the fire suppression and detection systems in DCC facilities. Ensuring that all Preventive Maintenace and Corrective Maintenace on the fire suppression and detection systems is completed and tested as per the NFPA guidelines. Reporting directly into the Sr. Operations Manager, the Fire and Life safety Manager will act as the main point of contact in support of fire system assignments specifically serving Black & McDonald’s core FM Support Service contract with DCC including, but not limited to the following duties:

  • Acts as an Assistant to the Deputy Fire Chief Department of Defence, under the provisions of the National Fire and Protection Act (NFPA).

  • Ensure enforcement of Federal fire prevention by-laws, the Federal Building Codes, the National Fire Code (where applicable) and other applicable codes and standards by assigning staff to carry out these duties.

  • Manage the surveys of premises by enforcing Federal fire prevention by-laws, the Federal Building Codes, the National Fire Code (where applicable) and other applicable codes, standards and statutes, and the examination of building plans for compliance with applicable codes and standards.

  • Co-ordinate the inspections of premises that require a license from the federal government in order to ensure fire safety.

  • Ensure that all education programs meet the needs of the legislative requirements of the NFPA and the circumstances of the community.

  • Responsible for the supervision of plan examination activities for building permit applications, inspections of premises, enforcing municipal fire prevention by-laws, the Federal Building Codes, the National Fire Code (where applicable), and other applicable codes and standards, public education and fire investigation activities.

  • Conduct fire prevention inspection and enforce compliance with applicable fire regulations.

  • Responsible for providing timely response to enquiries from the Department National Defence Fire Chief (preparing reports or assigned projects when required on behalf of the Fire Chief) and internal and external clients.

  • Prepares monthly, Quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports for the Deputy Fire Chief Department National Defence.

  • Monitor and manage usage of the designated budget.

  • Maintain a records system and file all required reports with appropriate agencies.

  • Develop and administer business and information systems related to Fire Prevention programs and activities.

  • Review policies and procedures relevant to Fire Prevention and Life Safety, recommending additions, changes or revisions where necessary.

  • Oversee the coordination of presentations, training, etc., on fire prevention to operational personnel, maintenance team, and sub-contractors.

  • Perform related work such as discussing fire safety problems with the tenants, building inspectors, etc., and speak on fire safety and fire prevention topics when required.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Advanced analytical and time management skills

  • Outstanding understanding of NFPA regulations & standards, either through work experience or qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of building products, construction details and relevant rules, regulations and quality standards

  • Ability to read and comprehend blueprints and design documents / specifications.

  • Continuous Learning

  • Customer Focus

  • Excellent Communication Skills

  • Problem Solving and Innovation


  • Post-secondary graduation from Building Construction, Engineering, Fire Protection Technology or a similar program years progressive experience in Fire Prevention or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Graduate of the Fire Protection Technology Diploma course and / or the Fire Prevention Officer Diploma course at the Ontario Fire College or equivalent.

  • Proven supervisory skills and ability to direct, evaluate and effectively manage staff.

  • Strong written and interpersonal skills required, including the ability to establish effective working relationships and provide quality customer service.

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license recognized by the Province of Ontario.


  • 3–5 years of management experience in the Fire & Life Safety industry


  • Able to commute regularly to the GTA, and travel throughout Ontario (as needed)

  • Security clearance requirements: must be able to get reliability or secret clearance.

Black & McDonald welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.

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