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Vancouver Airport Authority

Battalion Chief – Operations

Location Vancouver, Canada Job Code 24-22

YVR is a place of connection, bringing together people, places, and cargo while ensuring a safe and efficient experience for everyone. YVR Fire & Rescue is a value and integrity-based department with a strong culture of diversity, inclusion, and belonging that enables the team to deliver on our Mission, of being dedicated to protecting and educating our customers, our community, and our environment through the delivery of professional aircraft fire rescue services, which drives us toward our Vision to be the best Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Department in Canada.

Position Overview 

Are you a highly motivated leader with a passion to direct and maintain proper order and conduct of firefighters to ensure the department meets or exceeds required tactical operations while ensuring compliance with all applicable standards and regulations? Can you exercise considerable independence of judgment and action in carrying out assignments in accordance with both corporate and departmental policies, plans, and objectives? The Battalion Chief – Operations role might be for you.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Support the Deputy Fire Chief – Operations as the primary tactical operations support in the development and implementation of an overall long-term strategic plan involving fire protection
  • Use your knowledge and significant fire ground operational experience to provide expertise into managing the operational systems and policies used by YVR Fire & Rescue, as well as corporate policies
  • Your excellent ability to communicate and persuade will be critical as you interact with Firefighters, Fire Officers, Administration Team, key stakeholders, and other agencies
  • Data quality assurance, attendance management, performance metrics of suppression staff, facility maintenance, daily/weekly coverage as the on-call duty chief for policy administration, as well as monitoring personnel performance and doing performance reviews/check-ins, as well as administering discipline, as required
  • Other administration related duties include utilizing; record management systems, time management software and business intelligence software to collect & analyze data
  • Plan, administer and manage the operational functions to ensure the department meets or exceeds required tactical abilities in aircraft rescue and firefighting, as well as medical response
  • Maintain all mandatory ARFF training in compliance with CARS regulations
  • Manage and evaluate levels of staffing for proper response, and coverage policies and present recommendations to the deputy fire chief
  • Manage, oversee and participate in the development of work plans; assignment of work activities, projects, and programs; monitor workflow
  • Assume the Deputy Fire Chief’s responsibilities in their absence to ensure compliance with CARS regulations, NFPA standards, and the Airport Emergency Plan or any other standards or regulations as assigned by the Fire Chief  

Key qualifications include:

  • NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications – Fire Officer III
  • NFPA 1521, Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer - Incident Safety Officer
  • Incident Command Certification Level 300
  • Valid BC Driver’s License, Class 3 with Air Brake endorsement
  • Candidates must have demonstrated leadership experience with progressive responsibility and supervisory experience in the Fire Service
  • Candidates are expected to have supplemented their professional development with additional courses/curricula demonstrating a commitment to continuous learning
  • Available for rotational after-hours on-call duty with a maximum emergency incident response time of 45 minutes from the time of notification to on-scene
  • Demonstrated computer competency in related business and office software programs, business writing competency including briefings, memorandums, and reports
  • Ability to obtain DAVOP License and Restricted Radio Operator License - Aeronautical within three months of employment
  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible leadership position experience in fire and rescue services

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary degree in Business Administration, Emergency Management, Fire Service Leadership, or a related field
  • NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications - Fire Officer IV
  • NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications – Level II

This position is open to both Vancouver Airport Authority employees and external applicants. Previous job performance will be taken into consideration for all internal candidates that apply for this position.

As part of our recruitment process, short-listed candidates may be required to participate in an assessment process.

Salary Range : Salary Range: $100,640 to $144,670 per annum, based on a 37.5-hour work week. This is individually tailored to reflect your unique experience, qualifications and internal equity. Performance-Based Incentive: Eligible for an annual bonus target at 15% of your annual salary.

At YVR, your work experience goes beyond the paycheck. We support your personal and professional development, well-being, and a thriving work culture with generous vacation days, extensive health benefits, retirement savings matching, wellness programs, community engagement, commuting support, and continuous learning opportunities. Learn more at

Please note that availability may vary based on employment type and is subject to certain eligibility requirements and potential changes by YVR.

Who We Are

YVR is more than just an airport. We connect our beautiful province and all it has to offer to the world. We are all leaders and trailblazers for change and innovation, so no matter the department or team you’re a part of, the work you do matters.

At YVR, we are flexible in everything we do. We will work together to find ways to deliver customer excellence that helps us all thrive.

Whatever your background and wherever you’re from, you belong at YVR. If you have any questions about accessibility or require any assistance applying, please reach out at

Meet Some Team Members

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I love working at YVR primarily because of the people. YVR is constantly changing and striving for excellence. Everyone matters and it is so cool to work with this diverse group who really want to make a difference in how we support our customers and our community.

Jocelyn D.Member since 2022
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I love my job because my colleagues care about me as a person and appreciate the value I provide to my teams and the workplace. It’s also exciting for me because YVR is always changing and evolving, so I get front row seats in watching how we are constantly navigating and innovating. Every day is different at YVR and it is a constant adventure.

Jenny R.Member since 2015
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I’m proud that the work I do contributes to a better experience for travellers at YVR. I maintain and repair YVR’s state-of-the-art baggage systems at Canada’s second busiest airport – it’s a fast-paced environment with the latest technology and equipment. Baggage Maintenance Operations is a team sport and I’m honoured to say that I’m part of this team.

Dalbir T.Member since 2007
Vancouver Airport Authority


YVR is more than just an airport. We are leaders and trailblazers for change and innovation, at the forefront doing the right thing and doing it well. We have been voted the Best Airport in North America for 12 consecutive years – an honour that’s attributed to the ongoing contributions from the best teams and partners. Join us at YVR to see what this means for you.

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YVR continually invests in our people to offer what you and your loved ones need so you can just thrive at work and in your community.

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We are committed to maintaining a learning culture – one that empowers and helps you grow your career within YVR. Along the way, we’ll celebrate both the small and big wins and work through every new opportunity together to help you get to where you want to be.

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