The people of fire management
Parks Canada is committed and actively engaged in ensuring an equitable and inclusive work culture. The pursuit of equity, diversity and inclusion is a long-term commitment and Parks Canada’s Fire Management Program has made this a priority.
Parks Canada has both Type 1 and Type 2 fire crews across the country. Type 1 fire crews are the primary fire response force of the agency, consisting of four people in each crew. Type 1 fire crews are generally the first people who will respond to a fire.
Type 2 fire crews are generally trained personnel outside of the fire management program. These individuals are often used for low to moderate-complexity fires. Type 2 fire crews may be called upon in times of need and to support prescribed fire operations.
Both types of crews undergo medical testing and fitness testing to ensure they are qualified to work for the fire season. Fitness requirements differ depending on the type of crew.
Other fire management personnel
The Parks Canada fire management program has a wide variety of positions across the agency. Each position is unique and plays an important role.
Some position examples include:
- fire management officers
- fire management technicians
- fire information officers
- Indigenous fire specialists
- and more!
Areas of expertise include:
- fire weather
- aircraft operations
- diversity and inclusion
- fire finance
- fire information and data management
- fire ecology
- geographic information systems (GIS)
- Indigenous fire stewardship
- prescribed fire planning
- safety and mental health
- wildfire risk reduction
- fire behaviour analysis
National Incident Management Teams (NIMT’s)
NIMT’s are groups of specially trained emergency responders. Team members are located in parks across the country. Parks Canada sends NIMT members to high-complexity incidents at national parks and national historic sites where extra assistance is needed (ex: fires, hurricanes, floods, etc.).
Each NIMT works under the Incident Command System (ICS) structure. This ensures personnel can work seamlessly in all Parks Canada administered places and with other agencies.
Did you know? Parks Canada has sent fire management specialists to assist other firefighting agencies in other countries? Example: Australia (2019-2020) and the United States (2020).
Considering a career with Parks Canada?
Hiring for fire management positions occurs across the country, throughout the year. Job postings can be found on the Canada.ca website or by reaching out to your local national park or historic site for more information.
Additionally, student positions are posted through the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).