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Okotoks Fire Department
Deputy Fire Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
High Buildings - 3 and four storey condominiums
Training - full time vs. volunteer - Advancwed skills vs basic skills
Professional Qualifications:
NFPA 472, 1001, 1002, 1021, 1031, 1033, 1041, 1051, 1081, 1521
Apparatus Maint.
Dalhousie University
Topics you provide training for:
Municipal Firefighting skills
Wildland Firefighting skills
EMS skills
Dangerous Goods
Flood Mitigation and diaster services
fire etc. courses (Provincial Fire School)
College of the Rockies (Provincial Fire School)
Areas of expertise:
NFPA 1001, 1021, 1041
Deputy Fire Chief Jim Smith
Okotoks Fire Department
Okotoks, Alberta

Jim has 18 years of experience in the fire service. Jim started off fighting wildland fires in 1990 with the Canadian Military. When being posted to CFB Cold Lake Jim started training as a municipal firefighter in the Ardmore Volunteer Fire Department. After several years of firefighting Jim decided to enter into instruction for the fire service. Jim has instructed since 1996 specializing in NFPA 1001 Firefighter training as well as Fire Investigation and Fire Officer training. Jim has also taught NFPA courses such as 472, 1002, 1021, 1031, 1041, 1051, 1071, 1081, and 1521. Jim has also taught many other courses including Incident Command Systems and Law for the Fire Service. Jim has taught around North America including the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Jim currently resides in Okotoks Alberta with his family and still enjoys teaching firefighters and fire officers across the country.
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