Safety Lead is a member of the Command Staff responsible for monitoring incident operations and advising the Incident Commander on all matters relating to operational safety, including the health and safety of emergency responder personnel.

Safety Reports to

Incident Commander

General Description

Safety is responsible for addressing issues related to safety and security during the operation. Safety reviews all aspects of the operation, including direct service programs, equipment, facilities, and personnel practices, to determine possible hazards and the mitigation of those hazards.

Safety is also responsible for addressing security issues for Salvation Army facilities and for workers during the entire time they are deployed, both on- and off-duty hours.


A qualified Safety Lead will have successfully completed:

  • National Disaster Training Program courses (Introduction to Emergency Disaster Services, Foundations of Emotional and Spiritual Care, Disaster Food Service and Canteen Operations)
  • ICS Canada or Salvation Army I-100 Introduction to Incident Command System
  • ICS Canada or Salvation Army I-200 Basic Incident Command System – ICS for single resources and initial action incidents
  • ICS Canada or Salvation Army position specific training for Safety
  • Necessary food safety/food handling requirements for the province/territory in which you are deployed.

 Excellent knowledge of:

            Occupational, Health, and Safety requirements for the province/territory in which you are deployed.

 Skills and Capabilities:

  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Attention to detail, problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Strong sense of integrity and confidentiality with professional ethics and a balanced sense of fairness and flexibility.
  • Proven success in building and leading diverse, cross-functional teams focused on a common goal
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in stressful, high-paced environments
  • Strong organization and administrative skills
  • Working knowledge of all Salvation Army emergency social services primary services programs, EDS programs and Salvation Army Social Service programs is an asset.
  • Respect and understanding of The Salvation Army - its mission, culture, and values.


  1. Identifies incident-related hazardous situations.
  2. Identifies actions to mitigate risks and hazards with the greatest potential for serious accident or injury.
  3. Ensures the safety, welfare, and accountability of assigned incident personnel.
  4. Exercises emergency authority to stop unsafe actions at any time.
  5. Investigates, or coordinates the investigation of, accidents occurring within the incident area.
  6. Conducts safety analyses and prepares reports on all incident facilities and locations, as necessary; communicates safety issues or concerns to incident personnel at shift briefings.
  7. Determines the need for subject matter experts or technical specialists to advise on or oversee unique safety issues or hazards, such as confined space, hazardous materials (HAZMAT), infectious diseases and so on.
  8. Assigns and oversees Assistant Safety Leads, technical specialists, and subject matter experts, as necessary.

Online Forms:

Resources in Downloadable Format:

EDS Safety Resources