Previously served as Deputy Director, was first female career firefighter at Abbotsford fire department
Charlene Jordan-Jones, the first female Director of the Fire & Safety Division (FSD) at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), is back on familiar ground having previously served as its Deputy Director for eight years.
Jordan-Jones, who moves into her new post effective Sept. 9, most recently served as the Manager, International Programs & Business Development for JIBC’s Office of International Affairs.
“Charlene brings a tremendous amount of knowledge of both JIBC and the fire service to the role, and I look forward to working with her in her new capacity,” said Sarah Wareing, Dean of the School of Public Safety. “Her extensive experience will be a definite asset as we review the Fire & Safety Division’s programs and processes to ensure they meet the training and education needs of our students.”
After teaching in both public and private elementary and middle schools, Jordan-Jones joined the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS) in 1994 as a career firefighter responsible for community fire and life safety education programs including serving as the Public Information Officer. She was the first female career member at AFRS where she rose to the rank of lieutenant in the Fire Prevention Office. Her work during this time included co-authoring the provincial Fire & Life Safety Education curriculum, and working in the Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Centre in Kamloops for the BC Office of the Fire Commissioner during the 2003 wildfires.
In 2006, Jordan-Jones was seconded to the JIBC Fire & Safety Division to manage the Fire Officer I-IV courses and certifications. This developed into permanent positions in the division of Program Manager, Program Director, and then Deputy Director in 2010. As Deputy Director, she led the development and approval of the Fire Officer Certificate, Fire Prevention Officer Certificate, and Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate programs. She also served as Acting Director for 18 months. She has represented JIBC on several provincial, national and international committees including as Chairperson of the Canadian Fire Service Training Directors, and as an elected member on Pro Board’s Committee on Accreditation.
Jordan-Jones earned a Bachelor of Science (dietetics) and a Bachelor of Education, both from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management through Royal Roads University. She is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads with a focus on higher education administration and leadership.
“I am very excited to be returning to the Fire & Safety Division as the Director as I have over 25 years of experience and relationships within the Fire Service,” said Jordan-Jones. “I plan to focus on building relationships and connecting with our stakeholders and students to support their training and education needs.”