February 2018
Government Consulting on Proposed Fire Service Regulations

2018-02-09 11:00:00 AM

CATEGORIES: Emergency Services

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is seeking feedback on two proposed regulations under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act

Mandatory Certification
The first proposed regulation would establish mandatory certification requirements for all new firefighters employed or appointed to a fire department in Ontario in one of the following positions: suppression firefighters,pump operators,technical rescuers, fire officers, and fire educators. 

These requirements would come into force on January 1, 2019 with the exception of the requirements for technical rescuers which would come into force January 1, 2020. The regulation would also allow an additional year for technical rescuers to become certified. 

The regulation would also create certification requirements for existing firefighters currently employed in one of the following positions:  fire inspectors, fire investigators, fire instructors, hazardous materials personnel, and fire dispatchers. 

Mandatory Community Risk Assessments
In the second proposed regulation, the Ministry would require that municipalities complete a standard risk assessment every five years. The risk assessment would cover key elements of their communities, such as demographics, geography, critical infrastructure, types of buildings in the community, and historical data about fire events. Municipalities would then be responsible for reviewing their risk assessment every year to ensure that any significant changes to the profile are identified and updated. 

Comments on these two proposed regulations can be submitted until March 11, 2018. You can find more information here.


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