Approved Fire Drill Scenario / Mandatory Inspection

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Approved Fire Drill Scenario

Sentence 2.8.3.2.(6) of the Fire Code (O. Reg. 213/07) requires the  owner to conduct a fire drill at least once every each year to determine the adequacy of staffing levels for a scenario that has been approved by the Chief Fire Official. This drill is in addition to other fire drills required under Article 2.8.3.2.  The owner is required to contact the Chief Fire Official to meet and agree on the scenario.

The procedure for developing the fire drill scenario is described in Annex A of Fire Marshal Directive 2014-002 (revised May 9, 2016)

Additionally, Sentence 2.8.3.3. requires the owner to notify the Chief Fire Official of the date of the drill within a time period previously approved by the Chief Fire Official.

Once notified of the scheduled fire drill, the fire department is required under O. Reg. 364/13 to attend the building to observe the fire drill.  [See Fire Marshal Directive 2014-002 (revised May 9, 2016)]

Mandatory Inspection


Once notified of the scheduled fire drill referred to above, the fire department is required under O. Reg. 364/13 to do the following:

  • Conduct an inspection in accordance with the inspection checklist in Annex B of Fire Marshal Directive 2014-002 (revised May 9, 2016) and,
  • File a report with the Fire Marshal following the inspection.  (See Fire Marshal Directive 2014-001)  The report must contain the operating name, the address, the classification of the occupancy and the dates of the fire drill and inspection.  This becomes an entry in a Registry that will be maintained by the Fire Marshal