Transition to NFPA Professional Qualifications Standards: Grandfathering Policy

Please note that contact information provided in Fire Marshal’s Communiqué 2014-04 and the attachment, published on January 21, 2014, is no longer valid.

Enquiries and/or completed forms relating to the content of this communiqué and its attachment should be sent to the Academic Standards and Evaluation Section, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management:

E-mail: ofmtestingandcertification@ontario.ca

Mail: Academic Standards and Evaluation Section
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
25 Morton Shulman Avenue, 2nd floor
Toronto, Ontario
M3M 0B1

Communiqué du commissaire des incendies

Transition to NFPA Professional Qualifications Standards: Grandfathering Policy

Communiqué 2014-04

January 21, 2014

In April 2013, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) announced in Fire Marshal’s Communiqué 2013-04 that Ontario was adopting the National Fire Protection Association Professional Qualifications (NFPA Pro-Qual) Standards. At the time, the OFMEM, which is leading the transition from the Ontario Fire Services Standards to the NFPA standards, briefly explained how grandfathering would apply and affirmed that the grandfathering policy it was in the process of developing would provide further details and would be made available to all fire departments at a later date.

This policy, now completed, is attached. It provides information on the following:

  • background on the transition from the Ontario Fire Services Standards to the NFPA Professional Qualifications Standards;
  • how the OFMEM is implementing grandfathering;
  • the OFMEM’s Letter of Compliance with NFPA Standards;
  • procedures to follow to obtain the Letter of Compliance with NFPA Standards;
  • concordance between the Ontario Fire Services Standards and current programs, and the NFPA standards.

Questions regarding the grandfathering policy should be directed to Doug Goodings, Manager of the Academic Standards and Evaluation Section of the OFMEM, who can be reached by e-mail at Doug.Goodings@ontario.ca or by telephone at (416) 325-3136.

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Transition to NFPA Professional Qualifications Standards: OFMEM Grandfathering Policy