Update on the Training to Enhance Fire Safety in Occupancies Housing Vulnerable Ontarians: Classroom Courses

Communiqué du commissaire des incendies

Update on the Training to Enhance Fire Safety in Occupancies Housing Vulnerable Ontarians: Classroom Courses

Communiqué 2014-15

September 17, 2014

This communiqué is a follow-up to Fire Marshal’s Communiqué 2014-06, issued on March 18, 2014. As previously mentioned, Ontario Regulation 150/13 amended the Fire Code (Ontario Regulation 213/07) to require that two groups of people successfully complete, before January 1, 2017, a course approved by the Fire Marshal in regard to their fire safety responsibilities. These two groups are the following:

  • Owners and operators of care occupancies, care and treatment occupancies, and retirement homes regulated under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010, or their delegates. They are the persons having primary responsibility for implementing the emergency planning provisions of Section 2.8 (Division B) of the Fire Code in such facilities, including a fire safety plan. These persons may also be known by other titles, such as manager, general manager, executive manager, executive director, chief executive officer, and chief operating officer.
  • Chief fire officials responsible for approving fire safety plans for buildings containing care occupancies, care and treatment occupancies, or retirement homes.

Although persons who work in facilities housing vulnerable Ontarians and who are designated as supervisory staff (as defined in the Fire Code) are not required to successfully complete a course approved by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM), they must nonetheless be trained with respect to their fire safety responsibilities as set out in the building’s fire safety plan. It is expected that these persons have a working knowledge of fire safety planning, and the competence to carry out their assigned duties, as specified in the fire safety plan, in the building where they are employed.

To facilitate compliance with the Fire Code requirements, the OFMEM developed courses for the three target groups mentioned above and contracted with the Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) to deliver the training.

Online courses have been provided since April of 2014. To register and access the courses, visit the PSHSA Web site at www.pshsa.ca/ofmem. The online course is available in both French and English, and is accessible to persons with disabilities.

In addition to the online courses, the PSHSA is offering classroom courses (in English only) to chief fire officials and owners/operators as follows:

Kingston, 211 Gore Road, Fire Station #3

September 23 and 24, 2014: Chief fire officials

September 25 and 26, 2014: Owners/operators

Peterborough, 347 Burnham Street

October 21 and 22, 2014: Chief fire officials

October 23 and 24, 2014: Owners/operators

London, Hutton House, 754 Wonderland Road North

November 4 and 5, 2014: Chief fire officials

November 6 and 7, 2014: Owners/operators

Blyth, Emergency Services Training Centre, 40193 Blyth Road

January 20 and 21, 2015: Chief fire officials

January 22 and 23, 2015: Owners/operators

To register for the classroom courses, visit the PSHSA Web site at http://litmosclient.pshsa.ca/.

Please be aware that, upon completion of the classroom course, the student is required to successfully complete the course test online to receive a certificate. Details on accessing the online test will be provided to the student once registered.

Please check the PSHSA Web site periodically for further information.

In order to alleviate the financial burden that the mandatory training may present, between April 2014 and December 31, 2016, the OFMEM will cover the course fee for one chief fire official per fire department and one owner/operator per facility housing vulnerable Ontarians. For any other person, the cost is $125.00 per person for online learning, and $150.00 per person for traditional classroom learning.

Enquiries about the courses should be directed

  • to Nancy Macdonald-Duncan, A/Operations Manager, Community Safety Enhancements Unit, OFMEM, who can be reached by e-mail at Nancy.Macdonald-Duncan@ontario.ca, or
  • to the customer service personnel of the Public Services Health and Safety Association, who can be reached by telephone at (416) 250-2131 or 1-877-250-7444.

Enquiries regarding Ontario Regulation 150/13 should be directed to Technical Services, OFMEM; staff members can be reached by e-mail at FireSafetyStandards@ontario.ca or by telephone at (416) 325-3100 or 1-800-565-1842.