Ministry of the
Solicitor General

OFM - 02-04-01

Capabilities of Existing Fire Protection Services

Public Fire Safety Guidelines

Subject Coding

PFSG 02-04-01




January 1998


Capabilities of Existing fire Protection Services


Under Review


To identify methods to accurately assess existing capabilities of available fire protection services.

This section is a companion to Risk Assessment Analysis and Economic Circumstances Analysis, which are used to provide policy makers with a report on existing fire services. This is a fact finding exercise only and decisions, conclusions, judgments, recommendations, and options are not to be made at this stage, nor on the basis of this section only.

Fire Department:

Is the fire protection for the municipality provided by:

  • a fire department organized for the municipality?
  • an unorganized community?
  • a fire department jointly managed and operated with other municipality(ies)?
  • an agreement to purchase protection from another jurisdiction?
  • a combination of the above ?

Factors Involved In Assessing The Fire Department:

Regardless of how the fire protection is organized and delivered, the following factors must be considered in assessing the protection services;

  • mission statement and mandate
  • goals and objectives
  • organization
  • administration
  • by-laws and agreements
  • fire prevention, public information, public education
  • investigations
  • communications
  • emergency operations
  • training and education
  • vehicles and equipment
  • financial management and budgeting
  • automatic aid and "mutual aid"
  • building and facilities
  • pre-emergency planning
  • disaster planning
  • risk management planning
  • human resources
  • maintenance
  • records, reports, data
  • water supplies

Related Functions:

Codes, Standards, Best Practices:

Codes, Standards, and Best Practices resources available to assist in establishing local policy on this assessment are listed below. All are available at Please feel free to copy and distribute this document. We ask that the document not be altered in any way, that the Office of the Fire Marshal be credited and that the documents be used for non-commercial purposes only.

See also PFSG

02-03-01 Economic Circumstances
& 03 Fire Risk Assessment
Fire Prevention Effectiveness Model
Human Resources Practices
Communications/Resource Centre