OFM - 03-01-13

Preparation of Draft Report on Existing Fire Protection Service

Public Fire Safety Guidelines

Subject Coding

PFSG 03-01-13

Section

General

Date

January 1998

Subject

Preparation of Draft Report on Existing Fire Protection Service

Page

Under Review

Purpose:

To assist in the preparation of a report to council outlining the findings of the analysis of the following:
 

  • economic circumstances
  • risk assessment
  • capabilities of existing fire protection service
  • the report will include details of the existing circumstances, identified within the service level parameters
  • the report will also include and identify strengths, limitations, threats and opportunities respecting the existing fire protection services
  • the purpose of the report is also to elicit the expectations of the decision makers, and confirm their commitment to proceed to the master planning process

Introduction:

This guideline is a model for municipal decision making which bridges council's policy setting responsibilities, the municipality's corporate management objectives, and the fire service's expertise.

Principles:

Mission:

  • the report is to be the basis of a strategic plan to be developed that will ensure the provision of the most effective, efficient and safe fire protection services possible.

Guiding Principles:

  • the residents of any community are entitled to the most effective, efficient , and safe fire services possible
  • the content of existing collective agreements will be respected and the collective bargaining process will be recognized as the appropriate channel for resolving labour relations issues under collective agreements and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.
  • collective bargaining issues affecting public safety will be identified
  • those responsible must work within these parameters in making recommendations for improving municipal fire services

Process:

The process involved in the preparation of the report will include the following:

Stage - 1

  • identify and detail the findings of the analysis of
  • economic circumstances
  • risk assessment
  • capabilities of existing fire protection service
  • identify and detail
  • whether or not the fire service is meeting it's mandate
  • whether or not the fire protection is being provided in a cost effective manner, considering the economic circumstances of the municipality
  • whether or not the risk is being protected in accordance with the municipal objectives
  • detail any needs identified within the service level parameters

Stage - 2

  • at all times considering the legality, practicality, and economic viability of same, develop and substantiate:
  • recommendations
  • options
  • alternatives

Stage - 3

  • in preparing, writing and presenting the report, it should be consistent in that it may be the basis of a plan which will be measured against various public safety performance criteria.

 

Codes, Standards, Best Practices:

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 www.ontario.ca/firemarshal. 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
02-04-01
& 23 Capabilities of Existing Fire Protection Services
02-03-01
Economic Circumstances
02-02-12
& 03 Fire Risk Assessment
04-39-12
Comprehensive Fire Prevention Model
NFPA 1201 Developing Fire Protection Services for the Public (current)