OFM - 03-02-13

Master Planning Process for Fire Protection Services

Public Fire Safety Guidelines

Subject Coding

PFSG 03-02-13




March, 2000


Master Planning Process for Fire Protection Services


Under Review


To outline a process and identify the components that may be used in the development and preparation of an effective master fire plan for approval by council and implementation by appropriate persons.


This guideline is a framework for municipal decision making which should link council policy setting responsibility and the fire service operational expertise to accommodate short, medium or long term planning.



The master fire plan is a strategic blueprint for fire protection that addresses all local needs and circumstances based upon costs the community can afford

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


The master fire plan is a component of the optimizing public fire safety model and the master fire plan process should generate the following:

  • a stated council commitment sanctioning development and preparation of the plan
  • identification of council approved fire protection options and the operational impacts of the policy decisions on providing services
  • identification of persons responsible for preparation of the draft plan for council approval with appropriate time lines


The master fire plan components should include:

  • the mission statement, values and roles of the department
  • the necessary programs or projects approved by council
  • projected expenditures that the public can afford
  • schedules for developing, implementing and maintaining appropriate services

Are the RESULTS what we wanted?
NOTE: See PFSG #01-01-01 for the complete Optimizing Model

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
Fire Protection Review Process
& 23 Capabilities of Existing Fire Protection Services
Economic Circumstances
& 03 Risk Assessment
Report on Existing Fire Protection Services
Fire Prevention Effectiveness Model