OFM - 04-02-01

Service Delivery Considerations

Public Fire Safety Guidelines

Subject Coding

PFSG 04-02-01

Section

General Emergency Response

Date

January 1998

Subject

Service Delivery Considerations

Page

Under Review

Purpose:

To indicate the factors that should be considered in determining whether or not basic structural fire fighting can and is being provided, as mandated. It should also assist in determining the viability of the service.

Considerations

  • safety of firefighters
  • indicate the number of emergency response related firefighter injuries for the past year and past five years
  • show breakdown between compensable and non-compensable injuries  
  • loss of life
  • total loss of life - last year, last five years
  • damage to property and environment
  • total loss - last year, last five years  
  • fire containment
  • percentage of incidents where fire was contained to room of origin - last year, last five years
  • percentage of incidents where fire was contained to the floor area of origin - last year, last five years
  • percentage of incidents where fire was contained to the building of origin - last year, last five years
  • number of above such incidents - last year, last five years 
  • assembly time
  • average assembly time of initial fire attack team - last year, last five years
  • average assembly time of fire attack team - last year, last five years  
  • actual loss - potential loss
  • indicate the total loss and the potential total loss for last year and the last five years - show in dollars and percentages  
  • efficiency and effectiveness
  • indicate the effectiveness and efficiency of both the initial and total fire attack teams in meeting their objective and the department's goals and mandate  
  • operating guidelines and procedures
  • indicate the number and percentages of the injuries, deaths, and loss that resulted from deviations from departmental guidelines and procedures 
  • suppression and detection systems
  • indicate number and percentage of fires where built-in suppression and detection systems:
  • functioned as intended - last year, last five years
  • failed to function as intended - last year, last five years
  • Building and Fire Code standards
  • indicate the number and percentage of fires, where building and fire code requirements mitigated fire loss - last year, last five years
  • indicate the number and percentage of fires, where building and fire code deficiencies contributed to the fire loss (or severity of the loss) - last year, last five years  
  • intervention time
  • percentage of responses where intervention time occurs prior to flashover - last year, last five years  
  • cost effectiveness of service provider
  • indicate whether or not the department is cost effective, when considering all of the foregoing factors, and when compared with other comparable departments.
  • comparison may be made with
  • loss of life
  • property loss
  • per capita loss
  • loss to assessment comparisons
  • costs per capita
  • cost to assessment comparisons  

Codes, Standards and 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 http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca 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
04-01-12 Selecting Fire Suppression Capability &
04-03-12 Service Providers