Ministry of the
Solicitor General

OFM - 04-41-12

Community Fire Safety Officer/Team

Public Fire Safety Guidelines

Subject Coding

PFSG 04-41-12


Fire Prevention and Public Education


January 1998


Community Fire Safety Officer/Team


Under Review


To assist in determining if a Community Fire Safety Officer or Team is an appropriate option for providing minimum requirements.

Service Delivery Implications:

Municipalities are responsible for the provision of fire protection services within their area of jurisdiction. As a minimum, communities must establish and deliver programs which include public education with respect to fire safety, as well as certain components of fire prevention.

  • public education
  • fire prevention

The Community Fire Safety Officer/Team is one method of providing a reasonable level of community fire safety, for certain circumstances in small communities that may lack traditional fire suppression resources. The primary focus of the Community Fire Safety Officer/Team is on fire safety, rather than on readiness for suppression.

Service Delivery Options:

  • locally by the municipality
  • purchased from another municipality, territory without municipal organization, or person
  • jointly managed and operated with another municipality
  • any combination of the above

The primary function of the Community Fire Safety Officer/Team is to ensure that each community provides an effective fire safety program. It is designed to supplement fire suppression activities, not replace them.

Policy Requirements:

  • Every municipality shall ensure that an effective community fire safety program is available and that the residents of the community are aware of the program, and service levels provided.
  • Where this service is provided by a Community Fire Safety Officer/Team, the community shall have a written policy governing the activity.

Quality Management Standards:

All personnel involved in delivery of community fire safety programs shall be trained under the direction of a competent person familiar with the legislation, codes, and acceptable fire safety practices
Service Providers
The type of service provider is influenced by a number of important factors, such as the:

  • resources of the community
  • availability of personnel
  • community risks
  • frequency and number of incidents
  • range of services expected from the team

All activities shall be under the direction of a leader familiar with Ontario legislation, codes and accepted fire safety practices within the jurisdiction of the leader
All members of the Community Fire Safety Officer/Team shall be aware of the legislation, codes and accepted practices relating to fire safety within the jurisdiction of the members

Quality and Performance Measures:

All communities with a Community Fire Safety team should analyze and assess:

  • injuries and loss of life to public
  • damage to property and the environment
  • program effectiveness
  • the effect of built-in suppression systems
  • the effect of building and fire code standards
  • adherence to operating guidelines and procedures

Functional Considerations:

  • administration
  • communications
  • community acceptance
  • fire prevention programs and activities
  • public education programs and activities
  • relationship to existing fire suppression organization(s)
  • support services
  • training

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 . 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
04-42-12 Sample By-law to Establish and Regulate Community Fire Safety Officers or Team and to Appoint Community Fire Safety Officers or Team
04-02-01 Service Delivery Considerations
04-01-12 Selecting Fire Suppression Capability
01-02-01 Comprehensive Fire Safety Effectiveness Model Considerations
04-61-12 Fire Administration (Human Resources Practices)