Questions and Answers

Transition to NFPA Professional Qualifications Standards: Next Steps in Regard to Implementation of OFMEM Grandfathering Policy

Questions and Answers

1.Are applications still being accepted?
No. All applications were to be sent to the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) before December 31, 2015.
 
2.What is the status in regard to grandfathering and letters of compliance with NFPA standards being sent out?
On March 31, 2016, the OFMEM finished reviewing and processing all application forms for Letter of Compliance with NFPA Standards and sending out to each fire department (with the exception of 23 fire departments selected to participate in an upcoming audit) a letter of compliance with NFPA standards. This letter was accompanied by a list of all members of the fire department who have requested that their education/training and/or experience be recognized in accordance with the OFMEM’s grandfathering policy, that, for each applicant, indicates the results of their application.
 
3.If my education/training and/or experience have been recognized in accordance with the OFMEM’s grandfathering policy, does this mean that I will automatically receive a seal from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or a certificate from ProBoard?
No. Having your past education/training and/or your past experience recognized in accordance with the OFMEM’s grandfathering policy does not mean that you are eligible to receive an IFSAC seal or a ProBoard certificate.
 
4.If, based on my past education/training and experience, I was deemed to have satisfied requirements for compliance with Level II of NFPA Standard for Fire Fighter, and I choose to write the certification exam for that level and I fail the exam, what would happen?
Nothing. Your past education/training and experience would still be recognized in accordance with the OFMEM grandfathering policy.
 
5.As fire chief, I would like to communicate to each applicant in my fire department, the information that pertains to him or her that was provided in the letter of compliance with NFPA standards the fire department received. Is there a template I can use for that purpose?

Yes. The OFMEM has prepared a letter template for that purpose.

An applicant who wishes to obtain a document stating the results of their application should make such a request to their fire chief.

Further Information

Please consult Transition to NFPA Professional Qualifications Standards: OFMEM Grandfathering Policy, published by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management in January 2014).

Enquiries regarding the OFMEM grandfathering policy and letters of compliance with NFPA standards should be sent by e-mail to Kalpana Rajgopalan at Kalpana.Rajgopalan@ontario.ca.