VO Qualifications E-bulletin

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Reminder:  January 1, 2017, Compliance Date for the Qualification of Persons Responsible for Implementing and Approving Fire Safety Plans in Vulnerable Occupancies

Bulletin #004/16

June 1, 2016

Owners, landlords, property managers, and fire services are reminded that as of January 1, 2017, Articles 1.2.3.2. and 1.2.4.2. of Section 1.2 (Qualifications) of Division C of the Fire Code, come into force.  Article 1.2.3.2. requires persons responsible for implementing fire safety plans in vulnerable occupancies to have successfully completed a qualification course acceptable to the Fire Marshal.  Article 1.2.4.2. requires Chief Fire Officials who are responsible for approving such fire safety plans to have also completed a qualification course acceptable to the Fire Marshal.

Vulnerable occupancies in the context of these requirements include the following:

  • Hospitals,
  • Long Term Care Homes (previously called Nursing Homes or Homes for the Aged),
  • Retirement Homes regulated under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010, and,
  • Care Occupancies

Qualification courses for both fire services and operators are delivered by the Public Services Health and Safety Association through their website at the following link:  www.pshsa.ca/ofmem/.

This is the fifth of seven phased-in compliance dates for requirements in the Fire Code introduced through O. Reg. 150/13.  The full Compliance Schedule for these requirements can be found at the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) website at the following link:  Compliance Schedule.  Additional information on the requirements can be found at the Care Occupancies, Care and Treatment Occupancies, and Retirement Homes Portal.