VO Qualifications E-bulletin
Reminder: January 1, 2017, Compliance Date for the Qualification of Persons Responsible for Implementing and Approving Fire Safety Plans in Vulnerable Occupancies
June 1, 2016
Owners, landlords, property managers, and fire services are reminded that as of January 1, 2017, Articles 18.104.22.168. and 22.214.171.124. of Section 1.2 (Qualifications) of Division C of the Fire Code, come into force. Article 126.96.36.199. requires persons responsible for implementing fire safety plans in vulnerable occupancies to have successfully completed a qualification course acceptable to the Fire Marshal. Article 188.8.131.52. 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:
- 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.