Ministry of the
Solicitor General

Utilization and Review of Integrated Risk Management Web Tool

Communiqué du commissaire des incendies

Utilization and Review of Integrated Risk Management Web Tool

Communiqué 2016-06

January 27, 2016

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) monitors the delivery of fire protection services by Ontario municipalities and provides a variety of tools to assist municipalities in meeting their legislative responsibilities.

In May 2014, the OFMEM announced the launch of the Integrated Risk Management (IRM) Web tool in Fire Marshal’s Communiqué 2014-12. At the time, the OFMEM advised it would continue to engage with stakeholders to ensure future adjustments and improvements were consistent with the needs of Ontario fire departments and municipalities.

Based on a preliminary analysis and feedback received, the OFMEM is initiating a review of the IRM Web tool. In early 2016, the OFMEM will consult with municipalities and fire service stakeholders as part of this comprehensive process.

Municipalities and fire departments are reminded not to use the IRM Web tool in isolation to establish or change levels of fire protection services or to conduct a community risk assessment. The IRM Web tool is not a staffing and deployment standard, solution or equation.  It does not assess, nor determine the number and type of fire suppression/emergency response resources required in a community.

The OFMEM is also in the process of conducting a comprehensive review of all OFMEM Public Fire Safety Guidelines (PFSGs), as was communicated in Fire Marshal’s Communiqué 2014-19 in October 2014. In addition, the OFMEM is considering the review of some of its other programs and resources.

Enquiries regarding the IRM Web tool and other OFMEM resources mentioned above should be directed to Field and Advisory Services, OFMEM; staff members can be reached by e-mail at or by telephone at 1-844-638-9560.