History of the Fire Service

The fire service has roots all the way back to ancient Rome. Prior to that, there has also been evidence of fire-fighting machinery used in Ancient Egypt, including a pump invented in the 3rd century BC(1).

Fast-forward a few thousand years. In Ontario, laws about requirements for local fire departments are described in the Fire Protection and Prevention Act or FPPA. The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) under the direction of the Ministry of the Solicitor General, is the provincial ministry to support, authorize and enforce the FPPA.

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Office of the Fire Marshal

The mission of the Office of the Fire Marshal (also known as the Ontario Fire Marshal) is to contribute to an environment for the residents of Ontario that is safe from fire and other public safety hazards by providing leadership and expertise in the reduction and elimination of these hazards(2).

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International Standard on Fire Protection

NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering our mission. Our mission is to help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge and passion.

NFPA is widely known as a codes and standards organization – that’s the backbone of what we do, and it always will be. Our mission is to provide you with the information and knowledge you need to do your job well in today’s ever-changing environment. Our 300 codes and standards are designed to minimize the risk and effects of fire by establishing criteria for building, processing, design, service, and installation around the world. The more than 250 technical committees, comprised of approximately 9,000 volunteers, review public inputs and vote on the revisions in a process that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. NFPA provides free online access to its codes and standards(3).

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National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global self-funded nonprofit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.

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