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Fire Fighting in Ontario (FFiO)

This site has been created to provide information about fire protection services in Ontario. You will find several sections relating to the fire service and information about becoming a firefighter in Ontario.

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.

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.

Three Lines of Defense

There are three main areas of service when discussing fire protection. In Ontario, fire protection services are controlled by the Office of the Fire Marshal, or OFM.

The mission of the Office of the 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.

Prevention

According to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, Part II, Section 2(1)(a), Every municipality shall, (a) establish a program in the municipality which must include public education with respect to fire safety and certain components of fire prevention;

Enforcement

To become a fire inspector, you must complete certifications with OFM Academic Standards and Evaluation. Many fire inspectors also complete certification in fire investigation. Fire investigator have the training to determine fire cause and origin.

Suppression

Despite the efforts of the FPO, PIO, and the Fire Inspector, fires and accidents still happen. The fire department doesn't just respond to fires. These days, the fire department to respond to all types of calls.

Careers

To be a firefighter in the Province of Ontario, it is recommended that the candidate complete the Pre-Service Firefighter Program. In Ontario, the only entity with the authority to test for and to provide students with the required certification is the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.

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