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.
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.More Careers
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