Emergency Management BC, Ministry of Justice

Office of the Fire Commissioner

Structure Firefighters Competency and Training PlaybookUpdate logo

The firefighter training standard entitled: “The British Columbia Fire Service Minimum Training Standards: Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook” has been amended effective May 22, 2015 and hereby established replacing the original standard issued in September 2014.  This is done pursuant to the Fire Services Act of B.C. section 3(3)(b) and the Playbook section 9. The amendments have been done in response to feedback received from a wide range of stakeholders and are intended to provide greater clarity and do not substantively alter the minimum standards. 

Gordon Anderson
Fire Commissioner

2015 Wildland Urban Interface Fire Information:


Regular System of Inspections

For all forms of local governments in BC, the provision of firefighting services is optional.  It is different for the provision of fire prevention inspections, which is required for municipalities but optional for all other forms of local government.  That being said, all forms of local government can benefit from reviewing this discussion paper.

The terms “regular,” “system,” and “inspection” and the phrase “regular system of inspection” are not defined in the Fire Services Act.  Many municipalities are unsure how to devise an acceptable regular system of inspection or how to enforce a law or regulation relating to a matter under the FSA.  There has been little guidance available to assist them.

This document will assist any form of local government that is required or chooses to undertake fire prevention inspections.

This document will suggest a risk management approach, while also giving consideration to a local government’s available resources, as a means of determining a regular system of inspection of public buildings.  It will also provide examples of possible systems to “jump start” a local government’s brain storming session to devise its regular system of inspection.


Guide - Regular System of Inspections