Firefighter standards and training

Firefighter training and competency standards are maintained and published by the Office of the Fire Commissioner. Specific training is available for Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner and those interested in structure protection firefighting.

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Firefighter training and competency standards

The Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook (PDF) sets minimum levels of training requirements for the provision of fire services in each community so that firefighters are effective and operating in a safe manner. 

Read more about training standards and request materials:


Local assistant to the fire commissioner training

This training is required for individuals who are currently or will soon be appointed as a Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner (LAFC).

Objectives

This training clarifies the duties you will perform as a LAFC, how the law protects you in your role, the authority the designation provides, and your obligations to the fire commissioner.

At the completion of this course, you will be able to describe:

  • The present structure of the British Columbia fire service
  • The scope and application of the Fire Services Act
  • The duties and responsibilities of LAFC
  • The powers and protection of LAFC

Additional resources:

Course length and delivery

This course may take up to 10 hours to complete. You must finish this course within one week of your course start date.

This introductory course is delivered online.

Cost and registration

Cost:

  • Free for individuals nominated to be an LAFC

Registration:

  • Email: OFC@gov.bc.ca
  • Include your preferred course date and a second choice as seats are limited

While the course is free, there is a cost and resource impact for our office, so it is important that you are committed to completing the course before you apply.

Training calendar

Date of Course

Registration Cut-off

November 15 to 22, 2021

November 11

November 29 to December 6, 2021

November 25

December 13 to 20, 2021

December 9

January 10 to 17, 2022

January 6

January 24 to 31, 2022

January 20

February 7 to 14, 2022

February 3

February 21 to 28, 2022

February 17

Course completion

A certificate of completion will be issued to the successful participants. The course includes a survey for each participant; we encourage your feedback so that we can maximize the benefit of this service.

You don't automatically become an LAFC after finishing this course. If you are interested in becoming one, please refer to Part I, Section 6 of the Fire Services Act, and speak to the fire service advisor in your area.

 


Structure protection program training and supplementary materials

The structure protection program provides additional support to the BC Wildfire Service by assisting with training and deployment of local fire departments for  additional personnel and resources to protect communities from wildfire.

Training courses

The WSPP-115 workshop is intended only for structure firefighters and is a revised version of the former S-115 structure protection workshop.

This workshop is a prerequisite for all structure firefighters to be deployed and participate on structure protection crews.

What’s covered

Installation and application of sprinklers on structures using wildfire pumps and hose and fire service hose and hydrants to stop the structure from catching fire when wildfire approaches. This technique creates a humidity bubble over the structure and dampens flammable materials within.

Delivery

  • A pre-learning component is provided when the course is scheduled
  • 16 hours over two days
  • Combination of practical exercises and theory
  • Training is led by qualified instructors

Certificates of course attendance are issued to all participants who attend the workshop.

To apply

This course is currently being offered under COVID-19 restriction protocols.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact:

This course is designed to train local trainers and instructors on how to teach the wildland firefighter level 1 training course, and is separate from the WSPP-115 course for firefighters to participate on structure protection and deployment crews.

What's covered

  • How to deliver WSPP-WFF 1 training in four two-hour blocks
  • Practical use of each department's own wildland firefighting equipment
  • All materials including student manuals and written exams for participants to document completion of training

Delivery

  • 16 hours over two days

Certificates of course attendance to qualified trainers are issued.

To apply

This course is not currently being offered in-person due to COVID-19.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact:

 

This course is a prerequisite for all structure firefighters to participate on structure protection crews that are activated and deployed provincially. It's designed for firefighters with structural firefighting experience to apply their skills to the special circumstances of wildland firefighting. The WSPP-WFF 1 course replaces the S-100 basic fire suppression and safety and S-185 fire entrapment avoidance courses for wildland firefighters.

What's covered

  • Wildland firefighting observations
  • Suppression techniques
  • Avoidance of fire entrapment.

Delivery

  • 16 hours over two days

Certificates of attendance will be issued to firefighters attending the course.

To apply

This course is offered by trainers in local fire departments. Application forms will be sent directly to the host fire department once dates are set.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact:

 

Supplementary materials

Engine boss course materials

The engine boss position operates within the structure protection program in a wildland urban interface event. They lead a single fire engine and they're responsible for the safety of the engine and crew as part of the provincial fire department deployments.

These videos were developed in 2021 and are the course materials, not the course itself.

WSPP-115 course material

This course material can be used by fire departments as a refresher for structure protection unit crews. Reviewing the course materials does not give crews a certificate meeting the WSPP-115 requirements; members will still be required to take the course to be deployed as part of a structure protection crew.