Fire Prevention, Safety & Reporting

The Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) provides advice, guidance and support to members of the British Columbia fire service. Working together, along with members of the public, we can reduce the number and severity of fires, and lead the way in making our province fire safe.

COVID-19 & Inspections

The Office of the Fire Commissioner requires legislated fire prevention practices to be conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fire and life-safety system inspections must continue and are the responsibility of the building owners or owners’ authorized agents.

Contact the fire alarm/safety systems company that completes your annual servicing with any concerns related to your building’s fire and life-safety systems and inspections.

Visit the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) for further guidance on building safety systems.

Fire Prevention Information & Education

The OFC supports fire and life safety educators with fire prevention information, toolkits, messaging and resources.

Training Standards & Codes

The OFC establishes the firefighter training standards in B.C. The standard is based on the competencies garnered from international codes related to firefighting.

Fire Incident Reporting

The fire incident reporting system (FIRES) collects information about fires that cause damage, injury or use fire department resources. The information gathered is useful for many reasons, including the development of future fire prevention education programs and comparing statistics.

Awards & Recognition

To thank the good people in the fire service, there are several options for recognition.