Fire incident reporting
All fires that have caused damage to property, injuries or fatalities, or that required fire department resources to suppress, must be reported to the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC).
These pages provide guidance in completing fire fire incident reports, including entering required information, fire data codes and location codes for reporting within your jurisdiction.
- Reportable fire guidelines - provides details, glossary of terms, and examples on what types of fires should be reported to the OFC
- Reporting manuals and forms - provides the full manual, form templates, codes and definitions used for fire reporting
Section 12 of the Fire Services Act states, “for each fire investigated and reported by a local assistant to the satisfaction of the Fire Commissioner, the Local Assistant must be paid out of the consolidated revenue fund the sum prescribed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and his or her necessary expenses in obtaining required information.”
Please submit your completed 2020 Fire Reporting Remuneration Form (PDF) and return it no later than February 28, 2021. Late submissions will not be processed.
In addition to being a legislated requirement (as per Fire Services Act, Part 1, Section 9), fire reporting provides data for the OFC’s annual fire loss report and supports fire prevention activities, as well as:
- Developing public education materials and programs
- Researching trends
- Identifying emerging risks
- Updating legislation, regulations and codes
Fire departments, insurance companies, the real estate industry, architects, building designers, building inspection departments, academic and medical researchers, and government agencies also use the fire reporting data for a variety of policy, planning and research purposes.
The more complete the fire reporting data is, the more beneficial it is for departments to use the information for their own needs and for the OFC to answer questions raised by citizens.