Fire Service training standards and Local Assistants to Fire Commissioner

B.C. Competency and Training Playbook

The Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook (PDF) (May 2015) sets requirements for the provision of fire services in each community. The playbook references competencies drawn from the National Fire Protection Association Standards. Fire Departments and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) should refer to the playbook to determine the specific requirements for their community.

Questions should be directed to the Office of the Fire Commissioner, or visit the Playbook question and answers page.

Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner

The Fire Commissioner is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Fire Services Act and B.C. Fire Code. Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner (LAFC) are either appointed or conscripted within each municipality and unorganized areas, to assist the Fire Commissioner in the enforcement of this fire legislation.

In most cases, the LAFC is the fire chief or other fire service members of a community. Outside of larger municipalities, if the Fire Commissioner has not directly appointed an LAFC, the LAFC is the local police. The LAFC acts under provincial authority and is accountable to the Fire Commissioner, not local government.


Mandatory responsibilities of an appointed LAFC includes:

  • Investigating fires in a general way
  • Reporting fires
  • Creating preliminary fire reports
  • Enforcing provincial fire safety legislation

The Fire Services Act empowers an LAFC to enter premises to inspect for fire hazards and conditions that would hinder escape from fire, usually upon receipt of a complaint. No actions or proceedings can be brought or taken against the LAFC for anything they have done or omitted during the performance of their duties under the Fire Services Act unless approved by the Attorney General.

Appointments and updates

LAFC appointment requests are submitted as a letter from a fire chief within a municipality. Outside of municipalities, the recommendation is made by the Fire Commissioner through a written request by a governing body.

For any of the below situations, complete the LAFC letter template and send it to the Office of the Fire Commissioner. The LAFC letter template must be requested from the the Office of the Fire Commissioner.

  • Transfer of LAFC (from one area of jurisdiction to another)
  • Retirement of LAFC (no longer to be appointed for a specific area of jurisdiction)
  • New LAFC appointment request (within a municipality)
  • New LAFC appointment request (outside a municipality)
  • Amendment of LAFC (addition or change to area of jurisdiction or name change)
  • Reissue of LAFC ID Card
  • Fire chief update