Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner Training & Resources

Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner (LAFC) act as agents of the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC). They conduct inspections and investigations that they submit to the OFC. As a Local Assistant, you are a pillar of your community and provide very valuable services to your area of jurisdiction. 

LAFC Training

The Office of the Fire Commissioner recommends this training to individuals who are current, or soon to be appointed, Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner (LAFC).


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

Time to Complete

This course can take up to 10 hours to complete. You must finish this course within one week of your registration date. We will send you a certificate of completion to acknowledge your success in this course once it is complete.

Cost & Registration

This course is available to fire service staff at no cost. For information or to register contact ofc@gov.bc.ca. Please include the date of the course you wish to apply for. There are only 10 seats per course. If you have a second choice, please include that in your e-mail.

While course registration is free, there is a cost and resource impact for our office, so it is important that each applicant commits to the completion of the course prior to applying. 

LAFC Introduction Training Calendar

Date of Course Registration Cut-off
December 7-14, 2020 December 3
December 21-28, 2020 December 17

Course Completion

Completing this course does not result in automatically become an LAFC. If you are interested in becoming an LAFC, please refer to Part I, Section 6 of the Fire Services Act , and speak to the OFC Fire Service Advisor  in your area.

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.


Fire Reporting Forms

Printable and electronic forms for LAFC to report fires are available on the Fire Incident Reporting Manuals & Forms page.

Basic Fundamentals of Inspections

These resources are helpful for Local Assistants to conduct fire inspections.