B10: British Columbia Fire Service Minimum Training Standards

Year
2015
Category
Justice and Protective Services,Emergency Services,Fire Protection
NCLGA Ref#
B10

Status

NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership

Details

WHEREAS the Office of the Fire Commissioner issued the ‘British Columbia Fire Service Minimum Training Standards – Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook’ which establishes the “minimum standards of training required for fire services personnel in British Columbia” in September 2014 applicable to any fire service/department in British Columbia that provides fire services and includes municipal fire departments, volunteer fire departments, and fire departments established as a society under the Society Act of BC.”

AND WHEREAS the ‘British Columbia Fire Service Minimum Training Standards – Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook’ states the “Authority Having Jurisdiction” describes local or regional government and further states that each local government must select and declare its firefighting Service Level in order for the local government to determine which set of minimum standards are to be met.”

Further it is the responsibility of each local government to immediately take steps to ensure implementation of the training requirements associated to the Service Level selected.

AND WHEREAS the financial cost to local government to implement the new ‘British Columbia Fire Service Minimum Training Standards – Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook’ Regulations are extremely prohibitive for rural communities and small volunteer fire departments, and may result in the closure of these departments;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province provide funding for rural communities and small volunteer fire departments to cover the additional costs as a result of the ‘British Columbia Fire Service Minimum Training Standards – Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook’ Regulations.

Responses

The UBCM membership has consistently endorsed resolutions calling on the provincial government to provide funding for fire service training for all communities, particularly small and volunteer fire departments (2009-B63, 2006-B68, 2001-B46, 1996-A2).