• Overview - 2018/2019

    Fires can happen anytime, anywhere with devastating outcomes. The Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education program, is the first of its kind in Canada and will provide you with vital training to protect people and properties from catastrophic fires before they start.

    In this six semester, three-year advanced diploma program, you'll learn about everything from enforcement to education—the basis for all fire prevention activities. You'll gain an understanding of the growing role of fire prevention within the public and private sectors of the fire service industry.

    With a foundation in fire science and fire mathematics, you'll study a comprehensive range of relevant codes and legislation, such as the Ontario Fire Code, Fire Protection and Prevention Act, the Ontario Building Code and the Building Code Act. The program also includes a mentorship to expose students to a variety of fire service environments.

    "The program at Fanshawe is unique in Canada. It was developed with a great deal of consultation with senior staff in Municipal Fire Departments and the Ontario Fire Marshal. I consider our efforts to develop a complete program will not only give candidates the foundations and practice to be effective in the work place much sooner, but will ensure they are well qualified to further the important work of improving fire safety in Ontario."

    Frank Lamie, Deputy Fire Chief, Retired
    Fire Prevention and Public Education, Toronto Fire Services

    Curriculum

    Our curriculum is aligned with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and when you graduate, you'll be eligible to write the NFPA exams to become Ontario certified. You'll also be eligible to write the Ontario Building Code exams required to qualify as Building Officials under the Building Code Act.

    Future certification opportunities include:

    • NFPA Certifications
    • Building Code Certifications
    • Fire Department specific
    • Ontario Fire College
    • Fire Investigation courses

    Contact

    Frank Donati
    Program coordinator, Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education
    School of Public Safety, Fanshawe College
    E-mail: fdonati@fanshawec.ca
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x5110
    A message from the program coordinator

  • Admission Requirements - 2018/2019

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - English ONE OF:
         - Any Grade 12 English (C) (minimum final grade required is 75)
         - Any Grade 12 English (U) (minimum final grade required is 65)
    - Mathematics ONE OF:
         - Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) (minimum final grade required is 75)
         - Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) (minimum final grade required is 65)
         - Any Grade 12 Mathematics (U) (minimum final grade required is 65)
    - Chemistry ONE OF:
         - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (U) (minimum final grade required is 65)
         - Grade 12 Chemistry (C) (minimum final grade required is 75)
    - Physics ONE OF:
         - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (U) (minimum final grade required is 65)
         - Grade 12 Physics (C) (minimum final grade required is 75) 
    OR
    An Ontario College Certificate from Fanshawe College in Public Safety Fundamentals with a minimum final grade of ‘C+’ in MATH-1195 and CHEM-1110 and a minimum final grade of ‘B+’ in WRIT-1089 and PHYS-1041
    OR
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH: 
    - Communications 
    - Core Mathematics 
    - Chemistry 
    - Physics
    (Note: Minimum final grade required in each course is 75)
    OR
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH:
    - The combined Language Arts – Reading AND Language Arts – Writing test results having a minimum average Standard Score of 560 AND:
    - Mathematics ONE OF:
         - Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) (minimum final grade required is 75)
         - Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) (minimum final grade required is 65)
         - Any Grade 12 Mathematics (U) (minimum final grade required is 65)
    - Chemistry ONE OF:
         - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (U) (minimum final grade required is 65)
         - Grade 12 Chemistry (C) (minimum final grade required is 75)
    - Physics ONE OF:
         - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (U) (minimum final grade required is 65)
         - Grade 12 Physics (C) (minimum final grade required is 75) 
    OR
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above.

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

    Post-Admission Requirements

    The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive:

    • Mandatory Placement Assessment for WRIT course
    • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR) completed within 6 months of program start date
    • Evidence of Good Health
    • Driver’s Licence: Students may be required to have a 'G' Class Driver’s Licence for their mentorship in Level 6 of the program. A 'G' Class Driver’s Licence (with fewer than 4 demerit points) may be required as a condition of employment.

  • Courses

    Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education-2018/2019

    Level 1Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    SFTY-1060Public Safety in Canada3
    This course provides students with an overview of public safety in Canada, with a focus on the inter-relationships between the organizations in the public and private sector at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Students gain an understanding of the Emergency Management Framework for Canada and how this guides government at all levels to work together protecting the safety and security of Canadians. Students gain an understanding of public safety legislation. The curriculum explores the roles and responsibilities of various public agencies (e.g., policing, corrections, fire services, emergency response). Current issues in public safety are explored (e.g., emerging threats, changes to public policy).
    FIRE-1001Fire Services-Intro3
    Knowledge of fire suppression and fire prevention practices is used throughout a career in the fire service. A fire inspector applies this knowledge during each and every inspection. Learning the basics of separation, containment, detection, early warning and exiting allows the student to assess fire life safety in any building. Learning what is needed to suppress a building fire allows the student to assist in that process before the fire starts and to help ensure safety of firefighters during suppression operations.
    FIRE-1002Science in the Fire Service3
    Students learn the theory and gain a practical understanding of fire behaviour. This knowledge forms the foundation for both inspection and investigation courses and future work within the fire service. Students learn and understand how previous knowledge of chemistry and physics applies in the fire service. The understanding of thermal, fluid and gas dynamics forms the basis for an understanding of how smoke and fire travel through a building. Students also learn the use of several measurement tools and their applications. This knowledge applies to all fire safety systems and structural design.
    FIRE-1003Fire Suppression & Prevention Practices3
    Knowledge of fire suppression and fire prevention practices is used throughout a career in the fire service. A fire inspector applies this knowledge during each and every inspection. Learning the basics of separation, containment, detection, early warning and exiting allows the student to assess fire life safety in any building. Learning what is needed to suppress a building fire allows the student to assist in that process before the fire starts and to help ensure safety of firefighters during suppression operations.
    FIRE-1004Building Code 13
    The student learns how codes are developed and how they apply to building fire safety in both design and construction. The student learns basics of construction methods to achieve required fire resistance within buildings to protect the health and safety of the public. Knowledge of the building code is applied in both plan examination and inspection work. Understanding of the building code will allow the student to correspondingly understand and apply the fire code to inspection work. Building Code I is the first of two courses that prepare students to write the Building Code examination to qualify and register as a Building Official under the Building Code Act.
    MATH-1197Math-Fire Service3
    In this course, students learn the theory and practical application of mathematics as it applies to the fire service. Through field assignments students apply the theory to calculate maximum occupant load of facilities, pressure required in sprinkler and standpipe systems, and grades and dimensions of access routes. The knowledge and skills introduced in this course will be reinforced throughout the program.
    WRIT-1089Reason & Writing 1 for Public Safety3
    This course will introduce public safety students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.

    Level 2Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    FIRE-1005Fire Inspector 13
    Students learn to apply the concepts and skills required to perform fire inspection in various occupancies. Students learn about fire safety, codes and standards, and fire protection systems and how to think their way through fire prevention inspections. Through practical assignments in various occupancies students apply knowledge gained through Fire Code I while inspecting buildings. This includes identifying violations, preparing inspection orders and collecting evidence in preparation for prosecution. This course qualifies the student to sit NFPA exams to obtain Ontario certification through the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).
    FIRE-1006Legislation-Fire Service3
    The student learns of the various laws, regulations and standards that impact the delivery of fire protection services in Ontario. The student gains in-depth knowledge of the Ontario Fire Protection and Prevention Act (FPPA) and the duties and responsibilities of an inspector. Students learn how FPPA applies to inspection work and the duties, rights and limitations the Act gives to Assistants to the Fire Marshal. Students explore the impact of fire related civil suits, coroner's inquests and public inquiries on legislation. This course qualifies the student to sit NFPA exams to obtain Ontario certification through the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).
    FIRE-3001Fire Code 13
    Students develop knowledge of the Ontario Fire Code Division B, Parts 2 and 6, and how it applies to inspections with an emphasis on the elimination of fire hazards in and around buildings, maintenance of life safety systems and inspection of these systems. Working in teams, students develop, evaluate and review fire safety plans. Further, students understand the importance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in residential occupancies and the enforcement of related requirements. This course qualifies the student to sit NFPA exams to obtain Ontario certification through the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).
    HLTH-1228Occ. Health & Safety-Fire Service3
    Occupational Health and Safety focuses on protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work, while fostering a safe work environment for the benefit of employees and the employer. Students apply theory to practical awareness, and gain knowledge by applying the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to fire service situations. Students also study Section 21 guidance notes to gain an understanding of how OHSA applies to the fire service. Students complete a research project on WHMIS and/or personal protective equipment.
    COMP-1501Software Applications-Public Safety3
    This course provides students with basic proficiency in software applications commonly used in the public safety field, specifically the Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, Excel and PowerPoint). In addition, the curriculum provides an overview of information technology, efficient use of computers and printers, file management, and Internet research.

    Level 3Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    COMM-3078Prof. Communications-Public Safety3
    This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of public safety, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and the communities they will serve.
    FIRE-3002Hazardous Materials Awareness3
    Students learn to anticipate and recognize the presence of hazardous materials when conducting inspections, protect the scene and themselves, and call for appropriate assistance. Students learn to identify materials through container shape, the system of placards, UN identification numbers and other markings in common use. They apply this knowledge through the use of the Emergency Response Guidebook, personal protective equipment, material safety data sheets and shipping papers. Students work in teams to apply the information in the development of a 'risk-based response plan'. This course qualifies the student to sit NFPA exams to obtain Ontario certification through the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).
    FIRE-3003Courtroom Procedures3
    As the main duty of an inspector is to enforce the Fire Code, in the absence of compliance enforcement through the courts is necessary. Students learn to provide the necessary documentation and evidence to prepare for prosecution through the court system. Students learn the legislated authority of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act as well as the Provincial Offences Act and how that authority is applied. The student also learns other legislated options available to address contraventions of other related legislation. Student participate in mock court proceedings ranging from fire code enforcement to inquests. This course qualifies the student to sit NFPA exams to obtain Ontario certification through the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).
    PHIL-1009Ethics & Society3
    What is the right thing to do? Although this turns out to be a remarkably difficult question to answer, it is the central focus of this course, and we will try to come at it from two different directions. On the one hand, we will consider a number of ethical theories that attempt to give a general, theoretical underpinning for morality. On the other hand, we will approach the question of the right thing to do from the context of particular moral problems that confront modern society such as world poverty, euthanasia, and the freedom of speech. If you want to be better prepared to debate ethical topics by understanding the issues behind them, then this course is for you.
    PSYC-1002Interpersonal & Group Dynamics3
    This is an introductory level course in which students learn to apply knowledge and theory about interpersonal relations and group dynamics while working in a team. Students engage in cooperative work in multidisciplinary integrated enforcement groups to achieve established goals.
    SOCI-1036Issues in Diversity3
    In this course, students will critically identify and examine issues in diversity; specifically focussing on topics pertaining to inequity in various social settings related to race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and class, with a view to developing an appreciation for the multicultural society in which we live. A career in law enforcement/protection requires a clear understanding of the impacted groups, strategies for community empowerment and effective communication. Students will also increase their knowledge and awareness of the issues impacting Indigenous Peoples of Canada including rights, self-determination, land issues, justice and social issues.

    Level 4Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    FIRE-3004Fire Code 23
    Students further develop knowledge of the Ontario Fire Code through study and application of Parts 3 and 5. The focus is on the use, storage and handling of hazardous materials and the stockpiling of combustible materials that create a potential fire hazard. In addition, this course looks at materials, processes and operations that involve a risk from explosion or high flammability, or otherwise create a hazard to life safety or health or potential serious damage to the environment. Students engage in mock field inspections. This course qualifies the student to sit NFPA exams to obtain Ontario certification through the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).
    FIRE-3005Fire & Life Safety Educator 13
    Students learn the skills necessary to deliver and coordinate existing fire and life safety programs to various community groups. A study of fire behaviour, human behaviour during fire, educational methodology, and basic fire protection systems and devices gives students the knowledge to deliver basic presentations. Emphasis is placed on identifying community need and establishing priorities. Students develop goals and a budget for a basic education program, collaborating with community stakeholders where appropriate. Students engage in practice teaching, adapting existing programs to the needs of the audience. This course qualifies the student to sit NFPA exams to obtain Ontario certification through the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).
    MGMT-3078Conflict Management3
    This course covers conflict management principles and practices. Students develop a framework for effective decision making and problem solving to prevent, deescalate, and safely resolve interpersonal conflicts. Through role-playing, students apply conflict management principles and develop appropriate conflict management strategies.
    MGMT-3011Project Management3
    Project management is about meeting unique challenges. Project management involves understanding and managing the relationships between people and events, and the scarce resources of time and money. This course will provide practical theories for the successful development, implementation and evaluation of projects and events to meet the strategic and operational goals/objectives of a business. Students will be introduced to a variety of principles, practices, tools and resources to manage workplace projects personal projects and events.
    FIRE-3006Technical Writing-Fire Service3
    Written documentation is a significant component of fire inspection and prevention. In this course, students produce documents commonly used by fire inspectors and prevention officers (e.g., field inspection reports, inspection orders, orders to close, plan review reports, recommendations, policies and procedures). They also develop interviewing and note-taking skills with an emphasis on accuracy, clarity and objectivity.
    FIRE-3007Building Code 23
    This course reinforces and builds on the content of Building Code I, focusing on the administration of the Building Code, as well as the role and legal context of the Building Official. Building Code II is the second of two courses that prepare students to write the Building Code examination to qualify and register as a Building Official under the Building Code Act.
    LIBS-1011Critical Thinking3
    Critical Thinking is a course that prepares students to analyze and meaningfully respond to arguments and situations that they will encounter in their professional lives. Students learn to identify, construct, and interpret inductive and deductive arguments in spoken and written form; additionally, they learn to recognize hidden assumptions and critically evaluate the acceptability of premises used to justify arguments. Ultimately this course builds on previously developed reasoning and ethics knowledge to give students the wide range of skills required to understand, evaluate, and overcome challenges in their professional lives.

    Level 5Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    FIRE-3008Fire Inspector 23
    In this course, students expand their knowledge to apply 'Fire Code II & III' when inspecting for code violations in more complex occupancies. During mock inspections, students recommend modifications to address identified problems and apply knowledge of conflict management principles and practices to complaints, violations, and enforcement. Students recommend policies and procedures to ensure inspections are conducted in accordance with the policies of the jurisdiction. The use of Fire Marshal's Orders, including orders to close, is explored. This course qualifies the student to sit NFPA exams to obtain Ontario certification through the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).
    FIRE-5001Fire Code 33
    Division B, Part 9, of the Ontario Fire Code was developed to require upgrade of life safety systems in older buildings. Through study and practical application, students further their knowledge of this more complex Part of the Fire Code. Recognition of which buildings require retrofit and which sections of Part 9 apply to what building is developed as the student progresses through this course. Students engage in mock field inspections. This course qualifies the student to sit NFPA exams to obtain Ontario certification through the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).
    FIRE-5002Fire & Life Safety Educator 23
    In this course, students learn the skills necessary to prepare educational programs and information to meet identified fire and life safety needs. More advanced learning theories and statistical analysis methods pertaining to fire and life safety education are studied and applied. In groups, students design and implement an educational program in collaboration with identified community stakeholders. Students present an overview of the program and engage in practice teaching. Further, students apply basic community risk evaluation results to develop public policy recommendations. Students conduct basic performance evaluations for fire and life safety staff using written criteria and policies. This course qualifies the student to sit NFPA exams to obtain Ontario certification through the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).
    MGMT-5083Public Safety Leadership3
    The public safety sector needs leaders, not just managers, and leadership can manifest at all levels of an organization. This course introduce common leadership theories and practices as well as the emerging leadership paradigms (e.g., adaptive leadership and transformational leadership) that are being adopted in public safety organizations. Students explore the technical, managerial and administrative competencies that make great leaders. The special challenges of leadership in nonsupervisory positions are addressed.
    FIRE-5004Plans Examination2
    Part of the building permit process in every community is the submission of detailed plans for review and approval by officials. Most often, the fire service is responsible to ensure fire safety requirements are being met. Students apply Building Code knowledge when examining actual building plans and learn the skills needed to approve submitted drawings. Student process permit applications and plan review applications. The course includes blue print reading.
    FIRE-5005Public Information Officer3
    The public information officer in the fire service works with senior officers to coordinate media relations related to emergencies as well as communications related to ongoing media and public relations. Emphasis on effective written and verbal communications skills prepares the student to function in this position. Through assignments and practical exercises (e.g., mock scenarios), students develop and implement communications strategies, writing skills and public speaking skills to effectively relay information to community organizations, the fire service and the media. This course qualifies the student to sit NFPA exams to obtain Ontario certification through the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).
    FIRE-5006Stats & Data Analysis-Fire Service3
    The fire service collects a great deal of data related to operations as well as data related to the cause and origin of fires and the cause of serious injuries and deaths by fire. Students apply basic statistical analysis to real fire data. Students analyze data to make recommendations to improve emergency service to the community (e.g., station relocation to improve response time) and to develop public education programs to help reduce injuries and death due to fire.

    Level 6Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    FIRE-5008Fire Code 43
    The Ontario Fire Code, Div. B, Part 4, provides regulations to improve fire safety for the storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids. The student learns to identify risks, mitigate fire safety hazards and apply Part 4 to achieve this improved safety. The course enhances confidence and working knowledge in effectively applying the entire Ontario Fire Code to varied occupancies and situations. Students engage in mock field inspections. This course qualifies the student to sit NFPA exams to obtain Ontario certification through the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).
    MGMT-5084Community Risk Evaluation & Mgmt3
    Community risks must be identified before fire prevention programs are developed to manage and reduce the risk as well to mitigate outcomes. Students apply knowledge gained in the data analysis course to development management and mitigation programs. Further, students develop public education programs focused on a risks they identify.
    EDUC-5004Research Capstone-Public Safety3
    In this course, students complete a research report on a public safety problem or issue relevant to their program. Students develop a research question, complete a literature review and analyze secondary research in order to propose a solution to the identified problem or issue. Students present their research report to industry and participate in Research and Innovation Day at Fanshawe College.
    FIRE-5009Fire Investigator3
    Building on their knowledge of fire inspection, students explore the specialized field of fire investigation. Working in a forensics lab, students examine documentation and evidence to determine the cause of a fire. Students document their findings in a written report and present their findings. This course enhances students' note taking and interviewing skills through mock investigation scenarios.
    MGMT-5082Change Management3
    Change can be especially challenging for organizations with paramilitary structures, strong traditions and an established culture like those commonly found in the public safety sector. The course presents change management theory as well as common tools and practices used to promote change. This course explores how employees at all levels within an organization can function as agents of change. Students learn how to assess change readiness, identify potential forces of resistance, and manage change effectively.
    DEVL-5003Professional Practice-Fire Service2
    The fire service has clear expectations for professional practice. As a paramilitary organization, the fire service is a highly structured workplace with well-defined roles and responsibilities. This course prepares graduates to successfully integrate into the fire service and quickly adapt to those expectations. Students assess their own strengths and weaknesses and develop personalized strategies to assist in the transition to the workplace. Students also renew their first aid certification.
    FLDP-1025Fire Service Mentorship2
    Through the Fire Service Mentorship, students rotate through several host fire departments, spending a total of 80 hours in several different departments. Students are assigned to a volunteer mentor who may be a fire chief,deputy chief, fire inspector, prevention officer, or education officer, depending on the size and composition of the fire department. Students shadow their mentor and complete assignments related to each mentorship experience. Throughout the semester, students have 12 hours of class time to debrief as a group.

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 6 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 2 and 3

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 30 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2018/2019

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates of the Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education program are prepared to enter the public sector fire service as fire inspectors, plan examiners, fire educators and public information officers. Graduates are also prepared to enter the private sector in a variety of inspection and prevention roles.

    Public Sector:

    • Fire Prevention Officer
    • Fire Inspector
    • Public Fire Safety Educator
    • Public Information Officer

    Private Sector:

    • Property Management
    • Asset Management
    • Certification/Testing Industry
    • Private Life Safety
    • Insurance Industry
    • Engineering/Technical Industry  

    With the Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education program, you will graduate as a leader in fire service and our community.

  • More Information - 2018/2019

    A Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Program
    Program Code: FSE1
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates 

    Contact

    School of Public Safety: 519-452-4207

    Program Description

    The Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education program is an Ontario College Advanced Diploma that prepares graduates to enter the fire service in the field of fire prevention. 

    The program provides a foundation in fire science and fire mathematics. It also provides comprehensive coverage of relevant codes and legislation (e.g., Ontario Fire Code and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, the Ontario Building Code and the Building Code Act).

    The core vocational curriculum is aligned with several professional credentials offered by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): Fire Inspector I and II, Fire and Life Safety Educator I and II, and Public Information Officer. Students will also graduate with the communication skills and interpersonal skills they need to function as leaders in the fire service and in the community.  

    Other Information

    Students may be required to have a 'G' Class Drivers Licence for their mentorship in Level 6 of the program. A 'G' Class Drivers Licence (with fewer than 4 demerit points) may be required as a condition of employment.

    Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to write the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) exams and become Ontario certified for the following: Fire Inspector I and II, Fire and Life Safety Educator I and II, and Public Information Officer.

    In addition, graduates will be eligible to write the Ontario Building Code exams required to qualify as Building Officials under the Building Code Act.

     

    Learning Outcomes 
    1. Conduct field inspections of new or existing single- and multi-use structures to determine code compliance and to evaluate fire protection systems and equipment (e.g., occupancy classification and occupant loads; hazardous conditions involving equipment, processes and operations; emergency planning and preparedness procedures; storage, handling and use of hazardous materials, and flammable and combustible liquids and gases; egress and emergency access; fire flows and fire growth potential).
    2. Prepare clear and concise field inspection reports and plan review reports based on applicable codes, standards, policies and procedures of the jurisdiction.
    3. Process permit applications and plan review applications in accordance with applicable laws, standards, policies and procedures of the jurisdiction.
    4. Investigate and resolve common and complex complaints, recording the complaint information and ensuring the investigation process is initiated and the complaint resolved in accordance with applications codes and standards and the policies and procedures of the jurisdiction.
    5. Identify the applicable code or standard in response to a fire protection, fire prevention or life safety issue, including those identified in plan review, and recommend modifications to address the problem, need or deficiency in an inspection report or inspection order.
    6. Participate in legal proceedings, in consultation with legal counsel, regarding the findings of a field inspection, plan review or complaint.
    7. Review building plans for compliance with applicable codes and standards for fire and life safety (e.g., occupancy classification, occupant load, construction type, construction features, fire protection systems), and verify newly constructed buildings against an approved set of plans and building features
    8. Recommend policies and procedures for inspection and plan review to ensure inspections and plan review are conducted in accordance with the policies of the jurisdiction and due process of the law is followed.
    9. Coordinate fire and life safety educational activities by establishing priorities, preparing budgets, scheduling activities, communicating with stakeholders, and documenting activities.
    10. Develop public policy recommendations for management to address a specific fire or injury issue.
    11. Identify and collaborate with partners and community resources, services and organizations to meet community fire and life safety needs and address current issues, submitting requests for resources were required.
    12. Design, implement, evaluate and revise a fire and life safety education program that is based on a comprehensive educational strategy, target audience needs, and program goals.
    13. Conduct performance evaluations for fire and life safety subordinates using written performance criteria and following organizational policies.
    14. Coordinate media relations (e.g., media interviews, media areas, news releases, media advisories, news conferences) using appropriate communication strategies and technologies.
    15. Coordinate communications to internal audiences and external community organizations.
    16. Examine documentation and evidence to determine the cause of a fire and to assess the progression, extinguishment and containment of the fire.
    17. Prepare a written report to reflect the findings of a fire investigation, present findings verbally to an intended audience, and testify during legal proceedings.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways
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