The Fire & Safety Division meets the educational needs of fire service personnel, from introductory hands-on courses to advanced diploma and degree programs.
As emergency response becomes more complex, fire personnel increasingly recognize the need for advanced education and training.
The JIBC Fire & Safety Division ensures that more than 397 fire departments in British Columbia have access to standards-based training for their personnel.
Latest News from Fire & Safety Division
The Fire & Safety Division is pleased to announce that the Interior Fire Fighter Operations and Full Service Fire Fighter Operations programs have now received JIBC Program Council approval. Both programs are scheduled to launch on February 28, 2017.
These programs complete FSD’s update of its vocational fire fighter training programs to align with the B.C. Fire Service Minimum Training Standards outlined in the Structural Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook.
Please read the memo sent out February 27, 2017 for further details.
The JIBC Fire & Safety Division (FSD) is pleased to announce that the JIBC Evaluator Course is available for registration.
Fire Departments with members completing new JIBC vocational firefighter programs aligned with the requirements established in the Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook are encouraged to apply.
Both existing JIBC Evaluators and new training officers pursuing certification are required to review all the content in the course and complete an online exam (with a 75% passing grade). An outline of the course is available on the FSD’s Playbook Updates page.
For more information about the course, please visit the “Become an Evaluator” webpage.
The JIBC Fire & Safety Division (FSD) is proud to partner with the First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS) to host and deliver Playbook Orientation & Training Workshops throughout B.C. These free, two-day weekend workshops will provide Fire Department Staff with an overview and working knowledge of the program and administration content of the new Exterior, Interior & Full Service Fire fighter Programs. For details and to indicate your interest in attending these workshops, please visit the Playbook Transition Updates page.
Incident Safety Officer Update
NFPA Standards are reviewed and revised every 5 years. Upon the release of a new version of the standard, accredited entities (JIBC) have 12 months to comply to the new version. This information is important as it most recently impacts the JIBC accreditation for NFPA 1521 Incident Safety Officer, 2015 version.
The 2015 edition of NFPA 1521 is dramatically different from the 2008 edition. The job performance standards (JPR’s) now require:
- Coverage of the role of a Safety Officer at a suppression scene and,
- The JPR’s have changed significantly to now require the use of practical evaluations in addition to a written exam.
As a result of these changes the JIBC has embarked on a revision of our ISO course. The deadline for completion is January of 2017. The new course will be a blended course with students completing the online portion first and then attending 2 days of class where the focus will be practical scenarios. If you wish to schedule an offering of this course in 2017, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Recognition of IAFF Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations Level Towards NFPA 1001 FF II Certification
The Justice Institute of British Columbia's (JIBC) Fire & Safety Division has received requests from students and Fire Department Training Officers to recognize the IAFF - HazMat/WMD Training First Responder Awareness/Operations Levels certification (ProBoard accredited) as equivalent to the JIBC Hazardous Material Operations level course. Learn more.
JIBC’s Fire & Safety Division launched its Hazardous Materials Awareness iBook, a free resource downloadable for Apple iPad devices. Designed to be used with JIBC’s Hazardous Materials app, the book covers the competencies required by NFPA 472 (2008) standards for awareness level personnel.
Hazardous Materials for Awareness Level Personnel focuses on recognition of a hazardous emergency, personnel safety, hazard assessment, and the notification of the emergency response team using safe, practical, defensive actions all of which are critical components required when dealing with a hazardous situation. The app is designed to prepare the user for certification at the NFPA 472 (2012) Awareness Level. The app may also be used as a resource for training or review purposes.
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Last updated February 28, 2017