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.
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Curious about a firefighting career? Discover first-hand what it takes at our upcoming hands-on information session.
In our new information session format, learn about the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) program and get a taste of firefighting by practicing some essential firefighting skills at one of Western Canada’s most extensive firefighting training facilities. Cost to participate is $25. Minimum age to participate is 18.
DATE: May 12, 2018
TIME: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
LOCATION: JIBC Maple Ridge campus
As the information session will involve some strenuous physical activity, participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and dress in appropriate active wear.
Please note: Only those who have pre-registered before the event will be able to participate and attend the hands-on information session. To ensure safety of everyone in attendance, no unregistered observers will be permitted on site during the event.
All participants are required to sign and complete a Waiver Form prior to participating in the information session. For participants under the age of 19, their parents/guardians are required to sign and complete the Waiver Form. Please bring a hard copy the morning of the information session or email it prior to the information session to email@example.com with "Firefighting Info Session Waiver Form" in the subject line.
Women who are curious about a career in the Fire Service are invited to participate in the next introductory hands-on firefighting workshop at the JIBC Fire & Safety Division, Maple Ridge Campus.
DATE: June 2, 2018
TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm
LOCATION: JIBC Maple Ridge campus
Participants will be introduced to essential skills that are needed to become a firefighter from career female firefighters who are currently serving in Lower Mainland Fire Departments. Participants will also be able to speak with various fire departments representatives to discover what it takes to become a firefighter.
Minimum age to participate is 16. Cost is $25. Lunch will be provided and participants will also receive a JIBC t-shirt. As the workshop will involve strenuous physical activity, participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and dress in appropriate active wear.
Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience along with important information needed to pursue an exciting career as a firefighter!
The JIBC Fire & Safety Division and The JIBC Foundation would like to thank Jessica Roberts for supporting this initiative in the memory of her sister Jocelyn, a pioneering Richmond firefighter and Captain.
All participants are required to sign and complete a Waiver Form prior to participating in the workshop. For participants under the age of 19, their parents/guardians are required to sign and complete the Waiver Form. Please bring a hard copy the morning of the workshop or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Firefighting Workshop Waiver Form" in the subject line.
The JIBC Fire & Safety Division is excited to announce the introduction of a part-time offering of the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) to complement our regular full-time offerings of this successful pre-employment program.
This part-time offering was developed to meet the needs of prospective students looking to obtain their NFPA 1001 firefighting certification and academic credentials while balancing their work and family commitments at the same time.
The part-time offering includes up to 12 weeks of online learning, followed by more than 200 hours of practical, hands-on training at the Maple Ridge Campus spread out over three months. It will consist of evening classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, full-day classes on select Saturdays and Sundays, and a final two-weeks of full-time live-fire training.
Applications are now being accepted as of February 9, 2018 for students wanting to enrol in the part-time program (Class 19) scheduled to start online in June 2018 with practical training beginning in September 2018.
If you have any questions about the part-time offering, or any aspect of the FFTC program, please send an email to email@example.com.
In partnership with the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the Fire Chief’s Association of BC, the JIBC Fire & Safety Division is offering Train-the-Trainer Workshops for the NFPA Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training.
These workshops will be available at no cost to Fire Department and Road Rescue Society Training Officers, throughout BC.
The training provides the tools and information needed by firefighters and other emergency responders to safely handle emergency situations involving alternative fuel stations and their vehicles such as electric, hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell.
This train-the-trainer course is available to Trainers throughout BC. The first scheduled delivery of the Train-the-Trainer Workshop was at the BC Fire Training Officer’s Annual Conference in Kelowna on May 16, 2017.
The Fire & Safety Division has scheduled free workshops throughout BC in the coming months. For details of upcoming workshops please visit jibc.ca/AltFuelWorkshops.
The JIBC Fire & Safety Division (FSD) sent a notification in February 2017 identifying June 30, 2017 as the end date for the BC Fire Fighter I and BC Fire Fighter I/II programs in connection to the transition to the new Interior Fire Fighter Operations and Full Service Fire Fighter Operations programs. Please read the memo sent out June 23 as a final reminder to all Fire Departments that members currently completing BC Fire Fighter I or BC Fire Fighter I/II programs have until June 30, 2017 to complete modules in these programs before transitioning to the relevant Playbook-aligned programs.
The course was recently redesigned to meet the needs of the Fire Service and fulfills the updated requirements established under the new 2015 NFPA 1521 Incident Safety Officer standard.
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.
The new course is a blended offering with students completing an online portion (5 weeks) and then attending two days of face-to-face training where the focus will be on practical scenarios.
To schedule an offering of this course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Effective July 1, 2017, to receive certification for NFPA 1521 - Incident Safety Officer, you must show certification of Fire Officer I within 3 years of completing the Incident Safety course.
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.
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.
Last updated April 16, 2018