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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Fall Calendar of Rescue and Hazmat courses

Please click here to access the Fall Calendar of Rescue and Hazmat courses 

Registration Open for Next Firefighting Workshop for Women: November 17

Firefighting Workshop for Women

The JIBC Fire & Safety Division is pleased to offer our next introductory, hands-on firefighting workshop for women on November 17, 2018 at the JIBC Maple Ridge Campus. 

Cost is $25 and lunch will be provided. The minimum age to particiate is 16. 

Visit the Workshop Event Page for details and to register online. 

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.

New Live-Fire Curriculum Training Opportunities in all BCFTOA Zones

The JIBC Fire & Safety Division (FSD) is pleased to work with the BC Fire Training Officers Association (BCFTOA) to offer weekend live-fire training workshops in all BCFTOA Zone Regions in the Fall of 2018 and Spring of 2019.

These two-day, weekend workshops will give fire departments the opportunity to provide training for:

  1. Members who require Live-Fire training (FIRE-1071) to complete their NFPA 1001 certification
  2. Instructors who would like to become Live-Fire Instructors (for those who meet the required prerequisites)
  3. Instructors who would like to become Live-Fire Evaluators (for those who meet the required prerequisites)

Members participating in these workshops will be using the updated JIBC Live-Fire Curriculum Training Materials.

Upcoming Schedule

The following locations and dates have been scheduled for fire departments to register their members:




Zone 1

O tter Point Fire Dept.

Nov. 3-4, 2018

Zone 1A



Zone 2

Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services

Oct. 13-14, 2018

Zone 3

Penticton Fire Dept.

Dec. 1-2, 2018

Zone 4



Zone 5

Dawson Creek Fire Dept.

Oct. 20-21, 2018


For detailed information about costs, registration deadlines, and how to register, please read the memo distributed via the BCFTOA.

JIBC Evaluator Certification Deadline for Existing Evaluators of Playbook Programs

In 2017, the JIBC Fire & Safety Division (FSD) launched a new course for JIBC Evaluators who evaluate Fire Service members completing the new JIBC vocational firefighter programs that align with the requirements established in the Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook.

JIBC Evaluators serve an integral role. They ensure that Fire Service members who have completed JIBC courses and training have done so at the level required to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and the requirements of JIBC accreditation.

The FSD has set a deadline of December 14, 2018 for all previous/existing JIBC Evaluators of Playbook-related courses to have completed the requirements to be a certified JIBC Evaluator.

This is to ensure that all JIBC Evaluators are proficiently prepared for their role and responsibilities going forward for courses in the Exterior Fire Fighter Operations Program (FIRE-1053, FIRE-1054), Interior Fire Fighter Operations Program (FIRE-1055, FIRE-1056), and Full Service Fire Fighter Operations Program (FIRE-1057, FIRE-1058).

These requirements include:

  1. Reviewing the JIBC Evaluator Course content at
  2. Completing and submitting the Evaluator Application Form to FSD
  3. Providing the required supporting documentation
  4. Scheduling, completing and passing the JIBC Evaluator Proctored Online Exam (minimum 75% grade required to be certified)
  5. Be added by FSD to the JIBC Certified Evaluator Registry

For the full details about becoming a JIBC Evaluator, please visit

If you have any questions, please email

Fire & Safety Division launches part-time pre-employment firefighter program

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 in the part-time program for Class 23 scheduled to start online in January 2019 with practical training beginning in March 2019.

Please visit the FFTC website at for details of the program and to download the application package.

If you have any questions about the part-time offering, or any aspect of the FFTC program, please send an email to

New Marine LNG Course Now Available

The JIBC Fire & Safety Division is pleased to offer a new course to mariners who require specialized training related to vessels using Low Flashpoint Fuels, such as LNG. 

Our new three-day course, “Marine Industry – Gas Fuelled Vessel – Basic Training” (FIRE-1421), is based on the requirements of Transport Canada and is in direct compliance with STCW95 Convention, Chapter V, Regulation A-V/3 & Table A-V/3-1 (basic training for ships subject to the IGF code).

This course will provide mariners with both theoretical and practical training, geared toward making them aware of the hazards associated with the use of “Low Flashpoint Fuels” aboard ships, such as LNG.  The training received during this three-day course will give participants a basic understanding of the properties of LNG, as a liquid and as a flammable gas, as well as the cryogenic issues it presents.  There will also be a focus on handling LNG, and the hazards faced during an accidental release and/or the possibility of fire. 

This course has received excellent feedback from early participants and has been effective in helping participants diminish their fears about working with LNG as a fuel.

For more information, and to book a group for this new course, please contact

JIBC appoints new Fire & Safety Division Director

Craig Richardson

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) welcomes Craig Richardson as the new Director of the Fire & Safety Division, effective July 9.

“I am pleased to welcome Craig to JIBC,” said Sarah Wareing, Dean of the School of Public Safety. “His senior leadership experience and background in instruction, combined with his knowledge of the Fire Service, are ideal for the role of Director, Fire & Safety Division. Through his leadership, we look forward to strengthening and expanding the education, training and applied research we provide to the Fire Service and industry partners.”

Click here to read the full release.

JIBC Mobile Live-Fire Training Lab Supports First Nations Firefighters


JIBC’s Fire & Safety Division is proud to partner with the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS) to support their firefighter training, most recently using JIBC’s Mobile Live Fire Training Lab at this year's FNESS Fire Safety Expo.

Reminder: Final Deadlines for Completion of Fire Fighter I and BC Fire Fighter I/II Programs

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.  

New Incident Safety Officer - Fire Suppression Course Available

The JIBC Fire & Safety Division’s new Incident Safety Officer – Fire Suppression course (FIRE-1186) is now available for delivery to fire departments across B.C. 

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

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.  

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.

Download the HazMat Awareness iBook

Hazmat Awareness CoverJIBC’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.

Download from iTunes

Download the HazMat Awareness App

Hazmat App CoverHazardous 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 September 20, 2018