Smoke Alarms/Smoke Detectors

April 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Calendar, Events, Fire Safety News

May 2, 2017
8:30 amto11:00 am


Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Location: Canadian Fire Safety Association, 2800 – 14th Avenue, Suite 210, Markham, ON L3R 0E4
Time: 8:30 a.m. registration and seminar from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Meals: Continental breakfast will be provided
Certificate: A certificate of attendance will be issued by CFSA at the end of the seminar
Fees: $45.00 (including HST) for CFSA members; early-bird and group pricing available
$55.00 (including HST) for non-members

The seminar will include a Review of ULC Smoke Alarm and Smoke Detector product, installation and testing standards including research behind new requirements and future proposals.

Topics of interest will include:

  • Addressing technology challenges with these products in the standards
  • Installation of smoke alarms to reduce nuisance alarms
  • Research update on polyurethane flaming and smoldering fires
  • Research on nuisance alarms
  • Research on 520 hz sound for hearing impaired
  • Recent update to address Ontario’s smoke alarm and strobe requirements
  • Building Code update on smoke alarm requirements and compliance alternatives

Who will benefit?

This seminar will benefit engineers, designers, consultants, Authorities Having Jurisdiction (building and fire departments) and service providers.

About the Instructor:

Stephen Ames – System Sensor Canada Managing Director

Stephen Ames is the Managing Director for System Sensor Canada. In his current role Stephen manages the Mississauga facility and is the North American Fire OEM Sales Leader. Stephen brings extensive experience in the fire systems industry to System Sensor. Stephen started his career with System Sensor in 1998 as the National OEM Sales manager, promoted to Director of Sales for Canada and Latin America in 2005 and for the past 8 years he has worked as the Managing Director. Prior to joining System Sensor Stephen had 15 years of experience at Engineering Systems Distributor’s and Manufacturer’s in the fire alarm systems business, designing systems, consulting and managing people. Stephen completed the Electrical Technology Program at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in 1983 and completed the CFAA Registered Technician courses in 1985. Stephen is the past president of the Canadian Fire Alarm Association where he served two terms. He participates on various working committees for ULC standards and is the Canadian Technical Harmonization Committee Co-Chair for the UL/ULC initiating fire alarm device standards.

How To Register
To register, you can simply download our printable Registration Form (PDF), and mail or fax your completed Registration to the address indicated on the form.


Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Launches Canadian Website – HomeFireSprinklerCanada.CA

March 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Fire Safety News

Guelph, Ont., March 14 2017 – Today, the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) announced a new website with important educational information for range of Canadian stakeholders. provides timely resources to increase interest in the life-saving benefits of installed home fire sprinklers in new construction homes.

In partnership with The Co-operators and the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association, this new comprehensive website presents content developed for a number of stakeholder groups including homeowners, homebuilders, real estate agents, insurance professionals and fire services. Videos, fact sheets and answers to frequently asked questions provide key information about sprinkler systems installed in homes and their life-saving benefits. Many of the resources will help fire departments that want to include fire sprinkler information in their education programs.

“The website is a great new way to make this important information available to all Canadians,” said HFSC Board President Lorraine Carli. “In particular, it will also be helpful for fire services and other sprinkler advocates as they work to educate Canadians about sprinklers’ ability to save lives and protect property.”

Since 1996 the HFSC has worked with fire services across North America to improve awareness and education of the role of sprinklers as a way to save lives, reduce injuries and minimize home fire losses.

Funding and support from HFSC’s partners CASA and The Co-operators helps make the new website possible.

About the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC)
HFSC was formed in 1996 to inform the public about the life-saving value of sprinkler protection in one- and two-family homes. HFSC is a purely educational 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the leading resource for independent, noncommercial information about home fire sprinklers. For more information about HFSC and home fire sprinkler systems, visit and

About The Co-operators
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian co-operative with more than $44 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada by Sustainalytics and Maclean’s magazine. For more information visit

About the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association (CASA)
The Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association is a National Trade Contractor’s Association. It has existed in one form or another since the 1920’s, and was incorporated under a Dominion Charter in 1961. CASA promotes, defends, enhances and improves the business designing, installing and manufacturing fire sprinkler devices and systems. The Association works closely with the fire and building officials, architects and others “To enhance the level of life safety and property conservation from the effects of fire through the use of fire sprinklers”. For more information, visit

Job Posting: Fire Prevention Officer

February 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Current Job Postings, Fire Safety News


Reporting to the Division Chief, Fire Prevention this position:

  • Conducts inspections and enforces the Ontario Fire Code and other relevant legislation and standards;
  • Produces and maintains comprehensive documentation and reports related to all activities;
  • Acts as an assistant to the Fire Marshal under the provisions of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act (FPPA).
  • Participates in fire safety education programs, as assigned;
  • Initiates the Fire Code enforcement process and acts as a witness in court or other proceedings as required;
  • Inspects and tests various fire protection systems;
  • Reviews various site plans as assigned with respect to code compliance and fire safety;
  • Assist in providing training and guidance to other Fire and Emergency Services staff as required;
  • Conducts fire investigations as assigned.


  • Grade 12 education or equivalent secondary education as established by the Ontario Ministry of Education;
  • Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Fire Protection Engineering Technology or equivalent;
  • 5 years experience in fire protection inspection, installation, maintenance and/or enforcement or a related field;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Ontario Fire Code;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Ontario Building Code;
  • Demonstrated reliability;
  • Demonstrated experience in the design, function, installation, maintenance and operation of the following systems: sprinkler systems, standpipe and hose systems, fire alarm and voice communication systems, commercial cooking equipment ventilation and various fire protection systems;
  • Demonstrated customer service and public relations skills;
  • Demonstrated communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and within a team environment;
  • Demonstrated organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and adaptable;
  • Must possess and maintain a valid, non-probationary, Class “G” Ontario Driver’s License
  • Must be able to lift and stand for extended periods of time;
  • Must be willing and able to wear all required uniform clothing and/or personal protective equipment as assigned/required;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Must be available to work shift work and variable hours.


  • Enforcement and court prosecution skills
  • Knowledge of chemistry including knowledge of flammable and combustible liquids

** Various tests and/or exams may be administered as part of the selection criteria.

TO APPLY: Please apply quoting the file number 102400 by MARCH 17, 2017 at: or via and search for key words City of Brampton. If you require assistance with the application process, please contact us directly. We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview with be contacted. We are dedicated to equal opportunity.

The City is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments.  If you are contacted for a job opportunity, please advise the Human Resources Division of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially. 


February 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Calendar

February 28, 2017
8:30 amto11:00 am

ULC561CFSAMeetingNoticeWedFeb7-2017-1Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Location: Underwriters Laboratories of Canada, 7 Underwriters Road, Toronto, ON M1E 3A9

By Reservation Only – Limit 40 Persons

Time: 8:30 a.m. registration and seminar from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Meals: Continental breakfast will be provided

Certificate:  A certificate of attendance will be issued by CFSA at the end of the seminar

$45.00 (including HST) for CFSA members; early-bird and group pricing available

$55.00 (including HST) for non-members

Seminar Objective:
The objective of this seminar will be to review the CAN/ULC-S561 “Standard for Installation and Services for Fire Signal Receiving Centres and Systems” standard.

Seminar Outline:
The seminar will discuss requirements from the standard including:

  • Importance of fire alarm monitoring
  • Equipment, power supply, cables and wiring, protection service, protected premises, etc.
  • Installation of monitoring systems
  • Inspection and Testing

More Information and Registrations
For complete information and to register, simply download our printable registration form, and return your completed registration to the address indicated on the form.

Job Posting: Fire Protection Technologist

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Current Job Postings


We have an exciting Full Time Unionized opportunity in the Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services for an experienced and motivated individual

 Fire Protection Technologist
(JOB # J0117-0401)

As one of Southern Ontario’s fastest growing cities, with its mix of urban and rural areas, Vaughan is an in-demand place to live and work. Vaughan is considered one of Canada’s most family friendly cities with a dynamic and diverse population of over 300,000. With one of the top performing economies, a growing tourism industry and an enviable portfolio of recreational and cultural venues, this is the place where you want to be.

Responsible for reviewing plans submitted for compliance to relevant Codes and By-Laws, especially dealing with fire protection and fire safety system(s) design, installation, and operation, and to inspect such installations for compliance during construction, upon acceptance and re-inspection, as required. Performing field inspections of new buildings and fire protection installations to ensure compliance with the approved plans, the Fire Code, Building Code, related regulation, and other applicable laws, as required.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Post Secondary Diploma/Degree in Building Construction, Architecture, Engineering, or Fire Protection, or equivalent combination of education and experience in Fire Protection
  • Registered professional Engineer with experience in Fire and Fire Protection systems an asset
  • Successful completion of the examination program administered or authorized by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing as an Inspector under the Category of Fire Protection (General Legal/Process 2012 and Fire Protection 2012 required), in accordance with O. Reg. 332/12, relating to the person’s knowledge of the Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code.
  • BCIN number required.
  • Progressive experience in areas of major job responsibilities
  • Ability to interpret design drawings and specifications for buildings, and their component parts
  • Working knowledge of applicable Codes and Regulations and technical aspects of fire alarm systems, fire detection systems, sprinkler systems, fire/booster pumps, suction and gravity tanks, standpipes, underground water supply piping, and special hazard systems for processes that can include those previously listed as well as control/extinguishing systems using clean agents, C02, dry chemical, foam/water solutions and combinations of systems integrated to provide life safety and/or fire control or extinguishment, such as smoke evacuation systems in high-rise buildings with standpipes, fire pumps, and sprinkler systems, or explosion or fire suppression in material handling or air-moving systems such as dust collection systems or chemical vapour removal systems, and specific fire protection measures as may be set out in the Ontario Building Code and Ontario Fire Code for various industries.
  • Excellent analytical, report writing and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to deal effectively and courteously with the public and staff.
  • Computer literacy in a Windows environment utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database and computer aided design software systems. Working knowledge of AMANDA database information system considered an asset.
  • Must possess a valid G Class driver’s licence in good standing. Working knowledge of NFPA standards. Preference will be given to candidates with a broad range of qualifications.

The City of Vaughan has an employee-focused culture with an emphasis on health and wellness, work-life balance, and family benefits.

If you are an energetic person who is interested in bringing your knowledge and passion to the City of Vaughan, please click here to apply online by Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

Please note that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 The City of Vaughan is committed to diversity and inclusivity in employment and welcomes applications from qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. The City of Vaughan is also committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 (S.O. 2001,c.25) and will be used to determine qualifications for employment with The Corporation of the City of Vaughan.  Questions about this collection should be directed to the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive, Vaughan, ON, L6A 1T1, (905) 832-8585.

CFSA Annual Education Forum

January 19, 2017 by  
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April 6, 2017

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Codes and Standards

November 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Codes and Standards

To be updated.