Technical Session: Commercial Cooking

October 24, 2017 by  
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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, December 7, 2017

Guest Speaker: Bill Doherty, Pressure Kleen Services

More information to follow.


Retirement Homes – OBC Changes

October 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Fire Safety News

** Please Note: This Technical Session has been moved to a new location due to being ‘SOLD OUT’ at the CFSA office location. **


Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Location: Underwriters Laboratories of Canada – 7 Underwriters Road, Toronto, ON M1E 3A9
Please note change of venue
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

Seminar Objective:

The objective of this seminar will be to review the changes to the Ontario Building Code relating to retirement homes.

Seminar Outline:

On May 17, 2017, the Ontario government filed O.Reg. 139-17 to amend the 2012 Ontario Building Code. The amendments include new design requirements relative to retirement homes, requirements for newly defined “houses”, and requirements to support climate change initiatives.

This presentation is specific to the recent retirement home changes which have come into effect as of July 1, 2017. The presentation reviews the reasoning behind the recent fire and life safety changes to the Ontario Building Code related to retirement homes as well as the impacts and implementation of these new requirements, and provides an overview of critical changes to retirement home design requirements.

Who will benefit?

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

Instructors Biography:

Matteo Gilfillan, LET, B.A.S., C.E.T., CFPS is President of Matteo Gilfillan & Associates. Matteo has over 15 year of experience in fire and life safety consulting working on a variety of projects and occupancies providing building and fire code consulting on building designs and concepts, preparing Alternative Solution proposals and conducting building inspections/audits.

Matteo is the Past President of the Canadian Fire Safety Association (CFSA), is an active member in the SFPE, southern Ontario Chapter and the International Code Council (ICC). He is involved with various fire and life safety committees, including the Technical Advisory Committee that reviewed the recently enacted Code changes regarding retirement homes.

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.

This seminar may qualify for continuing education credits/learning hours when recertifying for designations (i.e. C.E.T., CFPS, CFEI, CFAA, etc.). This seminar will account for 2 hours.


Annual Education Forum 2017 Presentations

October 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Fire Safety News

Currently available presentations:

Job Posting: Manager I – Building Engineer (Mechanical)

Service Area

Development & Compliance

File #

M-54-17E (B)

Posting Open Date


Posting Closed Date


Job Code


Position Title

Manager I – Building Engineer (Mechanical)

Position Type

Permanent – Full Time

Employee Group


Summary of Duties

Reporting to the designated Manager within Development & Compliance Services, the Manager I, Building Engineer, reviews mechanical and structural drawings, plans, specifications and design data for all buildings and structures to ensure compliance with the Ontario Building Code Act, 1992, the Ontario Building Code, related Municipal by-laws, other applicable by-laws, and conducts structural and mechanical inspections on site. The Manager I, Building Engineer assists the Manager II responsible for structural building engineering or mechanical building engineering as required.

Work Performed

  • Liaise with the Legal and Corporate Services and/or Risk Management Divisions of the Corporation with respect to files that relate to statements of claim against the Building Division. Assist the Corporation’s solicitors with the coordination and retrieval of confidential information, liaising with other Service Areas as required.
  • Conduct the review of information and documentation submitted by manufacturers and/or suppliers related to the suitability of proprietary building products or alternative solutions with respect to conformance to the Ontario Building Code.
  • Responsible for research, assessment of processes and structure, and coordination of strategically significant divisional initiatives and improvement processes.
  • Review Alternative Solutions as submitted under the related sections of the Ontario Building Code.
  • Exercise powers and perform duties within the standards set by the Code of Conduct prescribed in Section 7.1 of the Building Code Act, 1992.
  • Review structural plans, drawings and specifications; assist Development & Compliance Services staff with matters related to the discipline of structural engineering according to the Ontario Building Code and other related municipal by-laws, such as the Sign By-law. Ensure the designer makes necessary revisions and ensure the execution of related site inspections, as required.
  • Instruct and guide building inspectors in the field during construction as necessary.
  • Distribute work to assigned staff, and supervise work completion.
  • Provide advice, training and guidance to staff on structural and mechanical plan reviews and issues that may arise on construction sites.
  • Inspect and review structures/buildings and consult with staff in other divisions or Services Areas (i.e. Heritage Planner, Property Standards inspectors) in determining unsafe conditions and providing visual structural/mechanical evaluation reports. Review reports prepared by outside engineers and architects with respect to remedial work required to make structures/buildings safe.
  • Review mechanical plans, drawings, and specifications to ensure compliance with the applicable Acts, regulations, and by-laws. Ensure the designer makes necessary revisions. Responsible for site inspections per the Ontario Building Code and on-site testing to ensure compliance with applicable standards.
  • Communicate reasons for various regulations, verbally or in writing, to architects, engineers, designers, constructors, and the public, as required.
  • Perform duties under the Building Code Act, 1992 and the Ontario Building Code in connection with issuing orders under the Building Code Act, 1992, reviewing plans and inspecting for unsafe construction or buildings. Work with engineers and restoration companies authorized by the Corporation of the City of London to address unsafe building conditions in the event that individuals and companies served with orders do not comply as directed.
  • Liaise with industry representatives to coordinate the implementation of presentations and attendance to public events promoting the Building Division.
  • Answer enquiries from the public, council members, and staff from other Service Areas and Divisions concerning the Ontario Building Code.
  • Attend hearings when required.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Current designation as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. (Individuals with imminent registration as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario may be considered.)

Four to five years of related experience is required.

Provincial Qualifications:

Successful completion of all applicable Ministry of Municipal Affairs examinations.

Successful completion of Ministry of Municipal Affairs examination on “General Legal Process”.

Current maintenance of qualifications as determined by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Specialized Training and Licenses

  • Strong technical knowledge of Ontario Building Code and the ability to interpret various types of drawings, specifications, engineering reports and legal documents.
  • Advanced knowledge of the AMANDA program is an asset.
  • Advanced knowledge of NFPA96, NFPA13/13R/13D/20-10/14-10 is an asset.
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Possession of a valid Class “G” Driver’s Licence.

Compensation Range

$58,615 to $81,570 (M4)

Other Information

This posting is for 2 permanent full-time positions.

Important Instructions


Please note successful candidates will be asked to provide a Police Information Check (PIC), dated within the last six months. This documentation would not be required until further in the recruitment process (following the interview stage if selected).

The Corporation of the City of London strives to foster a workplace in which all individuals maximize their potential, regardless of their differences. We are committed to attracting, engaging, developing and celebrating exceptional people in public service who are representative of our community.

The City of London is also committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.

To apply: Please visit our City of London Website . Any other form of applications will not be accepted.

Commissioning – SOLD OUT!

May 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Calendar

June 20, 2017
8:30 amto11:00 am


Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Location: Underwriters Laboratories of Canada – 7 Underwriters Road, Toronto, ON M1E 3A9
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

Who will benefit?

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

Instructors Biography:

Megan Nicoletti, B.Arch. Sci. is a Senior Consultant for Jensen Hughes. Megan is responsible for the preparation of building code and fire code assessments for architects, engineers, developers and building owners for commercial, residential, infrastructure and public sector projects, both in Canada and internationally. In addition, Megan is experienced in the development of fire engineering equivalencies that are specifically tailored to meet client’s objectives and maintain architectural vision.

Megan currently sits as a working group member, to develop recognized Canadian standards for the testing of passive and active life safety systems. She is also an active participant in the Building Commissioning Association.

How To Register



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  
Filed under Calendar, Events, Fire Safety News

April 6, 2017

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