When I was asked to provide a message for this edition of the CFSA News, my thoughts turned to the year in review; what has impacted both CFSA and the membership in 2015. First and foremost was the release of the 2015 Ontario Fire Code Compendium by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management. This compendium includes amendments to both the Fire Protection and Prevention Act and the 2007 edition of the Ontario Fire Code including the following significant changes:
- Ontario Regulation 150/13 – This regulation amends the 2007 Fire Code (O. Reg. 213/07) with new provisions for Care Occupancies, Care and Treatment Occupancies and Retirement Homes. In addition to changes to individual articles throughout the Fire Code, there is a new Retrofit section requiring mandatory upgrading of buildings with Care Occupancies and Retirement Homes.
- Ontario Regulation 194/14 – This regulation amends the 2007 Fire Code (O. Reg. 213/07) with new provisions for the installation, maintenance, testing and replacement of carbon monoxide alarms in existing residential buildings. Amendments to smoke alarm provisions are also included, aligning requirements with those introduced for carbon monoxide alarms.
- Ontario Regulation 256/14 – This regulation amends the 2007 Fire Code (O. Reg. 213/07) with approximately 120 technical changes, including: a new section in Part 5 pertaining to hot surface applications typically used in roofing operations; new fire safety planning requirements for buildings with contained use areas and impeded egress zones; new requirements for double wall construction for flammable and combustible liquid storage tanks and piping systems; a relocation of code requirements to more closely align with National Fire Code and references to more current editions of standards and other documents.
- Ontario Regulation 275/14 – This regulation amends the 2007 Fire Code (O. Reg. 213/07) with new provisions that clarify requirements for licensed child care programs in schools, provided for children enrolled in full-day kindergarten and higher grades.
These changes which were phased in over the last few years indicate the Provincial Governments commitment to Community Safety. The Ontario Fire Marshal stated that “while the changes encompass a number of priorities including implementation of inquest recommendations, harmonization with the National Fire Code and Carbon Monoxide safety and Vulnerable Occupancies”. For those of us in the industry these changes are a welcome addition to the Code that governs the Fire Safety of all Ontarians.
With the release of the Compendium, CFSA has ensured again that this year’s training and annual symposium reflected the new amendments by providing not only training but bringing the subject matter experts to you the membership for an opportunity to absorb the material and ask questions.
I would also like to congratulate all students from both Seneca College and Durham College who were awarded scholarships at this year’s education forum. I would also like to thank all the sponsors and benefactors who continue to support this program
As I close, I would like to wish you and your families a happy and fire safe holiday season and we will see you all in 2016.
Nicholas Webb, CD, C.F.E.I, CMMIII