FIRE SERVICES ACT [RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 144

One thing that impressed me, every year someone from the local fire department comes to all the commercial stores and checks the fire extinguishers to ensure they have been checked by the proper authorities, work properly, and make sure the staff know how to work them in case of a fire. They are amazing! Click here to read the full Act or an excerpt below.

 

Duties of fire commissioner

3  (1) The fire commissioner must, for fire prevention and inspection, do the following:

(a) collect and disseminate information about fires in British Columbia;

(b) investigate and inquire into a fire as the fire commissioner believes advisable;

(c) investigate conditions under which fires are likely to occur;

(d) study methods of fire prevention;

(e) give the advice and recommendations the fire commissioner considers necessary on matters in subsection (2).

(2) Matters for advice and recommendation of the fire commissioner are the following:

(a) provision of an adequate water supply;

(b) installation and maintenance of a fire alarm system and fire extinguishing equipment;

(c) enactment and enforcement of municipal bylaws for fire prevention or to protect life and property from fire;

(d) planning of a municipal area to protect against fire;

(e) lightning rods;

(f) any other fire prevention and inspection matter.

(3) The fire commissioner must, for fire suppression, do the following:

(a) consult with and give information and advice to fire chiefs and fire departments;

(b) establish, in consultation with the advisory board and subject to the minister’s approval, minimum standards for selection and training of fire services personnel;

(c) give the advice and recommendations the fire commissioner considers necessary on the establishment of fire departments.

(4) The fire commissioner must help to enforce all enactments on combustibles, explosives and other flammable matter.

(5) The fire commissioner must perform other duties required by the minister.

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