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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Upcoming Hands-on Firefighting Information Session

Curious about a firefighting career? Discover first-hand what it takes at our upcoming hands-on information session.

In our new information session format, learn about the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) program and get a taste of firefighting by practicing some essential firefighting skills at one of Western Canada’s most extensive firefighting training facilities. Cost to participate is $25. Minimum age to participate is 18. 

DATE: February 10, 2018
TIME: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
LOCATION: JIBC Maple Ridge campus

As the information session will involve some strenuous physical activity, participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and dress in appropriate active wear.


All participants are required to sign and complete a Waiver Form prior to participating in the information session. For participants under the age of 19, their parents/guardians are required to sign and complete the Waiver Form. Please bring a hard copy the morning of the information session or email it prior to the information session to with "Firefighting Info Session Waiver Form" in the subject line.

Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate Market Research Survey Accepting Submissions

The Fire & Safety Division is conducting market research for a part-time offering of the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) Program. This program format would be in addition to the full-time FFTC program currently offered. This 5-minute survey is open to individuals interested in pursuing a career in the Fire Service and are looking to complete a program that provides the necessary certification and skills to be a sought-after recruit in the highly competitive recruitment process. 

Click here to complete this short survey.

Thank you for your input!

Registration Open for NFPA Alternative Fuel Vehicle Train-the-Trainer Workshops

Alt Fuels WorkshopIn partnership with the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the Fire Chief’s Association of BC, the JIBC Fire & Safety Division is offering Train-the-Trainer Workshops for the NFPA Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training.

These workshops will be available at no cost to Fire Department and Road Rescue Society Training Officers, throughout BC.

The training provides the tools and information needed by firefighters and other emergency responders to safely handle emergency situations involving alternative fuel stations and their vehicles such as electric, hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell.

This train-the-trainer course is available to Trainers throughout BC. The first scheduled delivery of the Train-the-Trainer Workshop was at the BC Fire Training Officer’s Annual Conference in Kelowna on May 16, 2017.

The Fire & Safety Division has scheduled free workshops throughout BC in the coming months. For details of upcoming workshops please visit

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.  

Interior & Full Service Fire Fighter Operations Programs Launched

The Fire & Safety Division is pleased to announce that the Interior Fire Fighter Operations and Full Service Fire Fighter Operations programs have now received JIBC Program Council approval. Both programs are scheduled to launch on February 28, 2017.

These programs complete FSD’s update of its vocational fire fighter training programs to align with the B.C. Fire Service Minimum Training Standards outlined in the Structural Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook.

Please read the memo sent out February 27, 2017 for further details.

JIBC Evaluator Course Available for Registration

The JIBC Fire & Safety Division (FSD) is pleased to announce that the JIBC Evaluator Course is available for registration.

Fire Departments with members completing new JIBC vocational firefighter programs aligned with the requirements established in the Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook are encouraged to apply. 

Both existing JIBC Evaluators and new training officers pursuing certification are required to review all the content in the course and complete an online exam (with a 75% passing grade). An outline of the course is available on the FSD’s Playbook Updates page.

For more information about the course, please visit the “Become an Evaluator” webpage.

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.

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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 January 8, 2018