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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JIBC Launching Training Weekends in all BCFTOA/FCABC Zones

The JIBC Fire & Safety Division (FSD) is pleased to work with the BC Fire Training Officers Association (BCFTOA) and the Fire Chiefs Association of BC (FCABC) to offer Firefighter Training Weekends in all BCFTOA Zone Regions in 2019-2020.These two-day, weekend workshops will give fire departments the opportunity to provide training for their members to meet their department’s Playbook and/or NFPA firefighter certification requirements.

Details of future zone training weekends will be communicated when they become available and distributed through relevant organizations including the BCFTOA and FCABC. Fire Departments interested in hosting these training weekends are invited to contact the Fire & Safety Division at

Exclusive Paid-On-Call Recruitment Opportunity for JIBC FFTC Graduates

Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue Services has partnered with the JIBC Fire & Safety Division to specifically invite graduates of JIBC’s Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate program (NFPA 1001) to apply for a number of Paid on Call (POC) firefighter positions within the department. Details of this opportunity are available in a memo distributed to all JIBC Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate graduates.

Next Firefighting Info Session: October 20, 2019

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

In our new, hands-on 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: October 20, 2019
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.


Fire & Safety Division Welcomes New Program Director

The JIBC Fire & Safety Division welcomes Jennifer Jasper as the new Program Director for FSD's Fire Officer and Certificate/Diploma programs. For details, read the memo from JIBC Fire & Safety Division Director Craig Richardson.

JIBC Evaluator Certification Deadline for Existing Evaluators of Playbook Programs

In 2017, the JIBC Fire & Safety Division (FSD) launched a new course for JIBC Evaluators who evaluate Fire Service members completing the new JIBC vocational firefighter programs that align with the requirements established in the Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook.

JIBC Evaluators serve an integral role. They ensure that Fire Service members who have completed JIBC courses and training have done so at the level required to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and the requirements of JIBC accreditation.

The FSD has set a deadline of December 14, 2018 for all previous/existing JIBC Evaluators of Playbook-related courses to have completed the requirements to be a certified JIBC Evaluator.

This is to ensure that all JIBC Evaluators are proficiently prepared for their role and responsibilities going forward for courses in the Exterior Fire Fighter Operations Program (FIRE-1053, FIRE-1054), Interior Fire Fighter Operations Program (FIRE-1055, FIRE-1056), and Full Service Fire Fighter Operations Program (FIRE-1057, FIRE-1058).

These requirements include:

  1. Reviewing the JIBC Evaluator Course content at
  2. Completing and submitting the Evaluator Application Form to FSD
  3. Providing the required supporting documentation
  4. Scheduling, completing and passing the JIBC Evaluator Proctored Online Exam (minimum 75% grade required to be certified)
  5. Be added by FSD to the JIBC Certified Evaluator Registry

For the full details about becoming a JIBC Evaluator, please visit

If you have any questions, please email

New Marine LNG Course Now Available

The JIBC Fire & Safety Division is pleased to offer a new course to mariners who require specialized training related to vessels using Low Flashpoint Fuels, such as LNG. 

Our new three-day course, “Marine Industry – Gas Fuelled Vessel – Basic Training” (FIRE-1421), is based on the requirements of Transport Canada and is in direct compliance with STCW95 Convention, Chapter V, Regulation A-V/3 & Table A-V/3-1 (basic training for ships subject to the IGF code).

This course will provide mariners with both theoretical and practical training, geared toward making them aware of the hazards associated with the use of “Low Flashpoint Fuels” aboard ships, such as LNG.  The training received during this three-day course will give participants a basic understanding of the properties of LNG, as a liquid and as a flammable gas, as well as the cryogenic issues it presents.  There will also be a focus on handling LNG, and the hazards faced during an accidental release and/or the possibility of fire. 

This course has received excellent feedback from early participants and has been effective in helping participants diminish their fears about working with LNG as a fuel.

For more information, and to book a group for this new course, please contact

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.  

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 September 19, 2019