FireWise specializes in providing governing authorities with consulting services, fire protection surveys and operational and administrative reviews all resulting in practical and attainable recommendations relating to the delivery and administration of fire and life safety services.

Our consultants and team of associates based throughout British Columbia and Alberta bring extensive knowledge and a practical approach to deliver targeted, relevant advice and recommendations to your organization.

The services we provide include:

Fire Service Reviews

This will examine all facets of a fire department to determine if a fire department is serving its community well.  A fire service review will provide an objective status report on the organization and administration of a fire department to ascertain if the services they provide are appropriate, if the department is effective, efficient and, equitable. A fire service review with recommendations will aid the fire department and the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) in planning for the future.

Fire Department Master Plans

This will provide a five year, ten year or longer plan considering future needs of the community and what the fire department will require to provide fire protection services in a well planned and sustainable fashion.

Standards of Cover Reports

If a community wishes to have its fire department accredited by Commission on Fire Accreditation International through the Center for Public Safety Excellence, it will require a Standards of Cover report. A Standards of Cover report is a long arduous process that once completed will provide many benefits to all levels of the department and to the community it serves.

The Center for Public Safety Excellence is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to lead the fire and emergency service to excellence through the continuous quality improvement process of accreditation, credentialing and education.

Fire Department Inspections and Audits (not fire safety inspections)

In 2005 the Chief Provincial Coroner of British Columbia conducted a formal Judgment of Inquiry into the line of duty death of a volunteer firefighter and made three recommendations. The most significant recommendation was that every fire department should undergo an inspection and audit to see if they were compliant with industry standards, best practices and regulatory requirements.

The British Columbia Office of the Fire Commissioner worked in collaboration with fire service leaders to develop an Inspection and Audit checklist to complete the Inspection and Audit process.  FireWise has completed over 100 inspections and audits.  The process is not punitive but rather a snapshot of the fire department’s current status. A report with narrative and recommendations will aid the department and AHJ in planning to address any noted deficiencies. 

  • Administrative Review evaluates if a fire department is meeting the requirements for record keeping for personnel, training, equipment maintenance, incident reporting plus many other administrative functions. A report with recommendations would be written to address administrative deficiencies.
  • Operational Readiness Review considers the risk of the community and compares the identified risk to the wishes of the elected officials concerning the type and level of services to be authorized and funded.  The operational readiness of the fire department will be evaluated and compared against what is authorized and funded to confirm if the training, staffing and equipment are adequate to provide the service consistently.
  • Staffing and Equipment Levels looks at the services authorized and funded by the AHJ to confirm they are adequate for all operational, preventative and administrative functions.  Recommendations will be included based on the wishes of the AHJ and ability of the community to fund the authorized services.

New Fire Hall Public Consultation and Engagement Process

New fire hall or other publicly funded facilities can create considerable controversy in a community. FireWise has experience in assisting a community through the process of achieving public approval by engaging the civic leaders and the public through open, honest dialogue and the provision of accurate information. Our team of associates will bring an unbiased third party opinion identifying the type of facility, the optimum location and design features to serve the community’s immediate and future needs.

Emergency Management Planning

FireWise can help municipalities with their emergency planning processes and plans. Our staff has broad experience in the development and implementation of these plans in jurisdictions across Western Canada. Our leading practice approach is anchored to Incident Command System (ICS) Canada principles, provincial legislation and programs, and industry best practices. Our approach is also carefully anchored to the organizational and governance realities of your jurisdiction to ensure the plan can be easily implemented. Whether you require a simple update to your emergency management plans and program or a complete ground up overhaul, FireWise can help.

Legal Support: expert opinion / legal assistance to counsel

FireWise is very experienced in providing expert witness testimony or opinion letters to assist the Courts and Legal Counsel in criminal or civil proceedings brought against a fire department.