Fire Investigation Online Course

Are you interested in fire investigation education but like many others have found the training options to be inconvenient, unaffordable or both?   

What about these challenges:

  • unable to spend several days or weeks away to attain a fire investigator designation?
  • scheduling conflicts, high travel costs and increased wages when sending your fire department members away to obtain these credentials?

FireWise Learning Academy has the solution!

wildfire courseDeveloped by Pat Hayes, who enjoyed a career in wildfire management with the British Columbia Forest Service (becoming certified as Type-2 Incident Commander/Type-1 Ops. Chief and Type-1 Regional Wildfire Coordination Officer),then continued as Wildfire Strategist for the Coastal Fire Center and Wildfire Management Instructor at Vancouver Island University, this course explores the various methodologies and unique processes that affect wildfires with a focus on wildland fuels, fire behaviour, fire indicators, safety, investigative methods, fire causes and evidence collection to understand how to properly conduct a wildfire cause investigation. This course takes approximately 50 minutes to complete.

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Electricity and FireDeveloped and presented by a Red Seal construction electrician who is an instructor at an electrical apprenticeship program at a British Columbia university, this course teaches basic electrical concepts and how they relate to fire. This module is ideal for firefighters, arson investigators and insurance adjusters working to attain a Fire Investigator designation or current fire investigators wanting to enhance their knowledge. The course takes approximately one hour to complete.

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In Canada building owners are legally responsible for the fire safety of their properties. Our "Building Safety and Fire Prevention Training" offers building owners and managers essential fire and life safety training and knowledge that will give them the confidence to perform a fire safety self-assessment on specific low risk buildings for which they are responsible. Routine fire prevention assessment is an inexpensive form of preventive maintenance that is a sound asset protection strategy, increasing tenant safety, protecting your investment and decreasing building owners' liability.

In British Columbia the provincial government has proposed significant changes to legislation by introducing the Fire Safety Act. This new Act, which received Royal Assent on May 19, 2017, reminds building owners of their responsibility to ensure their buildings are meeting an acceptable level of fire safety code compliance. Municipalities will be mandated to implement a compliance monitoring system.

While it's up to each municipal jurisdiction to implement a compliance monitoring system, most will accomplish this by allowing trained building owners or managers to perform a fire safety self-assessment on their low risk, low hazard properties. Our Building Safety Fire Prevention Training provides this education for self-assessment!

The Program

  • is based on the National Building and Fire Codes of Canada.
  • has been developed and reviewed by Canadian fire service professionals.
  • offers relevant and current fire prevention education in ten manageable units.
  • is presented on a university quality learning platform that takes six to eight hours to complete.
  • is a cost-effective way to gain valuable fire prevention education.


"Working in the Property Management field, fire testing is a mandatory part of our routine. With new regulations soon to be in place in British Columbia these new tools will be an asset to our organization, but most importantly to our clients and our tenants. The course provided me with knowledge I previously did not have and reinforced the rest. Each module was laid out in an easy to follow format and the information was invaluable."

Kim Sayer, Rowan Property Management, Duncan BC


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More information and Pricing

Please click here for a brochure about the program.

For more information about the proposed BC legislation and to review the new proposed Fire Safety Act please visit the Legislative Assembly website by clicking here.

The cost of the course is $339 plus applicable Canadian taxes (GST or HST). This includes access to the program for one year and unlimited technical assistance.

For a limited time we're offering a 50% discount! Enroll before September 30, 2017 and only pay $169 plus applicable Canadian taxes for access to the program for one year and unlimited technical assistance.

For more information email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call toll-free 1-877-322-7911.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a low risk, low hazard public building?

Small, light hazard commercial and residential buildings where there is a limited amount of combustible materials within the building, including furnishings, decorations, and contents. These occupancies may include small business or professional offices, small retail shops, small personal service shops like barbers, beauty salons, medical offices, etc. and residential occupanices three storeys or less. Assembly occupancies like churches, schools and restaurants may also be included..

How do I know if my building is suitable for this type of assessment?

In addition to being a low risk, low hazard occupancy, the building you assess should have a history of fire safety compliance or minor fire safety deficiencies that are easily overcome.

How long does the Building Safety Fire Prevention Training take to complete?

The online course takes approximately six to eight hours to complete, including the presentations and additional learning opportunities. Additional time may be required for the unit reviews and final exam.

Is there a textbook available once I register in the program?

Yes, there is a textbook available online to all registered students. The textbook may be printed for future reference.



Below you will find links to each presention of the Fire Scene Evidence Preservation course.

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CFB Esquimalt Fire Rescue

City of Leduc Fire Services

Ottawa Fire Service

Ottawa Police Service

Fort St. John Fire Department

Richmond Fire Rescue

Beaumont Fire Department

Township of Langley

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North Cedar Fire Rescue

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary

City of Markham Fire Rescue

City of Saint Albert Fire and Emergency Services

Summerland Fire Department

Leduc County Fire Services


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Chief Brett Ogino

Sicamous Fire Department

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Chief Dave Balding

Malahat Volunteer Fire Department - Fireground Command

“The RDCK recently contracted with Fire Wise Consulting Ltd. to perform an inspection and audit of 4 rural firehalls in Beasley, Tarrys, Riondel and Winlaw – all small communities in the West Kootenay. The outcome of the assignment has proven to be a valuable tool for the 4 Fire Chiefs and the RDCK. The report is very readable and provides excellent direction in correcting deficiencies in a non-threatening manner.Furthermore, the report has been well received because of the professional and personal approach by Bob Turley and Glen Sanders in developing the report in consultation with the 4 Fire Chiefs. This has been a most positive exercise for the 4 Fire Departments and the RDCK.”

Jim Gustafson, Chief Administrative Officer

Regional District of Central Kootenay

“The audit conducted by FireWise Consulting Ltd. provided us with a baseline of identified items where we need to improve. The audit also provided affirmation of many areas that we are doing the ‘correct’ things in our operation. There are a number of priority items we are working on; developing a new (governing) policy which clearly identifies the level of service we provide, what priority goals/objectives we will achieve in the coming years, a succession planning tool, and continuation of the defined training for our Fire Fighters.”

Chief Larry Badry


“Beaverly Fire Rescue underwent the audit this past winter and we are very pleased with the results. We found that by helping us to determine what needs to be done and by identifying areas needing improvement, we were provided with a base to develop a strategic plan. The process and results confirmed to the Beaverly Fire Rescue Management Committee the various department roadblocks we face, as well as potential support opportunities available to us. By being solution oriented and assisting us with our concerns in ways as simple as providing sample documents for easy incorporation into our system, my own original fears and concerns proved to be unfounded. I believe that having the opportunity to see our own Fire Department from someone else’s perspective is a very useful tool for myself and the Beaverly Fire Rescue officers and firefighters.”

Chief Bruce Perrin


“I was skeptical about having someone come into our hall and do an audit , as I had no help/guidance for the first 20 years that I was in charge of day to day operations which included all administration duties as well. I would not have been comfortable with auditors that I did not know but [FireWise Consulting] put me at ease right away. There was no negativity about the way things were being done with operations or administration on my end. When we went over the audit [they] asked questions, I answered with why / how we do things the way we do and then [they] made suggestions on how / where I could improve. Since the audit was done I have been able to use it to support my budget objectives as long as I spread them over several years. I have recommended to all that would listen that it is in their best interest to have an outside agency do an audit of their hall operations and administration.”

Chief and FCABC Zone Five Director Bryant Kimble

Ferndale Tabor

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