Grandfathering to Support Implementation of Draft Fire Regulations 2018
The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) recently announced it will be re-opening the grandfathering program to support the fire regulation on Mandatory Training and Certification, which was made law by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) in May 2018.
 
The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and ProBoard – the two organizations responsible for accrediting other bodies to administer firefighting certifications related to NFPA standards – have approved the re-opening of grandfathering to all fire departments, including those that had not previously taken advantage of the initial opportunity in 2013/14, for a limited period of time.
 
Grandfathering Eligibility and Timelines
  • Grandfathering will be re-opened using the same requirements as the previous program. Review the 2013/14 eligibility criteria.
  • This will include the 81 departments that did not take advantage of the initial opportunity, along with all other departments for omissions.
  • If someone has been grandfathered prior to the regulation coming into force, and moves to another department, their grandfathering is still valid. Grandfathering is assigned to the individual, so it would remain with them even if they move to a new department.
  • All documentation related to the applications should be provided to the OFMEM in one complete package/submission per fire department by September 30, 2018.
Note: When compliance with the NFPA standards is based on experience, the applicant must be able to prove he or she has the requisite knowledge and skills. The onus will be on the applicant’s fire chief to submit upon request the necessary signed knowledge and skills documents. In accordance with IFSAC and ProBoard rules and regulations, the OFMEM reserves the right to randomly audit any application where compliance with the NFPA standards is based on experience.
 
Grandfathering Application
Grandfathering is a tedious, but very important process, so the OAFC is urging all fire chiefs to begin the paperwork for their departments as soon as possible. Each application must be signed by the fire chief, confirming that the information provided is valid, and that supporting documentation for either knowledge or experience is available for audit.
 
 
For More Information
For more information, please refer to this March 23 memofrom the OFMEM to all fire departments, outlining grandfathering requirements and timelines. Questions about grandfathering should be sent to ofmtestingandcertification@ontario.ca.
 
Please also review the OFMEM’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about grandfathering. 
 
Additional information for OAFC members can be found in the OAFC’s briefing note and response to the draft fire regulations, as well as our complementary FAQs. (Members must login to their online account to view).