Solar Electricity Safety Training for Fire Departments

Solar Electricity Safety Training for Fire Departments

 
The Solar Electricity Safety Training for Firefighters is an initiative organized and developed by the OAFC and stakeholders (CanSIA and experts in the solar industry), designed to prepare firefighters in Ontario to confidently and safely respond to emergencies involving solar electricity.  The initiative includes a comprehensive training program and handbooks covering basic training required by every firefighter expected to respond to a solar electrical emergency incident.  The OAFC received a grant from the Independent Electricity Safety Operators (IESO), to develop the program and implement it to the fire service.
 
The goal of this training program is to assemble and widely disseminate core principles, tactical and rescue considerations and best practice information for firefighters, incident commanders and other emergency first responders to assist in their decision making process in an effective manner at emergencies involving solar electricity – ultimately reducing property loss and potential loss of life.
 
The course is 3 hours, delivered in a classroom by an OAFC Solar Instructor. 
 
The objectives of this course is to ensure students understand:
 
  • Basic electrical knowledge
  • Basics of solar electricity generation (photovoltaics or PV)
  • The skills required to recognize and size up the hazards of electricity
  • Safe approach limits to electrical devices
  • When and how suppression or rescue can be carried out
  • When to provide crowd or traffic control
At the end of the course, the student will;
 
  • Understand basic electrical terms
  • Understand how electricity is distributed
  • Know the safe limits of approach
  • Recognize some hazards of electricity
  • Know how the human body reacts to electrical contacts
  • Discuss common electrical fire causes
  • Know the required personal protective gear
  • Understand solar photovoltaic systems
  • Discuss fire ground operations in rescue situations
  • Discuss fire ground operations in firefighting situations
  • Understand the applicable Section 21 guidance notes
  • Understand the intent of the ESA database
Course materials include the Solar Electricity Safety Training Handbook for Firefighters and an Electrical Safety Handbook for Emergency Responders and.  A certificate of completion will be issued after the completion of the 3 hour course. 
 

Guidelines for Hosting a Solar Electricity Safety Training for Firefigthers Course

 
The information below is the requirements and costs associated with the program delivery in your fire department.   There are two types of registration options departments must choose from when looking to book a course.
 
Solar Course with an Internal Instructor:  Select this option if you have someone in your department that is an OAFC qualified solar instructors, and you want to do the training within your own department.
 
Cost:  $12.76 per person, plus a $13.00 fee for one Electrical Safety Handbook for Emergency Responder handbook.  This book is referenced in the course materials, and must be on hand should students wish to refer to it.   The Solar Electricity Safety Handbook for Firefighers is included in the $12.76 fee for each student.  If you wish for each student to receive a copy of the Electrical Safety Handbook for Emergency Responders, the cost is $25.76 per student.
 
Solar Course with External Instructor:  Select this option if you do not have anyone in your department that is an OAFC qualified solar instructor. 
 
Cost:  $13.32 per person, plus instructor expenses (mileage & $250 instructor fee) and a $13.00 fee for one Electrical Safety Handbook for Emergency Responder handbook.  This book is referenced in the course materials, and must be on hand should students wish to refer to it.  The Solar Electricity Safety Handbook for Firefighers is included in the $13.32 fee for each student.  If you wish for each student to receive a copy of the Electrical Safety Handbook for Emergency Responders, the cost is $26.32 per student.
 

How to Book a Course

To book a Solar Electricity Safety Training for Firefighters course in your department,  please click the link below to access the online booking form. 
 
 
Please contact us at 905-426-9865 or by email to info@oafc.on.ca for any questions.