Ontario launches accredited Fire Safety Certification program
By National Life Safety GroupHeadlines News
Oct. 2, 2023, Toronto – National Life Safety Group (NLSG) has launched its new Implementing Fire Safety Plans in Residential Buildings training program.
The program, which is specifically built for residential building managers, superintendents, and on-site concierge/security teams in Ontario, recently received accreditation from the Institution of Fire Engineers Canada Branch, the company said in a press release.
Specific subject areas in the three-hour, on-site training program include: understanding and operation of site-specific Life Safety Systems fire alarm, sprinkler, smoke control, emergency lighting, emergency voice communication systems, and more; roles and responsibilities of building supervisory staff; proactive and reactive emergency communications to building occupants; managing persons requiring special assistance during a building evacuation; and understanding and scheduling of maintenance and inspections.
So far this year, 60 fires across the province have resulted in 66 fatalities, and last year saw more than 133 fire related deaths—the highest in two decades.
The program is also recognized by the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario for Professional Development Credits for Licensed Condominium Managers.
“Implementing a Fire Safety Plan through training at your building is much more than a fire code requirement—your occupants’ safety depends on it,” said Jason Reid, senior advisor of Fire & Emergency Management with NLSG. “In fact, firefighters responding to an emergency at your building expect fully trained staff, and an implemented fire safety plan when they arrive; they also expect all systems to be functioning, tested, and recently inspected, and they highly depend on knowledgeable building staff in times of emergencies. Accredited and recognized training provides the skill set and confidence needed for building staff to effectively manage the life safety systems and respond to building emergencies at 2 a.m.”
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