Community strategies for fire protection
Fire protection in rural and urban communities requires specific solutions to unique challenges. Regulations and standards set by governing fire protection agencies are created to protect lives, property and the environment. Cambium Environmental can provide expertise to aid in understanding such regulations and create community specific solutions and recommendations for the private and public sectors.
Master fire plan
In accordance with the public safety guidelines set by the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) of Ontario, Cambium Environmental will conduct a comprehensive audit of existing fire suppression capabilities and perform a needs assessment to accommodate for a growing population. The value provided from the creation or update of a Master Fire Plan may include:
- Enhancement of an existing department’s fire protection capabilities.
- Compliance with the Fire Protection & Prevention Act (FPPA).
- Determination of the levels of service required by specific community/corporate circumstances.
- Assessment of a fire department’s response activities through data collection.
- Benchmarking the quality of fire protection to that of comparable municipalities.
- Recommendations towards improvements, efficiencies and continued adequacies of the fire service while acknowledging financial resources.
Fire safety plan
The impact of emergency planning for buildings and properties far exceeds the legal obligations set out by the Ontario Fire Code, Section 2.8. The creation of a Fire Safety Plan promotes employee safety and awareness by highlighting a building’s life safety features intended to protect people from fire. Following guidelines set by the OFM, Cambium’s Fire Safety Plans aim to reduce the incidence of fire and limit the potential impact of a fire on the business and community. Cambium’s Fire Safety Plans include:
- A Fire Safety Audit of the building, property, human resources and fire hazards.
- An outline of specific responsibilities in the case of fire.
- Training and fire drill procedures.
- Maintenance scheduling of a building’s life safety features, including alarm and extinguishing equipment.
- Fire department expectations of building personnel in the case of fire.
- Diagrams and site plans.
- Posting of emergency procedures and emergency phone numbers.
Life safety study
For some businesses, the feasibility of complying with the retrofit requirements of part 9 of the Ontario Fire Code may be an unrealistic task. A proposal created by an architect and/or professional engineer may be submitted to the Chief Fire Official that identifies an alternative solution to meet these requirements. Cambium’s team of engineers are trained in life safety and able to work with the local fire departments to achieve an acceptable alternative for a comparable level of life safety.
Fire suppression ponds
The design of fire suppression ponds is based upon criteria for life safety set by the OFM, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Water Supply Adequacy Committee and the National Fire Protection Association. Cambium Environmental understands these guidelines and applies them to the design of fire suppression ponds while maintaining the importance of minimal impact to the environment and property.