Standards for the Fire Service THE ISSUE Ontario’s fire departments follow many NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards for trucks, equipment, and training. NFPA and other standards are enforced by Fire Inspectors daily across the province through the Ontario Fire Code. They are the standard that protects citizens in their daily lives, and they are the standards for safety in fire suppression systems and building fire alarms. Although the standards set by professional bodies like the NFPA exist, they are not legislated for the fire service itself. The Fire Protection and Prevention Act, which governs fire safety in the province of Ontario, does not require minimum standards for municipal fire services in any capacity. OPFFA POSITION The OPFFA believes that the lack of specific municipal fire service standards can put communities at risk by allowing municipal politicians to reduce fire service levels for political reasons instead of using evidence-based decision-making processes. The lack of standards in the fire service mean there is no accountability to the residents of Ontario for the services they receive from their municipal tax dollar. On several occasions inquests have called for the implementation of certain standards to provide consistency in fire services. Ontario fire fighters believe there should be minimum standards for the fire service in Ontario. This starts with creation of terms of reference for the Fire Safety Technical Table that includes the establishment of fire service standards and that these standards are to be mandated into the Fire Protection and Prevention Act. The Fire Safety Technical Table should be made up of relevant stakeholders in the fire service, including the OPFFA.