Fire Demonstration and Alternate Solutions Workshop - Surrey - March 27/28, 2017

WoodWORKS! BC on behalf of the Canadian Wood Council is hosting a two day Fire Demonstration and Alternate Solutions workshop on March  27-28th 2017 This workshop will be especially beneficial for those persons in the Fire Services who are unfamiliar with the Alternate Solutions approach or unfamiliar with Mass Timber.

You can find additional information on the session along with the scheduled speakers at

“This fire demonstration will be the first time for designers, building officials and fire experts will be able to see a code-approved Mass Timber structure set alight.  This is the first time this kind of demonstration has never been conducted at a workshop anywhere In Canada.  This is technically not a controlled research test.  However, it is on opportunity for those who need to understand how Mass timber products respond in a fire situation.  Participants will gain first hand experience and be better able to understand the different fire response performance between CLT (Cross Laminated Timber), steel frame,  and Nail Laminated Timber structures.” 

WWBC is offering a huge discount to the Fire Services to attend this event and as an additional benefit every confirmed attendee to the fire workshop will get a free ticket to attend our Wood Design Construction Solutions Conference Feb 28-March 1st (a $165 value).

In order to claim your Fire Services discount (a nominal fee to cover food and coach bus transportation to and from the presentation hotel to the burn demo location), please contact their Technical Manager Sukh Johal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . or at 1877 929 9663 ext. 3

NB: The discount codes will expire by the end of February for this end of March event as they need to get a handle on the # of people that intend to come

ERAC Rail Emergency Exercise - Port Coquitlam CP Rail Yard - March 23, 2017

Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC), in conjunction with Canadian Pacific (CP), will be conducting a rail emergency exercise as part of ongoing ERAC responder training in the event of an incident involving a rail car carrying flammable liquids or gas.

ERAC Plan Participants, industry and regulatory stakeholders and municipal fire departments are invited, to observe the live-transfer exercise on March 23, 2017, at the Port Coquitlam CP rail yard in Port Coquitlam, BC.

Observers of the live-transfer exercise will see firsthand how ERAC responders remain trained, assessed and approved to respond to incidents on behalf of ERAC Plan Participants.

Please RSVP not later than March 15, 2017

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Event Details:

Who: ERAC Plan Participants, industry and regulatory stakeholders and municipal fire departments.

When: March 23, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. PST

Where: Port Coquitlam CP rail yard, 1670 Lougheed Hwy, Port Coquitlam, BC

Map - Port Coquitlam CP Yard

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required as an observer. You will be required to wear a high visible safety vest, hard hat, safety glasses, gloves and steel toe footwear.

Special thanks to CP for sponsoring the event and Suncor Energy for providing rail cars and flammable liquid product for the rail emergency exercise.

Free online course Energy safety for First Responders

FortisBC provides awareness programs for first responders to help them stay safe when approaching emergency situations involving natural gas or electricity.

These programs meet the requirements outlined in the British Columbia Fire Service Minimum Training Standards – Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook.

The programs include videos and discussion guides that support facilitators teaching first responders about the basic properties of electricity and natural gas, and how to approach emergency situations safely.

JIBC Evaluator Course

For more information about the course, please visit the “Become an Evaluator” webpage at Evaluator. 

Training Officer Orientation Workshops will be will be held across B.C. in February and March. For information about the dates and locations, please visit the FSD Playbook Updates webpage. 

JIBC Fire & Safety Division Playbook Orientation & Training Workshops

The JIBC Fire & Safety Division (FSD) is proud to partner with the First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS) to host and deliver Playbook Orientation & Training Workshops throughout B.C. These free, two-day weekend workshops will provide Fire Department Staff with an overview and working knowledge of the program and administration content of the new Exterior, Interior & Full Service Fire fighter Programs.  As well, the workshop’s second day will include the facilitation of an Evaluator’s Workshop:

Day 1 - Saturday - Playbook Training Officer Orientation Workshop

Day 2 - Sunday -   Evaluator Workshop (Pre-requisites required for certification. It is highly recommended that participants review all the JIBC Evaluator Course content prior to attending the workshop.)

You can participate in one or both days

Dates & B.C. Locations:

Feb. 11-12      Lower Mainland (Chilliwack & Squamish)

Feb. 18-19      Vancouver Island ( Cowichan Valley & Campbell River)

Feb. 25-26      Penticton 

Mar. 4-5          Terrace area

Mar. 4-5          Williams Lake area

Mar. 11-12      Cranbrook area

Mar. 11-12      Prince George area

Mar. 18-19      Fort St. John area

Mar. 18-19      Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Island)

All workshops will be presented and facilitated at an easily accessible meeting room in the above regional areas. Specific locations to be determined by January 2017.

To confirm your seat for these workshops, please send an email with the subject line “PLAYBOOK TRAINING OFFICER WORKSHOPS” to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information (include the information below):

  • Name of Fire Department
  • Names of participants
  • JIBC Student Number and/or Date of Birth of participants
  • Which day(s) (Saturday , Sunday or both days)
  • Location & Date of Workshop

If you have any questions regarding these workshops, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


In Feb 2015, a revised Swiftwater Provincial Operations Guideline was distributed; it now includes Swiftwater Awareness Training as a requirement for all SAR volunteers in the province. 

Note: SAR Volunteers are required to complete this online training every 3 years per the Provincial Operating Guidelines. 

In support of this requirement and following a series of requests from Provincial Ministries and Local Authorities for assistance with Swiftwater/flood response safety training, EMBC has retained the services of Rescue Canada Resource Group Inc. to provide online flood and swift-water hazard awareness training. 

These training access keys are valid until July 2017 to make this training available for the 2016 fall flooding and 2017 freshet seasons. 

JIBC Playbook Update (Sept. 30, 2016)

JIBC Request for Course Information - Basic FF program

Free online electrical awareness training for First Responders

BC Hydro Public Safety has created a new free online electrical awareness training for First Responders. This training will complement and co-exist with the same training currently provided face to face by the Electrical Energy Training Group.

Important points to note prior to taking the training:

1.       Audio is required to complete the course.

2.       Allow 45 minutes. Please note there is a 15 minute supplemental course for firefighters only.

3.       First time users need to create a new account before taking the course. The log-in page provides a link to set up an account.

4.       This course is for awareness only. It is not a certification course.

5.       We can accommodate approximately 300 users at any one time.

As per the attached flyer please click on the following link to access the awareness training

JIBC Fire Officer 2016 schedule

IAFF/JIBC Hazmat Agreement

See attached statement from the JIBC on the IAFF Hazmat Course and how it applies to JIBC Hazmat Courses

Exterior Ops - Train The Trainer