Flawed Situational Awareness: The stealth killer of first responders - Penticton - April 20, 2017

Situational awareness is one of the leading contributing factors for near-miss and line-of-duty deaths among first responders operating at emergency scenes. While organizations have worked to improve policies and procedures, equipment and training, the number of responder casualties has remained virtually unchanged. 

If we are going to reduce responder casualty incidents, we must first improve our ability to develop and maintain situational awareness under stress. This program provides the attendee with a thorough understanding of situational awareness - what it is, how challenging it can be to develop and how easy it can erode. 

Presenter: Fire Chief (ret.) Richard B. Gasaway 

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Penticton Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre - 21 Lakeshore Drive W., Penticton, BC 

Host: Penticton Fire Department 

Cost: $130 (lunch is provided) 

To Register: Contact Deputy Chief Dennis Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LPG Firefighting Training (ERAC)

Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC) is now offering the LPG Firefighting Training program into British Columbia. ERAC, in conjunction with the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) in Ontario, ERAC has been offering LPG Level 1 Mobile Operations Training throughout Ontario.

The program has an on-line awareness level and a mobile live fire course hosted at your fire hall. Upon successful completion of the 11-module online awareness training, first responders can then enroll in the LPG Level 1 Mobile Operations training course.

To enroll in the LPG Firefighting Awareness online training, please go to:

JIBC Interior Fire Fighter Operations and Full Service Fire Fighter Operations programs now available

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Fire & Safety Division (FSD) is pleased to announce that the Interior Fire Fighter Operations and Full Service Fire Fighter Operations programs have now received JIBC Program Council approval. Both programs are now scheduled to launch on February 28th. These programs complete FSD’s update of its vocational fire fighter training programs to align with the B.C. Fire Service Minimum Training Standards outlined in the Structural Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook. 

New Students: 

Fire Service members currently completing the Exterior Fire Fighter Operations program with the intention of furthering their education are now able to register for courses in either the Interior or Full Service Fire Fighter Operations programs. 

Current/In-progress FF I/II Students: 

The FSD is currently finalizing the program matrix outlining the requirements for Fire Service members currently enrolled in Fire Fighter I/II programs to transition to the Interior or Full Service Fire Fighter Operations programs. Until we are able to transition students, we encourage departments with students currently enrolled in the Fire Fighter I/II programs to continue in these programs. We will continue to support exam requests and practical evaluations until June 30, 2017

  • The last possible date for paper-based exam requests will be June 5th
  • The last possible dates for online exam requests will be June 26th
  • No exam requests will be accepted after June 30th

The Fire & Safety Division is proud to be your educational provider and is looking forward to supporting you in all of your training and educational needs. Please continue to check the FSD website ( and look for the “Playbook Updates” tab for the latest information and updates regarding the new vocational programs. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Richard White, Coordinator Fire Fighter Programs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dave Wallack, Program Manager, Fire Fighter Programs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 


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