Hello there,

I have been assisting with fire donations for the BC Wildfires. I purchased a couple of water pump kits, along with 2 extra 50' hoses and drove to Williams Lake and Loon Lake to donate them to the volunteer fire depts, for McLeese Lake and Loon Lake.

They were a little expensive.

When I returned, I called the sales rep I purchased them from and asked him to call their supplier to see what he could do to bring the prices down.

The sales rep called me back, the suppliers are willing to sell them for volunteer fire halls at their cost!! So these P-ease water pump kits retail over $700 and the extra hoses are $115.

To assist with the Wildfire efforts in BC they will sell them for volunteer firehalls for $399 and an extra 50' hose wouldjust be around $73.

Such a good deal, I bought 2 more I will be donating for north and south Green Lake Volunteer fire Depts.

The name of the sales rep I purchased them from is Tim Edward at Barr Plastics Inc. in Abbotsford.

There is a short turn around for bringing them in ( I ordered 2 yesterday and they are arriving Wednesday)

Their telephone number toll free is 1 (800) 655-4499 Office number (604) 852-8522 and fax (604) 665-8022.

Each pump kit comes with a sump hose and 50' hose.

These would be ideal for fire dept. in recreational areas such as lakes which there are a lot now being affected.


Leslie McKellar
Retired Vancouver Police Officer

2017-2018 JIBC Course Schedule & Information

Upcoming JIBC Fire Fighting Courses

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Fire & Safety Division (FSD) provides a wide range of professional continuing education that meets industry standards for industrial and municipal fire and rescue services personnel and volunteers. Courses are offered on campus, and on a contract basis to serve the training needs of industry and fire departments throughout B.C., across Canada and internationally. 

Featured Programs & Courses

Fire Officer Certificate Program

JIBC's Fire Officer Certificate is designed for experienced fire officers and fire officer candidates who wish to further their careers and move into officer positions. The program holds dual accreditation from both the ProBoard and IFSAC and is Canada's only accredited NFPA I-IV program. Learn more...

Fire Prevention Officer Certificate Program

The Fire Prevention Officer Certificate program is designed to meet the NFPA competencies and training standards for fire prevention inspectors, investigators and public fire educators.  Learn more...

Incident Safety Officer Course

This blended delivery course is designed to provide the skills to function efficiently as a Safety Officer. The primary focus will be on developing decision-making skills through recognition of cues that affect personnel safety while responding to an incident. This course is accredited by IFSAC and ProBoard in compliance with NFPA 1521. Register Now

2017-2018 Course Schedule

You can register online for these courses, or contact the JIBC Registration Office at 604.528.590 or 1-877-528-5591 or jibc.ca/registration. Courses listed below and those listed on the Fire & Safety Courses by Type webpage (jibc.ca/FSDcourses) are also available on a customized contract basis. Please contact the Fire & Safety Division for more information at fire@jibc.ca.  A PDF of this schedule that includes location and cost information is also available.

The Course Calendar for the Fire Officer Certificate Program is available at jibc.ca/FireOfficer. The Course Calendar for the Fire Prevention Officer Certificate Program is available at jibc.ca/FirePrevention.   

New NFPA Alternative Fuel Vehicle Train-the-Trainer Workshops

In partnership with the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the Fire Chief’s Association of BC, the JIBC Fire & Safety Division will be offering Train-the-Trainer Workshops for the NFPA Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training. These workshops will be available at no cost to Fire Department and Road Rescue Society Training Officers, throughout BC.

The training provides the tools and information needed by firefighters and other emergency responders to safely handle emergency situations involving alternative fuel stations and their vehicles such as electric, hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell.

This train-the-trainer course is available to Trainers throughout BC. The Fire & Safety Division will be scheduling free workshops throughout BC in the coming months. The first scheduled delivery of the Train-the-Trainer Workshop was at the BC Fire Training Officer’s Annual Conference in Kelowna on May 16, 2017.

The Fire & Safety Division is planning on scheduling workshops throughout BC so we are gauging interest for fire departments to host the Train the Trainer Workshops. To express your interest in this training, please send an email to fire@jibc.ca with the subject line: “Alternative Fuel Vehicle Training Inquiry.”


Peter Grootendorst, MA, CFO, Fire Chief (Ret.) Director, Fire & Safety Division
Justice Institute of British Columbia 

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Alberta Fire Aid Society

Alberta Fire Aid is a not for profit entity and registered Society with the Government of Alberta. Our mission is to support fire departments across Alberta (& Canada) in way of equipment donations, fundraising support, and grant information. 

We accept equipment that is donated to us from fire departments, corporate organizations, and municipalities across Alberta. We then manage, inventory, and distribute the equipment to departments, associations, First Nations communities, and other not for profit organizations within Alberta and Canada.

For more information, check out: www.albertafireaidsociety.ca

REMINDER: Final Deadlines for Completion of Fire Fighter I and BC Fire Fighter I/II Programs

The JIBC Fire & Safety Division (FSD) sent a notification in February 2017 identifying June 30, 2017 as the end date for the BC Fire Fighter I and BC Fire Fighter I/II programs. This memo is a final reminder to all Fire Departments that members currently completing BC Fire Fighter I or BC Fire Fighter I/II programs have until June 30, 2017 to complete modules in these programs. After June 30, exams will no longer be available or issued. FSD will process any practical evaluations submitted on or before July 15, 2017...

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JIBC Fentanyl: BC Public Health Emergency (Workshops)

Fentanyl workshop in partnership with the Justice Institute of British Columbia

Topics Covered in this workshop:

Day 1 (All First Responders)

  • What Fentanyl is and how to identify it
  • Fentanyl handling guidelines & use of PPE
  • Identification of Fentanyl labs and safe response
  • First Responder case study

Day 2 (Restricted to Law Enforcement and Public Safety Investigators Only)

  • Trends in Fentanyl trafficking
  • Fentanyl, its analogues, and emerging opioids
  • Undercover operations, clandestine lab and tableting investigations
  • Fentanly prosecution stragegies

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New West
May 3 and 4, 2017
0800-1600 hrs
JIBC Theatre
715 McBride Blvd., New West, BC

Prince George
May 25 and 26
0800-1600 hrs
Westwood Church
2658 Ospika Blvd S, Prince George, BC

May 11 and 12, 2017
0800-1600 hrs
Dodd Narrows Room
Vancouver Island Convention Centre
101 Gordon St., Nanimo, BC

May 29 and 30, 2017
0800-1600 hrs
Four Points by Sheraton (Kelowna Airport)
5505 Airport Way, Kelowna, BC

District of Barriere Fire Chief Job Posting

The District of Barriere is searching for the right individual to lead our team of approximately 18 dedicated volunteer firefighters. The Barriere Fire Protection Area extends beyond the boundaries of the District with a number of properties being located in the surrounding Thompson Nicola Regional District Area “O”. The Fire Chief is appointed by Council and answers directly to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

The Fire Chief is responsible for the organization and direction of the Barriere Volunteer Fire Department on a part time basis with compensation equivalent to approximately eight to ten hours of commitment per week. Any hours over and above that are generally on a volunteer basis unless otherwise approved. The position’s official responsibilities and authority are set out in District of Barriere Bylaws No. 55 and No. 121 which are available for viewing online at www.barriere.ca.

The successful candidate will possess strong managerial and communication skills, preferably with significant fire department experience; be able to work effectively with the existing team; as well as, be able to liaise with other local organizations to assure efficient and effective service to the community. The successful candidate must be willing to provide a Criminal Record Check and reside in the immediate area.

Desired qualifications include:

  • Certification to NFPA 1001 and 1002, Level 1 and preferably level 2.
  • At least five years’ experience with local government fire service;
  • ICS 200 and demonstrated competence and extensive practical experience in using Command System for emergency incidents;
  • Fluency with BC Playbook requirements and training;
  • Computer literacy.

The candidate must demonstrate the following personal attributes:

  • maintain standards of conduct
  • be respectful
  • possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • be flexible
  • demonstrate sound work ethics
  • be consistent and fair
  • work cooperatively with District Administration

If you have any questions please call or email Colleen Hannigan, CAO, at 250-672-9751 or channigan@barriere.ca. Please apply by March 27, 2017 by email (channigan@barriere.ca) attaching a cover letter detailing why you are interested in this position along with your resume.

JIBC Evaluator Course Available for Registration

Effective Monday, January 30

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Fire & Safety Division (FSD) is pleased to announce that the JIBC Evaluator Course is available for registration.

Fire Departments with members completing new JIBC vocational firefighter programs aligned with the requirements established in the Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook are encouraged to apply.

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Job Posting - North Galiano Island Volunteer Fire Dept. Fire Chief

The North Galiano Fire Protection and Emergency Services Area covers the northern half of Galiano Island, with approx. 350 residents. The department functions at the Exterior Operations level. The North Galiano Fire Protection Commission of the Capital Regional District oversees the work of the department and, due to a retirement, invites applications for the post of FIRE CHIEF (Volunteer).

Successful applicants will supervise all departmental operations and have

  • strong managerial and communication skills; 
  • significant fire department experience; 
  • be able to work effectively with the existing fire-fighting team;
  • liaise with other local organisations to assure efficient and effective 

Expected qualifications include:

  • Certification to NFPA 1001 and 1002, Level 1 and preferably level 2. 
  • Class 5 BC driver's licence with air brake endorsement;
  • At least five years experience with local government fire service;
  • ICS 200 and demonstrated competence and extensive practical experience in using Command System for emergency incidents;
  • Fluency with BC Playbook requirements and training. 

The successful applicant will be expected to welcome the opportunity to relocate to the North Galiano Service Area, in B.C.'s Gulf Islands.  The position, within a volunteer department, commands a stipend equivalent to a partial salary.  Details to be egotiated.

For additional details about the department and Galiano Island, contactPaul LeBlond, Chair, North Galiano Fire Protection and Emergency Services Commission,  250-539-3050;   send written applications (or queries) to leblondpaul41@gmail.com. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate can be found. 

Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services is now hiring

Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services is now Hiring. We are looking for suitably qualified and dynamic Women and Men to join our team.

Firefighting is a challenging Career that requires people that thrive in a team atmosphere, that are self-motivated, physically fit, enjoy working with the public and are determined to succeed in whatever they do.

If these are your attributes and you are excited to serve your community, this is the career for you.

  • Applications open from: August 8th to August 26th, 2016
  • For more information visit: Vancouver.ca/firejobs
  • Posting Expires: Friday, August 28th , 2016 @ 5:00 PM

CVFSA Lifetime Achievement Award (Accepting Submissions)

You can now submit your nomination for the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominations are due by June 17th, 2016. (Nominations received after May 6th may be considered for 2017 award)

The Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association’s “ CVFSA Lifetime Achievement Award”©, in partnership with Duracell Canada Inc. and their partners, annually honours an individual whose remarkable achievements in the fire service and community exemplifies outstanding performance. To be considered for the award, nominees must have been a volunteer firefighter or volunteer-on-call firefighter for at least twenty (20) years. Each nominee will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Nominee has made a major contribution or has achieved significant accomplishments in the volunteer fire service on a local / municipal, provincial, and/or national level. (more than local community) Has contributed to the success of the fire service outside of their own jurisdiction.
  • Nominee has demonstrated superior dedication to the volunteer fire service and has served as a volunteer firefighter or paid on call volunteer firefighter for at least twenty (20) years.
  • Nominee has been active in their provincial firefighters’ association or beyond their own community.
  • Nominee has demonstrated community impact through the fire service or other volunteer activities. The selection committee will consider contributions made to other volunteer community service groups such as the Lions, Kinsmen, and Rotary type of community service, in addition to the work done as a firefighter.

The selection of the "CVFSA Lifetime Achievement Award"© recipient will be determined through a Canada wide nomination process. Nominations must be received by the CVFSA using the attached PDF nomination form and mail it in to the address as shown on the form. Or use the online form at our web site: www.cvfsa.ca  Nominations must be in by June 17th 2016. The recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award will be recognized at the CVFSA Annual General Meeting, September 10th and we will pay travel costs, hotel fees, and meals to the winner and their guest.