Staffing Levels in Care Occupancies, Care and Treatment Occupancies and Retirement Homes (TG-01-2013)

Communiqué du commissaire des incendies

Staffing Levels in Care Occupancies, Care and Treatment Occupancies and Retirement Homes (TG-01-2013)

Communiqué 2013-18

December 27, 2013

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) is pleased to announce the release of technical guideline Staffing Levels in Care Occupancies, Care and Treatment Occupancies and Retirement Homes (TG-01-2013), which is an updated edition of the now superseded guideline TG-02-2012.

The guideline TG-01-2013, developed in collaboration with the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC), incorporates a number of significant changes, most notably the following:

  • a broadened scope to include care occupancies, care and treatment occupancies, and retirement homes;
  • references to changes introduced by Ontario Regulation 150/13, such as revised and new definitions, and amendments to Section 2.8 of Division B of the Fire Code;
  • new commentary on “point of safety”, as used in the guideline;
  • enhanced discussion on “Identification of scenarios”, “Time required to evacuate to a point of safety (TRequired)” and “Time available to move to a point of safety based on tenability levels (TAvailable)”; and
  • additional appendices to support understanding and application of the guideline.

The guideline represents the ongoing collective best efforts of the OFMEM and the OAFC in providing a practical tool for the assessment of staffing levels for emergency evacuation. However, it is important to note that the calculation methodology outlined in the guideline represents an optional method of determining staffing demands based on probable fire scenarios and occupant mix. It is not intended as a substitute for fire drills prescribed in Sentence 2.8.2.2.(1) of Division B of the Fire Code.

Appendix E (Fire Drill Scenario Development) of the guideline also forms the basis for a consistent approach to establishing a scenario representing the lowest staffing levels, as required by Sentence 2.8.3.2.(2.1) of Division B of the Fire Code and as directed by the Fire Marshal in a soon-to-be-released directive.

Enquiries about the updated guideline should be directed to the Technical Services Section of the OFMEM; staff members can be reached by e-mail at FireSafetyStandards@ontario.ca, or by telephone at (416) 325-3100 or 1-800-565-1842.