Assistant to the Fire Marshal Identification Cards: Update

Communiqué du commissaire des incendies

Assistant to the Fire Marshal Identification Cards: Update

Communiqué 2015-12

October 22, 2015

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) is continuing the review it began earlier this year in regard to the rules and procedures relating to issuing Assistant to the Fire Marshal identification cards. Once the review has been completed, the OFMEM will provide information to stakeholders.

This communiqué supersedes Fire Marshal's Communiqué 2009-13, issued on September 15, 2009, and supplements Fire Marshal’s Communiqué 2015-02, issued on February 13, 2015. It provides instructions and information about the Assistant to the Fire Marshal identification card renewal process for the 2016-2018 cycle. Fire departments requesting and renewing Assistant to the Fire Marshal cards will receive cards with an expiry date of December 31, 2018.

Renewing cards for the 2016-2018 cycle

Identification cards are issued every three years to all identified Assistants to the Fire Marshal (whether designated by the Fire Marshal or by virtue of their position). Cards issued for the 2013-2015 cycle expire on December 31, 2015.

For the 2016-2018 cycle, the OFMEM will send by e-mail to the fire chief and municipal clerk of each fire department a form listing the names of existing Assistants to the Fire Marshal for that fire department. Beside each name, a checkbox will enable the person completing the form to confirm whether the named cardholder should receive a card for the 2016-2018 cycle.

The forms will be sent no later than October 30, 2015. The forms must be completed, signed by the fire chief or municipal clerk, and returned to the OFMEM by November 20, 2015. Cards for the 2016-2018 cycle will not be issued until the OFMEM receives a completed and signed form from the fire chief or the municipal clerk. If the OFMEM receives the completed form after November 20, 2015, the fire department’s cardholders may not get their cards before the new cycle begins on January 1, 2016.

Fire chiefs and municipal clerks that have not received the renewal confirmation form by the end of day on October 30, 2015, should notify the OFMEM by sending an e-mail to OFMFDM@Ontario.ca.

Requesting new cards

Fire departments that want to request an Assistant to the Fire Marshal card for someone whose name is not listed in the renewal confirmation form must complete and submit the Request for Assistant to the Fire Marshal Identification Card PDF form.

Revoking cards

When a member of the fire department who is an Assistant to the Fire Marshal retires, resigns, dies or accepts another position within the fire department that does not require being designated as an Assistant to the Fire Marshal, the OFMEM asks that the fire department retrieve and destroy the Assistant to the Fire Marshal identification card of that person, and notify the OFMEM of the fact by e-mail at OFMFDM@Ontario.ca.

The OFMEM appreciates the cooperation of fire departments, as it ensures that accurate records can be maintained and the necessary identification cards can be provided.

Enquiries about Assistant to the Fire Marshal identification cards or the duties and responsibilities of Assistants to the Fire Marshal should be directed to the Advice and Assistance Unit, Field and Advisory Services; staff members can be reached by e-mail at OFMEM-FAS-AA@Ontario.ca or by telephone at 1-844-638-9560.