Project Review Process for Fire Protection

Under the 2010 Treasury Board (TB) Fire Protection Standard, TB has identified the Departmental Fire Protection Coordinator (DFPC) responsible for ensuring real property administered by the department complies with the fire protection requirements of the National Building Code, the National Fire Code and the National Farm Building Code or applicable local codes. These fire safety requirements are in addition to the legislated requirements described in the Canada Labour Code for the protection of employees within their workplaces.

As of April 1, 2014, Public Works and Government Services (PWGSC/PSPC) - Real Property Branch (RPB) - Fire Protection Engineers (FPEs) will provide as an optional service the reviews of building/project plans and specifications and other related fire protection engineering services previously performed by Human Resources and Skills Development. Therefore, PSPC Project Managers (PM) should seek the advice and assistance of a regional PSPC - RPB FPEs for project reviews and other fire protection issues.

Roles and Responsibilities

Canada Labour Code: addresses the requirement to comply with acceptable standards of fire safety in the design, construction, occupancy, and use of any federal work, undertaking or business.

Treasury Board: responsible to implement effective policies and procedures as required by the TB Fire Protection Standard. These policies and procedures must be followed by departments and agencies by incorporating fire safety requirements into projects.

Public Services and Procurement Canada: primary responsibility is to ensure that projects are in compliance with the applicable fire protection codes and standards. PSPC PMs should seek the advice and direction of the regional PSPC FPEs on matters related to fire protection.

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