The St. Thomas Fire Department endorses the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management's Three Lines of Defense.

1. Public Safety Education
2. Fire Inspections and Code Enforcement
3. Emergency Response

The Fire Prevention Division has three mandates.

Public Education

The best way to reduce fire loss is through public education. The St.Thomas Fire Prevention Division uses the following programs to better educate the public and reduce fire loss.

  • Older and Wiser safety program for seniors

  • TAPP-C Arson prevention program
  • Fire Extinguisher Training

  • Residential Home inspection program

Code Enforcement

The St.Thomas Fire Prevention division has a responsibility to enforce the requirements of the Ontario Fire Code, The Fire Protection and Prevention Act and relevant sections of the Ontario Building Code to ensure a minimum level of Life Safety is maintained in the various occupancies of the city. Inspections are done on a regular, request or complaint basis.

Fire Cause Determination

The Fire Prevention Division is mandated to investigate all fires to determine the origin and cause.

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