Fire Safety Program
BCIT takes life safety issues seriously. BCIT Procedure 7100-PR3 Fire Prevention and Preparedness and the associated BCIT Fire Safety Program are integral documents that clarify the roles and responsibilities of all institute stakeholders towards ensuring Fire Safety on BCIT campuses and compliance with applicable codes and statutes.
The BCIT Fire Safety Program provides an outline of fire safety procedures and general requirements relating to:
- Legislative compliance
- Fire prevention
- Building occupancy
- Inspection, testing and maintenance of life safety equipment
- Building fire plans
- Fire wardens
- Fire drills
- Procedures to follow in case of a fire event or false alarm
For general information in relation to Fire Safety please see Frequently Asked Questions.
General Roles and Responsibilities
The BCIT Fire Safety Director has responsibility for the development and implementation of the BCIT Fire Safety Program. The Fire Safety Director is the Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management. In the absence of the Fire Safety Director, direction related to response activities is the responsibility of the Deputy Fire Safety Director. The Deputy Fire Safety Director is the BCIT OHS Manager or Contract Security Supervisor.
Fire Wardens have been assigned to all campus locations and are in place to support orderly evacuation of the premise in the case of a fire alarm. More information in relation to Fire Wardens can be found below.
Installation, inspection, testing and maintenance of Life Safety Equipment is the responsibility of BCIT Facilities Management.
All members of the BCIT community have responsibilities with respect to Fire Safety and Response. Any Fire Hazards should be reported to BCIT Security (604.451.6856) immediately. Building occupants are required to follow the instruction in case of fire and any directions provided by Fire Wardens, Security and First Responders during drills, false alarms or real fire events.
NOTE: Intentional False Alarms
A false alarm is an intentional activation of a fire alarm when no emergency exists. This does not include malfunctions of the alarm system. False alarms have the potential for causing panic and harm to building occupants unnecessarily. Anyone caught making a false alarm at BCIT will be subject to criminal charges and will be referred for disciplinary action by the appropriate department.
Fire wardens are responsible for supporting the orderly evacuation of the occupants during fire drills and alarms by directing occupants to the appropriate exits and Designated Assembly Areas (insert link to FAQ relating to DAAs). In addition, fire wardens are responsible for notifying BCIT Security/ Emergency Responders of the location of individuals remaining in the Areas of Refuge and assisting with crowd control until the building can be re-entered.
For more information and to become a fire warden email Samantha Garofalo.
Fire drills are held in order to prepare BCIT for the occurrence of a fire event and to maintain compliance with applicable codes and standards. BCIT SSEM Occupational Health and Safety division coordinates fire drills in collaboration with campus stakeholders. The BCIT SSEM Occupational Health and Safety division assesses each fire drill, makes recommendations for improvement, and maintains documentation of all fire drills that occur at BCIT campuses.
BCIT Safety, Security and Emergency Management has a developed a Fire Safety Plan template to provide the basis for detailed customization for BCIT buildings that meets jurisdictional requirements, and has been approved by the fire prevention division of the fire and rescue services for each local municipal authority.
The fire safety plan for each building is designed to give uniform, but building specific information to:
- Fire departments
- Occupants, regarding procedures in case of fire
- Occupants, regarding a safe and orderly evacuation when the fire alarm sounds
- Fire warden personnel
The fire safety plans address responsibility for monitoring fire detection devices and outline response protocols at each site.
Fire Extinguishers and Life Safety Equipment
Facilities Services is responsible for the installation, operation, and ongoing maintenance of fire safety and detection equipment, signage, and fire suppression systems in all BCIT buildings according to the current BC Fire Code Regulation and other applicable regulatory requirements.
Facilities Services will develop and maintain a comprehensive program for BCIT buildings, including complete documentation to ensure that all fire safety and detection equipment is inspected and tested monthly and annually in accordance with all legislative codes.
Learn more about Fire Extinguishers or other Life Safety Equipment.
BCIT offers employees and students online training relating to the dynamics of fire, response to fire and use of fire extinguishers. Click here for more information.