Office of the Fire Marshal
The mission of the Office of the Fire Marshal is to contribute to an environment for the residents of Ontario that is safe from fire and other public safety hazards by providing leadership and expertise in the reduction and elimination of these hazards.
The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) is a branch of the Community Safety Division of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The Fire Marshal is the principal adviser to government on public fire protection policy and fire safety issues.
The OFM is responsible for the administration of the following provincial legislation that promotes fire protection, fire prevention and public safety in Ontario:
- the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA), and
- the Fire Code, a regulation made under the act that governs fire safety standards for equipment, systems, buildings, structures, land and premises in Ontario
The Fire Marshal is the head of the Office of the Fire Marshal. Fire Marshal is a statutory position, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
Deputy Fire Marshal is also a statutory position, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Should the Fire Marshal be absent or unable to act, the Deputy Fire Marshal shall act in his or her stead, and have all the power and authority of the Fire Marshal.