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January 26, 2017
City of Toronto welcomes new fire prevention officers at Toronto Fire Services graduation ceremony
Mayor John Tory, Deputy City Manager John Livey and Interim Fire Chief Matthew Pegg welcomed 20 new recruits and three newly appointed fire protection engineers at a ceremony tonight. The new recruits have completed the required training to join the City of Toronto Fire Services' Fire Prevention division.

The graduates include qualified fire inspectors and public educators. The 14-week fire prevention course for the fire inspectors included four weeks of field placement work. The 10-week public educator course included a week of field placements. The new fire protection engineers already have extensive experience in the field.

"Tonight's ceremony marks the culmination of years of schooling, experience and Toronto Fire Service training for the graduates," said Mayor John Tory. "I congratulate the graduates as well as the new fire protection engineers. They will all be a valuable addition to our excellent Toronto Fire Service."

"With more than 300,000 buildings and close to three million people in Toronto, inspecting and enforcing the Ontario Fire Code and educating the public on fire safety are daunting tasks that demand expertise and professionalism every day," said Chief Pegg.

This is the second time the Fire Prevention division has held a stand-alone graduation rather than joining in a broader graduation event involving new firefighters. It is the first time there has been a separate class for public education and the first time engineers have been included in a fire prevention graduation. The Ontario Fire College's curriculum was used for the training and all the graduates are Ontario-certified Level 1 inspectors and educators.

The diversity of the recruits is considerable, with many of the graduates able to speak languages other than English, including Cantonese, Chinese, French, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Urdu.

A fire inspector's job includes the following four primary activities:
• fire inspections for all types of buildings in Toronto to ensure compliance with the Ontario Fire Code
• issuance of inspection orders to check for Ontario Fire Code compliance
• court appearances involving property owners who fail to comply with the code, and
• plan examination to ensure new buildings comply with the Ontario Building Code with respect to fire protection.

Public educators provide fire safety talks to a wide variety of audiences as well as co-ordinating campaigns promoting fire safety awareness.

Fire engineers provide support in fire protection decision-making on complex inspections dealing with flammable liquids and hazardous process applications. They also deal with issues pertaining to the fire code and the building code.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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