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One of the primary roles of the Mission Fire/Rescue Service is to prevent fires from occurring.  The Department does this through public education and inspection of businesses.  The Mission Fire/Rescue Service conducts 650 inspections each year.

The following list contains the most common items that our Fire Inspectors check for when they conduct routine fire inspections.  Each business or commercial building is different, and additional requirements may apply in order to meet the BC Fire Code.

  • Address posted
  • Access to exits
  • Exit lights functioning
  • Emergency lights functioning
  • Electrical panel accessible and labeled
  • Extension cords
  • Fire extinguishers annually serviced
  • Fire and smoke doors
  • Sprinkler system annually serviced
  • Standpipe and hose system annually serviced
  • Hydrants annually serviced
  • Fire alarm system annually serviced
  • Smoke detectors
  • Fire Department connection
  • Garbage containers
  • Flammable liquid storage
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Fire separation
  • General housekeeping
  • Fire Safety Plan
  • Business License
  • Hood Suppression system annually serviced
  • Occupancy load
  • Use and occupancy
  • Type “K” extinguishers

Mission Fire/Rescue Service inspects public buildings, which includes multi-unit residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. The District guideline for inspection frequency is outlined in a council policy: e.g. rest homes are inspected every 6 months, theaters every 12 months, retail stores every 24 months, and vacant buildings are not inspected until occupied.

The Department’s inspection program is led by the Fire Prevention Officer, who normally meets the fire inspection schedule outlined annually, however, in 2014 the inspector has experienced numerous high profile projects that have taken precedence, and these projects have also put our inspection program in arrears. Being behind on inspections is not uncommon in the fire services field as most communities are behind in fire inspections.  Mission has been fortunate to be on schedule for many years prior to 2014 and plans to be back on track for 2015. On average 700 inspections are completed annually, this would mean four inspections per working day to meet the frequency outlined by Council.  The highest life safety occupancies have been put on the priority list for the inspector to complete for 2014.

Our Career Firefighters lead the pre-incident planning of high hazard occupancies such as hospitals, hotels, and apartments, which gives the Firefighters intimate knowledge of the buildings, and can provide the Fire Inspector with any safety concerns they may come across while pre-incident planning.