FSF907 - Inspections and Legal Procedures

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Subject Title
Inspections and Legal Procedures

Subject Description
Conducting effective regular and specialized fire inspections is an integral part of the job of a fire prevention professional. This subject focuses on the legal framework of fire safety inspections and real-life application of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act and the Ontario Fire Code. Students examine fire safety inspection cases from start to finish including legal actions taken under the Provincial Offences Act.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Fire Safety Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the fire safety inspection procedures of various occupancies and various inspection types in order to effectively achieve Code compliance.

2. Describe the legal procedures necessary for successful prosecution of offenders who contravene the provisions of the Ontario Fire Code.

3. Given selected scenarios, complete fire safety inspection reports so that relevant information about the inspection is effectively documented for further action.

4. Given selected scenarios, complete relevant legal forms and documents in order that prosecution of offenders can be effectively carried out.

5. Practice independent decision-making, Code interpretation, report writing and other relevant communications skills for effective achievement of fire safety through inspection and enforcement.

6. Practice completion of legal documents for prosecution purpose and basic court procedures.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Co-requisite:  FSF901 (Fire Safety Basics I)

Topic Outline

  • Fire Prevention Effectiveness Model 
  • Legal Foundation of Fire Safety Inspections 
  • Conducting Regular Fire Safety Inspections 
  • Fact-reporting and Fire Safety Inspections 
  • Conducting Specialized Fire Safety Inspections 
  • Application of the Fire Code: Intent, Opinions, Commentary and Applications 
  • Prosecution of Offenders of Fire Code Violation; The GTA Practice 
  • From Inspection to Framing of Charge; Continuity of Evidence
  • The Prosecution Witness and Court Room Procedures
  • Fire Marshal's Orders and Fire Safety Commission
  • Mock Court Practice   

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, discussions, case studies, role plays, audio-visual displays, field assignments 

Prescribed Texts
Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997

2015 Fire Code Compendium (Ontario Fire Code)
Publisher: Orderline (Service Ontario Publications), ISBN# 978146065224

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
As stated in Academic Policy, a student must successfully complete all major segments of a subject in order to earn a passing grade.  Students who have not passed the term work may not be permitted to write the final examination.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of Academic Policy, available at Seneca registration offices.  

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Assignments 30%
Mid-Term Exam 30%
Final Exam 40%

Approved by: Sandra Noble