DAOD 4007-2, Emergency Fire Operations in Respect of DND and CF Infrastructure
Date of Issue: 1998-05-29
Date of Modification: 2009-07-24
Application: This DAOD is a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence (“DND employees”) and an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Forces (“CF members”).
Approval Authority: Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment) (ADM(IE))
Enquiries: Canadian Forces Fire Marshal (CFFM)
- Emergency Fire Operations (mesures d’urgence de lutte contre les incendies)
- Emergency fire operations mean rescue, fire suppression, emergency medical care and other operations performed at the scene of a fire in respect of DND or CF infrastructure.
- Infrastructure (infrastructure)
- Infrastructure means fixed and permanent installations, fabrications and facilities, including plants, buildings, works, real property, immoveables, and natural and cultural environments.
- Life Safety (sécurité des personnes)
- Life safety means the protection of persons exposed to specific hazards from fire or the design or maintenance of buildings or other structures.
The purpose of this DAOD is to set minimum standards for emergency fire operations based on, in order of priority:
- life safety for first responders and the occupants of buildings and other structures;
- the continuation of CF operations and missions; and
- the protection of DND and CF infrastructure.
In consultation with local fire chiefs, base and wing commanders shall develop local plans to provide first responders with additional resources and personnel during emergency fire operations which may have a potential large-scale loss of life or property.
Minimum Required Firefighting Apparatus and Personnel
For the conduct of emergency fire operations, base and wing commanders shall ensure that there is at least one firefighting apparatus designed to combat infrastructure fires for their base or wing, and that the following number and type of qualified firefighters are available:
|Position||Minimum Number||Minimum Rank or Qualification|
Commencement of Emergency Fire Operations
Base and wing commanders shall ensure, if practical, that their fire services can successfully commence emergency fire operations at the scene of any fire at their base or wing, except in conditions of foul weather, hazardous road conditions, training or other extreme circumstances, within 10 minutes of the fire call.
If a base or wing commander determines that emergency fire operations cannot be successfully commenced within 10 minutes of a fire call, the base or wing commander shall notify the CFFM. The CFFM shall carry out a special risk assessment to identify options to mitigate the risk of death, injury, loss or damage by fire at that base or wing.If DND or CF infrastructure is considered to be a high life safety risk, the installation of automatic fire suppression systems is recommended to decrease the potential loss of life and property.
Fire Risk Assessment
Base and wing commanders shall ensure that periodic fire risk assessments are conducted which study all relevant features of DND and CF infrastructure to determine potential fire severity for emergency fire operations. Following a fire risk assessment, a base or wing commander may, in order to meet the emergency fire operations requirements, investigate alternate delivery solutions.
The following table identifies the responsibilities associated with this DAOD:
|The …||is or are responsible for …|
commanders of commands
base and wing commanders
- QR&O Chapter 30, Fire Protection Services
- DAOD 4007-0, Fire Protection Services
- Canada Labour Code, Part II, Occupational Health and Safety
- National Fire Code of Canada
- National Building Code of Canada
- Fire Protection Standard, Treasury Board
- NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications
- NFPA 1002, Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications
- NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications
- NFPA 1710, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments
- NFPA 1720, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments