The British Columbia Fire Training Officers Association, more commonly referred as the BCFTOA, is dedicated to gathering information on training standards and providing this information to fire departments so they may effectively and safely train their members.

Mission statement:

"The BCFTOA will pursue the highest standard of leadership and education while advising and supporting training for the Fire Service of British Columbia."


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VIERA Training Calendar

VIERA Training Calendar
September to December 2016

Open Registration Training Calendar

The Vancouver Island Emergency Response Academy (VIERA) is committed to providing high quality,
current and relevant training and certification that meets or exceeds the standards set by NFPA.

Through VIERA’s Pro Board accreditation candidates earn Pro Board recognized training and
certification that is internationally reciprocated with the fire service and other training institutions, for
laddering into advanced diploma and degree programs for professional career development

CLICK HERE for detailed schedule

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JIBC Updates its Firefighter Training Programs

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), Fire & Safety Division (FSD) is receiving inquiries regarding the status of our programs and their alignment with the Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook and when they will be available. The following information will assist all departments with the most up-to-date information:


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BCFTOA Zone 1A Meeting

BCFTOA Zone 1A meeting will be hosted by Parksville Fire Department (160 Jensen Avenue West, Parksville, B.C.)

Date:  Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time:  1100 hours.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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Hands-On-Training Weekend - May 13-14, 2017
Educational Training Week - May 15-18, 2017

Venue:  Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre
               Kelowna, BC