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Overview[]

The Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM), or Bureau du Commissaire des Incendies (BCI) in French, is the provincial government department responsible for fire safety and support services in the Province of Ontario. Its duties include fire investigation, public fire safety education and assisting municipal fire departments. Support and equipment are also provided to municipally-unorganized northern communities in conjunction with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.

The OFMEM falls under the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and is governed by Ontario's Fire Protection and Prevention Act (1997).

The OFMEM also operated the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst until its 2021 closure.

OFMEM-Equipped Fire Departments[]

Northern Ontario is home to several communities in areas without municipal organization. For many years, fire protection in these areas was limited or non-existent - a few had formed their own fire departments and many others depended on the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. In the late 1970s, the Provincial government started to fund local fire protection teams to provide fire services in these areas. Initial equipment and training were provided by the OFM with assistance from the Ministry of Northern Development & Mines, and the teams were sustained by local fundraising.

Several teams have since been absorbed by municipal fire departments after a wave of amalgamations in the late 1990s, but many remain.

Algoma District[]

Cochrane District[]

Kenora District[]

Manitoulin District[]

Nipissing District[]

Parry Sound District[]

Rainy River District[]

Sudbury District[]

Thunder Bay District[]

Timiskaming District[]