Fire Detection and Extinguishing Equipment Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1422)

Regulations are current to 2017-01-31 and last amended on 2007-07-01. Previous Versions

SCHEDULE V(ss. 17, 34, 69 and 83)Fireman’s Outfit


  • 1 Every fireman’s outfit shall

    • (a) consist of a breathing apparatus, a fireproof life and signalling line, protective clothing, a safety lamp and a fireman’s axe as described in this Schedule; and

    • (b) be kept in a readily accessible position that is unlikely to be cut off by fire.

Breathing Apparatus

    • 2 (1) Every breathing apparatus shall consist of

      • (a) a smoke helmet or smoke mask having a suitable air pump or bellows with a length of air hose long enough to reach any part of the accommodation, cargo or machinery spaces from the open deck well clear of any hatch or doorway; or

      • (b) a self-contained unit of the open circuit compressed air type or the closed-circuit oxygen-generating type.

    • (2) Every breathing apparatus shall be

      • (a) of a type and make approved by

        • (i) the Board,

        • (ii) the British Department of Trade and Industry, or

        • (iii) the United States Coast Guard; and

      • (b) provided with, in clear and permanent lettering,

        • (i) the name of the maker,

        • (ii) the year of manufacture, and

        • (iii) operating instructions in English and French.

    • (3) If, in order to meet the requirements of paragraph (1)(a), the air hose with the breathing apparatus described in that paragraph exceeds 36.6 m in length, every fireman’s outfit shall include, in substitution for or in addition to that breathing apparatus, a self-contained breathing apparatus as described in paragraph (1)(b).

    • (4) Every self-contained breathing apparatus shall be provided with

      • (a) two compressed air cylinders or two oxygen generating canisters, as the case may be, one of which is attached to the breathing apparatus and one of which is a spare; and

      • (b) a device that gives the wearer an audible warning at least five minutes before the supply of air or oxygen, as the case may be, is exhausted.

    • (5) Every compressed air cylinder and oxygen generating canister shall be capable of

      • (a) providing sufficient air or oxygen, as the case may be, to the user for at least 1/2 hour; and

      • (b) operating as soon as it is attached to the breathing apparatus.

    • (6) Every compressed air cylinder shall be constructed, tested and marked in accordance with the requirements of

      • (a) the Canadian Transport Commission,

      • (b) the British Standards Specifications, or

      • (c) the United States Department of Transportation,

      and, if it is to be used on board a tanker, shall be sheathed or covered with neoprene or other material that prevents sparking.

    • (7) Every self-contained breathing apparatus of the open circuit compressed air type shall be equipped with

      • (a) a pressure gauge, fitted with an anti-bursting orifice, that will enable the wearer to easily read the air pressure in the supply cylinder;

      • (b) a device that will automatically regulate the air supply to the wearer in accordance with his breathing requirements; and

      • (c) means whereby the wearer can bypass the device described in paragraph (b).

Fireproof Life and Signalling Line

  • 3 Every fireproof life and signalling line for use with breathing apparatus shall be at least 3 m longer than is necessary to reach any part of the accommodation, cargo or machinery spaces from the open deck well clear of any hatch or doorway and shall consist of

    • (a) a bronze or galvanized steel wire rope that has a breaking strength of not less than 6.67 kN and that is covered with hemp, or other material that is not slippery when wet, so that the circumference of the line is not less than 32 mm;

    • (b) an adjustable safety belt or harness of suitable material that may be secured to the line by a snap hook of suitable material; and

    • (c) one safety belt plate and one plate attached to the free end of the line each of a suitable material marked with a clearly legible code of signals for use by the wearer and the person at the free end of the line.

Protective Clothing

  • 4 The protective clothing in every fireman’s outfit shall consist of

    • (a) a helmet of rigid construction, padded inside to protect the head of the wearer against impact;

    • (b) a protective water resistant suit of a material that prevents damage to the skin of the wearer from excessive heat and scalding steam;

    • (c) gloves made of rubber or other material that does not conduct electricity; and

    • (d) boots, made of rubber or other material that does not conduct electricity, that are fitted with toe caps.

Safety Lamps

    • 5 (1) Every safety lamp shall be of a type and make approved by one of the authorities named in paragraph 2(2)(a) and shall be classified as Class I, suitable for use on any ship, or Class II, suitable for use on any ship other than a tanker.

    • (2) Every safety lamp on a tanker shall be a Class I safety lamp.

    • (3) Every safety lamp shall be

      • (a) operated by an electric battery capable of burning continuously for a minimum period of three hours;

      • (b) either of the head lamp or hand lamp design; and

      • (c) fitted with an attachment that can be easily fixed to the person using it at or above the level of his waist.

Fireman’s Axe

  • 6 Every fireman’s axe for use on any ship shall have

    • (a) a short handle;

    • (b) a head with a spike and a cutting edge; and

    • (c) a carrying belt.

  • SOR/81-738, ss. 101, 102.
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