The Coquitlam Fire/Rescue Department conducts inspections of all buildings other than private residences. These inspections are conducted for two reasons:

  • The Fire/Rescue Department is mandated under the Fire Services Act to provide a system of fire inspections.  These inspections are conducted with a frequency that is determined by the resources available and the hazard or threat to life safety in each occupancy.
  • The inspections also provide a means in which Fire/Rescue personnel are able to familiarize themselves with the various buildings and occupancies. This knowledge will assist fire fighters with specifics when responding to an incident. 
  •  Please visit the The Office of the Fire Commissioner, the senior fire authority in the province with respect to fire safety and prevention. 

Common Fire Code Inspectable Items for all Buildings

The following is a list of items that are most commonly checked during annual fire inspections:

  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Automatic Sprinkler Systems
  • Emergency Lights
  • Exiting including: Signs, Doors and Means of Egress
  • Fire Doors
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Indoor and Outdoor Storage
  • Storage of Flammable or Combustible Liquids
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Fire Safety Plans
  • Fire Department Connections (for sprinkler systems) and Fire Hydrants
  • Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Hood Systems
  • Spray Booths
  • Underground Storage Tanks

Parks Events Fire Safety Guidelines

Fire/Rescue has guidelines to promote fire safety for events held within the City's parks. The guidelines are as follows:

Applied Science Technologists and Technicians - ASTT

All technicians performing inspections, testing or maintenance of fire safety equipment or systems must be certified under the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians Act of BC or another recognized agency that has been approved by the Fire Chief according to the Fire Prevention and Life Safety Amendment Bylaw No. 3929, 2008.

Fire protection equipment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Fire alarm systems
  • Automatic sprinkler systems
  • Special extinguishing systems
  • Portable fire extinguishers
  • Water supply systems for fire protection
  • Standpipe and hose systems
  • Fixed pipe fire protection systems in commercial
  • Kitchen exhaust systems
  • Smoke control measures
  • Emergency power installations
  • Emergency lighting systems

Fire protection technicians are also required to properly record and tag or label any inspections, as required by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) and the BC Fire Code.

Aboveground and Underground Storage Tanks

The BC Fire Code requires that the removal of underground storage tanks shall be in conformance with good engineering practice. 

Please refer to the Coquitlam Fire Prevention operational guideline for further reference and requirements. 

If you require further information, please contact the Fire Prevention Division at 604-927-6400.

Fire Prevention Division
1300 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C. V3B 7S4