We provide awareness programs for first responders to help them stay safe when approaching emergency situations involving natural gas or electricity.
These programs meet the requirements outlined in the British Columbia Fire Service Minimum Training Standards – Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook.
The programs include videos and discussion guides that support facilitators teaching first responders about the basic properties of electricity and natural gas, and how to approach emergency situations safely.
For more information, contact Ian Turnbull, FortisBC’s damage prevention and emergency services manager.
Electrical safety education
Electrical Safety for First Responders is a series of information sessions using videos from the Canadian Electricity Association and discussion guides developed by FortisBC to provide first responders with the information they need to safely respond to electricity emergencies.
It includes a discussion of the properties and behavior of electricity, as well as interactive sessions using video scenarios of emergency response situations and procedures.
Watch the videos and use the course materials below:
- Fact sheet: electricity awareness
- Fact sheet: electricity basics
- Discussion guides:
- Quiz: electricity safety for first responders
Natural gas safety education
Responding to Natural Gas Emergencies is a course we created in partnership with the Canadian Gas Association and Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, to provide safety information for first responders.
This course will be provided to all fire training officers upon request. It includes a discussion of the properties and behaviour of natural gas and how it’s distributed, as well as interactive sessions using video scenarios of emergency response situations and procedures.
For more information or to request a workshop, contact Ian Turnbull, FortisBC's damage prevention and emergency services manager.
Safety Partners program
In 2005, FortisBC began a partnership of utilities, municipalities and organizations that share a commitment to public and workplace safety across BC. The goal of this program is to improve public awareness of electrical and natural gas hazards—and how those hazards can be avoided.
For more information, contact Michelle Petrusevich, FortisBC’s public safety manager.