The Office of the Fire Commissioner's (OFC) activities include the following:
- Provides technical advisory services to Alberta communities and organizations that deliver fire and emergency response, and fire prevention services for citizens.
- Coordinates high-quality, training and certification standards for Alberta’s fire rescue, and search and rescue personnel.
- Collaborates on public fire and burn safety education campaigns and materials.
- Collects, analyzes and publishes fire and emergency response data.
- Provides technical inspection and fire investigation services to ensure compliance with Alberta’s Safety Codes Act.
The role of providing provincewide guidance, assistance and coordination for the province’s fire and search and rescue sectors rests with the Office of the Fire Commissioner.
Kevan Jess commenced his role as Fire Commissioner on July 31, 2017.
Starting as a volunteer firefighter in Westlock, Alberta in 1982 while operating the regional recreation system, Kevan has worked in various roles in the fire service since then.
- In 1990 he came to work as a Regional Fire Service Advisor for the Fire Prevention Branch of Alberta Labour working out of the Lethbridge office.
- In 2007 Kevan moved to Edmonton with the creation of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and served as the Manager of Provincial Operations and Assistant Fire Commissioner for AEMA.
- In 2009 he accepted the position of Provincial Fire Administrator with the Public Safety Division of Alberta Municipal Affairs, where he was responsible for administering the development, interpretation and application of the Alberta Fire Code, the Safety Codes Act and related standards.
During this time Kevan has attained most available National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) professional fire service qualifications and is certified as a Level 2 Fire Inspector and Investigator by the Safety Codes Council.
- Kevan Jess, Fire Commissioner
Inspection and investigation services
The Fire Commissioner is responsible for determining the information required during fire investigations in Alberta and how that information is reported. The Fire Commissioner:
- is responsible for fire-related investigations and inspection services in areas of the province not accredited under the Safety Codes Act
- advises accredited municipalities and corporations on an as-needed basis
- works with police and fire agencies throughout the province on arson, fatality, large loss and injury fires
The OFC may monitor investigation and inspection services in accredited municipalities on the province's behalf to gather and pass on lessons learned during fires and other emergency events.
See the Safety Codes Act: Administrative Items Regulation for more details.
Connect with the Public Safety Division:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-644-1010 (within Canada and the United States)
Toll free: 1-866-421-6929 (within Canada)