Fire Services

It’s no secret: Fire Service workers face a number of risks every single day. Potential hazards such as slips, trips and falls, ergonomic/MSD issues, motor vehicle incidents, explosions, confined spaces, smoke inhalation, and the potential negative effects of shift work heighten the risk of occupational illness/injury.


The impact of these injuries can be minimized when employers take a proactive approach to health and safety. Providing client-focused resources to address system priorities and high hazard activities is the key to eliminating workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses in the Emergency Services sector.


How Can We Help?


PSHSA offers consulting, training and resources to help address these issues and reduce incidences of injury in your workplace. Whether your organization has an established health and safety program, or you are just beginning your health and safety journey, our consultants have the knowledge, solutions and expertise to help you identify risks, control hazards and ensure that you have the necessary tools to meet legislative requirements.

Tim Metcalfe

Fire and EMS Health and Safety Consultant



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Fire Section 21 Guidance Notes


Our Partners


Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs

Leeds 1000 Islands Emergency Services Training Centre


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PSHSA offers a unique two-day Fire Sector Specific Health & Safety Training Program to help assist fire services workers gain the knowledge and understanding of the hazards involved in their jobs. This program is the level 2 training required by the Ministry of Labour and WSIB to be certified after basic certification training. This is also a good session for those interested in learning more about special safety issues and concerns that fire/rescue personnel face every day. Modules are offered individually or collectively as a program. The topics that will be covered in the program are: Legislation, Section 21 Guidance Notes, Traffic and Vehicle Operation Safety, Respiratory Issues in the Fire Service, Slips/Trips/Falls, Ergonomics and MSD’s Specialized Hazards in Fire Response, Health and Wellness in the Fire Service, Specialized Considerations, and Program Action Planning.


For a complete list of our training services and information products, please see our Training and Resource Catalog.



PTSD is a mental health condition caused by witnessing or experiencing actual or threatened death, serious injury or violence. Ontario has taken steps to address the harmful impacts of exposure to traumatic events on first responders, including the requirement for employers to develop PTSD Prevention Plans.

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First responders are at least twice as likely to suffer from PTSD. There’s no need to suffer in silence. The help you need is here. Resources and services for the First Responder community

Sector Lead


Tim Metcalfe

Sector Lead, Fire and EMS


Tim brings over thirty years of experience in the Ambulance and Fire Services. During this time Tim spent many years training in the fire service and college fire programs. This led to a specialization in the last ten years in Occupational Health and Safety and Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) for Toronto Fire Services. In addition to the Company Officer and Training Officer Programs at the Ontario Fire College, Tim also completed IPAC course at Centennial College, OH&S at Ryerson University, Hazardous Material Operations and the National Chemical Biological Radiologic Nuclear Explosive (CBRNE) advanced level.


Tim recently achieved his CRSP accreditation and received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medial for his involvement in research into metabolic heat management for emergency services workers.

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