April 14, 2020

Vancouver Fire Rescue Services – Fire Watch Requirements

Vancouver Fire By-law, Division B, Sentence states “When any portion of a fire protection system is temporarily shut down, alternative measures shall be taken to ensure that protection is maintained.”

During a Fire Protection System Shutdown, the bylaw requires that:

When a Fire Protection System is out of service, the building shall be provided with an
acceptable Fire Watch. This is for all occupants and all areas of the building left unprotected by the shutdown, until the fire alarm system or sprinkler system has been returned to service.

Fire Protection Systems shall be repaired or replaced by an acceptable service company and
returned to service as soon as possible. Many acceptable 24 hour service companies are

Please read the complete Vancouver Fire Rescue Services Fire Watch Requirements to ensure that your building is compliant in the event of a Fire Protection System Shutdown.