Convictions for Ontario Fire Code violations in Toronto

Following numerous fire safety inspections in 2018 at 1100 Birchmount Road and 77 and 99 Harbour Square, Toronto Fire Services discovered that fire protection companies and their employees were not inspecting, testing and repairing building fire safety systems as required by the Ontario Fire Code.

Advanced Detection Technologies Corporation and Rauf Ahmad, operating as York Fire Protection, pleaded guilty in Provincial Offences Court to multiple violations of the Ontario Fire Code on December 7, 2018 and January 31, 2019 respectively.

Rauf Ahmad (also known as Rauf Arain) was fined $7,500 and placed on probation for two years. Advanced Detection Technologies Corporation was fined $10,000 for the violations noted at 1100 Birchmount Road. Details of probation orders and fines are included within the Appendix.

Rauf Ahmad (operating as York Fire Protection) was fined $60,000 and placed on probation for two years for the violations noted at 77 and 99 Harbour Square. As a condition of the Probation Order, Rauf Ahmad is prohibited from operating any business offering fire protection installation, maintenance or consultation services in the province of Ontario for two years. He is also prohibited from directly or indirectly providing fire protection installation, maintenance or consultation services in Ontario for one year, and after may do so only under the direct supervision of a certified sprinkler and fire protection installer or registered fire alarm technician in good standing with the Ontario
College of Trades and/or the Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA).

Toronto Fire Services continues to work to reduce risk through fire prevention and enforcement strategies against owners who fail to meet the Ontario Fire Code and jeopardize the safety of individuals and responding firefighters. Fire Services is committed to ensuring that appropriate measures are taken by property owners to achieve fire safety through compliance with the Ontario Fire Code and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.

“This investigation and resultant inspections represent the most labor intensive and technically involved fire safety inspection work in the city’s history. The violations that have been admitted to in Provincial Offences Court represent a serious breach of public fire safety and trust. Fire and life safety systems are required in buildings to protect both the occupants and responding fire fighters. Companies and people that intentionally do not test and maintain these systems place both occupants and responding fire fighters at risk. Toronto Fire Services is actively monitoring all fire protection companies that are hired by owners to perform this work in buildings across the city and we will use all available enforcement tools for the protection of the public and responding firefighters,” said Jim Jessop, Deputy Fire Chief, City of Toronto.

Photo: Toronto’s fire chief Jim Jessop reiterates that fire and life safety systems are required in buildings to protect both the occupants and responding fire fighters.

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