Research & Resources: Fire Prevention & Community Outreach
Browse reports and articles concerning fire prevention and community outreach.
October 2021 - "Distressed Properties: Community Risk Reduction in the City of Surrey" An Evaluation and Analysis of the Distressed Properties Program
May 2021 - "A Review of First Responder Responses to Lift Assist and Traumatic Fall Incidents" Analysis on City of Surrey Medical Assistance Response
October 2020 - "Journey of HomeSafe: Community Risk Reduction in Surrey" Analyses from Surrey Historical Data
June 2019 - "City of Surrey Opioid Summit: Data to Action" Developing a Plan to Take Action from Data Insights to Prevent Overdoses and Overdose Fatalities
May 2019 - "Fires that Commence on Balconies of Multi-Residential Buildings" Analysis of the National Fire Incident Database
May 2019 - "Opioid Intervention Strategies in Surrey, British Columbia" An Evaluation of the Trends and Treatments
May 2019 - "Structure Fires in British Columbia" Exploring Variations in Outcomes as a Function of Building Height and Life Safety Systems
March 2019 - "The Influence of Electrical Fires in Residential Homes" Geospatial Analysis Pointing to Vulnerable Locations and Equipment Failures
February 2019 - "Predicting Illicit Opiate Drug Overdoses in the City of Surrey" Impacts of Opioid use in Neighbourhoods
December 2018 - "Targeted Residential Fire Risk Reduction" A Summary of At-Risk Areas in the United Kingdom"
December 2018 - "Smoke Alarm Response Time" Examining the Relationship Between Working Smoke Alarms, Fire Service Response Times and Fire Outcomes"
January 2018 - "Residential Fire Injury and Death Rates in British Columbia" A statistical analysis pre and post 1975
November 2017 - "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hospitalizations and Deaths in Canada"
October 2017 - "Sprinkler Systems and Residential Structure Fires - Revisited" Exploring the Impact of Sprinklers for Life Safety and Fire Spread
March 2016 - "Celebrating Seniors Report March 2016"
September 2015 - “Smoke Alarms Work, But Not Forever: Revisited" Successes and Ongoing Challenges from BC’s Working Smoke Alarm Campaign.
August 2015 - "Assessing the Safety of Smart Meter Installations in British Columbia" An analysis of residential structure fires in BC between July 2012 and June 2015.
April 2015 - "Construction Site Fire Response" Preventing and Suppressing Fires During Construction of Large Buildings.
April 2015 - "Construction Site Fire Safety" A Guide for Construction of Large Buildings.
August 2014 - "A Dynamic Risk-Based Framework for Redesigning the Scheduling of Fire Safety Inspections" A risk-based, data-driven framework for redesigning fire safety inspections.
August 2014 - "Assessing the Fire Safety of Smart Meter Installations in British Columbia" Revisiting the residential structure fires in BC between July 2010 and June 2014.
July 2014 - "Intermodal Shipping Container Fire Safety" Studying the fire hazards related to using shipping containers as temporary and permanent storage buildings.
February 2014 - "Fire Outcomes by General Construction Type" A retrospective analysis of British Columbia reported fires.
November 2013 - "Fires in the Basement of Single-Detached Residential Property" A retrospective analysis of British Columbia Residential Fires Reported 2008 to 2013
September 2013 - "Revisiting the Safety of Smart Meter Installations in British Columbia" An analysis of available data related to the issue of smart meter installation and residential structure fires.
July 2013 - "Temporal and Geographic Clustering of Residential Structure Fires" This paper compares residential structure fires and residential burglary within a North American city over a three-year period.
June 2013 - "The Non-Random Nature of Fire Safety Inspection Compliance" This document outlines the logic for rethinking the current approach to conducting fire safety inspections in BC Municipalities.
May 2013 - FIREFighting in Canada: "Patio Problems" Outside fires take longer to detect, cause more damage and need extra resources to extinguish.
February 2013 - "Taller Wood Buildings and Fire Safety - Existing Evidence about Large Wood Construction" A look at the existing evidence about large wood construction.
February 2013 - FIREFighting in Canada: "Hungry for Knowledge" Surrey Fire Service partners with local food banks to spread fire-safety message to at-risk population.
January 2013 - Canadian Firefighter and EMS Quarterly: "Honouring Heroes" Home is a haven for first responders and their families who need medical care.
January 2013 - "Propane-Fuelled Vehicles and Multi-Residential Building Storage Risk" Examining the frequency of propane-fuelled structure and vehicle fires.
January 2013 - "Sprinkler Systems and Residential Structure Fires" Exploring the impact of sprinklers on life safety and fire spread.
January 2013 - "Fires That Commence on Balconies of Multi-Residential Buildings" Examining the significance of fires that occur on the exterior of multi-residential buildings.
September 2012 - FIREFighting in Canada: "Walking the Walk" Surrey Firefighters and RCMP go door to door to reduce crime and promote fire safety.
August 2012 - "Evaluating Stakeholder Concerns with Wood Frame Buildings and Fire Risk" An evaluation of Bill 52, the Ontario Forestry Industry Revitalization Act.
August 2012 - "Evaluating Stakeholder Concerns with Wood Frame Buildings and Fire Risk - French" An evaluation of Bill 52, the Ontario Forestry Industry Revitalization Act.
June 2012 - FIREFighting in Canada: "Safe at Home" This BC program has reduced fires in high-risk areas by two-thirds.
May 2012 - "Reducing Frequency and Severity of Residential Fires Following Delivery of Fire Prevention Education by On-Duty Firefighters" A door-to-door fire prevention education program
April 2012 - "Examining 'Regular' Fire-Safety Inspections" Examining the missing relationship between timing of inspections and fire outcome.
February 2012 - FIREfighting in Canada: "The Wood Frame Conundrum" Study shows that sprinkler systems improve safety in mid-rise buildings.
January 2012 - "Sprinkler Systems and Fire Outcomes in Multi-Level Residential Buildings" An evaluation of the historical fire protection performance of sprinkler systems in multi-level residential buildings.
January 2012 - "Smoke Alarms Work, But Not Forever" Posing the challenge of adopting multifaceted, sustained, interagency responses to ensuring the presence of a functioning smoke alarm.
August 2010 - FIREFighting in Canada: "Human Trafficking" Firefighters lend eyes and ears to report possible human trafficking and abuse.
October 2009 - Canadian Firefighter and EMS Quarterly: "Dissecting Data" Fire study helps fire departments define education requirements.
July 2009 - "Global Concepts in Residential Fire Safety: Best Practices from Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Dominican Republic" Reporting on best global practices in fire prevention.
May 2009 - FIREFighting in Canada: "Handling Highrises" A systems approach to safety in highrise buildings.
February 2009 - "Residential Fires in Surrey, B.C., 1998-2007" A study that reveals important trends in fire safety.
December 2008 - "Surrey High Rise Report" A report to help identify and plan for the challenges posed by these buildings.
July 2007 - "More Research Needed Into Vehicle Fires" A study of vehicle fires in Surrey contradicts national research into vehicle fires.
May 2006 - "Smoke Alarms: Evaluating Effectiveness" Fire research about how factors such as socio-economic status and age can affect efficacy of smoke alarms.
August 2004 - "No, It Wasn't an Accident" Fire truck parking inside library is a handmade gift from Surrey Fire Service to encourage literacy and fire safety education.
August 2004 - "The Impact of Residential Sprinklers on Public Fire Protection" Addressing the numerous ways in which residential sprinkler systems impact the fire service.