News Release- Fire Department Response Time

The BC Building Code bases some fire safety construction requirements on how quickly the local fire department can respond to fires.

The Town of Smithers recently had the Fire Department response time analysed, and similar to many other jurisdictions that do not have career fire crews, fire department response time in Smithers does not achieve the threshold as required in the BC Building Code. Moving forward, some aspects of construction in Smithers will be reviewed in a more conservative manner.

Therefore, all building permit applications received after 4:30pm on March 16th, 2020, will be reviewed as having a limiting distance of half of the actual limiting distance if the building is not sprinklered.

Please see the following relevant quotes from the BC Building Code 2018:

Please contact Morgan Widen, Building Inspector, for details.