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Surrey Fire Services

Targeted Residential Fire Risk Reduction: A Summary of At-Risk Areas in Canada

Reducing fires and saving lives is a mandate for all Fire Services. Globally, many departments have implemented door to door campaigns to educate their citizens on fire reduction and safety (TriData, 2009). However, focusing on an entire community is expensive, time consuming, and overall, an inefficient use of limited resources. A 2007 TriData report on […]

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Distressed Properties: Pathways of Decline and the Emergence of Public Safety Risk

The intent of this study is to develop an understanding of the forces and factors that trigger and accelerate the decline of residential properties in the City of Surrey, British Columbia (BC), and to create a framework for action that can stem such decline. Identifying residential properties trending toward a distressed state is essential given […]

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Recovery Houses: Non-Compliance with the British Columbia Fire Code and Implications for Life Safety

This study is intended to raise awareness and initiate discussion around fire and life safety issues existing at non-compliant recovery houses in Surrey, British Columbia, and to provide the rationale for increased coverage of safety at these facilities with a fire sprinkler requirement. Recovery houses provide valuable services for persons recovering from substance abuse, along […]

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Celebrating Seniors in our Communities Through Volunteerism and Story-Telling

The aging of Canada’s population has been well documented and discussed at length in a multitude of policy sectors from the front-­‐‑line to Parliament. Front and centre in these changing demographics are the broad implications for health care, leisure, social assistance, and quality of life among other factors. It is this reality that has contributed […]

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The Right Decision: Evidence-based Decision Making for Government Professionals

We make hundreds of decisions daily, ranging from what to have for breakfast, to deciding in which room to hold a meeting, to whether or not to buy a new car. Many of those decisions are informal and relatively insignificant, and have few consequences, while some incur a degree of risk or uncertainty. Each of us takes risks every day. For […]

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The Right Decision: Evidence-based Decision Making for Government Professionals – Workbook

This workbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the text, The Right Decision: Evidence-based Decision Making for Government Professionals. It can be used as a self-study guide or in either a classroom or workshop setting. While many of the techniques outlined in the text can be used very effectively by an individual working with a paper and pencil or a laptop, many […]

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Towards More Caring and Restorative School Climates: The Safe School Safe Student Project Final Report

This report provides an examination of two data collection time points consisting of Spring of 2013 (Wave I) and Spring 2015 (Wave II) utilizing the Safe School Safe Student Survey. The survey assessed student experiences related to bullying at school and examined student behaviours and perceptions of the school climate following restorative action programming in schools. […]

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Smoke Alarms Work, But Not Forever: Revisited Successes and Ongoing Challenges from BC’s Working Smoke Alarm Campaign

This report builds the 2012 report, “Smoke alarms work, but not forever,” which made three main points: present, functioning smoke alarms save lives; smoke alarm functionality deteriorates with time; and targeted prevention and education efforts increase functioning smoke alarm coverage. The conclusion of the 2012 report was to issue a challenge to the communities of BC to work […]

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Assessing the Safety of Smart Meter Installations in British Columbia: Analysis of Residential Structure Fires in BC Between July 2010 and June 2015

In June 2011, BC Hydro commenced implementation of its Smart Metering Program, which involved converting every residential property in BC from legacy metering to wireless technology smart meters. This Smart Metering Program involves replacing existing electrical meters that are now becoming obsolete, with a comprehensive wireless smart metering system. As of June 30, 2015, an estimated 1.921 million smart […]