Our Philosophy


John Lewis and Associates offer a pragmatic and practical approach to fire and emergency response training and workplace safety. Hazard and risk assessments identify training needs: from these, training courses designed for the client enable employees, whether marine, fire service or industrial, to relate course content to their work activities.

Safety audits, operational reviews and accident or incident investigation: all these may be performed, but unless lessons learned are incorporated into operational procedures and guidelines and reinforced until they become custom and practice the audits and reviews serve no useful purpose.

It is not sufficient merely to meet the letter of the law in observing Labour and Safety Regulations. Prudent employers facilitate and foster a safety culture in their operations.

This is best achieved through formal training, safety committees, and training with other organizations, e.g. local fire departments and other industries. Workshops on unified response to emergencies followed by joint training exercises may not only prevent accidents but greatly improve rapid resolution of incidents when they occur.

A training program comprised of:

  • in-house training by both employees and external consultants;
  • audit and review by external consultant;
  • attendance by employees at formal training off-site; and
  • facilitation of a unified response model in emergency response through working with other agencies and industries;

is the most effective method of building and maintaining on-site response capabilities.

Where appropriate, Standards are referenced. Exercises are designed to build on previous experience, knowledge and skills.

The training must be reinforced by successful application and the effects of training will not endure unless competency is encouraged.

Risk management, based on hazard and risk assessment, is an effective tool in reducing costs, whether through insurance premium reduction or increased workplace efficiencies.

Services offered by John Lewis & Associates include:

Site Audit and Review:
  • Emergency response procedures;
  • General safety;
  • Operating procedures and guidelines.
Risk Management and Contingency Planning:
  • Hazard and Risk Assessment;
  • Chemical Spill Response Plans;
  • Emergency Response Plans.
Hazard Assessments – Confined Space Entry:
  • As required by Workers Compensation Board of BC Occupational Health &Safety Regulations, 9.9 – 9.11.
  • Review and develop written procedures for confined space entry.
Courses for marine and industrial occupations:
  • Fire safety and prevention for all staff.
  • Response training for Fire Watch personnel.
  • Spill response training.
  • Evacuation and crowd control for industry (building and plant evacuation).
  • Evacuation and crowd control for marine (cruise ships and ferries.)
Specialty Courses:
  • Marine fire fighting for land-based firefighters, based on NFPA 1405
  • Vancouver Port Fireboats: Training Fireboat Operator Instructors.
Instructional Design:
  • Design and write training courses and materials.
  • Provide technical review of curriculum and training manuals.