Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services

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Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
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Established 1886
Employees 800
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Stations 20
Engines 12
Ladders 6
Quints 12
Rescues 3
Fireboats 2
Medics 8
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VFRS

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (V.F.R.S.) was founded in 1886 and today serves the city of Vancouver, British Columbia providing both fire and extrication services. In 2007, the V.F.R.S. responded to over 43,000 emergency calls.[1]

History[edit]

The Vancouver Fire Department was established in 1886, and within sixteen days of its existence the City of Vancouver burned to the ground.[2] By 1911 the department was one of the region's best and by 1917 it was completely motorized (no more horse drawn equipment).[2]

Since 1893, 48 Vancouver firefighters have died in the line of duty.[3]

Operations[edit]

Rank Structure[edit]

  • Chief and General Manager - John McKearney
  • Deputy Chief
  • Assistant Chief
  • Battalion Chief
  • Training Officer
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Firefighter
  • Probationary Firefighter (Rookie)

Fire Hall Locations and Apparatus[edit]

There are currently 20 Fire Halls located throughout the city of Vancouver, organized into 3 Battalions.

Fire Halls & Neighbourhoods Engine Ladder/Quint Medic/Rescue Chief & Special Address Opening Dates
1 (Strathcona) Engine 1 Ladder 1 Medic 1 Battalion 1, Car 73, Pod Truck, Clothing Wagon, Mechanic 1, Mechanic 2 900 Heatley Avenue August 8, 1975
2 (Downtown Eastside) Engine 2 Quint 2 Medic 2 199 Main Street August 8, 1975
3 (Mount Pleasant) Engine 3 Ladder 3 Rescue 3 2801 Quebec Street January 27, 2001
4 (Fairview) Quint 4 Medic 4 Command 4 1475 West 10th Avenue May 11, 1992
5 (Killarney) Engine 5 Quint 5 3090 East 54th Avenue April 2, 1952
6 (West End) Engine 6 Quint 6 1001 Nicola Street March 18, 1989
7 (Downtown) Engine 7 Ladder 7 Rescue 7 1090 Haro Street December 5, 1974
8 (Yaletown) Engine 8 Medic 8 Wildlands 8 895 Hamilton Street December 5, 1974
9 (Grandview-Woodland) Quint 9 Medic 9 1805 Victoria Drive February 12, 1960
10 (UBC) Engine 10 Tower 10 Wildlands 10, Parade 2992 Wesbrook Mall October 16, 1995
12 (Kitsilano) Quint 12 Medic 12 Hose Tender 2460 Balaclava Street July 11, 1987
13 (Riley Park) Quint 13 Air & Light 13 4013 Prince Albert Street April 4, 2003
14 (Hastings-Sunrise) Engine 14, Engine 29 2804 Venables Street August 13, 1979
15 (Renfrew-Collingwood) Engine 15 Quint 15 Medic 15 Battalion 2 3003 East 22nd Avenue March 26, 2012
17 (Victoria-Fraserview) Engine 17 Ladder 17 Rescue 17 7070 Knight Street June 3, 1955
18 (Shaughnessy) Engine 18 Quint 18 Battalion 3, Hazmat 18, Hazmat Tender 18, Mask Repair 1375 West 38th Avenue July 22, 2000
19 (West Point Grey) Quint 19 4396 West 12th Avenue July 3, 1980
20 (Kensington-Cedar Cottage) Quint 20 Antique 5402 Victoria Drive November 9, 1962
21 (Kerrisdale) Quint 21 Medic 21 5425 Carnarvon Street June 7, 1985
22 (Marpole-Oakridge) Engine 22 Ladder 22 Wildlands 22, Hazmat Tender 22 1005 West 59th Avenue June 18, 1982

Apparatus Specifications[edit]

Below is a complete list of all VFRS apparatus, their manufacturer and specifications, and date.

Engine Companies[edit]

Engine 1 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius LFD/Smeal (1775/400/50A/CAFS)

Engine 2 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius LFD/Smeal (1775/400/50A/CAFS) (ex Engine 5)

Engine 3 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius LFD/Smeal (1775/400/50A/CAFS)

Engine 5 - 1994 Duplex D500SFD/Anderson (1500/300/40F) (ex Engine 1)

Engine 6 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius LFD/Smeal (1775/400/50A/CAFS)

Engine 7 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius LFD/Smeal (1775/400/50A/CAFS)

Engine 8 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius LFD/Smeal (1775/400/50A/CAFS)

Engine 10 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius LFD/Smeal (1775/400/50A/CAFS)

Engine 14 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius LFD/Smeal (1775/400/50A/CAFS)

Engine 15 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius LFD/Smeal (1775/400/50A/CAFS)

Engine 17 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius LFD/Smeal (1775/400/50A/CAFS)

Engine 18 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius LFD/Smeal (1775/400/50A/CAFS)

Engine 22 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius LFD/Smeal (1775/400/50A/CAFS)

Engine 29 - 1991 Duplex D500/Anderson (1500/300/24F) (ex Engine 12)

Spare CAFS Engine - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius LFD/Smeal (1775/400/50A/CAFS) (ex Engine 12)

Spare Engine - 1991 Duplex D500/Anderson (1500/300/24F) (ex Engine 7)

Spare Engine - 1994 Duplex D500SFD/Anderson (1500/300/40F) (ex Engine 3)

Spare Engine - 1994 Duplex D500SFD/Anderson (1500/300/40F) (ex Engine 8)

Ladder Companies[edit]

Ladder 1 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius MFD/Smeal (1775/250/35A/125' rearmount)

Ladder 3 - 1994 Simon Duplex/Anderson/LTI (1500/150/40F/110' rearmount)

Ladder 7 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius MFD/Smeal (1775/250/35A/125' rearmount)

Tower 10 - 2001 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Smeal (1750/300/30A/30B/100’ rearmount tower) (ex Tower 7)

Ladder 17 - 1996 Simon Duplex/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40F/105' rearmount) (ex Ladder 10)

Ladder 22 - 1994 Simon Duplex/Anderson/LTI (1500/150/40F/110' rearmount) (ex Ladder 18)

Ladder 27 - 1991 Pierce Lance/Superior/Smeal (1500/300/105' rearmount) (ex Ladder 5)

Quint Companies[edit]

Quint 2 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator MFD / Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount)

Quint 4 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount)

Quint 5 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount)

Quint 6 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount)

Quint 9 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount)

Quint 12 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/25A/25B/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 17)

Quint 13 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount)

Quint 15 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount)

Quint 18 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40F/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 12)

Quint 19 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount)

Quint 20 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/25A/25B/75' rearmount)

Quint 21 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/25A/25B/75' rearmount)

Spare Quint - 1998 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/25A/25B/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 13)

Spare Quint - 1999 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 4)

Rescue Units[edit]

Rescue 3 - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry (250/150/Heavy Jaws) (ex Rescue 22)

Rescue 7 - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry (250/150/Heavy Jaws) (ex Rescue 8)

Rescue 17 - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry (250/150/Heavy Jaws) (ex Rescue 3)

Medic Units[edit]

Medic 1 - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry heavy rescue/medical response (250/150) (ex Rescue 2)

Medic 2 - 2012 Ford F250XL/Safetek Canopy Medic Pickup Truck

Medic 4 - 2010 Ford F150XL/Leer Canopy outfitted by Safetek

Medic 8 - 2010 Ford F150XL/Leer canopy outfitted by Safetek

Medic 9 - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry heavy rescue/medical response (250/150) (ex Rescue 17)

Medic 12 - 2012 Ford F250XL/Leer canopy outfitted by Safetek

Medic 15 - 2012 Ford F250XL/Safetek Canopy Medic Pickup Truck

Medic 21 - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry heavy rescue/medical response (250/150) (ex Rescue 4)

Battalion Chief Units[edit]

Battalion 1 - 2012 Ford F250 XL/Leer Canopy Pickup Truck

Battalion 2 - 2010 Ford F150 XL/Leer Canopy Pickup Truck (ex Medic 12)

Battalion 3 - 2012 Ford F250 XL/Leer Canopy Pickup Truck

Special Units[edit]

Command 4 - 2007 Spartan Diamond Sirius/SVI

Antique - 1942 Ford/LaFrance hosewagon

Parade - 1912 American Lafrance Type 10 hosewagon

Hazmat 18 - 2007 Spartan Diamond Sirius/SVI

Hazmat Tender 10 - 2009 Ford LCF45/ITB

Air & Light 13 - 2007 Spartan Diamond Sirius MFD/SVI

Hose Tender - 1995 Freightliner FL106/Anderson

Mask Repair - 2012 Isuzu/NQR/ITB SCBA unit

Mechanic 1 - 2007 Ford E350/ITB FD Shops

Clothing Wagon - 2000 Ford E350/ITB (ex Hazmat Tender 3)

Car 73 - 2012 Mercedes Sprinter 3500/2013 ProFire Fire Investigation Truck

Fire Boats[edit]

Fireboat two (2)

VFRS has 3 aluminum fire boats, Fireboats 1, 3 and 5. They were designed by naval engineering firm Robert Allan Ltd. They are 3 of 4 shared boats by municipalities within the Port of Vancouver area. Port Moody operates Fireboat 4. North Vancouver City and District Fire Departments used to each have a boat until 2011 when they cut the service.[4]

Former fireboats:

Crest[edit]

VFRS uses a standard logo displayed on uniforms and vehicles:

  • Maltese cross
  • fire hydrant
  • EMS Star of Life
  • helmet,ladder, horn, hook and axe

Emergency responses[edit]

1st alarm: (working fire, structure fire, report of smoke): Four pumping apparatus (any combo of engine, ladder, quint or tower, 1 Rescue or Medic and 1 Battalion Chief

Working alarm: One engine or Quint or Ladder, Air Light Support, Fire Investigator and 1 Battalion Chief

2nd alarm: 2 pumping apparatus (engine, quint, ladder or tower)

3rd Alarm: 2 pumping apparatus (engine, quint, ladder or tower)

4th Alarm: 2 pumping apparatus (engine, quint, ladder or tower) if required by IC, may only be call out if approved by Deputy Chief

5th Alarm: Engine assignment unknown; Quint or Ladder assignment unknown Rescue or Medic assignment unknown Command Special Operations 4 and Deputy Chief

Activated Alarm: (fire alarm):1 Engine and 1 Quint (2 Of same unit can also be dispatched)

MVI (Motor Vehicle Incident): 1 pumping apparatus

Medical Aids: 1 Engine, Quint or Ladder, Rescue, Medic or Wildlands

Hazmat Level 1: 1 Engine or Quint or Ladder or Tower

Hazmat Level 2: 2 pumping apparatus - also could include hazmat team response

Hazmat Level 3: Additional agencies and Fire Chiefs notified

Major incidents and disasters[edit]

Great Vancouver Fire: On June 13, 1886, workers were burning brush to make way for development when high winds picked up the flames and started burning out of control. Vancouver Volunteer Hosewagon Company No. 1, comprising a dozen volunteers, grabbed buckets and axes and tried to put the flames out; the city had purchased a fire engine which had not yet arrived; most of the city burned down in 45 minutes.

BC Forest Products: On July 3, 1960, a fire broke out at the BC Forest Products Mill near Oak St and W 6th Ave, resulting in the VFRS's first five-alarm fire. 350 firefighters battled the flames for hours on the hot day before getting the fire out most of the mill burnt down.

Stanley Cup Riot: On June 15, 2011, the Vancouver Canucks lost game 7 of the Stanley cup finals to the Boston Bruins which result in violence VFRS Fire Halls 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 were kept busy that night dealing with a large number of burning vehicles burning rubbish, medical aids and burning complaints one firefighter was also injured when he was assaulted by a rioter who demanded treatment for pepper spray used by Police.

Training facility VF&RS training grounds also known as the Chess st training grounds is the training facility for the VFRS the site has a burn building and several classrooms there is also a base for the CAN-1 HUSAR (Canadian Heavy Urban Search And Rescue Team) the only HUSAR team in Canada that can be deployed anywhere in the world. The training facility also hosts the Department's youth academy outreach program, a one-week firefighting academy for high school students through grades 10 to 12. BC first responders level 3 the first aid course required by firefighters is also taught there.

See also[edit]

  • E-Comm, 9-1-1 call and dispatch centre for Southwestern BC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services | City of Vancouver. Vancouver.ca. Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  2. ^ a b "History of Vancouver - Vancouver Fire and Rescue: Early Days". Vancouverhistory.ca. 2004. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  3. ^ "In The Line Of Duty". IAFF 18. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

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