Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services

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Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
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Agency Overview
Established 1886
Employees 800
Staffing Career
Fire chief John McKearney
Facilities & Equipment
Stations 20
Engines 14
Ladders 6
Quints 12
Rescues 3
Fireboats 3
Medics 8
EMS Level First Responder
Website
Special Service Unit 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 emergency medical 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
  • 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.[4]

Engine Company Ladder Company Quint Company Rescue Squad Medic Unit Special Unit Chief Address Neighborhood
Engine 1 Ladder 1 Medic 1 (crossover) Battalion 1 900 Heatley Ave. Strathcona
Engine 2 Quint 2 Medic 2 (crossover) 199 Main St. Downtown Eastside
Engine 3 Ladder 3 Rescue 3 (crossover) 2801 Quebec St. Mount Pleasant
Quint 4 Medic 4 Command/Special Operations 4 1475 W. 10th Ave. Fairview
Quint 5 3090 E. 54th Ave. Killarney
Engine 6 Quint 6 1001 Nicola St. West End
Engine 7 Ladder 7 Rescue 7 (crossover) 1090 Haro St. City Center
Engine 8 Medic 8 Wildlands 8 (crossover) 895 Hamilton St. Yaletown
Quint 9 Medic 9 1805 Victoria Dr. Grandview-Woodland
Engine 10 Tower 10 Wildlands 10 (crossover medic) Ladder 27(Spare) 2992 Wesbrook Mall University Endowment Lands
Quint 12 Medic 12 2460 Balaclava St. Kitsilano
Quint 13 Air & Light 13 (crossover) 4013 Prince Albert St. Riley Park/Kensington-Cedar Cottage
Engine 14 Engine 29(Spare) 2804 Venables St. Hastings-Sunrise
Engine 15 Quint 15 Medic 15 (crossover) Battalion 2 3003 E. 22nd Ave. Renfrew-Collingwood
Engine 17 Ladder 17 Rescue 17 (crossover) 7070 Knight St. Victoria-Fraserview
Engine 18 Quint 18 Haz-Mat. 18, Hazmat Tender 18, SCBA Service Unit Battalion 3 1375 W. 38th Ave. Arbutusridge-Shaughnessy-Kerrisdale
Quint 19 4396 W. 12th Ave. West Point Grey
Quint 20 5402 Victoria Dr. Victoria/Kensington-Cedar Cottage
Quint 21 Medic 21 5425 Carnarvon St. Kerrisdale/Dunbar-Southlands
Engine 22 Ladder 22 Wildlands 22 (crossover medic) Hazmat Decon 22 (Decon unit) 1005 W. 59th Ave. Oakridge-Marpole

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/Smeal 1775gpm./400gal./50gal. Class A Foam CAFS Pumper Truck
  • Engine 2 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius/Smeal 1775gpm./400gal./50gal. Class A Foam CAFS Pumper Truck
  • Engine 3 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius/Smeal 1775gpm./400gal./50gal. Class A Foam CAFS Pumper Truck
  • Engine 6 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius/Smeal 1775gpm./400gal./50gal. Class A Foam CAFS Pumper Truck
  • Engine 7 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius/Smeal 1775gpm./400gal./50gal. Class A Foam CAFS Pumper Truck
  • Engine 8 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius/Smeal 1775gpm./400gal./50gal. Class A Foam CAFS Pumper Truck
  • Engine 10 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius/Smeal 1775gpm./400gal./50gal. Class A Foam CAFS Pumper Truck
  • Engine 14 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius/Smeal 1775gpm./400gal./50gal. Class A Foam CAFS Pumper Truck
  • Engine 15 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius/Smeal 1775gpm./400gal./50gal. Class A Foam CAFS Pumper Truck
  • Engine 17 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius/Smeal 1775gpm./400gal./50gal. Class A Foam CAFS Pumper Truck
  • Engine 18 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius/Smeal 1775gpm./400gal./50gal. Class A Foam CAFS Pumper Truck
  • Engine 22 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius/Smeal 1775gpm./400gal./50gal. Class A Foam CAFS Pumper Truck
  • Engine 29(Spare) - 1991 Simon-Duplex D-500/Anderson 1500gpm./300gal./24gal. Foam Pumper Truck (Ex-Engine 7)
  • Spare Engine - 1994 Simon-Duplex D-500/Anderson 1500gpm./300gal./40gal. Foam Pumper Truck (Ex-Engine 3)
  • Spare Engine - 1994 Simon-Duplex D-500/Anderson 1500gpm./300gal./40gal. Foam Pumper Truck (Ex-Engine 8)

Ladder Companies[edit]

  • Ladder 1 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius/Smeal 1775gpm./250gal./35gal. Class A Foam/125' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Ladder 3 - 1994 Simon-Duplex/Anderson/LTI 1500gpm./500gal./40gal. Foam/110' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Ladder 7 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius/Smeal 1775gpm./250gal./35gal. Class A Foam/125' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Tower 10 - 2001 Spartan Gladiator/Smeal 1750gpm./300gal./30gal. Class A Foam/30gal. Class B Foam/100' Rear-Mount Platform Tower Ladder Truck
  • Ladder 17 - 1996 Simon-Duplex/Anderson/Smeal (1500gpm./150gal./40gal. Foam/105' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Ladder 22 - 1994 Simon-Duplex/Anderson/LTI 1500gpm./150gal./40gal. Foam/110' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Ladder 27(Spare) - 1991 Pierce Lance/Superior/Smeal 1500gpm./300gal./105' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck

Quint Companies[edit]

  • Quint 2 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal 1500gpm./150gal./40gal. Class A Foam/75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Quint 4 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal 1500gpm./150gal./40gal. Class A Foam/75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Quint 5 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal 1500gpm./150gal./40gal. Class A Foam/75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Quint 6 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal 1500gpm./150gal./40gal. Class A Foam/75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Quint 9 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal 1500gpm./150gal./40gal. Class A Foam/75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Quint 12 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal 1500gpm./150gal./40gal. Class A Foam/75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Quint 13 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal 1500gpm./150gal./40gal. Class A Foam/75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Quint 15 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal 1500gpm./150gal./40gal. Class A Foam/75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Quint 18 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal 1500gpm./150gal./40gal. Class A Foam/75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Quint 19 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal 1500gpm./150gal./40gal. Class A Foam/75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Quint 20 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal 1500gpm./150gal./40gal. Class A Foam/75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint
  • Quint 21 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal 1500gpm./150gal./40gal. Class A Foam/75' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Quint

Rescue Units[edit]

  • Rescue 3 - 1999 Freightliner FL-50/Fort Garry Rescue Truck
  • Rescue 7 - 1999 Freightliner FL-50/Fort Garry Rescue Truck
  • Rescue 17 - 1999 Freightliner FL-50/Fort Garry Rescue Truck

Medic Units[edit]

  • Medic 1 - 1999 Freightliner FL-50/Fort Garry Medic Unit
  • Medic 2 - 2012 Ford F-250 XL/Safetek Canopy Medic Pickup Truck
  • Medic 4 - 2010 Ford F-150 XL/Leer Canopy Medic Pickup Truck
  • Medic 8 - 2010 Ford F-150 XL/Leer Canopy Medic Pickup Truck
  • Medic 9 - 1999 Freightliner FL-50/Fort Garry Medic Unit
  • Medic 12 - 2010 Ford F-150 XL/Leer Canopy Medic Pickup Truck
  • Medic 15 - 2008 Ford F-150 XL/Leer Canopy Medic Pickup Truck
  • Medic 21 - 1999 Freightliner FL-50/Fort Garry Medic Unit

Battalion Chief Units[edit]

  • Battalion 1 - 2012 Ford F-250 XL/Leer Canopy Pickup Truck
  • Battalion 2 - 2008 Ford F-150 XL/Leer Canopy Pickup Truck
  • Battalion 3 - 2012 Ford F-250 XL/Leer Canopy Pickup Truck
  • Spare Battalion Chief/Medic Unit - 2012 Ford F-250 XL/Leer Canopy Pickup Truck

Special Units[edit]

  • Command/Special Operations 4 - 2007 Spartan Diamond/Sirius/2012 SVI Heavy-Duty Walk-Around Mobile Command Center Truck
  • Haz-Mat. 18 - 2007 Spartan Diamond/Sirius/SVI Heavy-Duty Walk-Around Haz-Mat. Truck
  • Decon. 22 - 2009 Ford LC F-45/ITB Haz-Mat. Decon. Truck
  • Haz-Mat. Tender 18 - 2009 Ford LC F-45/ITB Haz-Mat. Tender Truck
  • Air & Light/Rehab. 13 - 2007 Spartan Diamond/Sirius/SVI Heavy-Duty Walk-Around Air Cascade and Lighting Truck
  • Wildlands 10- 2007 Ford F-550 XL SD 4x4/HUB 100gpm./250gal./20gal. Foam CAFS Brush Truck
  • Special Operations/HUSAR Unit - 2011 Freightliner M2/2012 ITB Special Operations Collapse/Technical/Trench/Confined-Space Rescue Truck
  • Canada USAR Task Force 1 Unit - 1997 GMC C-7500/Multivans USAR Truck
  • Hose Tender - 1995 Freightliner FL106/Anderson 5000' 5" Supply Hose Wagon Truck
  • SCBA Service Unit - 2012 Isuzu NQR/ITB SCBA Service Truck
  • Logistic Unit - 2007 Ford F-350 SD/ITB Equipment Transport Truck
  • Logistic Support Unit - 2000 Ford E-350/ITB Supply Truck (Ex-Haz-Mat. 3)
  • Car 73(Fire Investigation Unit) - 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. [5]

Former fireboats:


Crest[edit]

VFRS uses a standard logo displayed on uniforms and vehicles:

  • Maltese cross
  • fire hydrant
  • EMS logo
  • helmet,ladder, horn, hook and axe

Emergency responses[edit]

1st alarm: (working fire, structure fire, report of smoke): Three engines or Quints or Ladders and 1 Quint or Ladders, 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: Two engines or Quints or Ladders

3rd Alarm: 2 Engines or Quints or Ladders

4th Alarm: 2 Engines or Quints or Ladders 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 Engine and 1 Quint or Rescue/Medic truck/Wildland

Medical Aids: 1 Engine, Quint or Ladder, Rescue, Medic or Wildland (Wildland operates during the summer only)

Hazmat Level 1: 1 Engine or Quint

Hazmat Level 2: 3 Engines, 2 Quints or Ladder, 1 Rescue/Medic/Wildland, 1 Battalion Chief 1 Hazmat

Hazmat Level 3: 2 Engines, 1 Quints or Ladder, 1 Rescue/Medic/Wildland 1 Battalion Chief, 1 Hazmat Tender, Air Light Support

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 stated 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 witch had not yet arrived; most of the city burnt down in 45 minutes.

BC Forest Products: OnlJuly 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 witch 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. ^ Vancouver fire halls | City of Vancouver. Vancouver.ca. Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]

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