Calgary Fire Department
|Established||1885 (Calgary Hook, Ladder and Bucket Corps)|
|Employees||1400 (all staff)|
|Fire chief||Steve Dongworth|
|Facilities and equipment|
|Calgary Fire Department|
The department was created on 25 August 1885 as the Calgary Hook, Ladder and Bucket Corps and a chemical engine was ordered soon after. The first Captain was George Constantine. Prior to the formation of the Corps, wells had been dug throughout the town in 1884 at the recommendation of George Murdoch, Mayor of the Town of Calgary. Prior to 1909, it was a volunteer fire department. In 1909, 40 full-time firefighters were hired. In 1910, it purchased its first motorized fire truck.
As of March 31, 2015, the department has 39 stations and employs over 1,400 personnel in both operational and support roles. Their headquarters is located at 4124 11th Street SE.
- 1 Organization
- 2 Rank Insignia
- 3 Fire Stations
- 3.1 Downtown Fire Station 1
- 3.2 Beltline Fire Station 2
- 3.3 Vista Heights Fire Station 4
- 3.4 South Calgary Fire Station 5
- 3.5 Eau Claire Fire Station 6
- 3.6 Fire Station 7
- 3.7 Rosscarrock Fire Station 8
- 3.8 Ogden Fire Station 9
- 3.9 Briar Hill Fire Station 10
- 3.10 Windsor Park Fire Station 11
- 3.11 Forest Heights Fire Station 12
- 3.12 Airport Fire Station 13
- 3.13 Haysboro Fire Station 14
- 3.14 Bowness Fire Station 15
- 3.15 Highfield Fire Station 16
- 3.16 Varsity Fire Station 17
- 3.17 Huntington Hills Fire Station 18
- 3.18 Parkland Fire Station 19
- 3.19 Lincoln Park Fire Station 20
- 3.20 Silver Springs Fire Station 21
- 3.21 Temple Fire Station 22
- 3.22 Southview Fire Station 23
- 3.23 Cedarbrae Fire Station 24
- 3.24 Foothills Fire Station 25
- 3.25 Midnapore Fire Station 26
- 3.26 Edgemont Fire Station 28
- 3.27 Coach Hill Fire Station 29
- 3.28 McKenzie Town Fire Station 30
- 3.29 Country Hills 31
- 3.30 Saddle Ridge Fire Station 32
- 3.31 Signal Hill Fire Station 33
- 3.32 Royal Vista Fire Station 34
- 3.33 Valley Ridge Fire Station 35
- 3.34 Hidden Valley Fire Station 36
- 3.35 Evergreen Fire Station 37
- 3.36 Skyview Ranch Fire Station 38
- 3.37 Douglas Glen Fire Station 39
- 3.38 Symons Valley Fire Station 40
- 3.39 Seton Fire Station 41
- 4 References
- 5 External links
The Fire Service uses the term "Chief Officer" to describe individuals who are in a Chief role. These "Chief Officers" are responsible for overseeing management functions as well as supervising fire operations. In the Calgary Fire Department, the Chief Officers are:
- Fire Chief – (1) oversees the entire Calgary Fire Department (CFD)
- Deputy Chief – (5) oversee five of the six divisions of the CFD
- Fire Rescue Services
- Fire Rescue Support Services
- Risk Management
- Capital Development
- Assistant Deputy Chief – (7) Four are tasked to Fire Rescue Services and the remainder are deployed where needed
- Battalion Chief – (4) firefighters work on a platoon system. There are four platoons (A, B, C, & D) and each platoon is supervised by a Battalion Chief
- District Chief – (20) the city is divided into 5 districts (East, West, North, South, & Central). Each district on each platoon is supervised by a District Chief, therefore there are 5 District Chiefs on at any given time (one in each district).
Company officers are in charge of each crew. Company officers include:
- Fire captain – each fire engine (pumper truck) is supervised by a fire captain on each platoon. As there is an engine in each fire hall, the captain is in charge of the fire hall as well.
- Fire lieutenant – every other fire apparatus is supervised by a lieutenant. These include: aerial trucks, rescue trucks, hazmat trucks, etc. Every hall has an engine, but only select halls have other apparatus, such as these.
Firefighters are the main work force of the fire department. They include:
- Senior Firefighter – one on each Fire Engine (pumper truck)
- Firefighter – drive the trucks and ride in the back
- Probationary Firefighter – placed on Fire Engines as needed, ride in the back with the Senior Firefighter
The Fire Department also relies on numerous Support Staff to fill various roles. Uniformed local 255 support staff members are firefighters who have moved into a different role with the Department. The Fire Marshal oversees the inspectors and investigators within the division of Risk Management. Each Support Section is also run by a Coordinator. These include:
- Hazardous Material Coordinator
- Emergency Management Coordinator
- Recruitment Coordinator
- Fire Inspections Coordinator
- Wellness & Fitness Coordinator
- Health and Safety Coordinator
- Community Safety Coordinator
Many Support Sections also have Staff Support Officers. These include:
- Hazardous Material Officers
- Emergency Management Officers
- Recruitment Officers
- Wellness & Fitness Officers
- Health and Safety Officers
- Community Safety Officers
- Fire Inspector II
- Technical Services Officers
- Public Information Officers
- Shift Investigator
- Training Officers
- Arson Investigator
- Fire Inspector I
The Fire Department also employs many other non-uniformed staff in numerous roles.
Fire Suppression Staff
|CHIEF OFFICERS||COMPANY OFFICERS||FIREFIGHTERS|
|Fire Chief||Deputy Chief||Assistant Deputy Chief||Battalion Chief||District Chief||Fire Captain||Fire Lieutenant||Senior Firefighter||Firefighter||Probationary Firefighter|
|Rank Epaulettes||No Insignia||No Insignia||Blue Striped Epaulettes|
Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic
If a Firefighter, Company Officer, or Chief Officer is also qualified as an EMT-A or Paramedic, they wear the Star of Life insignia on their fire helmet.
|Fire Marshal||Support Staff Coordinators||Support Staff Officers||Fire Inspector I / Arson Investigator|
|Notes||Head of the Fire Investigations and Inspections||Health and Safety Coordinator / Fire Inspections Coordinator / Hazardous Materials Coordinator / Emergency Management Coordinator / Community Services Coordinator / Wellness and Fitness Coordinator / Recruitment Coordinator||Training Officer / Health and Safety Officer / Hazardous Materials Officer / Emergency Management Officer / Public Information Officer / Community Safety Officer / Technical Services Officer / Fire Inspector II / Shift Investigator|
|Fire Suppression Staff||Helmet Colour|
|Support Staff Coordinators
Fire Inspector II & Fire Inspector I
|Support Staff Officers
There are 39 fire stations in Calgary, operating 24 hours a day.
Downtown Fire Station 1
- 450 1 Street S.E.
Beltline Fire Station 2
- 1010 10 Avenue S.W.
Vista Heights Fire Station 4
- 1991 18 Avenue N.E.
South Calgary Fire Station 5
- 3129 14 Street S.W.
Eau Claire Fire Station 6
- 360 8 Street S.W.
Fire Station 7
- 430 36 Avenue N.E.
Rosscarrock Fire Station 8
- 1720 45 Street S.W.
Ogden Fire Station 9
- 2515 78 Avenue S.E.
Briar Hill Fire Station 10
- 1909 16 Avenue N.W.
Windsor Park Fire Station 11
- 5506 4 Street S.W.
Forest Heights Fire Station 12
- 123 44 Street S.E.
Airport Fire Station 13
- 2021 78 Avenue N.E.
Haysboro Fire Station 14
- 9840 Horton Road S.W.
Bowness Fire Station 15
- 6328 35 Avenue N.W.
Highfield Fire Station 16
- 4124 11 Street S.E.
Varsity Fire Station 17
- 3740 32 Avenue N.W.
Huntington Hills Fire Station 18
- 415 68 Avenue N.W.
Parkland Fire Station 19
- 13807 Parkland Boulevard S.E.
Lincoln Park Fire Station 20
- 2800 Peacekeepers Way S.W.
Silver Springs Fire Station 21
- 209 Silvergrove Drive N.W.
Temple Fire Station 22
- 7199 Temple Drive N.E.
Southview Fire Station 23
- 2727 26 Avenue S.E.
Cedarbrae Fire Station 24
- 2607 106 Avenue S.W.
Foothills Fire Station 25
- 4705 76 Avenue S.E.
Midnapore Fire Station 26
- 450 Midpark Way S.E.
Edgemont Fire Station 28
- 7925 Edgemont Boulevard N.W.
Coach Hill Fire Station 29
- 7027 Coach Hill Road S.W.
McKenzie Town Fire Station 30
- 6 McKenzie Towne Gate S.E.
Country Hills 31
- 11955 Country Village Link N.E.
Saddle Ridge Fire Station 32
- 800 Saddletowne Circle N.E.
Signal Hill Fire Station 33
- 3800 69 Street S.W.
Royal Vista Fire Station 34
- 16 Royal Vista Way N.W.
Valley Ridge Fire Station 35
- 11280 Valley Ridge Boulevard N.W.
Hidden Valley Fire Station 36
- 10071 Hidden Valley Drive N.W.
Evergreen Fire Station 37
- 2511 Eversyde Avenue S.W.
Skyview Ranch Fire Station 38
- 3 Skyview Springs Cove N.E.
Douglas Glen Fire Station 39
- 4199 114 Ave S.E.
Symons Valley Fire Station 40
- 12920 Symons Valley Road N.W.
Seton Fire Station 41
- 3790 Seton Drive S.E.
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- Wark, S. Arnold (1919). City of Calgary year book. Calgary. p. 27.
- Department, Calgary Fire (2015-04-28). "Calgary Fire Stations listing". www.calgary.ca. Retrieved 2017-07-10.