Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services

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Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
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Established 1886
Employees 800
Staffing Career
EMS level First Responder
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Stations 20
Engines 12
Trucks 6
Quints 12
Rescues 3
Fireboats 2
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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 Engines Ladders/Quints Medics/Rescues Battalion Chiefs & Specials Addresses Opening Dates
1 (Strathcona) Engine 1 Ladder 1 Medic 1 Battalion Chief 1, Car 73, Pod Truck, Mechanic 1, Mechanic 2 900 Heatley Avenue 8/8/75
2 (Downtown Eastside) Engine 2 Quint 2 Medic 2 199 Main Street 8/8/75
3 (Mount Pleasant) Engine 3 Ladder 3 Rescue 3 2801 Quebec Street 1/27/01
4 (Fairview) Quint 4 Medic 4 Command 4 1475 West 10th Avenue 5/11/92
5 (Killarney) Engine 5 Quint 5 3090 Rosemont Drive 5/13/15
6 (West End) Engine 6 Quint 6 1001 Nicola Street 3/18/89
7 (Downtown) Engine 7 Ladder 7 Rescue 7 1090 Haro Street 12/5/74
8 (Yaletown) Engine 8 Medic 8 Wildlands 8 895 Hamilton Street 12/5/74
9 (Grandview-Woodland) Quint 9 Medic 9 1805 Victoria Drive 2/12/60
10 (UBC) Tower 10 Wildlands 10, Parade 2992 Wesbrook Mall 10/16/95
12 (Kitsilano) Quint 12 Medic 12 Hose Tender 2460 Balaclava Street 7/11/87
13 (Riley Park) Quint 13 Air & Light 13, Clothing Wagon 4013 Prince Albert Street 4/4/03
14 (Hastings-Sunrise) Engine 14 Engine 29 2804 Venables Street 8/13/79
15 (Renfrew-Collingwood) Engine 15 Quint 15 Medic 15 Battalion Chief 2 3003 East 22nd Avenue 3/26/12
17 (Victoria-Fraserview) Engine 17 Ladder 17 Rescue 17 7070 Knight Street 6/3/55
18 (Shaughnessy) Engine 18 Quint 18 Battalion Chief 3, Hazmat 18, Hazmat Tender 18, Mask Repair 1375 West 38th Avenue 7/22/00
19 (West Point Grey) Quint 19 4396 West 12th Avenue 7/3/80
20 (Kensington-Cedar Cottage) Quint 20 Antique 5402 Victoria Drive 11/9/62
21 (Kerrisdale) Quint 21 Medic 21 5425 Carnarvon Street 6/7/85
22 (Marpole-Oakridge) Engine 22 Ladder 22 Wildlands 22, Hazmat Tender 22 1005 West 59th Avenue 6/18/82

Old 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 Engines Ladders/Quints Medics/Rescues Battalion Chiefs & Specials Addresses Opening Dates
1 (Strathcona) Engine 1 Ladder 1 Medic 1 Battalion Chief 1, Car 73, Pod Truck, Hose Tender, Clothing Wagon, Mechanic 1, Mechanic 2 900 Heatley Avenue 8/8/75
2 (Downtown Eastside) Engine 2 Quint 2 Medic 2 296 East Cordova Street 3/7/51
3 (Mount Pleasant) Engine 3 Ladder 3 Rescue 3 Engine 26, Quint 3 96 East 12th Avenue 6/24/1912
4 (Fairview) Quint 4 Medic 4 Command 4, Rescue 4, Hazmat 4 1475 West 10th Avenue 1/1/1904
5 (Killarney) Engine 5 Quint 5 Ladder 27, Wildlands 5 3090 East 54th Avenue 4/2/52
6 (West End) Engine 6 Quint 6 1001 Nicola Street 3/18/89
7 (Downtown) Engine 7 Ladder 7 Tower 7, High Angle 7, Wildlands 7, Engine 28 1090 Haro Street 12/5/74
8 (Yaletown) Engine 8 Quint 8 Medic 8 Rescue 8, Wildlands 8 895 Hamilton Street 12/5/74
9 (Grandview-Woodland) Quint 9 1805 Victoria Drive 2/12/60
10 (UBC) Engine 10 Ladder 10 Technical Rescue 10 Hazmat Tender 10, Command 10, Ambulance 10, Antique, Parade 2992 Wesbrook Mall 10/16/95
12 (Kitsilano) Engine 12 Medic 12 Rescue 12 2460 Balaclava Street 10/13/1913
13 (Riley Park) Quint 13 Air & Light 13 4013 Prince Albert Street 10/13/1913
14 (Hastings-Sunrise) Engine 14 Engine 29 2705 Cambridge Street 7/11/1913
15 (Renfrew-Collingwood) Engine 15 Quint 15 Medic 15 Battalion Chief 2 3003 East 22nd Avenue 9/15/1914
17 (Victoria-Fraserview) Engine 17 Quint 17 Rescue 17 7070 Knight Street 6/3/55
18 (Shaughnessy) Engine 18 Quint 18 Battalion Chief 3, Hazmat 18, Hazmat Tender 18, Mask Repair 1375 West 38th Avenue 4/30/24
19 (West Point Grey) Engine 19 Quint 19 Wildlands 19 4396 West 12th Avenue 9/1/22
20 (Kensington-Cedar Cottage) Engine 20 Quint 20 Battalion Chief 2 5402 Victoria Drive 11/9/62
21 (Kerrisdale) Quint 21 Ladder 21 5425 Carnarvon Street 5/1/26
22 (Marpole-Oakridge) Engine 22 Ladder 22 Rescue 22 1305 West 70th Avenue Late 1922

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

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

Engine 7 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator Sirius LFD/Smeal (1775/400/50A/CAFS) (ex Engine 22)

Engine 8 - 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) (ex Pump 7)

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) (ex Engine 7)

Engine 26 - 1994 Duplex D500SFD/Anderson (1500/300/40F) (ex Engine 3 & ex Engine 2)

Engine 28 - 1991 Duplex D500/Anderson (1500/300/24F) (ex Engine 7 & ex Engine 8)

Engine 29 - 1991 Duplex D500/Anderson (1500/300/24F) (ex Engine 12 & ex Engine 4)

Spare Engine - 1994 Duplex D500SFD/Anderson (1500/300/40F) (ex Engine 5, ex Engine 1 & ex Engine 9)

Spare Engine - 1994 Duplex D500SFD/Anderson (1500/300/40F) (ex Engine 8 & ex Engine 6)

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

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) (ex Ladder 15)

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, ex Ladder 1 & ex Ladder 9)

Ladder 27 - 1991 Pierce Lance/Superior/Smeal (1500/300/105' rearmount) (ex Ladder 5 & ex Ladder 17)

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) (ex Quint 3)

Quint 5 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 1)

Quint 6 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 8)

Quint 9 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 14)

Quint 12 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/25A/25B/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 20, ex Quint 17 & ex Quint 5)

Quint 13 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 6)

Quint 15 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 14, ex Quint 3 & ex Quint 22)

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 & ex Quint 15)

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) cross staffed with Ladder 3 (ex Rescue 22)

Rescue 7 - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry (250/150/Heavy Jaws) cross staffed with Ladder 15 (ex Rescue 15, ex Rescue 8 & ex Rescue 3)

Rescue 17 - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry (250/150/Heavy Jaws) cross staffed with Ladder 17 (ex Rescue 22, ex Rescue 3 & ex Rescue 9)

Spare Rescue - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry heavy rescue/medical response (250/150) (ex Rescue 12 & ex Rescue 21)

Medic Units[edit]

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

Medic 2 - 2012 Ford F250XL/Safetek Canopy Medic Pickup Truck crossed staffed with Quint 2

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 9 & ex Rescue 17)

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

Medic 15 - 2012 Ford F250XL/Safetek Canopy Medic Pickup Truck crossed staffed with Ladder 15

Medic 21 - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry heavy rescue/medical response (250/150) (ex Medic 17, ex Rescue 4 & ex Rescue 8)

Spare Medic - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry (250/150) Tech Rescue unit (ex Medic 2)

Battalion Chief Units[edit]

Battalion 1 - 2012 Ford F250 XL/Leer Canopy Pickup Truck (Hall #1)

Battalion 2 - 2010 Ford F150 XL/Leer Canopy Pickup Truck (ex Medic 12) (Hall #15)

Battalion 3 - 2012 Ford F250 XL/Leer Canopy Pickup Truck (Hall #18)

Special Units[edit]

Command 4 - 2007 Spartan Diamond Sirius/SVI (ex Hazmat 3)

Antique - 1912 American Lafrance Type 10 hosewagon

Parade - 1942 Ford/LaFrance hosewagon

Wildlands 10 (ex Wildlands 19) - 2007 Ford F550XL 4x4/Hub cross staffed with Tower 10

Hazmat 18 - 2007 Spartan Diamond Sirius/SVI (ex Hazmat 10)

Hazmat Tender 18 - 2009 Ford LCF45/ITB (ex Decon 10)

Hazmat Tender 22 - 2009 Ford LCF45/ITB (ex Hazmat Tender 10)

Wildlands 22 (ex Wildlands 17 & ex Wildlands 5) - 2002 Ford F550/Superior (CAFS/270/10A) cross staffed with Ladder 22

Wildlands 8 - 2002 Ford F550/Superior (CAFS/270/10A)

Air & Light 13 - 2007 Spartan Diamond Sirius MFD/SVI (ex Air & Light 22)

Hose Tender - 1995 Freightliner FL106/Anderson

Mask Repair - 2012 Isuzu/NQR/ITB SCBA unit

Mechanic 1 - 2007 Ford E350/ITB FD Shops

Mechanic 2 - 1999 Ford F450XL/ITB

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

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

Retired Apparatus[edit]

Wildlands 7 - 1999 GMC 2500 SL/Suburban/4x4 SUV (ex Battalion Chief 1)

Battalion Chief 2 - 1999 GMC 2500 SL/Suburban/4x4 SUV (Hall #20)

Battalion Chief 3 - 1999 GMC 2500 SL/Suburban/4x4 SUV (Hall #18)

High Angle 7 - 1997 International S4700/Anderson/Collins (Sold to New Westminster Fire and Rescue)

Wildlands 19 - 1996 GMC K3500/FD Shops brush tender (port/100)

Command 10 - 1992 Grumman/VFD Shops command (ex Command 9 & ex Command 4)

Ambulance 10 - 1991 Ford F350/Cayel Craft light rescue

Technical Rescue 10 - 1991 Chevrolet Van 30 Grumman/Olsen technical rescue

Hazmat 4 - 1991 International 4700/Supreme hazmat

Ladder 18 - 1991 Pierce Lance/Superior/Smeal quint (1500/175/40F/105' rearmount) (ex Ladder 12)

Engine 20 - 1989 Freightliner FLA6342/Hub pumper (1050/300/20F) (ex Engine 15)

Engine 15 - 1989 Freightliner FLA6342/Hub pumper (1050/300/20F)

Engine 5 - 1989 Freightliner FLA6342/Hub pumper (1050/300/20F) (ex Engine 17)

Engine 18 - 1989 Freightliner FLA6342/Hub pumper (1050/300/20F)

Engine 10 - 1988 Mack MR686P/Hub pumper (1250/500)

Engine 6 - 1987 Freightliner FLL6342/Anderson pumper (1500/300/25F) (ex Engine 3)

Engine 1 - 1987 Freightliner FLL6342/Anderson pumper (1500/300/20F)

Ladder 21 - 1983 Pemfab/Pierreville aerial (250/200/100' rearmount)

Engine 22 - 1981 International CO1950B/Pierreville pumper (1050/300/24F)

Engine 14 - 1980 International CO1950B/Pierreville pumper (1050/300/24F)

Engine 19 - 1979 International CO1950B/Pierreville pumper (1050/300/20F)

Ladder 12 - 1979 Scot C1FD/Pierreville quint (ex Ladder 18)

Old 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 1 - 1994 Duplex D500SFD/Anderson (1500/300/40F) (ex Engine 9)

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 - 1989 Freightliner FLA6342/Hub pumper (1050/300/20F) (ex Engine 17)

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

Engine 6 - 1987 Freightliner FLL6342/Anderson pumper (1500/300/25F) (ex Engine 3)

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 8 - 1994 Duplex D500SFD/Anderson (1500/300/40F) (ex Engine 6)

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

Engine 10 - 1988 Mack MR686P/Hub pumper (1250/500)

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

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

Engine 14 - 1980 International CO1950B/Pierreville pumper (1050/300/24F)

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

Engine 15 - 1989 Freightliner FLA6342/Hub pumper (1050/300/20F)

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 18 - 1989 Freightliner FLA6342/Hub pumper (1050/300/20F)

Engine 19 - 1979 International CO1950B/Pierreville pumper (1050/300/20F)

Engine 20 - 1989 Freightliner FLA6342/Hub pumper (1050/300/20F)

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

Engine 22 - 1981 International CO1950B/Pierreville pumper (1050/300/24F)

Engine 26 - 1994 Duplex D500SFD/Anderson (1500/300/40F) (ex Engine 3 & ex Engine 2)

Engine 28 - 1991 Duplex D500/Anderson (1500/300/24F) (ex Engine 7 & ex Engine 8)

Engine 29 - 1991 Duplex D500/Anderson (1500/300/24F) (ex Engine 12 & ex Engine 4)

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)

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

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

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

Ladder 12 - 1979 Scot C1FD/Pierreville quint (ex Ladder 18)

Ladder 18 - 1991 Pierce Lance/Superior/Smeal quint (1500/175/40F/105' rearmount) (ex Ladder 12)

Ladder 21 - 1983 Pemfab/Pierreville aerial (250/200/100' rearmount)

Ladder 22 - 1994 Simon Duplex/Anderson/LTI (1500/150/40F/110' rearmount) (ex Ladder 18, ex Ladder 1 & ex Ladder 9)

Ladder 27 - 1991 Pierce Lance/Superior/Smeal (1500/300/105' rearmount) (ex Ladder 5 & ex Ladder 17)

Quint Companies[edit]

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

Quint 3 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount)

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

Quint 5 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 1)

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

Quint 8 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount)

Quint 9 - 1999 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 14)

Quint 13 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/25A/25B/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 15)

Quint 15 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/40A/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 14, ex Quint 3 & ex Quint 22)

Quint 17 - 1998 Spartan Gladiator MFD/Anderson/Smeal (1500/150/25A/25B/75' rearmount) (ex Quint 20 & ex Quint 5)

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)

Rescue Units[edit]

Rescue 3 - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry (250/150/Heavy Jaws) (ex Rescue 9)

Rescue 4 - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry heavy rescue/medical response (250/150) (ex Rescue 8)

Rescue 8 - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry (250/150/Heavy Jaws) (ex Rescue 3)

Rescue 12 - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry heavy rescue/medical response (250/150) (ex Rescue 21)

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

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

Medic Units[edit]

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

Medic 2 - 2012 Ford F250XL/Safetek Canopy Medic Pickup Truck crossed staffed with Quint 2

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

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

Medic 12 - 2010 Ford F150XL/Leer canopy outfitted by Safetek

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

Spare Medic - 1999 Freightliner FL50/Fort Garry (250/150) Tech Rescue unit (ex Medic 2)

Battalion Chief Units[edit]

Battalion Chief 1 - 2012 Ford F250 XL/Safetek (Hall #1)

Battalion Chief 2 - 2008 Ford F250 XL/Safetek (Hall #15)

Battalion Chief 2 - 1999 GMC 2500 SL/Suburban/4x4 SUV (Hall #20)

Battalion Chief 3 - 2012 Ford F250 XL/Safetek (Hall #18)

Battalion Chief 3 - 1999 GMC 2500 SL/Suburban/4x4 SUV (Hall #18)

Special Units[edit]

Command 4 - 2007 Spartan Diamond Sirius/SVI (ex Hazmat 3)

Antique - 1912 American Lafrance Type 10 hosewagon

Parade - 1942 Ford/LaFrance hosewagon

Wildlands 19 - 2007 Ford F550XL 4x4/Hub (CAFS/250)

Hazmat 18 - 2007 Spartan Diamond Sirius/SVI (ex Hazmat 10)

Hazmat Tender 18 - 2009 Ford LCF45/ITB (ex Decon 10)

Hazmat Tender 22 - 2009 Ford LCF45/ITB (ex Hazmat Tender 10)

Wildlands 5 - 2002 Ford F550/Superior (CAFS/270/10A)

Wildlands 8 - 2002 Ford F550/Superior (CAFS/270/10A)

Air & Light 13 - 2007 Spartan Diamond Sirius MFD/SVI (ex Air & Light 22)

Hose Tender - 1995 Freightliner FL106/Anderson

Mask Repair - 2012 Isuzu/NQR/ITB SCBA unit

Mechanic 1 - 2007 Ford E350/ITB FD Shops

Mechanic 2 - 1999 Ford F450XL/ITB

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

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

Wildlands 7 - 1999 GMC 2500 SL/Suburban/4x4 SUV (ex Battalion Chief 1)

High Angle 7 - 1997 International S4700/Anderson/Collins (Sold to New Westminster Fire and Rescue)

Wildlands 19 - 1996 GMC K3500/FD Shops brush tender (port/100)

Command 10 - 1992 Grumman/VFD Shops command (ex Command 9 & ex Command 4)

Ambulance 10 - 1991 Ford F350/Cayel Craft light rescue

Technical Rescue 10 - 1991 Chevrolet Van 30 Grumman/Olsen technical rescue

Hazmat 4 - 1991 International 4700/Supreme hazmat

Retired Apparatus[edit]

Engine 1 - 1987 Freightliner FLL6342/Anderson pumper (1500/300/20F)

Fire Boats[edit]

Fireboat 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

Busiest Fire Halls

Fire Hall Location Number Of Calls Busiest Apparatus
Fire Hall 2 Downtown Eastside 550
Fire Hall 7 Downtown 320
Fire Hall 8 Yaletown 220

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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 fire: 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: 2 Pumping apparatus Command Special Operations 4 and Deputy Chief

6th Alarm: 1 Pumping apparatus, Duty 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

Assist (Public): 1 Pumping Apparatus

Assist (Police): 1 Pumping Apparatus or 1st alarm assignment (eg. unknown package, unknown powder, or grow op)

Report OF Odour: 1 Pumping apparatus

Report OF Odour Unknown: 1 Pumping apparatus

Report OF Odour Gas Leak: 1st alarm assignment

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 but before the fire could be extinguished, 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 a violent riot. VFRS Fire Halls 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 were kept busy that night dealing with a large number of burning vehicles and arson, medical aids, complaints, and vandalism to nearby stores. One firefighter was also injured when he was assaulted by a rioter who demanded treatment for pepper spray used by Police.

Port Metro Vancouver Fire: On March 4, 2015, a security guard on patrol at the Port of Vancouver noticed smoke coming from a shipping container. He immediately notified E-comm 911 that activated a report of smoke call. Battalion 1 was put in charge of the scene and upon arrival, declared the incident as a structure fire for thick white smoke could be seen emerging from the container. A working alarm assignment was declared immediately followed by a 2nd alarm which included response from Hazmat 18, Vancouver Police, and BC Ambulance services. They responded to it as every other fire, however Hazmat 18 identified the burning content as trichloroisocyanuric acid, a dangerous chemical. Command immediately declared the event as a 3rd alarm at which additional Police units were called in to evacuate the zone. Warnings were issued to people living in the vicinity to stay at home and lock their doors and windows to prevent gas from entering. At around 3 pm, 4th alarm was declared and Command 4 was dispatched to the scene along with assistant chiefs. Other fires halls not at the scene were soon given orders to fill in at the fire halls that were present. Command 4 requested fireboats and 3 and 5 attend the scene. Fire boats worked at extinguishing the scene, fire-fighters attacked the flames from the aerial ladders on the Quints, and crews remained on scene for several days trying to put out hot spots.


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. 
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