Message from the Fire Chief
Prince George Fire Rescue serves the City’s citizens, workers, and visitors when help is needed most – during fires, medical emergencies, vehicle crashes, river and wilderness emergencies, and rescues of all types.
Our core services are fire prevention, protection, and suppression. Our Fire Prevention Inspectors make all possible efforts to prevent fires from starting through regular property inspections. They work hand-in-hand with City Building Inspectors and Bylaw Officers to ensure Fire Code enforcement. Our Firefighters protect lives that are threatened by fire, minimize damage to property involved in fire, and protect property exposed to fire. Fire Dispatchers answer your calls, and Firefighters respond quickly from strategically placed fire halls to improve survival, stop fire spread, and maintain Prince George’s good fire insurance rating. In addition, our highly skilled professional staff provides round-the-clock added-value service for all kinds of other emergencies. Prince George Firefighters administer Emergency Medical Responder care for citizens with medical emergencies or serious injuries as a complement to ambulance response. We provide rescue from hazards of all kinds – vehicle collisions, swift water, ice water, high angle, tower crane, and wildland, just to name a few. Several of our Firefighters are Hazardous Materials Technicians, and four have advanced training from Public Safety Canada in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) mitigation. We work closely with our colleagues in the BC Ambulance Service and the RCMP to safely and effectively contain these incidents.
Employees of the Prince George Fire Rescue Service are also integral members of the community, and provide considerable fundraising and volunteer support to many local charities and activities.
It is an honour and a privilege to lead this high-performance team of individuals who are intensely focused on providing excellent public emergency service, and to serve the citizens of Prince George in such an essential capacity. Please contact our administration office if you have any questions about the services we provide.
John A. Lane, BSc.
The Suppression Division is the largest division of Prince George Fire Rescue Service and is responsible for all fire suppression, emergency medical, and technical rescue services. The Suppression division is also involved in fire inspections of commercial properties in the City of Prince George ensuring that the property meets the requirements of the British Columbia Fire Code.
There are four halls in the City of Prince George which are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Suppression Division consists of four shifts with an Assistant Chief, a Captain, and a minimum of three Firefighters at each hall per shift.
Fire Prevention and Investigation
The Fire Prevention and Investigation Division maintain a regular schedule of inspections for public buildings to ensure they meet the requirements of the British Columbia Fire Code and all applicable municipal bylaws. In addition, the division conducts fire investigations to determine cause and origin as well as provide education and training to the general public.
The Fire Prevention Division is located at Fire Hall #1 and is staffed by the Chief Fire Prevention Officer and three Fire Inspectors.
The Training Division coordinates and provides training and education to all members of Prince George Fire Rescue Service. In addition to operational and technical training, the Training Division works with the Human Resources Department to provide post-secondary courses, specialized workshops, and other education necessary.
The Training Division is staffed by the Chief Training Officer.
The Communications Division is one of the largest centralized fire dispatch and communications centres in Western Canada. This division operates the Fire Operations Communications Centre (FOCC) which is located on the second floor of Fire Hall #1. The FOCC provides full service emergency call answer, dispatch, and communications services for Prince George Fire Rescue Service as well as 84 other departments located in the Bulkley-Nechako, Cariboo, and Fraser-Fort George Regional Districts.
The Communications Division is staffed by the Chief Communications Officer and 11 full-time, career fire dispatchers.