The Suppression Division provides high quality, professional fire/rescue services to over 75,000 residents throughout approximately 320 km2 (125 mi2) of the city. Comprised of a total of 106 full-time, career fire fighters stationed at four halls strategically located in the city, the Suppression Division consists of four shifts, A. B. C, and D. Suppression staff work a rotational shift pattern consisting of two (2) ten hour days shifts followed by two (2) fourteen hours nights shifts and then have four (4) days off. There is always a minimum staffing compliment of 19 members per shift, comprised as:
Assistant Chief (1): responsible for all supervision and operations level direction of all shift officers and fire fighters throughout the city.
Captains (4): responsible for the supervision of their shift (company) of fire fighters.
Fire Fighters (14): responsible for all operational activities in the delivery of fire/rescue service in the city.
The Suppression Division provides an extensive of array of emergency response services involving:
Structural fire fighting
Wildland fire fighting
Medical response at the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) level
Motor vehicle extrication
Hazardous materials response
Natural gas leaks
While fire fighting is one of the most important, and dangerous, responses performed by Prince George Fire Rescue, the department also responds to numerous other types of emergency incidents. Training is a critical component of the fire department and Prince George Fire Rescue is fully trained to meet the challenges and demands of the various encountered emergencies.
Medical Aid response accounts for the largest number of responses accounting for approximately 63% of responses for 2010. In the mid 1980’s, Prince George Fire Rescue was one of the first fire departments in the Province of British Columbia to implement a First Responder medical program and, as a continuous leader in the delivery of pre-hospital emergency health care, in May of 2010 was the first fire department to implement an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) pilot program.
Fire Hall #1 – 1111 7th Avenue
Hall #1 serves the main down town area as well as the north, south and eastern portions of the city including the BC Industrial Site, Blackburn, Highway 16 East to the city boundary; a response area of approximately 65 km2.
Fire Hall #1 is also the administrative headquarters and houses the Administration, Prevention, Training, and Communications (Fire Dispatch) Divisions. There are four Administration managers (the Fire Chief, two Deputy Chiefs, and the Chief Communications Officer), seven Suppression staff (one Assistant Chief, one Fire Captain, and five Fire Fighters), a Chief Fire Prevention Officer, three Fire Prevention Staff, a Chief Training Officer, two Communication staff, and two clerical staff.
Fire Hall #2 – 3999 5th Avenue
Fire Hall #2 serves the parts of the western and northern portions of the city including Cranbrook Hill, Foothills, Pinewood, North Nechako, and Aberdeen; a response area of approximately 90 km2. Fire Hall 2 is staff by one Fire Captain and a minimum of three Fire Fighters.
Fire Hall #3 -
3778 Konrath Road
Fire Hall #3 serves the western portion of the city including the University of Northern British Columbia, College Heights, Parkridge Heights, and Highway 16 West to the city boundary; a response area of approximately 72 km2.
Fire Hall #3 is staffed by one Fire Captain and a minimum of three Fire Fighters.
Fire Hall #4 – 4555 West Austin Road
Fire Hall #4 serves the northern portion of the city including the Hart Highlands, North Kelly, and Highway 97 North to the city boundary; a response area of approximately 88 km2. Fire Hall #4 is staff by one Fire Captain and a minimum of three Fire Fighters.
map of the fire halls shows the hall locations and their response areas.
1992 Pierce (spare)
1998 E-1 Hurricane
2000 Ford F550 and trailer
2000 Ford 3350 (wildland)
2009 Suburban (Assistant Chief)
1994 Sentry (spare)
1985 Ford (spare)
In 2013, Prince George Fire Rescue Service responded to nearly 5,000 calls for service, categorized as follows:
Medical aid: 3312
Other incidents: 536
Fire alarms: 525
Motor Vehicle Incidents: 325
Structure fires: 74
Natural gas leaks: 30
Hazardous materials: 24
Technical rescue: 6