Department Overview

New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services is one of the longest serving fire departments in the Province.  Dedicated personnel utilize technology, modern fire suppression methods, emergency medical care as well as hazardous materials equipment and technical rescue capacity to serve the community 24 hours a day.

In order to be fully prepared to respond to emergency situations, staff regularly train, update and expand the skills that are required to maintain effective readiness to protect the community.

Each of the three City Fire Halls is equipped with modern firefighting apparatus capable of delivering personnel, water and equipment to emergency scenes anywhere in the City.  In 2014, the department took ownership of the newest apparatus in the fleet which is a heavy rescue vehicle that supports emergency events of all types.

Our Public Safety and Prevention Division promotes fire and life safety within the City for residents, business owners and visitors.  Fire Protection Officers ensure that all buildings are compliant with the BC Fire Code and all department personnel facilitate fire and life safety education sessions which is key to preventing fires and eliminating property loss and serious injury.

The Fire Chief, management team, support staff and uniformed personnel in New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services are organized to meet all the requirements a modern fire service needs in order to fully protect the community.  The reporting structure allows several teams to coordinate work simultaneously and provide prevention and response capacity to the public at all hours of the day and night.