The two primary functions of the Mission Fire Rescue Service, emergency response and fire prevention activities, are carried out by 19 career staff as follows, along with 75 Paid on Call Firefighters who work out of three fire stations strategically located with the boundaries of the District:
- Fire Chief
- Assistant Chief, Emergency Planning & Fire Prevention
- Assistant Chief, Operations & Training
- Coordinator, Emergency Support Services
- Fire Inspector/Educator
- 4 Fire Platoons each with one Captain and two Career Firefighters
- Two Administrative Clerks
Fire Stations 2 and 3 are completely manned by paid on call members with a District Chief in charge, with Fire Station No. 1 on 7th Avenue being the headquarters providing administrative and logistical support for all stations. All administrative and customer services are provided at Fire Station No.1.
Mission Fire Rescue Service responds to approximately 2,300 calls per year, dispatched from E-Comm. These calls include:
- False Alarms
- Ambulance Assist
- RCMP Assist
- Hazardous Materials
- Motor Vehicle Incidents
- Public Service Calls
In addition, the Department conducts inspections and investigations, as well as responding to complaints and questions from the public.
- All personnel train to the NFPA 1001 Professional Firefighter Standard through the BC Firefighter Certification Program as sponsored by the Justice Institute of BC.
- All personnel receive 120 hours of recruit training prior to being assigned to a company, and also serve a one year probationary period.
- All personnel are trained to the Medical First Responder Level III with A.E.D. endorsement.
- Regular training consists of three two-hour sessions per month.
- All personnel attend Spring and Fall four-hour practical training sessions in Maple Ridge each year.
- Duty Crew equipment checks are carried out each Sunday.
- Standby Crews provide weekend coverage during peak holiday periods.
Public Fire Education Activities
The Mission Fire Rescue Service carries out a variety of educational programs utilizing a combination of career and volunteer staff. These programs include, but are not limited to:
- Fire Safety Education (Kindergarten to Seniors)
- School programs
- Fire Station tours
- Fire extinguisher training
- Lectures/training for businesses
- Fire safety displays
- Fire Prevention Week activities
Duties of Local Assistants, Fire Investigation
The Fire Commissioner of British Columbia upon recommendation of Council under the Fire Services Act, appoints a Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner to carry out fire prevention and fire investigation duties on his behalf.
- Local Assistants under the Act are charged with determining the cause and circumstances of all dollar loss fires that occur in the area of jurisdiction.
- Carry out inspections on all occupancies except private dwellings to ensure those occupancies are in compliance with the Fire Services Act and the regulations.
- Plan check of all new and renovated inspectable occupancies.
- Carry out alarm system and sprinkler system inspections.
In addition to the Act and Fire Regulations, Council has approved five bylaws to assist Mission Fire Rescue Service in its fire prevention activities. Full copies of the bylaws are available on this website.