Emergency Services

Fire Department

                                                                             

                                                                

The Fire Department consist of eight full time firefighters, two Chief Officers and a Clerk/Dispatcher. To complement the career staff, there are 28 Volunteer Firefighters that train and work alongside the paid staff to provide fire prevention, fire suppression, rescue, pre-hospital care and hazards mitigation.

 


Spring Cleaning Your Yard?
Check Local Burning By-laws

Terrace BC – April 12, 2017 – Terrace Fire Department is advising residents to contact them regarding any restrictions governing open air burning.   

“With spring, brings outdoor cleanup, we know some folks choose to burn brush, and yard debris on their property,” explained Fire Chief John Klie. Cleaning up debris and limiting the level of flammable vegetation surrounding your home is a good practice. But The City of Terrace Fire Prevention Bylaw prohibits “backyard burning” for any kind of yard waste, garden refuse, branches or leaves. 

The Bylaw does not apply to small confined fires used for the purpose of cooking food in or upon grilles, barbecues, or small fire pits.  (Only burn dry, seasoned wood that doesn’t produce smoke).   

Some outdoor appliances used are not recommended because there is potential for personal injury, property damage and increased risk of a grass fire.

“Whether in the backyard of your home, the cottage or at a campground make fire safety a priority,” said Fire Chief Joh Klie. “Open air burning, especially if left unattended can become difficult to control and can result in a serious widespread fire.”

Always keep fire safety in mind, contact the Terrace Fire Department for more information or any questions you have about our open air burning requirements.


                              

Terrace fire fighters host an annual Pancake Breakfast every July 1st to raise funds for the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund.  The Burn Fund is dedicated to burn prevention, survivor support and recovery programs in BC.  The organization is committed to providing financial assistance for the purchase of equipment, training of medical staff, and the operation of a Children's Burn Survivor Camp.  This fundraiser started when a local family required assistance, it proved to be such a great success that we’ve made it an annual event. 

Please Join the Terrace Fire Fighters

AND HELP SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE!!

July 1st 2017

WANT MORE INFORMATION - CONTACT THE TERRACE FIRE DEPT. 250-638-4734

 

 

      

  

 


                                          

Sign up to be a volunteer firefighter, you'll become a part of an elite group of professionals who help save lives!  You'll receive the training to help develop your team-building and leaderships skills. 

 


Fire Chief For day Winner Noah Reid

                    


Sydney Kirby participating in the Fire Safety House

                              


Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Recall

http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2016/60990r-eng.php


Terrace Fire Department
3-3215 Eby Street Terrace, BC V8G 2X8
Phone: 250.638.4734 (Non-Emergency Number)
Fax: 250.635.4933 E-mail: firehall@terrace.ca

 

FAQ
What are the requirements to join the Terrace Fire Department
  • Be a resident of the City of Terrace, so that you can respond promptly;
  • Have obtained a minimum of grade 12 or equivalent;
  • Be a minimum of nineteen (19) years of age;
  • Be able to meet the Fire Department's physical agility requirements;
  • Be able to obtain a medical examination certificate proving you are fit to participate in firefighting activities; and
  • Be prepared to commit the necessary time and effort involved in being a Volunteer Firefighter.

Plus obtaining one or more of the following will help your chances:

  • Hold a valid first aid/CPR certificate;
  • Hold a valid class 5 driver's license;
  • Have an air brake endorsement certificate;
  • Hold recognized certificates for firefighting courses;
  • Live and/or work in locations in which response times would be beneficial to the Fire Department.

Volunteer Firefighter Application Form

Should I include a resume with my application?

Yes, it definitely gives you the opportunity to make us aware of your capabilities and background.

Where do I obtain and send my completed application?

A copy of the Volunteer Firefighter Application form can be obtained from the Firehall (#3 - 3215 Eby Street), or downloaded.

Once completed, it can be mailed to:

City of Terrace 
Fire & Rescue 
#3-3215 Eby Street 
Terrace, B.C.     
V8G 2X8

If mailed, please mark the envelope with: "Confidential - Application" in the bottom left hand corner of the envelope.  Or, you can drop off the completed application form at the fire station.  Our office hours are 0800-1630 hours, Monday to Friday.

Backyard Burning

Terrace BC – April 13, 2017 – Terrace Fire Department is advising residents to contact them regarding any restrictions governing open air burning.   

“With spring, brings outdoor cleanup, we know some folks choose to burn brush, and yard debris on their property,” explained Fire Chief John Klie. Cleaning up debris and limiting the level of flammable vegetation surrounding your home is a good practice. But The City of Terrace Fire Prevention Bylaw prohibits “backyard burning” for any kind of yard waste, garden refuse, branches or leaves. 

The Bylaw does not apply to small confined fires used for the purpose of cooking food in or upon grilles, barbecues, or small fire pits.  You must burn only dry, seasoned wood that doesn’t produce smoke.   

Some outdoor appliances used are not recommended because there is potential for personal injury, property damage and increased risk of a grass fire.

“Whether in the backyard of your home, the cottage or at a campground make fire safety a priority,” said Fire Chief Joh Klie. “Open air burning, especially if left unattended can become difficult to control and can result in a serious widespread fire.”

Always keep fire safety in mind, contact the Terrace Fire Department for more information or any questions you have about our open air burning requirements.

If I am successful with the physical testing, what happens next?

If you are successful in the interview and the physical testing, you are well on your way to becoming a Volunteer Firefighter.  The last phase requires you to provide a current driver's abstract, a letter from your family physician stating that you can medically take part in the activities of a Firefighter, and finally a criminal records check by the RCMP.  We have forms on file explaining what is required for both your family physician and the RCMP criminal records check.

How much time will I be expected to contribute?

Members of the Fire Department are expected to attend 70% of the scheduled fire practices during the course of the year.  Fire practices or training occur every Tuesday evening, starting at 1900 hours and normally go to 2100 hours.

New recruits are also expected to attend the "new recruit" orientation program.  This training may be scheduled over a weekend or over a number of evenings. It is essential that all new recruits complete the basic Firefighter program.

When you are available, you are expected to be on voluntary call for any emergency calls that occur in the Terrace area.  Generally, we would expect that a Volunteer would be able to attend at least 50% of the calls over a period of a year.

Am I expected to attend all emergency calls?

No. Although we encourage members to respond when available, it is our expectation that our Volunteer members would be available for about 50% of the fire-related calls.

I am not around all the time, or I work shift work, or at times I would just not be available to respond to calls or attend the training sessions, does this pose a problem?

No. Most of our current members also have similar times when they are not available for calls.  However, the administration of the Fire Department watches this area very closely. If a member is not very active or does not attend many of the calls, they could be asked to step down from their position as a Volunteer Firefighter.  This doesn't happen very often.  We realize that your family and work comes first, all we ask is that you make an honest effort to attend as many functions and calls as possible.

I realize this is a volunteer Fire Department, but is there any compensation for attending practices or emergency calls?

No, there is no direct compensation for your time.  The Terrace Volunteer Association does receive a monthly stipend, which is used by the membership to fund social events throughout the year.  The City of Terrace pays for a life insurance policy for each active member, and offers free access to Leisure Services.  You can also claim $3000.00 for the volunteer firefighters amount (VFA) tax credit if you meet the 200 eligible hours.

I have never belonged to a Fire Department or never had any special training dealing with fire emergencies, am I wasting my time applying to be a Volunteer Firefighter?

No, definitely not.  We have our own in-house training programs and practice sessions.  This is an ongoing process within our Department.  The more time you invest, the quicker you will learn.  As stated before, a successful applicant will be expected to attend the "new recruit orientation training" - this will give you the very basics of firefighting.  You will expand on your knowledge at the practices held every Tuesday evening.  We also hold regional fire school courses on a regular basis.  Over a period of three to four years, the training received will meet the professional qualification for basic Firefighter, as set out by the Province of B.C. and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  We teach these courses on weekends, trying to fit in everyone who wishes to participate.  We cannot hold all the training locally due to cost restraints and because we do not have all the facilities available to do the specialized training. Occasionally people will be sent to Kitimat for their live fire training.

What type of calls do you respond to?

Terrace Fire & Rescue responds to highway traffic accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous material spills and, of course, Fire calls.  As a new Volunteer member, you would be required to concentrate your time learning to be a Firefighter.  As you gain experience, you will be able to move into other areas of emergency response.

Is there any full time staff working on the Fire Department?

Yes, a Fire Chief, one Deputy Fire Chief, eight Firefighters and a Administrative Clerk.

What are the duties of a Volunteer Firefighter within the Fire Department?

DOWNLOAD Volunteer Firefighter Job Description

As a Volunteer Firefighter you will:

Respond to emergency calls regarding fires within the Terrace Fire Protection Area;

  • Respond from time to time to other fire areas as outlined in our Mutual Aid Agreement;
  • Train towards professional qualifications for a Firefighter as set out by the NFPA standards;
  • Be part of a team that keeps the units ready for the next emergency call;
  • As part of a team, keep the fire station neat and tidy;
  • You may be placed on a special committee to look after special projects such as communications or self contained breathing apparatus; and
  • Other related duties.
Safety Tips

The City of Terrace Fire Department has compiled the following fire safety tips for residents.

Candle Safety Tips
Christmas Tree Safety Tips
Cooking Safety I
Cooking Safety II
Electrical Safety
Winter Holiday Safety

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