The Prince Rupert Fire Department was first established as a Volunteer Brigade in November of 1908. It was expanded to a 10 person professional fire department in March of 1910. The Department continued to slowly expanded until 1974 when it reached it’s largest level of 22 career staff and 15 Auxiliary members. That auxiliary Department was disbanded in 1985 for budgetary reasons.
The Prince Rupert Fire Rescue Department currently consists of a Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, 4 shift Captains and 14 career Fire Fighters.
The Department responds to a wide variety of emergency and non emergency calls every day. The Firefighters are highly trained in all aspects of modern firefighting as well as First Responder Emergency Medical protocols, Hazardous Materials Response, Auto Extrication and High Angle/Confined Space Rescue just to name a few.
The Department maintains a small fleet of high quality firefighting apparatus including One 75' Quint, two pumpers and one Fire/Rescue truck. The Department operates from the single Fire Station located downtown at 200-1st Ave. West.
Prince Rupert Fire Rescue Department responds to over 1100 calls for assistance each year. Our response time for most locations within city limits is under five minutes from the time the 911 call is received.
The Fire Rescue Department also operates the Prince Rupert and Port Edward 911 service. 4 full time and 4 casual employees provide 24 hour a day 7 day a week coverage. These operator/dispatchers are the first answer point for all 911 calls and are responsible for dispatching both Prince Rupert and Port Edward fire departments. All RCMP and BC Ambulance calls are transferred to their respective dispatch centers in Prince George and Kamloops.
In a proactive approach to reduce property damage due to fire and to increase life safety, the Department operates a highly effective Public Building Inspection program as well as Fire Prevention and Public Education programs. Approximately 1000 public building inspections are conducted annually.
Prince Rupert Fire Rescue has a long and proud history which is clearly shown in the Fire Museum located beside the station.
For more information please come and see us or contact us at :
Prince Rupert Fire Rescue
200 – 1st Ave. West,
Prince Rupert, B.C.
Dave Mckenzie, Fire Chief