Edmonton Fire Rescue's main function is to serve the people of Edmonton with the goal of protecting life, property and the environment by providing excellence in services and public safety.
Fire Rescue Services (FRS) protects Edmontonians not only by responding to fires, motor vehicle collisions and emergency medical events, but also through carrying out investigations and promoting fire prevention.
Edmonton's firefighters are among the best trained in the world — they respond to diverse emergencies in our province's extreme climates. Their basic training includes fire ground attack, equipment training, rescue techniques and medical aid.
The hazardous materials team responds to substance release incidents that could harm employees, the public and the environment.
The team responds to a wide range of incidents including:
- Antifreeze, oil, or biological agent spills
- Leaking gas cylinders
- Cargo tank truck rollovers
- Chemical spills and leaks at industrial sites
- Radiological and explosion events
The team responds out of Station 10, where specialty equipment is available including a 40-foot decontamination semi-trailer.
The team was formed in 1986 to meet the growing demand for trained dangerous goods personnel. A comprehensive training program was developed with the provincial government and includes chemistry, biology, toxicology, chemical hazards and lessening incident chemical effects.
The team also supports central and northern Alberta by responding to incidents and providing expertise and technical equipment including an all-weather decontamination unit. This project is jointly supported by the municipal, provincial and federal governments.
To report an incident, call 911.
Fire Prevention has 42 full-time employees who work to reduce the number of fires that occur in Edmonton through fire code compliance inspections, plans examination, and public education.
Fire Prevention Officers examine building plans, perform construction site inspections and provide occupancy approvals. They consult with builders, architects and other regulatory agencies to ensure buildings conform to the Alberta Fire Code and Alberta Building Code.
Fire Code Compliance Inspections
Regular fire inspections have been conducted in Edmonton since 1912. Fire Code Compliance Inspections identify conditions that could contribute to the start and spread of smoke and fire.
Fire prevention issues permits to citizens and businesses for low and high hazard fireworks, fireworks sales, pyrotechnic materials and devices, and dangerous goods transportation. Prior to issuing a permit, inspectors ensure permit applicants understand the limitations and requirements of the bylaws and the fire code for an open air burning permit; they also perform a site inspection.
Education is an important tool of fire prevention; the more we educate the less likely fire incidents are to occur.
Any fire or explosion that results in property damage, injury, or death will be thoroughly investigated by the fire investigations team to determine the origin, cause and circumstances of in the fire. When required, Fire Investigators will consult experts from other city departments, government agencies and private organizations to determine the cause of fires.
Some of the duties performed by the Fire Investigators include:
- Examining and photographing the area of the fire, preserving valuable evidence.
- Using their specifically trained dog to search the fire scene for the presence of accelerants (including materials such as gasoline, alcohols, paint thinner.).
- Interviewing building owners and occupants, witnesses and responding rescue crews for any information relating to the fire.
- Work with Red Cross and Salvation Army to assist displaced persons or families.
- Liaise with Insurance Adjusters.
- Assist Edmonton Police Service whenever Fire Investigators determine that criminal activity has occurred.
Each incident that the team responds to is assigned an incident number, and is detailed in a report that can highlight recurring problems.
Fire Rescue Services has specialized river and river ice rescue teams. The river rescue boat team performs rescues on the North Saskatchewan River with a jet boat or a Surface Effects boat depending upon conditions. The river rescue team consists of at least four people and is located at Station 6, which is closest to the boat storage and launch.
Technical Rescue Team
The technical rescue team responds to events such as tower, bridge and high-rise rescue, confined space rescue, trench collapse, tunnel and sewer entrapment, riverbank rescue and some water rescues.
Technical rescue teams consist of eight members who are trained in high angle, confined space, and static and moving ice rescue. Each platoon has between 18 and 20 staff members qualified to be on the technical rescue team. A specific technical rescue team is assigned to the pump and rescue apparatus at Station 3.
All 911 calls are coordinated by Dispatch Services. After leaving the station, fire rescue first responders are targeted to be on scene within 4 minutes to initiate emergency medical or fire rescue services. In the case of a fire, a crew of 14 firefighters is targeted to be on scene within 8 minutes.