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Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) is the statutory fire and rescue service for the city of Vaughan, Ontario. It operates 10 fire stations and coordinates with other fire departments in York Region and the Greater Toronto Area. VFRS responds to a wide variety of emergency calls. As of 2018,[needs update] there are 350 uniformed personnel; all are full-time. The city did have volunteers in Woodbridge Station 7-3 and Kleinburg Station 7-4. Station 7-3 disbanded it's volunteers in the early 2000s with the remainder of the volunteers being disbanded in 2013 with the closure of Station 7-4 in Kleinburg. The former Town of Vaughan Fire covered Markham sections of Thornhill (west of Leslie Street) before it was transferred to the Town of Markham.

Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services
Logo of Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services.jpg
Pride and Honour
Operational area
Country Canada
Address2800 Rutherford Rd, Concord, ON L4K 2N9
Agency overview
Established1971 (1971)
Employees350 (2018)
CommissionerMary Reali
Fire chiefChief Deryn Rizzi
EMS levelALS and BLS
Facilities and equipment
Stations10
Engines8
Platforms1
Ladders5
Squads1
Rescues1
AmbulancesSee York Region EMS
HAZMAT1
Website
Official website

Contents

OperationsEdit

Operations DivisionEdit

Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service's biggest division is the Operations Division. The Operations Division is the division that is responsible for responding to emergency calls. VFRS's total average response time to emergencies is six minutes and 19 seconds. The most common emergency call that VFRS responds to are medical calls (36% of calls in 2015 were medical calls),[1] but VFRS also assists the York Regional Police department with calls, especially calls to car accidents. VFRS also responds to a large number of false alarms, with 24% of calls in 2015 being false alarms.[1] VFRS primarily deals with rural scenarios in the north and urban in the south part of the city.

HAZMATEdit

VFRS's HAZMAT team responds to calls for gas leaks, toxic chemicals, electrical emergencies and carbon monoxide investigations.

CommunicationsEdit

The VFRS Communications Division uses a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to enhance dispatch of fire apparatus to emergencies in Vaughan. The Communications Division works with the York Regional Police 9-1-1 centre, the Georgian Central Ambulance Communications Centre, and the surrounding municipal fire department communications centres in order to coordinate the emergency needs of the community. VFRS is also contracted to provide emergency communications services to Township of King. In 2015, the Communications Division processed 10,428 emergency calls for Vaughan and 1,002 calls for King Township Fire Service, totaling 11,430 calls for the year.[1] All of Vaughan’s fire communicators are certified by the Association of Public Safety Communications Operators (APCO) Institute. The Communication Division's motto is "The Voice of VFRS”.

Mechanical DivisionEdit

The VFRS Mechanical Division is responsible for ensuring that all of VFRS's apparatus/equipment is in operationally ready state. The Mechanical Division does this using the current Ministry of Transportation of Ontario Standards and National Fire Protection Association guidelines as benchmarks. Members of the Mechanical Division attend Emergency Vehicle Technician courses every year. The VFRS Mechanical Division provides both in-shop and mobile mechanical service for a number of Regional Emergency Service partners as well as a warranty repair depot for major fire service equipment suppliers and manufacturers. The Mechanical Division implemented on board GREEN generators for engines/rescues. When the fire apparatus are at idle for more than three minutes, the engine automatically shuts off and a smaller engine maintains essential systems, lighting and heat/air conditioning as required. This can be useful because upon arriving at an incident, firefighters would not want to waste precious time turning off the engine and lights.

Training DivisionEdit

 
VFRS Training Division vehicle

VFRS firefighters are required to complete specific annual maintenance training. The firefighters in VFRS are all either certified or working towards their certification. It takes approximately four years to meet the requirements of certification. Once certified, firefighters must continue to meet a number of objectives in order to meet the requirements of re-certification. All of the staff of the VFRS Training Division have either already met or are working towards the requirement as “Certified Training Officers". All of VFRS's firefighters attained certification in NFPA 1006 core competencies for technical rescue. All service delivery enhancements for the public must first be implemented through the Training Division. The Training Division is undertaking the delivery of Ontario Fire College programs in-house.

Fire Prevention DivisionEdit

 
VFRS Fire Prevention Division vehicle

The VFRS Fire prevention Division is the division that is responsible for educating the population of Vaughan to take precautions to prevent potentially harmful fires, and be educated about surviving them. The Fire Prevention Division provides inspections and plan reviews for fire/carbon monoxide alarms, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and general fire hazards. They conduct building inspections to make sure they are compliant with fire codes, and they also visit schools and daycare centers to make presentations about arson, malicious false alarms, and fire safety. VFRS's fire investigation team works with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office and reaches out to inspectors and public educators in Vaughan with regards to fire risks and fire safety. One of the Fire Prevention Division's responsibilities is to educate seniors about fire safety. In addition to their annual inspections and witnessing of fire drills for all retirement homes and care facilities throughout Vaughan, the Fire Prevention Division together with B.A.S.S.I.C. (Bringing an Awareness of Senior Safety Issues to the Community) delivers fire safety education to approximately 700 attendees at B.A.S.S.I.C.'s annual senior’s symposium.

Stations and ApparatusEdit

Vaughan Fire Station 7-1 on Clark Avenue West
Station 7-6 on McCleary Court in Concord
Station 7-8 on Racco Pkwy in Thornhill
Engine 711
Spare Aerial (former 716)
Platoon Chief 7-4
VFRS at a house fire in Thornhill
Station Neighbourhood Pumper Aerial Other units Address Build year
7-1 Thornhill Engine 711 Aerial 716 835 Clark Avenue West 1981
7-2 Maple Quint 726 Rescue 729, Utility 720, Platoon Chief 7-4 9290 Keele Street 1966
7-3 Woodbridge Engine Rescue 731 Tower 737 HazMat 738, District Chief 7-3 7690 Martin Grove Road 2017
7-4 (New) Woodbridge 835 Nashville Road Under construction
7-5 Woodbridge Engine Rescue 759 Quint 756 Tech Rescue 758 2 Fieldstone Drive 1997
7-6 Concord Quint 766 Parade unit 120 McCleary Court 1990
7-7 Woodbridge Engine 771 Tanker 774 40 Eagleview Heights
7-8 Concord Quint 786 Air 780 111 Racco Parkway 2004
7-9 Woodbridge Engine 791 Rehab 790 9601 Islington Avenue 2007
7-10 Maple Engine 710-1 Command 701 10800 Dufferin Street 2012
Joint Operations Centre Concord Mechanical Unit 702 2800 Rutherford Road
Spare Apparatus Unit 7971, Unit 7972, Unit 7984 Unit 7965 (quint), Unit 7967 (quint), Unit 7968 (aerial) Unit 7900 (heavy rescue), Unit 7942 (hazmat), chief SUV (x2), tanker

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service 2015 Annual Report