Prince George Fire Rescue protects the community by responding to reports of fires, medical emergencies, traffic accidents, and technical rescues.
Create a Home Escape Plan
time to escape safely from a typical home fire can be as little as one
to two minutes from the moment a smoke alarm sounds. Home escape
planning is critical in a fire situation because it ensures everybody in
a household knows how to use that small window of time wisely. An
effective escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of
the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. There must
always be two ways out of every room - usually through a door and a
window - with a clear path to an outside meeting place that is a safe
distance from the home.
- Draw a map of the home with all household members and mark two exits from each room and a path outside from each exit.
a home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the
day with the entire household and practise using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in the event an adult cannot be present.
- Make sure home numbers are clearly marked and easy for the fire department to locate.
- Close all doors along the escape route - this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Never go back inside a burning building. Once outside, remain outside
Fire Halls and Local Response Zones
Prince George Fire Rescue operates four fire halls to protect the public.
Response Map shows the fire hall locations and the areas of the City they cover.
If you would like to visit one of our fire halls, contact us to arrange a tour. Call 250-561-7667 for more information. Note that firefighters are also certified car seat installers.
Hall 1 is located in the downtown adjacent to City Hall. Fire Administration, Prevention, Training, and Fire Dispatch are located here.
This hall serves residential, commercial, and light/heavy industrial areas in the downtown, Blackburn, BC Rail, and south to the base of Peden Hill.
Hall 2 is located at 5th and Ospika. Firefighter rescue training is conducted here.
This hall serves residential, commercial, and light/heavy industrial areas to the west of Central Street, North Nechako, and PG Pulpmill Road.
Hall 3 is located in the southwest portion of the city. Auto extrication training takes place here. Members practice their skills in gaining access to vehicles that are involved in accidents.
This hall serves residential and commercial areas from College Heights to the western City boundary.
Hall 4 is located in the northern portion of the city. Hazardous materials equipment is stored and training takes place here.
This hall serves residential, commercial, and light/heavy industrial areas from the Nechako River to the North City boundary.
Emergency Response Services
Prince George Fire Rescue responds within the city limits protecting residents and visitors from all types of fires, medical emergencies, and vehicle accidents. Crews also perform technical rescues, such as Hazmat, high-angle, swift water/ice rescue, and confined space.
For any of these emergencies, call 9-1-1 and ask for the Fire Department.
The Prince George Fire Rescue Fire Prevention Branch consists of three Fire Prevention Officers and their Chief Fire Prevention Officer. In conjunction with both Fire Suppression and the Fire Dispatch staff the Prevention Branch works to increase fire safety awareness through the three facets of prevention – Inspection, Education and Investigation.
Inspection and Enforcement
Owners of commercial or public buildings are required by the provincial government to ensure that their buildings comply with the requirements of the British Columbia Fire Code (BCFC) as well as with the
City of Prince George Fire Protection and Emergency Response Bylaw No. 8272, 2013.
To assist building owners ensure their buildings meet the standards within the BCFC and Bylaw 8272, Prince George Fire Rescue members perform a number of functions:
- Building Plan Reviews
Regular scheduled inspections are based on the six British Columbia Building Code (BCBC) building classifications and their subclasses. These classifications are:
- A (assembly)
- B (care and detention)
- C (residential)
- D (business and personal services)
- E (mercantile)
- F (industrial)
The five other inspection types are;
New Business License
- Final Occupancy
- Re-Inspection for correction of life safety deficiencies
- Miscellaneous Fire Hazard concerns
The Fire Prevention Branch is responsible for the issuing of both Fireworks/Pyrotechnics as well as Install/Removal of Fuel Tank permits.
Prince George Fire Rescue offers a number of presentations, programs, and information to help reduce the number of accidents in the home, workplace, or school by increasing the public's awareness of fire safety. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on all available programs.
Please visit the
National Fire Protection Association website for additional information on a number of fire safety topics.
The two main programs for school age children are the Hazard House Safety Presentation (Kindergarten to Grade Three) and the Community Safety Net Program (Grade Four).
We also have a Youth Fire Setter Program available for children 5-18 years of age. Please call 250-561-7667 for program information if you are concerned with your child's interest level or actions in regard to fire-setting or fire play.
Adult presentations include Portable Extinguisher Training, Fire Safety in the Workplace, and Fire Warden Training to name just a few.
As the senior population continues to grow and more seniors remain living in their own homes, it is important to refresh fire safety knowledge for this portion of our community. Our Fire Safety for Seniors Program is specifically designed for these individuals.
Every fire causing damage must be investigated by Prince George Fire Rescue and the determinations are then required to be reported to the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC).
The purpose of these investigations is to determine origin and cause of each fire. The OFC then uses the data provided to track trends and publish statistics and, if necessary, develop education programs to reduce the occurrences of certain fire causes.
Prince George Fire Rescue provides fire dispatch as part of the
Regional District 9-1-1 emergency response service.
Eleven certified fire dispatchers answer 9-1-1 calls and dispatch 79 fire/rescue agencies within the Regional District of Fraser Fort George, Cariboo Regional District, Bulkley Nechako Regional District and Kitimat/Stikine Regional District.
To report a fire incident, dial 9-1-1 and ask for Fire Department.
George Fire Rescue is a full time professional fire department whose
unionized members belong to the International Association of
130 members work within fire administration, suppression, prevention, training, and dispatch.
Refer to the Human Resources section for
more information on firefighter recruitment