Fire & Rescue Services
The Fire Department works to prevent or minimize the impacts of emergency incidents by:
- delivering prompt and effective response to fire, rescue and medical emergencies
- protecting life, property and the environment
- providing fire prevention and education services to the public
- enforcing regulations, including the Fire Code and municipal bylaws
Fire & Rescue Services is comprised of six functions: Administration, Emergency Response, Fire Prevention, Public Education, Mechanical and Training.
Number of trucks in fleet: 7
- Fire Hall No. 1: one engine, one rescue, one tower and one spare engine
- Fire Hall No.2: one quint (water tower)
- Fire Hall No.3: one engine
- Fire Hall No.4: one engine, one spare engine
Auto Extrication is when firefighters remove trapped or injured people involved in a motor vehicle accident. Firefighters use specialized equipment known as the Jaws of Life, which enable firefighters to spread, pull and cut metal to free trapped victims inside mangled motor vehicles.
Other specialized equipment carried on the rescue truck:
- rescue lift bags
- jacks and winches
- power saws
- cable hoists
- glass cutters
- hand tools for auto extrication operations
Technical rescue involves rope rescue training that requires significant physical exertion for extended periods of time.
Some examples of Technical Rescues:
- Tower Crane Rescue
- Confined Space Rescue
- Swiftwater Rescue
- High Angle Rescue
- Low Angle Rescue
The Fire Prevention office provides education services to the public, routine fire inspections of commercial and multi-family buildings to ensure the meet the requirements of the BC Fire Code, and conducts preliminary investigations into all fires to determine their cause and origin.
The best fire prevention starts at home.
West Vancouver Fire & Rescue has been serving the municipality for almost a century. In that time, much has changed with the approach to firefighting. From new safety standards to improved technology, the history of firefighting can be very interesting.
The West Vancouver Fire Service Museum and Archives Society is dedicated to protecting and preserving antiquated and archival firefighting items—trucks, newspaper clippings, hoses, reports, uniforms—so that past West Vancouver firefighters are remembered for the bravery and commitment to public safety they exhibited in their jobs.
Learn more about the Fire Department’s history at the West Vancouver Fire Museum: