The Fort Erie Fire Department's Vision is to be a dynamic organization respected for and dedicated to preserving life, property and the environment in our community.
Our mission is to protect life, property and the environment in Fort Erie: through education, prevention, investigation, training, rescue, fire suppression, dangerous goods containment and life support services.
The Fort Erie Fire Department consists of five volunteer fire stations throughout the municipality and the head office, located at the Town of Fort Erie, Municipal Centre. Each of the five fire halls are run by the Volunteer District Chiefs in conjunction with the Fire Chief. Preferable contact to stations in non-emergency situations, is through the Fire Chief at the Municipal Centre at 905.871.1600, extension 2600. For more information about the fire halls, manpower and apparatus see the Stations section of the website.
The Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Secretary, Prevention and Public Education staff are located at the Central Fire Station, located at 444 Central Avenue, Fort Erie.
The Fire Chief manages a complement of 137 volunteer officers and firefighters as well as five full-time staff. He works with the CAO, in conjunction with Council to provide the necessary fire and life safety provisions for the Municipality. The Fire Chief is also the Community Emergency Planning Coordinator. The total operating budget for the Fire Department is approximately $2.7 million.
The Deputy Fire Chief is responsible for the coordination of all training and equipment within the Department. Fort Erie is proud to be recognized throughout the Region and the entire Province as one of the most progressive Volunteer Departments in regards to training. The Deputy Chief is also responsible to coordinate the Health and Safety programs for the Fire Department.
FIRE PREVENTION & EDUCATION
Fire Prevention consists of two full-time Fire Prevention Inspectors, reporting to the Fire Chief.
Public Education is a definite priority to the Fort Erie Fire Department. About a dozen volunteer public educators are dedicated to that purpose, using our public safety trailer, extinguisher trainer and many more training techniques to educate. A volunteer public safety team has been assembled to assist in the door to door smoke alarm program called S.A.F.E (SMoke Alarms Fort Erie). Other events are Sparky's Community Safety Day and numerous school and festival visits.
The Fort Erie Fire Department is comprised of a 100% volunteer suppression complement. The Fire Chief and Deputy Chief respond to structure fires, motor vehicle accidents and other calls as necessary.
The Town of Fort Erie has a coverage area of approximately 168 square kilometers (100 square miles) with a population of approximately 30,000. During the summer, the population increases to anywhere between 45,000 and 50,000 residents. The Department responses to approximately 1,200 calls per year.
The entire east and south boundaries are along the shores of the Niagara River and Lake Erie, approximately 40 kilometres (25 miles).