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 Central Fire Station, 444 Central Avenue in Fort Erie. Each of the five fire stations is run by a volunteer District Fire Chief in conjunction with the Fire Chief. Contact to stations in non-emergency situations is through the administrative office at 905.871.1600, extension 5600. For more information about the fire stations, manpower and apparatus see the Stations section of the website.
The staff of the Fort Erie Fire Department is comprised of the Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, Administrative Assistant, Administrative Clerk, Fire Prevention Division, Public Education and the Licensed Mechanic.
The Fire Chief manages a complement of approximately 140 volunteer officers and firefighters as well as eight full-time staff. He works with the CAO in conjunction with Town 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 Officers and one full-time Fire Prevention Inspector, reporting to the Fire Chief. Some of the Fire Prevention duties consist of fire investigation, fire inspections and enforcement of the Ontario Fire Code, complaints and Business License inspections for Ontario Fire Code compliance.
Public Education is a 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 the public. 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 Fire 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 kilometres (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 Niagara River runs along the east side of the municipality. On the south side, Lake Erie runs along the entire length of the municipality. The shores of the Niagara River and Lake Erie combined are approximately 40 kilometres (25 miles) in length.