Hot Weather in Store for Southwestern BC

Posted July 13, 2018

While hot and sunny conditions are welcomed news for most, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Medical Health Officers are reminding residents to take precautions to protect themselves from the heat. Keep cool by:

  • Spending time in an air-conditioned facility (such as a shopping centre, library, community centre or restaurant) for at least several hours every day.
  • Dress for the weather by wearing loose, light-weight clothing. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Avoid sunburn, stay in the shade or use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more
  • NEVER leave children or pets alone in a parked car.
  • Check in on others - People living alone are at high risk of severe heat related illness.  

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The Burnaby Fire Department consists of five divisions. Click these links or scroll down the page to learn more about each one.
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We provide management, direction, coordination, planning and general support to all areas of the Burnaby Fire Department. The Division is headed by the Fire Chief, with support from two Deputy Fire Chiefs (Operations & Administration), a Staff Officer, an Administrative Assistant and four Administrative Clerks.

What We Do

  • Schedule operational members’ work shifts, vacations and other entitlements as per the Collective Agreement between the City of Burnaby and the Burnaby Firefighters’ Association, Local 323
  • Set future goals for new concepts, coordinate training of all personnel, including emergency medical service, and develop practices and procedures for emergency and non-emergency operations such as Fire Prevention and Public Education
  • Plan, research and oversee the acquisition, inventory and distribution of equipment and supplies for the entire department as well as coordinating the department’s information technology and communications needs
  • Oversee the maintenance and upkeep of all fire stations and fire department property
  • Provide coordination for the City’s Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness Program and serve as liaison between the Department and the various branches of City Government


    Emergency response and fire suppression are provided by the Fire Suppression Division for the citizens of Burnaby.

    What We Do

    The job of front line fire fighters has grown to include many tasks. We respond to:

    • Fire emergencies (structure fires, brush/wild fires, vehicle fires)
    • Sudden medical emergencies
    • Hazardous materials incidents
    • Auto extrication
    • Carbon monoxide detection
    • Water and ice rescue emergencies
    • Mutual aid for other departments and cities
    • Confined space rescue (e.g. from building collapses)
    • Technical rescue
    • Inspections of commercial and residential property for compliance with fire safety codes and practices
    • All other emergencies requiring our professional attention


    The Training Division ensures the Officers and firefighters receive and maintain the knowledge and skills required to provide fire and rescue service to the citizens of the City of Burnaby. 

    What We Do

    • Set the curriculum of training and education for probationary firefighters through our Pre-Recruit and Recruit training programs
    • Deliver ongoing training programs to our current members involving various specialties
    We consistently adapt our program to be current with training directives based on industry innovations, keeping pace with modern technology and emerging trends. 

    Fire Prevention

    The main focus of the Fire Prevention Division is to bring fire safety awareness to the public. In the event of a fire, our Division is trained to N.F.P.A. (National Fire Protection Agency), 1033 Level 3 standards. Our Fire Prevention Division consists of one Assistant Chief Fire Prevention Officer, one Assistant Fire Chief (Administration), three Captains and five Inspectors/Investigators.


    The Mechanical Division is responsible for the ongoing care and maintenance of all Fire Department Vehicles and Equipment. We are responsible for implementing an effective preventative maintenance program which allows staff to address problems on a timetable rather than when they occur. The Mechanical Division staff is committed to the successful operation of the Fire Department’s equipment and the safety of its personnel.


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