Create a Home Escape Plan
The 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.
- Practise 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 (4) fire halls to protect the public.
Response Map shows the fire hall locations and the areas of the City they cover.
Residents who wish to visit a fire hall can contact Fire Rescue Services at 250-561-7667 to arrange a tour or for more information.
Note that firefighters are also certified car seat installers.
Fire Hall #1
Located in downtown adjacent to City Hall, Fire Hall #1 houses Fire Administration, Prevention, Training, and Fire Dispatch. The Hall serves residential, commercial, and light/heavy industrial areas in the downtown area, Blackburn, BC Rail, and south to the base of Peden Hill.
Fire Hall #2
Firefighter rescue training is conducted in Fire Hall #2, which is located at 5th Avenue and Ospika Boulevard. Fire Hall #2 serves residential, commercial, and light/heavy industrial areas west of Central Street, North Nechako, and the PG Pulpmill Road.
Fire Hall #3
Auto extrication training, where firefighters practise their skills in gaining access to vehicles involved in accidents, takes place at Fire Hall #3. This Hall serves residential and commercial areas from College Heights to the western City boundary and is located in the southwest portion of Prince George.
Fire Hall #4
Hazardous materials equipment is stored at Fire Hall #4 where training on how to remove hazardous materials also takes place. Fire hall #4 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 (3) Fire Prevention Officers and their Chief Fire Prevention Officer. The Prevention Branch works In conjunction with both Fire Suppression and Fire Dispatch staff to increase fire safety awareness through the three facets of prevention:
- Inspection and Enforcement
Inspection and Enforcement
Commercial or public building owners are required by the Provincial Government to ensure their buildings comply with British Columbia Fire Code (BCFC) requirements as well as with the
City of Prince George Fire Protection and Emergency Response Bylaw No. 8272, 2013.
Prince George Fire Rescue members perform a number of functions to help building owners meet these standards:
- Building Plan Reviews
Regular scheduled inspections are based on the six (6) 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.
Building Plan Reviews
The Fire Prevention Branch must have the opportunity to review building plans for Fire Safety Systems and compliance with the British Columbia Fire Code and the City of Prince George Fire Protection and Emergency Response Bylaw before construction begins. When submitting plans to City Hall, copies should also be forwarded to the Fire Prevention Branch.
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).
The Youth Fire Setter Program is also available for children five (5) to eighteen (18) years of age. Please call 250-561-7667 for program information for concerns about a child's interest level in or actions regarding fire-setting or fire play.
Adult presentations include Portable Extinguisher Training, Fire Safety in the Workplace, and Fire Warden Training. Other programs are also available.
The Fire Safety for Seniors Program is designed to help senior residents living on their own refresh fire safety knowledge and procedures.
Every fire causing damage must be investigated by Prince George Fire Rescue and the results must 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 the Fire Department.
Prince George Fire Rescue is a full time professional fire department whose unionized members belong to the International Association of Firefighters.
One hundred and thirty (130) members work within Fire Administration, Suppression, Prevention, Training, and Dispatch.
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