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Calgary Fire Department

Calgary Fire Department
Calgary Fire Dept.svg
Agency overview
Established1885 (Calgary Hook, Ladder and Bucket Corps)
Annual calls~60,000
Employees1500 (all staff)
Fire chiefSteve Dongworth
Facilities and equipment
Stations41
Website
Calgary Fire Department

The Calgary Fire Department (CFD) provides fire services for the city of Calgary, Alberta.

The department was created on 25 August 1885 as the Calgary Hook, Ladder and Bucket Corps and a chemical engine was ordered soon after. The first Captain was George Constantine. Prior to the formation of the Corps, wells had been dug throughout the town in 1884 at the recommendation of George Murdoch, Mayor of the Town of Calgary. Prior to 1909, it was a volunteer fire department. In 1909, 40 full-time firefighters were hired.[1] In 1910, it purchased its first motorized fire truck.[2]

As of August 2018, the department has 41 stations and employs over 1,500 personnel in both operational and support roles. Their headquarters is located at 4144 11th Street SE.

Organization

Fire Suppression

The Fire Service uses the term "Chief Officer" to describe individuals who are in a Chief role. These "Chief Officers" are responsible for overseeing management functions as well as supervising fire operations. In the Calgary Fire Department, the Chief Officers are:

  • Fire Chief – (1) oversees the entire Calgary Fire Department (CFD)
  • Deputy Chief/Manager – (5) oversee the divisions of the CFD
    • Fire Rescue Services (Deputy Chief)
    • Fire Rescue Services Support (Deputy Chief)
    • Risk Management (Deputy Chief)
    • Administration and Infrastructure (Deputy Chief)
    • Strategic Services (Manager)
  • Assistant Deputy Chief – (6-7) numerous are tasked to Fire Rescue Services and the remainder are deployed to other divisions where needed
  • Battalion Chief – (4) all firefighters work on a platoon system. There are four platoons (A, B, C, & D) and each platoon is supervised by a Battalion Chief
  • District Chief – (20) the city is divided into 5 districts (East, West, North, South, & Central). Each district on each platoon is supervised by a District Chief, therefore there are 5 District Chiefs on at any given time (one in each district).

Company officers are in charge of each crew. Company officers include:

  • Fire Captain – each fire engine (pumper truck) is supervised by a fire captain on each platoon. As there is an engine in each fire hall, the captain is in charge of the fire hall as well.
  • Fire Lieutenant – every other fire apparatus is supervised by a lieutenant. These include: aerial trucks, rescue trucks, hazmat trucks, etc. Every hall has an engine, but only select halls have other apparatus, such as these.

Firefighters are the main work force of the fire department. They include:

  • Senior Firefighter – one on each Fire Engine (pumper truck)
  • Firefighter – drive the trucks and ride in the back
  • Probationary Firefighter – placed on Fire Engines as needed, ride in the back with the Senior Firefighter

Support Staff

The Fire Department also relies on numerous Support Staff to fill various roles. Uniformed local 255 support staff members are firefighters who have moved into a different role with the Department. The Fire Marshal oversees the inspectors and investigators within the division of Risk Management. Each Support Section is also run by a Coordinator. These include:

  • Hazardous Materials Coordinator
  • Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Technical Teams Coordinator
  • Recruitment Coordinator
  • Fire Inspections Coordinator
  • Fire Investigation Coordinator
  • Wellness & Fitness Coordinator
  • Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Community Safety Coordinator
  • Training Coordinator
  • Medical Services Coordinator

Many Support Sections also have Staff Support Officers. These include:

  • Hazardous Materials Officers
  • Emergency Management Officers
  • Recruitment Officers
  • Wellness & Fitness Officers
  • Health and Safety Officers
  • Community Safety Officers
  • Fire Inspector II
  • Fire Inspector I
  • Technical Services Officers
  • Public Information Officers
  • Shift Investigator
  • Training Officers
  • Fire Investigator

The Fire Department also employs many other non-uniformed staff in numerous roles.

Rank Insignia

Fire Suppression Staff

CHIEF OFFICERS COMPANY OFFICERS FIREFIGHTERS
Fire Chief Deputy Chief Assistant Deputy Chief Battalion Chief District Chief Fire Captain Fire Lieutenant Senior Firefighter Firefighter Probationary Firefighter
Rank Epaulettes
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CFD Deputy Chief.png
CFD Assistant Deputy Chief.png
CFD Battalion Chief.png
CFD District Chief.png
CFD Fire Captain.png
CFD Fire Lieutenant.png
No Insignia No Insignia Blue Striped Epaulettes

Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic

If a Firefighter, Company Officer, or Chief Officer is also qualified as an Primary Care Paramedic or Advanced Care Paramedic, they wear the Star of Life insignia on their fire helmet.

Support Staff

Fire Marshal Support Staff Coordinators Support Staff Officers Fire Inspector I
Rank Epaulettes
CFD Battalion Chief.png
CFD District Chief.png
Division Name Embroidered Below Stripes (ex: Training, Community Safety, etc.)
CFD Fire Captain.png
Division Name Embroidered Below Stripes (ex: Training, Community Safety, etc.)
CFD Fire Lieutenant.png
"Safety Codes Officer" Embroidered Below Stripe
Notes Head of the Fire Investigations and Inspections Health and Safety Coordinator / Fire Inspections Coordinator / Fire Investigations Coordinator / Hazardous Materials Coordinator / Emergency Management Coordinator / Technical Teams Coordinator / Community Services Coordinator / Wellness and Fitness Coordinator / Recruitment Coordinator / Technical Teams Coordinator / Medical Services Coordinator / Training Coordinator Training Officer / Health and Safety Officer / Hazardous Materials Officer / Emergency Management Officer / Public Information Officer / Community Safety Officer / Assistant to the Medical Director / Technical Services Officer / Fire Inspector II / Shift Investigator

Helmet Colours

Fire Suppression Staff Helmet Colour
Chief Officers
  • Fire Chief
  • Deputy Chief
  • Assistant Deputy Chief
  • Battalion Chief
  • District Chief
WHITE
Company Officers
  • Fire Captain
  • Fire Lieutenant
  • Acting Fire Lieutenant
RED
Firefighters
  • Senior Firefighter
  • Firefighter
  • Probationary Firefighter
YELLOW
Support Staff
Fire Marshal
WHITE
Support Staff Coordinators
  • Hazardous Materials Coordinator
  • Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Wellness & Fitness Coordinator
  • Recruitment Coordinator
BLUE
Training Officer
RED
Support Staff Officers
  • Health and Safety Officer
  • Hazardous Materials Officer
  • Medical Services Officer
  • Public Information Officer
  • Community Safety Officer
  • Fire Inspector I and II
BLUE
Fire Cadet
BLACK

Fire Stations and Apparatus

  • There are 40 fire stations in Calgary, operating 24 hours a day.[3]
  • Apparatus designations are denoted by the station number followed by the apparatus type.
  • Calgary International Airport Crash Rescue previously operated as CFD Station 13 until 2019, when the airport contracted firefighting services to Pro-Tec Fire Services of Canada.
No. Neighbourhood Engine(s) Aerial Rescue Miscellaneous Address Build Year
1 Downtown 1 Engine, 48 Engine 1 Aerial 1 Medical Response Unit 450 1 Street S.E. 1973
2 Beltline 2 Engine, 49 Engine 2 Medical Response Unit 1010 10 Avenue S.W. 1971
4 Vista Heights 4 Engine 4 Rescue 4 Haz-Mat, East District Chief 1991 18 Avenue N.E. 2004
5 South Calgary 5 Engine 5 High-Rise Support, Investigator 1 3129 14 Street S.W. 2012
6 Eau Claire 6 Engine 6 Aerial 6 Aquatic Rescue, 6 Boat Tow, 6 Jet Boat 360 8 Street S.W. 2010
7 Mount Pleasant 7 Engine 7 Air/Light, 7 Fire Rescue Paramedic 2708 4 St NW 2017
8 Rosscarrock 8 Engine 8 Aerial 8 Rescue 8 Bush Buggy 1720 45 Street S.W. 1980
9 Ogden 9 Engine 9 Rescue 9 Parkade Truck, 9 Rat-Rail 2515 78 Avenue S.E. 1981
10 Briar Hill 10 Engine 10 Technical Rescue 1909 16 Avenue N.W. 1998
11 Windsor Park 11 Engine 11 Technical Rescue 11 Technical Support, Community Outreach Vehicle 5506 4 Street S.W. 2014
12 Marlborough 12 Engine, 46 Engine 12 Rescue 12 Medical Response Unit 123 44 Street S.E. 1974
14 Haysboro 14 Engine, 47 Engine 9840 Horton Road S.W. 1989
15 Bowness 15 Engine 6328 35 Avenue N.W. 1964
16 (HQ) Highfield 16 Engine Mobile Command Unit, Central District Chief, Battalion Chief, Safety Chief, other misc. vehicles 4124 11 Street S.E. 1969
17 Varsity 17 Engine 17 Aerial 17 Haz-Mat, 17 Bush Buggy 3740 32 Avenue N.W. 1971
18 Huntington Hills 18 Engine 18 Aerial 18 Bush Buggy, 18 Generator 415 68 Avenue N.W. 1975
19 Parkland 19 Engine 19 Aerial 19 Haz-Mat, 19 Bush Buggy 13807 Parkland Boulevard S.E. 1975
20 Lincoln Park 20 Engine 20 Fire Rescue Paramedic, West District Chief 2800 Peacekeepers Way S.W. 1978
21 Silver Springs 21 Engine 21 Rescue 21 Boat Tow, 21 Jet Boat 209 Silvergrove Drive N.W. 1978
22 Temple 22 Engine, 50 Engine 22 Medical Response Unit 7199 Temple Drive N.E 1979
23 Southview 23 Engine 23 Aerial 23 Bush Buggy 2727 26 Avenue S.E. 1982
24 Cedarbrae 24 Engine 2607 106 Avenue S.W. 1978
25 Foothills 25 Engine 25 Aerial 25 Tender 4705 76 Avenue S.E. 1982
26 Midnapore 26 Engine 26 Rescue 450 Midpark Way S.E. 2002
27 Stonegate 27 Engine 110-11358 Barlow Trail N.E. 2017
28 Edgemont 28 Engine 7925 Edgemont Boulevard N.W. 1987
29 Coach Hill 29 Engine 7027 Coach Hill Road S.W. 1988
30 McKenzie Town 30 Engine 6 McKenzie Towne Gate S.E. 1998
31 Country Hills 31 Engine 31 Rescue North District Chief 11955 Country Village Link N.E. 2005
32 Saddle Ridge 32 Engine 32 Aerial 800 Saddletowne Circle N.E. 2010
33 Signal Hill 33 Engine 3800 69 Street S.W. 2008
34 Royal Vista 34 Engine 34 Tender, 34 Haz-Mat Recovery 16 Royal Vista Way N.W. 2016
35 Valley Ridge 35 Engine 11280 Valley Ridge Boulevard N.W. 2009
36 Hidden Valley 36 Engine 10071 Hidden Valley Drive N.W. 2001
37 Evergreen 37 Engine 2511 Eversyde Avenue S.W. 2013
38 Skyview Ranch 38 Engine 3 Skyview Springs Cove N.E. 2009
39 Douglas Glen 39 Engine 39 Aerial 39 Boat Tow, 39 Jet Boat, South District Chief, Investigator 2, K-9 unit 4199 114 Ave S.E. 2012
40 Symons Valley 40 Engine 40 Aerial K-9 unit 12920 Symons Valley Road N.W. 2013
41 Seton 41 Engine 3790 Seton Drive S.E. 2013
42 Tuscany 42 Engine 275 Tuscany Way N.W. 2018

References

  1. ^ Shiels, Bob (1974). Calgary : a not too solemn look at Calgary's first 100 years. Calgary: The Calgary Herald. p. 127. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
  2. ^ Wark, S. Arnold (1919). City of Calgary year book. Calgary. p. 27. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
  3. ^ Department, Calgary Fire (2015-04-28). "Calgary Fire Stations listing". www.calgary.ca. Retrieved 2017-07-10.

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