Fire & Rescue

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Langley City Fire-Rescue Service
5785 203rd Street
Langley, BC, V3A 9L9
Phone: (604) 514-2880
Fax: (604) 530-3853

 

Protection with Pride

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The motto of the Langley City Fire-Rescue Service is "Protection With Pride". The firefighters in our community are proud, not only of their firefighting record, but also of the amount of community service that they provide for all ages, all businesses and all the organizations within the City of Langley.

At present, our First Response Team consists of twenty (20) staff who maintain shift coverage of four firefighters on duty twenty-four hours per day. This First Response Team backed up by a compliment of twenty-two paid-on-call firefighters provides for a five minute response time to any fire or medical emergency anywhere within the City of Langley boundaries.

Prevention with Pride

In addition to our Emergency Response Programs, we have a very aggressive Public Education and Fire Prevention Program under the direction of our Fire Prevention Officer. The FPO and our on-duty crews are out each and every day inspecting retail, commercial and industrial businesses within the City of Langley to ensure that when you enter into those premises as a customer or an employee, that you are operating under a fire safe environment. We also inspect all multi-family residential buildings to ensure safety for residents and visitors.

In addition to these inspections, our on-duty crews are available for home fire safety inspections. Our crews have been trained to do a tour of your home and identify any hazards, discuss placements of carbon monoxide or smoke alarms and go over the exit plans for your residence in the event of an emergency.

If you live in an apartment block or a townhouse, our crews are available to meet with your apartment manager or your strata council and discuss the Fire Safety Plan for your building and how to tailor an emergency evacuation plan that best suits your premises.

During the past few years throughout the province, there has been an increase in the number of juvenile fire setters. These are children usually under the age of fourteen that have developed a curiosity or fascination with fire and have the potential to cause serious damage.

Once a family contacts us and advises us of a potential problem with their child, we can do an assessment with the family under the guidelines of the Provincial Juvenile Fire Setter Program. If we determine that additional counselling is required, a referral to trained professionals can be made.

In addition to Prevention and Public Education, our crews provide training for the staff of local industry, business or extended care facilities in the use of fire extinguishers. This combined classroom and practical session takes the fear out of using a fire extinguisher and in many cases has given individuals the training that they have needed to snuff out a small fire before it becomes a major one.

A simple phone call to our non-emergency number at (604) 514-2880 will put you in touch with all of the above services and arrangements can be made for either our people to come to you or for you to come to the fire hall.

By getting out into the community and working with the people and working for the people, allows us to truly provide our Protection With Pride.

History

In March of 1977 the City of Langley officially created the Langley City Fire Department. Prior to that, the department was known as Langley Fire Department Zone 1 and was one of six fire protection areas that served the City and the Township of Langley. The Zone 1 designation began in the early 1940s.

The Department was re-named the Langley City Fire-Rescue Service in 1995 to reflect the change in the types of alarms that they were now responding to. From volunteers answering to a siren in the hose tower, to a professionally trained composite department, the Fire-Rescue Service has been able to grow in response to the needs of the City of Langley.

Code of Ethics

The Langley City Fire-Rescue Service shall be committed to a work place that maximizes each member's contributions to the success of the fire department.

The members of the Langley City Fire-Rescue Service are committed to:

  • Providing a safe and healthy work place that values diversity and is free of discrimination and harassment,
  • Treating each individual with dignity and respect,
  • Communicating openly and honestly at all times,
  • Continuously seeking opportunities to learn and improve,
  • Setting high goals and accepting responsibility,
  • Evaluating performance, and providing positive feedback for improvement,
  • Dealing with conflicts between parties in a post-incident environment,
  • Having such conflicts dealt with by the individuals involved,
  • Keeping all business and personal information involving the fire department confidential.

Our Role in Fulfilling This Policy:

Everyone is responsible for embodying the philosophy of the code of ethics in their jobs and work relationships. People are encouraged to constructively challenge behaviours that are contrary to the code of ethics. All members are accountable for leading by example and portraying the Fire department in a positive manner.

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Training Ground at Fire Hall

Langley City Fire rescue Service has finished the installation of several training props in the training grounds at the new fire hall on 203rd street. These props where donated by Terasen Gas, BC Hydro, and Super Save Propane to enable fire fighters as much realism as possible when training. There are 8 live fire props fed by natural gas supplied by Terasen Gas. They include Dumpster Fires, Propane Storage Tank Fires, Car Fires, Pulled Gas Service Fires, Industrial and Residential Gas Meters and Pan Fires for Extinguisher Training. BC Hydro donated and installed 2 Hydro poles complete with Transformers and lines to mock high voltage emergencies with lines down. Some of our Fire Fighters also assisted with the installations. Troy Collins organized Hydro work crews, Peter Hoogendoorn and Johnathan Tudge who installed two metal walls for the gas meter props, Dave Skidmore who made all the prop name tags and Gord McGregor who supplied the spare vehicle rims from Tireland to support our bur vehicle

Links

BC Fire Training Officers Association
Canadian Fire Chiefs Association

Fire Chiefs Association of BC
Fire Commissioner of BC

Fire Prevention Officers Association of BC
Justice Institute of BC
International Association of Fire Fighters

Employment

Paid on Call (POC) firefighters are members of our team who play a key role in the delivery of fire services to the City of Langley. Not only do our POCs back up our career firefighters at major incidents, POCs often respond independently to simultaneous calls for service. POC firefighters respond to fires, rescues, medical aid, hazardous materials, and a host of other calls to aid the public. In 2013, our POCs responded to 327 alarms. Apart from direct support to emergency operations, our POCs contribute countless hours of volunteer time in Support of community activities such as Langley Community Days. If you are interested in becoming a Paid-on-Call firefighter, please download and review both the POC Firefighter Recruitment Application Manual and the Paid on Call Firefighter Application. We usually recruit new Paid-on-Call firefighters on an annual basis. The next recruitment will take place in 2015.