Victoria Fire Department
The Victoria Fire Department is 123 people strong and has three fire stations to provide exceptional fire, rescue and emergency services, in addition to fire prevention education.
Providing exemplary emergency response services to British Columbia's Capital City, the Victoria Fire Department's professional staff delivers a wide variety of safety-based programs that serve children, seniors, businesses and the community at large.
- Current Fire Prevention and Regulation Bylaw
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- School Program
- History of the Department
Message from the Chief
Fire Chief Jeff Lambert
Fire Prevention Week -- Prevent Kitchen Fires
According to the latest research by the National Fire Protection Association, kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fires. Two out of every five home fires begin in the kitchen - more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.
Some important safety tips to remember:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
- If you must leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
- If you have young children, use the stove's back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least one metre (approximately three feet) away from the stove.
- When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
- Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
- Clean up food and grease from burners and stove tops.
Free Smoke Alarm Program
Victoria Fire Chief Receives
the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
On February 21, 2013, Mayor Fortin presented Victoria Fire Chief Jeff Lambert with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Chief Lambert was nominated for the medal by the Fire Chief's Association of BC for his dedication to the fire service in British Columbia and for his work on a national level.
The commemorative medal marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. To celebrate the event, 60,000 outstanding Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life are being honoured for their contributions or distinguished service to their fellow citizens, to their community, and to their country.
Before his appointment as Victoria's 32nd Fire Chief in 2011, Lambert served over five years as Fire Chief for the City of Port Moody, and prior to that was Fire Chief in Fort St. John and Chief Fire Prevention Officer for the District of Powell River. Jeff Lambert has held a number of volunteer positions with the Fire Chief's Association of BC since he joined in 2003, such as serving as both a Director and Vice-President on the Executive Board; as Vice-President with Fire Prevention Canada; and as Chair for the Working Smoke Alarms (BC) campaign last year.
Fire prevention is Lambert's forte, as he has worked with many BC Fire departments and the Office of the BC Fire Commissioner to keep the "prevention is the best fire service message", resonating across the province and Canada. Lambert's other medals include the 25-year British Columbia Long Service Medal, and the 20 and 30-year Federal Fire Service Exemplary Service medals.