Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services is the statutory fire and rescue service for the city of Vaughan, Ontario. It operates 10 fire stations and coordinates with other fire departments in York Region and the Greater Toronto Area. VFRS responds to a wide variety of emergency calls; as of 2018, there are 350 uniformed personnel. The city did have volunteers in Woodbridge Station 7-3 and Kleinburg Station 7-4. Station 7-3 disbanded its volunteers in the early 2000s with the remainder of the volunteers being disbanded in 2013 with the closure of Station 7-4 in Kleinburg; the former Town of Vaughan Fire covered Markham sections of Thornhill before it was transferred to the Town of Markham. Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service's biggest division is the Operations Division; the Operations Division is the division, responsible for responding to emergency calls. VFRS's total average response time to emergencies is 19 seconds; the most common emergency call that VFRS responds to are medical calls, but VFRS assists the York Regional Police department with calls calls to car accidents.
VFRS responds to a large number of false alarms, with 24% of calls in 2015 being false alarms. VFRS deals with rural scenarios in the north and urban in the south part of the city. VFRS's HAZMAT team responds to calls for gas leaks, toxic chemicals, electrical emergencies and carbon monoxide investigations; the VFRS Communications Division uses a Computer Aided Dispatch system to enhance dispatch of fire apparatus to emergencies in Vaughan. The Communications Division works with the York Regional Police 9-1-1 centre, the Georgian Central Ambulance Communications Centre, the surrounding municipal fire department communications centres in order to coordinate the emergency needs of the community. VFRS is contracted to provide emergency communications services to Township of King. In 2015, the Communications Division processed 10,428 emergency calls for Vaughan and 1,002 calls for King Township Fire Service, totaling 11,430 calls for the year. All of Vaughan’s fire communicators are certified by the Association of Public Safety Communications Operators Institute.
The Communication Division's motto is "The Voice of VFRS”. The VFRS Mechanical Division is responsible for ensuring that all of VFRS's apparatus/equipment is in operationally ready state; the Mechanical Division does this using the current Ministry of Transportation of Ontario Standards and National Fire Protection Association guidelines as benchmarks. Members of the Mechanical Division attend Emergency Vehicle Technician courses every year; the VFRS Mechanical Division provides both in-shop and mobile mechanical service for a number of Regional Emergency Service partners as well as a warranty repair depot for major fire service equipment suppliers and manufacturers. The Mechanical Division implemented on board GREEN generators for engines/rescues; when the fire apparatus are at idle for more than three minutes, the engine automatically shuts off and a smaller engine maintains essential systems and heat/air conditioning as required. This can be useful because upon arriving at an incident, firefighters would not want to waste precious time turning off the engine and lights.
VFRS firefighters are required to complete specific annual maintenance training. The firefighters in VFRS are all either working towards their certification, it takes four years to meet the requirements of certification. Once certified, firefighters must continue to meet a number of objectives in order to meet the requirements of re-certification. All of the staff of the VFRS Training Division have either met or are working towards the requirement as “Certified Training Officers". All of VFRS's firefighters attained certification in NFPA 1006 core competencies for technical rescue. All service delivery enhancements for the public must first be implemented through the Training Division; the Training Division is undertaking the delivery of Ontario Fire College programs in-house. The VFRS Fire prevention Division is the division, responsible for educating the population of Vaughan to take precautions to prevent harmful fires, be educated about surviving them; the Fire Prevention Division provides inspections and plan reviews for fire/carbon monoxide alarms, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, general fire hazards.
They conduct building inspections to make sure they are compliant with fire codes, they visit schools and daycare centers to make presentations about arson, malicious false alarms, fire safety. VFRS's fire investigation team works with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office and reaches out to inspectors and public educators in Vaughan with regards to fire risks and fire safety. One of the Fire Prevention Division's responsibilities is to educate seniors about fire safety. In addition to their annual inspections and witnessing of fire drills for all retirement homes and care facilities throughout Vaughan, the Fire Prevention Division together with B. A. S. S. I. C. Delivers fire safety education to 700 attendees at B. A. S. S. I. C.'s annual senior’s symposium. Fire services in York Region
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