Fire & Rescue Services

Our Mission StatementNelson Fire Rescue Since 1891 Proud to Serve

To serve the community of the City of Nelson by protecting life, property and the environment.

Duties & Responsibilities

Welcome  to  Nelson Fire and Rescue Service. Our members serve the City of  Nelson and  surrounding Fire Protection District (RDCK Area E) 24 hours a  day year  round, with 2 members on duty at all times, who respond to an  average of  1,200 emergency incidents including (but certainly not  limited to)  fire, first responder, motor vehicle accident and hazardous  materials  incidents and 150 to 200 high priority public service calls  per year. We  operate in one of Western Canada's oldest fire halls built  in 1913. We  welcome visitors and groups to tour of our heritage  building, see our  museum, and learn about fire safety.

No Call Goes Unanswered

Under the direction  of the Fire Chief, the Department consists of an Assistant Chief, Fire  Prevention Officer/Captain, two Captains, six Firefighters, and a  Secretary-Dispatcher, as well as twenty on-call Auxiliary Firefighters.  All career members have training minimums of NFPA 1001 - Fire Fighter  Professional Qualifications, and all Officers are trained to NFPA 1021-  Fire Officer Professional Qualifications. Nelson Fire and Rescue  Service’s apparatus fleet includes two fire engines, one aerial  ladder/platform truck, one rescue truck and a water tender.

The Department Provides:

Emergency Services

  • Confined space rescue
  • Fire rescue and suppression
  • Hazardous material incidents
  • Medical first responder
  • Rope rescue (low and high angle)
  • Surface water rescue
  • Vehicle extrication

Public Education

  • Fire extinguisher training
  • Fire Hall tours
  • Fire Prevention Week activities
  • FireSmart Program
  • School program
  • Seniors fairs, Community Connect day, and public outreach
  • Smoke alarm program

Fire Prevention

  • Community events connecting with multiple demographic groups
  • Development and building plan review
  • Fire  inspections of public buildings, hospitals, light and heavy industrial,  schools, group homes, daycares, and extended care facilities
  • Fire investigations
Fire engine at fire scene