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Fire Halls in Abbotsford BC

Suppression

The Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service is responsible for the prevention and suppression of fires; the mitigation of the effects of dangerous goods incidents; assisting in the rescue of people from potentially dangerous situations; and assisting with medical emergencies.

The Fire Rescue Service operates under the direction of the Fire Chief, who reports to the Mayor, and Council through the City Manager. The department is dispatched by the Fraser Valley Regional Fire Dispatch Centre, which receives calls from the 911 Operators.

The Department operates 8 Fire Halls. Career fire fighters are assisted by auxiliary fire fighters who are paged when required. Career fire fighters operate out of Fire Hall 1, Fire Hall 2, Fire Hall 6 and Fire Hall 8, with one engine each. Career staffing enables the Fire Rescue Service to provide 24-hour year-round emergency response capabilities for fires, rescues, and other emergencies.

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Fire Hall Locations

Fire Hall No. 1 (Clearbrook)

Fire Hall 1, located in Clearbrook, is the main fire hall, housing administration, fire prevention, and the training division.  Fire Hall 1, as one of four career staffed fire halls in the City, has suppression fire fighters on duty 24 hours a day.

32270 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, BC   V2T 2L1
Telephone: 604-853-3566
Fax: 604-853-8452
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Fire Hall No. 2 (Sumas Prairie)

Fire Hall 2, as one of four career staffed fire halls in the City, has suppression fire fighters on duty 24 hours a day.

35995 North Parallel Road
Abbotsford, BC   V3G 2E3
Telephone: 604-855-4112
Fax: 604-852-4773
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Fire Hall No. 3 (Aberdeen)

Fire hall 3 has a complement of auxiliary fire fighters, notified by pager, to assist with emergency response to the south/west section of Abbotsford.  Fire Hall 3 auxiliary members will also respond to any area of the city when required.

28465 Fraser Highway
Abbotsford, BC   V0X 1A0
Telephone: 604-856-1541
Fax: 604-856-1591
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Fire Hall No. 4 (Matsqui Village)

Fire Hall 4 has a complement of auxiliary fire fighters, notified by pager, to assist with emergency response to the north/east section of Abbotsford.  Fire Hall 4 auxiliary members will also respond to any area of the city when required.

5775 Wallace Street
Abbotsford, BC  V0X 1S0
Telephone: 604-826-4772
Fax: 604-826-4372

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Fire Hall No. 5 (Mt. Lehman)

Fire Hall 5 has a complement of auxiliary fire fighters, notified by pager, to assist with emergency response to the north/west section of Abbotsford.  Fire Hall 5 auxiliary members will also respond to any area of the city when required.

30373 Merryfield Ave
Abbotsford, BC   V0X 1V0
Telephone: 604-856-3786
Fax: 604-856-3795

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Fire Hall No. 6 (Abbotsford)

Fire Hall 6, as one of four career staffed fire halls in the City, has suppression fire fighters on duty 24 hours a day.  There are auxiliary firefighters assigned to Fire Hall 6 to assist with emergency calls when required.

2427 West Railway Street
Abbotsford, BC   V2S 2E3
Telephone: 604-853-5868
Fax:604-852-2973

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Fire Hall No. 7 (Sandy Hill)

Fire Hall 7 has a complement of auxiliary fire fighters, notified by pager, to assist with emergency response to the east section of Abbotsford.  Fire Hall 7 auxiliary members will also respond to any area of the city when required.

34989 Old Clayburn Road
Abbotsford, BC   V2S 6W7
Telephone: 604-855-0614
Fax: 604-851-5056

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Fire Hall No. 8 (Blueridge) New Fire Hall

Fire Hall 8 as one of four career staffed fire halls in the City, has suppression fire fighters on duty 24 hours a day.

30811 Blueridge Drive
Abbotsford, BC
Telephone: 604-855-7911
Fax: 604-855-7988

Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service Training Centre

1544 Riverside Road
Abbotsford, BC  V2S 8J2
Telephone: 604-859-6610
Fax:  604-859-6680
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List of BC Fire Training Programs

Please find a list of Firefighter and First Responder Schools located in the across Canada where you can obtain some of the basic requirements for employment as a firefighter with municipalities like the City of Surrey and City of Abbotsford.

By no means is this list complete or fully comprehensive. Instead it is meant to be an introduction to getting you started on your fire fighting and first responders career. If you are intending to pursue either career please do your research. It’s important to know that only 6% of people who enter professional fire fighters and first responders careers actually make it to a full time postition. If you are considering attending any of these institutions, we recommend you research them and confirm that they remain in good standing with their governing body.

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Learn more about International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC)

For more information on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

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CPAT Overview for Abbotsford BC

Here’s a great resource to get started on the first step towards becoming a fire fighter for municipalities like the City of Abbotsford.

CPAT Overview

THE IAFF/IAFC FIRE SERVICE JOINT LABOR MANAGEMENT
CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST PROGRAM
In 1997, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and International Fire Chiefs Association (IAFC) teamed up with 10 major North American fire services and unions to create the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).
The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) was developed to test fire fighter candidates on their ability to perform simulated tasks consistent with the duties of a fire fighter. The test is designed to ensure that candidates possess the physical ability to complete the critical and essential tasks of fire fighting.
The CPAT consists of eight (8) separate events performed in a continuous manner.
The CPAT test is a pass/fail event. The CPAT must be completed in 10 minutes 20 seconds (or less) with each event completed correctly.
Certificate
The CPAT certificate is issued onsite after successful completion of the test. The CPAT certificate issued by the City of Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service is valid for 1 year from the date of successful completion of the test.  Charges may apply for replacement of a certificate.

CPAT Weights and Clothing

The entire CPAT is completed while wearing a 50 pound (22.68 kg) vest to simulate the weight of the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and fire fighter protective clothing.  An additional 25 pounds (11.34 kg), using two 12.5 pound (5.67 kg) weights that simulate a high-rise pack (hose bundle), is added only for the stair climb event.
What to wear for CPAT Testing and Walk-Thru Orientations?
Throughout all events, the candidate must wear long pants and footwear with no open heel or toe. A hard hat with chin strap, work gloves will be provided. Watches and loose or restrictive jewelry are not permitted.
CPAT Tools and Equipment
All props were designed to obtain the necessary information regarding a candidate’s physical ability to complete fire fighting tasks.  The tools and equipment were chosen to provide the highest level of consistency, safety and validity in measuring the candidate’s physical abilities.
CPAT Event Sequence and Timing
The events of the CPAT are placed in a sequence that best simulates their use in a fire scene. The test consists of a series of eight events separated by an 85 foot (25.91 m) walk between each event.  This walk allows the candidate approximately 20 seconds to recover and regroup before each event.  To ensure the highest level of safety and to prevent you from hitting exhaustion, no running is allowed between events.

To ensure scoring accuracy by eliminating timer failure, two stopwatches are used to time the CPAT. One stopwatch is designated as the official test time stopwatch; the second is the backup stopwatch. If mechanical failure occurs, the time on the backup stopwatch is used. The stopwatches are set to a pass/fail time and count down from 10 minutes and 20 seconds. If time elapses prior to the completion of the test, the candidate is deemed to have failed the test.

Medical Clearance Request

To minimize the health risk, candidates are required to consult with a medical professional to ascertain an opinion on their ability to partake in CPAT testing.
The Candidate must bring completed Medical Clearance Request Form to the CPAT Test session. Candidate will NOT be permitted for testing without Completed Medical Form.
This form must be completed by a medical doctor (general medical practitioner). Any costs incurred in this examination or the completion of this form is the sole responsibility of the candidate.
Fees
  • CPAT session is $230.00 CND plus applicable taxes.
  • Walk-through Orientation is $40.00 CND plus applicable taxes.

CPAT Refund and Cancellation Policy

  • Once payment is received and testing is booked, payment is non-refundable.
  • Partial payment will be refunded for medical reasons only. Requests for refunds must be received at least 72 hrs prior to the scheduled test date. Requests for refunds must be in writing and accompanied by a medical doctor’s written verification that you are unable to test due to injury/illness.  A $50.00 administration fee will be deducted from the refund. Refund requests should be emailed to cpat@abbotsford.ca.
  • Approved refunds will be issued via cheque and mailed to your account address. No refunds will be given to individuals who take the CPAT but are unsuccessful.
  • The City of Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service reserves the right to change or cancel scheduled dates. Notification will be sent via email to the address used during the registration process. Registrants will be placed into the next available date, with the option to reschedule.
  • The information on the registration form is collected for internal purposes only and will remain confidential.
CPAT Booking Policy
Sessions cannot be rescheduled within 72 hours of the scheduled testing. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in the forfeiture of course fees.
 Privacy Policy
Personal information is collected for the administration of Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service programs only, as authorized under Section 26 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  The City of Abbotsford does not use or disclose personal information for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual whom the information is about or otherwise in accordance with law. The City of Abbotsford retains personal information only as long as necessary for the purposes of this program and as required under the Act. If you have any questions about the collection and use of your personal information, contact the Information & Privacy Co-ordinator at 604-864-5575, City of Abbotsford, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC V2T 1W7.

Preparing for the CPAT

The CPAT simulates the physically demanding tasks of fire fighting. As such, successful completion of the CPAT requires a high degree of physical fitness in the areas of aerobic and anaerobic power, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and balance.
In order to ensure successful completion of the CPAT all candidates should view the CPAT Orientation videos review the CPAT Orientation Guide. The CPAT Candidate Preparation Guide provides information on how to physically prepare for the CPAT test.
It is the responsibility of all candidates to arrive at their scheduled test date familiar with the CPAT sequence of events, requirements of each event and the criteria which constitute a pass or fail at each event.
Remember that it is the responsibility of the candidate to be familiar with CPAT procedures and expectations prior to your scheduled CPAT date. Since CPAT guidelines specify that all applicants must be given an opportunity to attend 2 Orientation sessions within eight weeks prior to scheduled CPAT, any candidates registering less than 8 weeks in advance must complete the Waiver of Orientation form.
It is your responsibility to ask questions if you do not understand any part of the CPAT events or procedures.

CPAT Walk-through Orientation Only (THIS IS NOT A CPAT TEST)

Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS) provides the foremost opportunity for applicants to prepare for the CPAT. Candidates booking a test date 8 weeks or longer have the opportunity to register for a scheduled walk-through orientation sessions within eight weeks prior to their CPAT date.
The Walk-through Orientation session provides you the opportunity to view the CPAT events, talk with instructors, physically examine test equipment, tools and props and practice. The Orientations are conducted in small groups and pre-registration and payment is required. Note: this is not a test nor a practice run. This is optional and is not required prior to the Test.

Pre-Screening

CPAT test day, pre-exercise heart rate will be measured. If pre-exercise heart rate >110 bpm, you will not be allowed to proceed with the CPAT. Please be advised that certain substances may elevate heart rate (caffeine, smoking, energy drinks some over the counter cold medications) and it is recommended to avoid these substances the day of your Timed Trial/CPAT test.
Testing Schedule

It is RECOMMENDED that if you are requiring CPAT for any hiring occurring within the next 3 months,  book one of the soonest dates available as it is first come first serve and there is no guarantee that CPAT dates will be available at the time of your hiring.

NOTE: Mobile (iPhone etc.) and Mac Computer (Safari browser) equipment might not be compatible with this website, when booking and making payment for the test, use standard computer.

Testing Location

1544 Riverside Road
Abbotsford, BC

Contact Us

CPAT information or inquiry Email cpat@abbotsford.ca   NO PHONE CALLS

Business Addresses and Phone Numbers
Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service
 32270 George Ferguson Way
 Abbotsford BC
 V2T 2L1
 Phone: 604-853-3566 (office hrs 0830-1630, M-F)
 Fax: 604-853-7941 or 604-853-8452
City of Abbotsford, Collections Department
 32315 South Fraser Way
 Abbotsford, BC
 V2T 1W7
 Phone: 604-864-5522 (office hrs 0830-1630, M-F)
 Fax: 604-853-8505
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Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook

Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook

The purpose of the BC Firefighters Training Playbook is to ensure competency in a very high risk position. Under paragraph 3(3)(b) of the Fire Services Act (B.C.), the Fire Commissioner is required to establish the minimum standards of training required for fire services personnel in British Columbia. This Playbook sets out a competency-based ladder that provides for a minimum level of sequential training and operational requirements that must be met by each fire department. The Authority Having Jurisdiction will set the Service Level (refer to pages 10, 17 and 18) to be provided by its fire department, which in turn determines the minimum training Competencies that must be met by that department. The Playbook establishes the minimum training Competencies required and the standards from which they are drawn.

You can read the full playbook here,  Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook.

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Fire Training – Need for Volunteer Firefighters

Training will soon be front and centre at the Dominion Volunteer Fire Department.

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Scott Duffney, who will be taking over the role of fire chief as of Wednesday, said his focus will be to increase training.

“Investing in and developing our officers who are there right now.”

Duffney said they do weekly training now but he wants more members trained in Level 1 firefighting and other courses through the Nova Scotia Firefighters School in Waverley.

He wants to reenergize the training program with the help of former chief and now training officer Murray McNeil.

Duffney, 44, moved to Dominion 10 years ago and joined the fire department.

“I moved to Dominion and was looking to give back to the community and get involved.”

Ten years later, he’s still glad he did.

“It’s the group of people that are in it, a fantastic group,” he said. “Volunteering in a community is one of the best feelings, knowing you are doing something good for the community.”

Duffney, who was a captain with the fire department for five years, has also spent time as its treasurer, fire prevention officer and training officer.

He was nominated and accepted the position of chief during the December monthly meeting.

There are currently 28 members in the fire department.

“The fact they have that confidence in me was definitely a feel good moment,” he said. “Leading up to it knowing I was going to be nominated and would be accepting it I was a little anxious but that’s just the body’s normal response in taking on something new and bigger but I’m up for it.”

He said the increased focus on training will also involve the ice and water rescue units.

“We believe water and ice rescues are areas that need more focus and as a result have someone that can focus solely on that,” he said of the new director of technical rescue operations Brendan Burke.

“We are also looking into expanding into other areas of emergency response.”

Duffney said he also wants to revamp the recruiting process.

“Recruitment and retention in a small town volunteer fire department is one of the biggest challenges we have.”

He said one way to work on recruiting is through the junior firefighter program which is open to young people between the ages of 16-18.

“It gives young people an opportunity to try it out within safe parameters to see if it’s something they’d be interested in.”

A junior firefighter takes part in training and responds to calls, although school hours play a part in when they are available.

“They would definitely be assisting and participating in emergency response.”

A person must be 18 years old to become a regular member of the department.

He said the last time the junior program was in place they had four members and two transitioned into the regular membership.

Duffney said he’s looking forward to his role as chief, adding there is something special about the Dominion firefighters.

“Their willingness in helping the community. Anytime the community requests anything of us we’re always right there to help.”