Maple Ridge Firefighters
The Maple Ridge Firefighter's Union represents 53 firefighters proudly serving and protecting the citizens of Maple Ridge, BC, Canada. We are Local 4449 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, an organization now over 300,000 members strong, protecting 85% of North America’s population. We are also members of the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association. The BCPFFA is an organization which is comprised of the 53 locals who represent the professional men and women firefighters of this province. All 53 locals are members of the IAFF which serves the more than 18,000 Canadians for whom firefighting is a career. There are approximately 3,800 career firefighters in B.C.
The professional firefighters in your community are trained to provide many services including the traditional role of fire suppression. We work daily to hone our skills in such disciplines as high angle rescue; swift water rescue; confined space rescue; hazardous materials response; heavy rescue (industrial type accidents); auto extrication (motor vehicle accidents); First Responder emergency medical response; fire safety inspections; fire prevention education programs and other critical tasks relating to emergency response and emergency rescue.
We are also proud of our volunteer hours spent raising awareness and funds for various charitable organizations in our community. From car washes to boot drives to sponsoring events - we work in partnership with our paid on call firefighters to support many charitable organizations.
MAPLE RIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Maple Ridge Fire Department is a composite department. Hall 1 (227th and Dewdney Trunk Road) and Hall 3 (11777 203rd Street) are staffed 24/7 with career firefighters. Hall 2 (27503 112th Avenue) relies on paid on call staffing. Career fire crews are dispatched to all calls in all response zones. In the event that crews and equipment are involved in a prior incident, or for large incidents, paid on call firefighters are paged. Surrey Fire Rescue provides dispatch services for Maple Ridge and several other departments throughout BC.
Before 1945, the area had no organized fire protection. A large 1916 fire in Hammond destroyed several buildings on Maple Crescent before the closest available pump truck arrived – the trip taking three hours from Point Grey.
On December 27, 1945, a fatal fire on 15th Avenue stirred the people of Haney into action. Spencer Pallot called an emergency meeting at the Agricultural Hall to discuss the firefighting requirements of Haney and District. This meeting resulted in the foundation of the Haney Volunteer Fire Department.
Shortly thereafter, Maple Ridge Council gave unanimous support to the organization of the Volunteer Fire Department. It granted the right to spend $400 on the purchase of firefighting equipment and the existing air raid siren was used as a fire warning. A temporary fire hall was built in three days under Fire Chief Jack Stanyer. The name was soon changed to the Maple Ridge Volunteer Fire Department.
The first official fire hall was built on 224th Street and housed a 1946 Ford with a front mounted 250 gpm pump. This truck has been painstakingly restored and is on display at Hall 1. Current Fire Hall 1 (227th) was built in 1970 with major renovations and additions completed in 2010. Fire Hall 2 was built in 1974 and Fire Hall 3 in 1991.
Population growth and the associated call volume demanded a transition in 2001 to a paid on call model and on July 4th, 2005, the first career firefighters began their shift at Hall 1.
In early 2006, local 4449 signed their IAFF charter.
Fire Hall 3 was staffed with career firefighters starting in 2009.