Learn about the structure and function of the Surrey Fire Service.

Department overview

The Surrey Fire Service provides emergency response, public assistance, and education to the City of Surrey. Members are trained to respond to residential and commercial structure fires, hazardous materials calls, motor vehicle accidents, and a variety of medical emergencies.

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Department structure

Administration Division

The Administration Division is in charge of everything that happens in the Surrey Fire Service. This division includes the Fire Chief and the administration team.

Operations Division

The Operations Division is made up of 3 branches: Prevention, Suppression and Training.

  • Fire Prevention Branch: Fire Prevention ensures that industrial, public assembly buildings, and residential occupancies meet the BC Fire Code. The Fire Prevention branch is further divided into Fire Inspection, Fire Investigation and Public Education sections. The Chief Prevention Officer oversees the Fire Prevention Branch.
  • Suppression Branch: The Suppression branch attends to all emergency responses and critical interventions, such as motor vehicle accidents. Battalion Chiefs, Captains, Career Firefighters and Volunteer Firefighters make up the Suppression Branch. This branch also includes specialty areas such as Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue, and suppression and first responder activities.
  • Training Branch: The Surrey Fire Service's Training Branch provides firefighters with continuous operational training and skills development. Formal training and certification is also conducted for firefighters and fire officers in conjunction with local educational institutes and universities. The Training Branch also offers fire extinguisher training program to organizations and workplaces.
Communications Division

The Communications Division takes calls and dispatches for the Surrey Fire Service to more than 50 other communities across BC. It consists of the Dispatch Centre, Computer Specialists and Communications Technicians.

Mechanical Division

The Mechanical Division, managed by the City's Fleet & Garage Manager, is responsible for maintaining the Surrey Fire Service's fleet of fire apparatus and support vehicles together with an array of specialized equipment. Specialized Emergency Vehicle Technicians (EVTs) using their training and skills ensure that the emergency vehicles and their equipment are in excellent working condition and ready for our crews when attending incidents.

Support Division

This division keeps the department running smoothly. They handle much of the paperwork and records generated by the department along with day-to-day administration.

Fire Chief

Larry Thomas


Non-emergency / general questions

Fire prevention office

Training branch

Meet the Surrey Fire Service command staff.