Grand Forks Fire Department

The Grand Forks Fire Department responds to a variety of types of calls including:
Fire calls, First Responder calls, Auto Extrication calls, Confined Space Rescue calls, Medical First Responder calls, High Angle Rescue calls and Swift Water Rescues. As well, members of the Department are training in response techniques for Hazardous Material Spill calls.

For extensive information and up to date news about the Grand Forks Fire Department, please visit the Grand Forks Fire Department website.
www.gffr.ca

Fire Chief: Dale Heriot
Deputy Fire Chief: Kevin McKinnon
Assistant Fire Chief: Manfred Bialon

EMERGENCY NUMBER CALL – 911

NON EMERGENCY CALL – (250) 442-3612

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GRAND FORKS OUTSIDE BURNING PROVISIONS

* Excerpt from Bylaw #1566 – Amendment to the City of Grand Forks Fire and Life Safety Bylaw #1320

BURNING PERMITS REQUIRED

(1) No person shall light, ignite or start, or allow, or cause to be lighted, ignited, or started, a fire or any kind whatsoever in the open air without first obtaining a written Special Permit to do so from the Fire Chief or his appointee.

(2) A person to whom a permit has been so issued under sub- section (1) shall place and keep a competent adult person at all times in charge of the fire while it is burning or smoldering and shall provide that person with sufficient appliances and equipment in order to prevent the fire from burning out of control or causing damage or becoming dangerous.

(3) A Service Charge of $175.00 per hour for equipment and men will be levied if violations result in the attendance of the Fire Department apparatus to control or extinguish a fire which has become out of control or dangerous.

(4) A Service Charge of $175.00 per hour for equipment and men will be levied for extinguishing any fire that is deemed to be in contravention of any part of this bylaw.

(5) The operation of a permanent outdoor barbecue or campfire in an enclosure, approved by the Fire Chief, in the form identified as Schedule “A” and attached to this bylaw, and which is intended for personal warmth or used solely for, the preparation of food, is permitted. This permit is to be renewed annually.

(6) The operation of a portable outdoor barbecue intended for, and used solely for, the preparation of food is permitted.

(7) Outside incinerators shall be prohibited within the City of Grand Forks. Barbecues fueled by other than gas, briquettes or wood are deemed to be incinerators.

(8) Necessary burning by the Municipality, which shall include open air burning for fire training exercise, and other public purposes, is permitted.

(9) The Fire Chief or his appointee may, by Special Permit, allow a property owner outdoor burning for the purpose of removing diseased foliage that cannot be removed from the property, or any other purpose deemed appropriate by the Fire Chief or his appointee.

(10) The Fire Chief or his appointee may, by Special Permit, allow a responsible adult person an outdoor fire for a public display, provided letters of approval are submitted from the property owner on which the burning will take place.

8.2 RESTRICTIONS

(1) It is expressly prohibited to burn garden waste, including but not limited to, grass, hedge clippings, leaves, prunings, pine needles, etc., within the City boundaries.

(2) It is expressly prohibited to burn rubber tires, or oil, tar, asphalt shingles, battery boxes, plastic compositions, insulated wire or any like substance which produces heavy black smoke on or in the boundaries of the Municipality.

(3) The Fire Chief may refuse to issue or may cancel a Special Permit if the use of which, in his opinion, would likely be hazardous or create a nuisance.

(4) The Municipality may recover from the owner or occupier, the costs and expenses of, and incidental to, the taking of any measures, if the Fire Chief is satisfied on reasonable and probable grounds that the provisions of this Bylaw have not been complied with in the same manner as that contained in Part 6, Section 5 of Bylaw No. 1320.”