Fire Services

Department Overview

Fire Services provides emergency fire prevention and control and emergency management services for the City of St. Catharines and other local municipalities.

Director of Fire Services - Jeff McCormick

  • Creates and implements the City's Fire Services policy
  • Oversees emergency management operations when an emergency is occurring
  • Enforces City policies, by-laws and other legislation
  • Advises and recommends all major equipment purchases, including long-range planning for equipment, buildings and property 
  • Commands all phases of Fire Services' operations at major fires or other emergencies
  • Liaises with other Fire Services and the business and industrial community to promote fire prevention and safety.


  • Provides emergency services to the City of St. Catharines and 12 other municipalities. 
  • Dispatches equipment and manpower
  • Completes property mapping for fire routes
  • Maintains fire department radio systems


  • Enforces the Fire Protection and Prevention Act and the Ontario Fire Code, including prosecution  
  • Inspects buildings for compliance with certain aspects of the Ontario Building Code
  • Promotes fire safety through public education and training 
  • Assists with Alcohol and Gaming Commission inspections
  • Oversees approvals for fireworks and pyrotechnics


  • Provides fire protection
  • Assists with emergency medical assistance calls and hazardous material incidents
  • Provides automobile extrication
  • Completes technical rescues, including high angle, water, ice and industrial
  • Enforces the home smoke alarm inspection program


  • Co-ordinates the delivery of training programs
  • Participate in promotional, reclassification examinations
  • Researches and evaluates equipment and purchases
  • Responsible for recruit hiring and training process



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