Fire Chief, Kelvin Toews
The City of Steinbach has always prided itself on having a dedicated and efficient fire department. With well over 40 highly trained fire fighters and state-of-the-art equipment, the City can rely on its excellent fire protection. The result of these services is a city with a very high safety and security rating. The Steinbach Fire Department is a paid-on-call department, meaning firefighters are paid only for the fire calls and training that they attend. The department's fire coverage stretches over a 73 square mile area and includes parts of the R.M. of Hanover, R.M. of Ste. Anne and the towns of Mitchell and Blumenort. The fire department attends over 300 incidents annually.
The Steinbach Fire Hall is located at 477 Main Street. Features of the Fire Hall include a large apparatus bay with room for fleet expansion, and a classroom which will also function as the EMO (Emergency Measures Organization) Centre in an emergency situation. One of the key features of the fire hall is its tower which contains a hose drying rack (operated by a power winch), a staircase, and a fire stand pipe used for training purposes.
The Steinbach Fire Department runs a fire prevention program that targets elementary school aged children in Steinbach, Blumenort and Mitchell. Every fall, approximately 500 students tour the Steinbach Fire Hall and get educated on the importance of fire safety and prevention.
The Fire Department also hosts the community at its an annual Fire Hall open house, the second week of October, coinciding each year with National Fire Prevention Week.
The Fire Department encourages all citizens to have an up-to-date home fire escape plan, and to practice it regularly.
How to Make a Home Fire Escape Plan
The Province of Manitoba has mandated regular Fire and Life Safety Inspections be completed for specific occupancies. In Steinbach, the Fire Department performs these inspections. Although not all occupanies are required to have regular inspections, the Manitoba Fire Code applies to all exisiting and new buildings and facilities, as well as building construction, renovation or demolition sites. It is the responsibility of the building owner to ensure that the building and operations within are code compliant.
The Manitoba Fire Code also requires that any building requiring a fire alarm system, must have a Fire Safety Plan. There are specific items that are required as part of the plan. To learn more, click on the below links.
Fire Safety Plan Guidelines
Fire Safety Plan Sample
The Steinbach Fire Department is currently not accepting applications for new firefighters.
Below are some of the common questions asked by prospective firefighters.
What do I need to know about the Steinbach Fire Department?
The Steinbach Fire Department is a paid-on-call department. This means we are paid only for fire calls and training that we attend. We are NOT a full-time department. Our fire district covers an area of approximately 73 square miles and includes the City of Steinbach and the towns of Mitchell and Blumenort. The Steinbach Fire Department responds to about 360 calls per year.
What can I expect?
During the first 12 months, you will be expected to attend classes every Tuesday night. There will also be Saturday classes once per month during this period. When the training period ends, you will be tested to the Manitoba Emergency Services College standards and, if successful, you will receive an IFSTA Level 1 Firefighter certificate. You will also receive training in first aid and CPR. The training is demanding and requires a great deal of commitment but in the end, once you have become a member of the firefighting family, you will find all of the hard work was worth it.
Do I have to live in Steinbach to be a Steinbach Firefighter?
No. You do not have to live in Steinbach to become a member of the Fire Department but it would definitely be an asset. A person living out of town would have a much slower response time to a call than a person living within city limits and as a result our hiring decisions will be weighted in favour of those who work and/or live in the city of Steinbach.
What is expected of me?
The Steinbach Fire Department is looking for firefighters to join our team! We are looking for enthusiastic people that possess a good work ethic and a willingness to learn. A solid, community-minded individual who can be trusted by their fellow firefighters and by the people they serve.
How can I apply?
When the Fire Department is recruiting new firefighters, we will advertise and details will be available at www.steinbach.ca