Staff

The Fire Department management team includes three senior personnel:  the Fire Chief and two Deputy Fire Chiefs.  The Fire Department reports to Council through the Chief Administrative Officer.

The department operates through five divisions:

  1. Administration
  2. Support Services
  3. Emergency Operations
  4. Training
  5. Fire Prevention

The Milton Fire Department currently employs 121 staff (38 career and 83 part-time firefighters).  The number of part-time firefighters fluctuates. 

The Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chiefs currently share the responsibility of providing 24-hour per day coverage, seven days per week in the event of emergencies.  By practice, one of the three senior managers must remain available to cover for the others in the event of any leave (e.g. training, vacation, sickness) or for responding to emergencies that require their presence (e.g. significant structure fires).

The senior managers split their roles between three areas:  administration, operations and support services.  The operations include emergency operations, rescue and training, while the support services encompass the areas of communications, fire prevention and public education.

Administration

The department's Administration Division is lead by an Administration Supervisor and supported by two part-time assistants.  Each assistant works part-time to provide the department with administrative and clerical support.  The Administrative Division is responsible for processing and analyzing Department statistics, including data entry and analysis for emergency response calls and any required data reporting for the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office.

Other Division activities include the issuance of burn permits, the distribution of alarm investigations, burn permit violation notices, inspection invoices, and the coordination of accounts payable activities.

Support Services

The Support Services Division, which is lead by a coordinator, is responsible for communications within the department, mapping and information technology (IT) liaison, as well as, development planning and review activities.  The broad area of communications includes the dispatching system, radio systems (in-vehicle, portable and back-up), pagers and any specialized equipment.  In addition to dispatching, the Division is responsible for asset management within the department.

There are currently four full time and six part time communicators who are assigned to the communication function at the Central Station.  This permits 24 hour coverage with allowances for vacation and leave. 

Emergency Operations

Fire service responsibilities include the traditional firefighting role, motor vehicle accident, ice, water, confined space and high angle rescues, and initial intervention in hazardous materials incidents. The response to medical related emergencies is provided by Halton Region EMS, the Milton Fire Department responds to medical calls only when the response of an ambulance will be delayed.

The Milton Fire Department currently operates out of four fire stations, two housing career staff and all housing part-time staff.  The centrally located Station 1 (Central Station) has five dual role full-time staff who respond to emergencies during weekdays however the 20 part-time firefighters make up the bulk of the fire suppression staff at this site.

Located in rural Campbellville, Station 2 has 20 part-time firefighters responding from this station in the event of an emergency.

Station 3 has been manned by a full-time suppression crew 24 hours a day, 7 days a week since 2002.  A full-time complement of 20 firefighters who work in crews of five on rotating shifts and a part-time complement of 15 firefighters respond to emergencies from this station.

Our newest Station 4 opened in February of 2011. Currently 10 full-time suppression staff provides emergency response from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm seven days a week. A compliment of 15 part-time firefighters also responds to emergencies from this station.

Training

The Training Division is led by a Training and Education Coordinator who is responsible for department training, equipment maintenance and media relations.  The Division Coordinator is assisted by three Training Technicians who provide assistance with training research and delivery, as well as training and technical maintenance on the self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and firefighter bunker gear.

Department training primarily focuses on fire suppression using a modified version of the Ontario Fire Marshal's curriculum. Training efforts have been directed to modules that closely represent typical response types for the department. 

The D epartment offers the same core training modules for full-time firefighters as for part-time firefighters which ensure that all firefighters train to a consistent standard.  A "train-the-trainer" approach to service delivery is employed to ensure that staff are trained to accredited standards and practices and are compliant with Provincial Health and Safety legislation (e.g. Section 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act).

The D epartment offers a high level of specialized training, supplementing in-house knowledge with external specialist training for certification of the program elements.  Training for automated external defibrillator (AED) use, high-angle rope rescue, water rescue, ice rescue, hazardous spill response and confined space is done internally.  Division staff also provides D-Z license training and deliver EMS First Responder training. 

Fire Prevention

The Town of Milton Fire Department carries out a fire prevention enforcement and public fire safety education program, within the guidelines of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA). Under the FPPA, "every municipality shall, establish a program in the municipality which must include public education with respect to fire safety and certain components of fire prevention; and provide such other fire protection services as it determines may be necessary in accordance with its needs and circumstances."

The minimum acceptable model includes:

  • a smoke alarm program with home escape planning;
  • the distribution of fire safety education material to residents/occupants;
  • inspections upon complaint or when requested to assist with code compliance (including any necessary code enforcement);
  • and a simplified risk assessment.

The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for most department fire prevention and public education activities including inspections.  The Division is responsible for preparing, researching and delivering the following educational programs:

  • Risk Watch for Children (for grades K-8)
  • Pre-school Fire Safety (for ages 3 and 4)
  • Plan To Get Out Alive (for ages 9 to adult)
  • What We Do and Fire Safety (for ages 8 - 12)
  • Fire Safety for Brownies/Guides
  • Career Day Presentations (for grades 7 and 8)
  • Senior Fire Safety for Older Adults
  • The Arson Prevention Program for Children (TAPP-C).

In addition to the above noted programs, the department assists local non-profit events and organizations when possible by providing an information display, a Pumper with full firefighter crew or Sparky and other fire department mascots.

Other Division responsibilities include post-fire investigations, alarm follow-ups and data analysis.  The Division strives to assess incident statistics with a view to focus prevention activities on emerging or recurring problems.