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Fire Division


Yellowknife Fire Division Crest


City of Yellowknife
General Inquiries
City Hall
4807 - 52 Street
P.O. Box 580
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4
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P: (867) 920-5600
F: (867) 920-5649
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Fire Chief
P. (867) 766-5501
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Deputy Fire Chief Operations
P. (867) 766-5504
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Established in 1943, the Yellowknife Fire Division provides the residents of Yellowknife and the surrounding areas, with important fire and emergency response services. With a commitment to continued education and training, the Fire Division responds to approximately 3800 calls per year (most of which being emergency medical responses), and have an average response time of less than 5 minutes!


Fire Prevention Week


The international theme for Fire Prevention Week this year is:




This years's FPW campaign, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere," works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire-and how to excape safely in the event of one:

"LOOK" for places fire could start.  Take a good look around your home.  Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

"LISTEN" for the sound of the smoke alarm.  You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds.  Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

"LEARN" two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.


History of Fire Prevention Week:

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage.  This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,00 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.







Services Provided

Services Provided

  • Public Education
  • Fire Inspections
  • Emergency Medical Response (trained to offer Basic Life Support)
  • Fire Response
  • Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Response (trained to Operations Level)
  • Rescue
    • Water and Ice Rescue
    • Confined Space Rescue
    • Mechanical Entrapment Rescue
    • * Cannot do High-Angle Rescues
Quick Facts
  • Department consists of:
    • One Fire Chief
    • Three Deputy Chiefs
    • 28 Full-time positions, including Four Lieutenants
    • Paid-on-Call positions
  • Full-time firefighters work in a four person platoon system, consisting of six staff each
  • Paid-on-Call firefighters respond to fire and rescue calls when additional help is needed
  • Shift schedules consist of two days on shift, two nights on shift, and four days off
  • The day shifts are 10 hours long, while the night shifts are 14 hours long
Fire Division Master Plan
 Fire Division Master Plan
Departmental Statistics