Municipal Act establishes that every municipality must provide fire protection
services within its boundaries to reduce the danger of fire. Services may
include education programs, inspections of property, the installation of
alarms, instructions on fighting fires, the provision of fire fighting
equipment and a fire protection force. Providing
effective fire and emergency services is a key responsibility for all municipalities.
of the Fire Commissioner has the responsibility to ensure that municipalities
are supported in the development and strengthening of their programs. For further information visit the OFC website
The Rossburn Fire Department currently has 5 active
Fire Hall is located at 72 Centennial Road, at the intersection of Centennial
Road and Heritage Avenue.
Emergency Response and Incidents
technology, higher public expectations, global awareness, and increased
legislative requirements have increased demands and expectations on the Fire
Services over recent years. More than ever before, the local fire department is
now being called upon to respond to a broader range of emergency incidents such
as: fire and life safety education
programs, fire prevention inspections, emergency medical response, response to
hazardous materials incidents, response to motor vehicle collisions and all
types of special rescues. This increase in demands and expectations is followed
closely by the commitment to enhanced training programs and new equipment
Responsibility to Residents
expect their local fire department to be well trained and equipped to protect
them from many types of hazards. Ensuring a balance between public expectations
and municipal capabilities is key for the Municipality. Council is responsible to provide a
reasonable level of fire protection through effective planning and service
delivery, including providing emergency response resources and equipment, and
investing in training.
Responsibility to Responders
and well being of our responders is as important as that of the citizens being
rescued or protected. Fire fighter helmets, protective clothing and boots are easily
recognized as necessary protective equipment. Also, specialized training and personal
protective equipment specific to the emergency must be provided as they are
essential tools for emergency responders.
Rossburn Fire Department
The Rossburn Municipality prides itself on having a dedicated and effective Fire Department. Our Fire Fighters are at the ready, day or night, to come to the aid of the community and assist their fellow residents. The management and operation, plus training and equipping of the Fire Department is the responsibility of our Fire Chief Kelly Slon, who is assisted by Deputy Fire Chief Brian Sidoryk. The Rossburn Fire Department also has two Fire Captains, Darryl Drul and Albert Lysyshin. The Municipality recognizes each of our fire fighter’s hard work and commitment not only during fires and vehicle incident responses – but at all times and hours that take them away from their family and jobs.
Fire Department is a volunteer paid-on-call department, meaning fire fighters
are paid only for the fire calls and training they attend. Rossburn Fire Department is NOT a full-time
Department. The Rossburn
Fire Department responds to an average of 20-25 incidents per year, which
includes not only fires but other emergencies as well.
to our Rossburn Fire Department keeping the Municipality safe we have Mutual
Aid Agreements in place with surrounding communities when each other is in
need. The Mutual Aid System is a no-charge reciprocal system of emergency
response and assistance for municipal fire departments in Manitoba. The focus
of the Mutual Aid System is to make a large number of resources available in a
pre-arranged, organized fashion at no additional cost to the community or
municipality requiring assistance during a large-scale emergency situation. Mutual Aid may be activated when the fire or
emergency is beyond the capability of the responding department. For example, if a fire in Rossburn is too
large for our fire department to handle alone, Mutual Aid could be activated to
mobilize additional equipment and personnel. Mutual Aid also offers back-up protection when
there are more emergency calls than the local fire department can respond to.
For example, if the Rossburn Fire Department is attending to one or more fires
or emergency calls, this system provides response to any other fire or
emergency that may arise in the Municipality.
Fire Department is always looking for dedicated men and women to protect our
community, so if you are interested in firefighting or department support
services please contact Fire Chief Kelly Slon for more
information. You do need to be at least
18 years of age and it is encouraged that you live in the Rossburn Municipality.