Message from the Fire Chief
On behalf of the dedicated members who serve with me at the Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our official website. This website has been created to provide easily accessible information to the public about the services we provide within the community. We work continuously to meet the evolving needs of our community and this website combined with our Facebook and Twitter accounts make our life safety information easily accessible where and when you need it.
This site contains information on the department, it's history, some frequently asked questions, and news about the department. We regularly update our social media accounts so I encourage you to explore the abundance of information available and learn more about fire and life safety.
Your feedback is encouraged so that we can respond to your needs. We hope that you will become familiar with who we are and what we do. Our goal is to provide outstanding customer service to the citizens and visitors of the Kennebecasis Valley.
Fire Chief Bill Ireland
About the KVFD
Since 1924, the department has existed to protect the citizens of the Kennebecasis Valley. Today, as a career fire department, it consists of 40 firefighters including 12 "company officers' which includes senior firefighters, lieutenants, and captains. The management structure includes the fire chief, deputy fire chief, and two division chiefs and there are two support staff including an administrative assistant and a financial clerk. As an incorporated entity, the department is directed by the Joint Board of Fire Commissioners which is formed from the Rothesay–Quispamsis Regional Fire Protection Agreement.
Operating out of two fire stations, the department provides fire protection, vehicle, off-road, ice and water rescue and responds to medical emergencies with Ambulance New Brunswick. The department also has an active fire prevention division that conducts fire code inspections, provides fire and life safety educational programs, and has a child car seat installation program.
The firefighters of the KVFD are represented by IAFF Local 3591, which you can find more information about here: IAFF 3591
The Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department traces its roots back to the Rothesay Fire Department which came into existence in 1924. Prior to this, the community had to rely on volunteer bucket brigades and would also rely on the Saint John Fire Department, if the road conditions allowed them to respond. In 1921, the need for a professional fire department was demonstrated when the home of Senator James Domville burned down.