1 Dead, 3 Injured After House Fire in Rothesay
2019 Annual Report
A Statement from Fire Chief Bill Ireland Regarding COVID-19 and the Fire Service
Issued: March 16th, 2020
Like countless organizations throughout the community and around the world, the Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Since this first began to emerge in January and increased as a local threat in March, we have followed guidance provided by provincial health agencies and have taken a number of precautions to help mitigate risk as we focus on the safety and well-being of our community and our firefighters. We are attending meetings and coordinating planning with both towns and other emergency response agencies.
To keep our firefighters healthy so that they are available to respond to emergencies, we are suspending most of our regular fire prevention activities and limiting the visitors allowed into our fire stations. For most normal questions and concerns, we can help you by phone or email, which are listed on our website at www.kvfire.ca.
You will notice a number of precautions that our members will be taking on emergency calls, such as masks and gowns. We are implementing social distancing protocols so while we work with the community, we will respectfully be maintaining a social distance of two meters whenever possible.
This is an uncertain time for all of us. I want to assure you that the Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department and all emergency services remain fully functional. This is a situation that can change rapidly, but through emergency planning and working with our partners, we are prepared to manage impacts on our community and on our department. We are working with the Kennebecasis Firefighters Union to ensure they can help support the families of our firefighters and our community at large.
We will be posting fire safety messages and home safety messages over the next weeks to help keep you safe at home. In the meantime, wash your hands, take care of loved ones, and follow the advice of our health professionals.
For specific information on COVID-19, please visit:
Ice Rescue on the Kennebecasis River
Just after 11 pm on Saturday night, the KVFD was dispatched for an ice rescue on the Kennebecasis River. Two individuals riding an ATV drove into open water and had to be rescued by firefighters. Details on the individuals and their condition is not available at this time.
The KVFD is advising that residents that currently there are areas of open water on the Kennebecasis River and to use extreme caution when using the ice for recreation. Residents should consult local weather forecasts as well as public alerts from the Government of New Brunswick before using the ice for recreation.
Holiday Relief Firefighter
Interested in a career with us? The KVFD is hiring firefighters for the entry level position of Holiday Relief Firefighter. Follow the link below for information on the job posting and the job application.
If you have questions, message us here .
Family Escapes House Fire in Quispamsis
We are pleased to announce that this past weekend on November 30th, 2019, our new Engine 2 was put into service at Station 2 in Quispamsis.
This truck, a 2019 Spartan built by Dependable Fire Trucks, has a 1250 gallon per minute pump, carries 1000 gallons of water, and carries equipment for fires, car accidents, medical emergencies, and all of the other types of emergencies we respond to as a fire department.
This truck replaces the old Engine 2 which after a decade of service on the "front line" will move into a back-up role as an engine.
Fire Department Accreditation
Fire Prevention Week 2019
The theme for fire prevention week, October 6th to October 12th, is "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice your Escape!" with a focus on home escape planning. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily messages about fire prevention and home escape planning. Also, visit our annual fire department open house on Saturday!
Visitors are encouraged to tour the fire station, view the numerous emergency response vehicles, meet the firefighters, check out the tools, and learn what services KVFD offers. Firefighters will be available to answer any questions you may have about fire safety!
Please join us at Fire Station #1 at 7 Campbell Drive in Rothesay on October 12th between 11AM-2PM!
Garage Damaged by Fire
Division Chief Shawn White
The KVFD is proud to announce the promotion of Lieutenant Shawn White to Division Chief. DC White joined the KVFD as a volunteer in 2000 and became a career firefighter in 2004. He was promoted to Senior Firefighter in 2011 and then to Lieutenant in 2015.
DC White holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick and has completed certificate programs in Fire Service Leadership and Fire Service Administration from Dalhousie University. DC White is a certified fire service instructor and fire inspector and will be responsible for employee development and safety.
We wish Shawn all the best in his new position.
Junior Firefighter Camp
Our 2nd Annual Junior Firefighter Camp is all set for July 23rd, 24th, and 25th from 9:30 am until 12:00 pm for children aged 10 to 12.
Fire destroys Quispamsis family's home
Finance Administrator (20 hours/week)
- Post-Secondary Degree or Diploma in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or other related field.
- Strong working knowledge of accounts payable and accounts receivable functions.
- Experience with budget, accounting, and reporting systems.
- Sound analytical thinking, planning, prioritization, and execution skills.
- Ability to respond appropriately in pressure situations with a calm and steady demeanor.
- Able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
- High standard of professionalism and attention to detail
- Strong computer skills including Sage (Simply Accounting) and Microsoft Office
- Ability to work independently, exercise sound judgment and maintain confidentiality
2018 Annual Report
From floods to radio systems, 2018 was a significant year for the KVFD. Have a look back at 2018 by reviewing our annual report.
Fire Damages Home in Quispamsis
Joint Mental Health Initiative
The Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department, in partnership with the Kennebecasis Firefighter’s Union, is pleased to announce the launch of its Joint Mental Health Initiative. This initiative, with a simple goal of keeping our members healthy, has four main areas of focus including both preventative and reactive measures.
These areas include prevention (stigma, resiliency, education, workplace culture) emergency response (during and post incident), organizational crisis, and individual issues ranging from family issues to PTSD.
With support from our IAFF Peer Support members, our Chaplain, Dr. Bruce Smith, and members of our management team, the department is proud to support our members with this initiative. Throughout the month of February, the department will be delivering a “Road to Mental Readiness” refresher course to our members and hosting Michael Johnston, founder of Hope for Heroes Canada, to discuss PTSD.
Busy Weekend for KVFD Firefighters
Friday night began a busy weekend for KVFD firefighters with an accident on Highway 1 and at the same time a smell of gas in a home in Quispamsis. On Saturday in French Village, a car was destroyed by fire and damaged a nearby garage. Later that afternoon, Tank 1 assisted Hampton Fire Rescue with water supply for a fully involved garage fire. Saturday evening firefighters assisted the Kennebecasis Regional Police with scene lighting and an area search while they searched for a missing person in Rothesay.
Van Damaged by Fire in Quispamsis
Photo credit: Paul Wood