Taylor Fire Rescue

Fire Chief

  • Steve Byford   

Deputy Fire Chief

  • Enzo Calla                                                                                    

Captains

  • John Murphy
  • Ken Jones
  • Matt Edgar

Lieutenants

  • Brent Taillefer
  • Justin Bolog
  • Kristine Doerksen

THE NATURE OF OUR BUSINESS
The Fire and Rescue Service is one of the most diverse and challenging professions known today. It is this diversity that inspires men and women to enter the service – either as volunteers or paid on call firefighters. All firefighters are trained to cope with situations that range from structure fires to motor vehicle accidents, hazardous chemical spills to medical emergencies and almost every other possible emergency situation in between. We willingly volunteer these skills any time of the day, seven days a week, in any kind of weather, and very often under emotional and potentially stressful circumstances. These factors contribute to our profession being personally very rewarding.


Our primary goal is to protect the public. This is accomplished in two ways:

1. Prevention - preventing fire emergencies from occurring is done through fire prevention awareness, inspections, pre-incident planning, and fire safety education.
2. Preparation & Response – through education, training, gear checks, more training, state-of-the-art equipment and more training, we prepare ourselves to control fire emergencies as well as assist at other types of emergencies.

This paragraph would scare most people away, but we need this to encourage people to become a firefighter. We have a job for everyone no matter what. Everyone is important! As a firefighter we will train you as a first responder (medical assistance until the ambulance arrives), how to fight fires (forestry & structural), deal with motor vehicle incidents and other rescues. We only ask that you do what you feel comfortable doing. Whether that is going into a burning structure, support at a distance from a fire, CPR, extricating people from motor vehicle incidents or driving a truck, there are always tasks that you can help with. This business is not for everyone. You need more than just a desire to help people. You also need courage and dedication, assertiveness and a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges. Our service is one of which calls on its members to perform hot, sweaty, dirty, strenuous work often in uncertain and hazardous environments, but we guarantee you will enjoy a rewarding experience.


The personal rewards and satisfaction received from the fire service is often beyond description. There is a sense of accomplishment after controlling a building fire, joy and elation when a child is rescued and compassion for accident victims. The list is endless.


The bottom line in our business is measured by the best possible prevention and/or reduction of the loss of life, pain and suffering of people living in and travelling through our community, and property damage we have prevented and/or reduced. We exist and are prepared for one reason only: to provide our service to the community. If you feel you have what it takes to meet the challenges of our business, we encourage you to fill out a Taylor Fire Rescue Service Application and join our fire department.


TAYLOR FIRE RESCUE SERVICE
Currently, Taylor Fire Rescue (TFR) consists of one Fire Chief, one Deputy Fire Chief, three volunteer Captains, three Lieutenants, and twelve firefighters.  TFR also enjoys having auxiliary members.  All of these positions, except the Fire Chief and Deputy, are filled by volunteers who are dedicated to serving our community.  The department has one pumper (Engine 11), one pumper/tender (Engine 12), one rescue truck (Rescue 10), one Crash/Wildland truck (Unit 3) and a Command Unit (Car 1).  In addition to protecting the community as firefighters, the members of Taylor Fire Rescue are active throughout the community and can be found volunteering at many events.

 

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

  

  Engine 11 now in Service as of May 7th, 2020

 

In 2019, the department responded to 154 calls for service ranging from fires, medical aids and motor vehicle incidents… remembering that the department is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!  Our record for busiest year was 164 calls in 2016.  Our call volume is steadily increasing on average. The members participated in over 1450 plus hours of training. They gave over 600 hours of service at special events that included, the Gold Panning Parade, 10+ visits to the area schools, numerous fire hall tours, various demonstrations, participating in the Remembrance Day Parade, and the fun day at the Oilman’s Annual Campout.  The Firefighters Association also puts on an annual Mother’s Day Breakfast for the community.  In total, members of the Fire & Rescue Service gave over 4000 hours, or about 200 plus hours each, to department and community activities….and this doesn’t include time spent available (staying within our District) to respond at a moment’s notice, weekend duty coverage or just helping out their neighbor.

                           

Taylor Fire Department Junior Firefighter Program
The Junior Firefighter Program was instituted by the District of Taylor Fire Department as a training program for young men and women, ages 14 to 18 interested in serving their community and preparing to become active firefighters upon reaching the age of 19. At age 19, the Junior Firefighter is eligible to become a full time member of the Taylor Fire & Rescue Service. If you are interested in becoming a Junior Firefighter please fill out a Junior Firefighter Application and contact Chief Byford or Deputy Chief Calla at 250-789-3392 or email SByford@districtoftaylor.com.


FIRFIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Since 2010, we have had an award for a member of the department who has distinguished themselves who becomes the “Firefighter of the Year”.  The Chief is responsible for picking a “Firefighter of the Year” from nominations received from the membership.  This is a difficult decision each year as there are many deserving recipients who give above and beyond for the Fire Department.

The recipients of this award have been:                          

  • 2019 - Lieutenant Kristine Doerksen
  • 2018 - Captain John Murphy
  • 2017 - Firefighter Jennifer Simpson
  • 2016 - Firefighter Ed Fornelli
  • 2015 - Firefighter Shannon Bolog
  • 2014 – Captain Bert Eisler
  • 2013 – Firefighter Andrew Wingo
  • 2012 – Firefighter Matthew Edgar
  • 2011 – Firefighter Kristine Doerksen
  • 2010 – Captain Bill Cassidy

 

Several additional recognition awards were added in 2016:

  • 2017 - Most Improved: Firefighter Tony DiMaddalena
  • 2016 - Most Improved: Firefighter Shannon Bolog

 

  • 2017 - Rookie of the Year: Deputy Kevin Needham
  • 2016 - Rookie of the Year: Firefighter Jennifer Simpson

 

  • 2019 - Community Chamption: Firefighter Will Morgan
  • 2018 - Community Champion: Firefighter Ed Fornelli
  • 2017 - Community Champion: Lt. Brent Taillefer
  • 2016 - Community Champion: Lt. Sadie Jones
     

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Taylor Fire Department Practice »

Date: Wednesday May 27th, 2020

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Time: 9:00am - 10:00am

Taylor Fire Department Practice »

Date: Wednesday June 3rd, 2020

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Date: Wednesday June 10th, 2020

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Date: Wednesday June 17th, 2020

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