Fire & Emergency Services
WELCOME TO THE TECUMSEH FIRE RESCUE SERVICE WEBSITE
If this Website does not provide you with all the information you require, please feel free to contact the department through the phone numbers listed on the administration page.
NO TIME TO SPARE
The video on this page illustrates the importance of understanding how little time you actually have in a fire. Time is life, and the more of it you have in warning, the safer you and your family will be. Please take the time to watch this short presentation. It may be the most valuable film you and your family ever watch.
TFRS - CARING PEOPLE WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE EVERY DAY
An organization is only as good as its people. While it is wonderful to have new equipment and stations, without great people they are only symbols. Our people make a difference. They are great ambassadors for the Town of Tecumseh and they care about every person they encounter. Without them, the TFRS would only be a shell. On behalf of the Town of Tecumseh, thank you to 'all' of our great people.
Remember to do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
- Theodore Roosevelt
The Tecumseh Fire Rescue Service now has two new fire apparatus in service. In Dec/2008 the department took delivery of a Smeal foam equipped mid-mount 1050 gpm fire engine complete with Holmatro extrication and command lighting This engine replaced the department's existing 19 year old engine and its designation remained as Engine 1 operating out of #1 Fire Station on Lesperance Road. The former engine underwent a modest refit and become the town's strategic reserve engine as well as acting as a rescue/engine, redesignated as Rescue 1. Rescue 1 responds to all emergency rescue scenes requiring water rescue or confined space rescue within the Town of Tecumseh. CAFS Engine 2, similar to Engine 1 (seen below) additionally has a Waterous Eclipse Compressed Air Foam pump.
New Command Vehicles and Computer Technologies
The department's new command vehicles are also now in service. Command 1 (Fire Chief's vehicle) a 2010 Chevrolet SSV 4x4 is computer equipped and able to access Firehouse Incident Command and records management software, which enables access to comprehensive database information on all properties. The Fire Chief, as the (OIC) Overall Incident Commander, is responsible for maintenance of the electronic recording of all incidents and overall management of the fire incident. The OIC utilizes Mine Safety Appliance self-contained breathing apparatus electronic telemetry in order to safely manage air usage and monitor Mayday emergencies. The in-house development of an electronic IC board enables the complete histories of on-scene activities to be maintained for all incidents including all incident command decisions. These improvements provide the department with better fireground command and control, as well as the necessary incident records that can be used for critical analysis, review and training. The long-term plan is for the electronic IC and air management recording hardware and software to be further distributed to Engine 1 and Engine 2 respectively, as funding allows.
Similarly, the sister vehicle to Command 1 has arrived. Command 2 is identical to Command 1. This vehicle is utilized by the the Deputy Chief who is responsible for tactical decisions on the fireground (TIC). As the tactical incident officer, the Deputy Chief is responsible for those fire crews operating within structures and for decisions impacting their safety. The TIC monitors and leads communication in relation to all tactical zone decisions (interior operations) on a separate radio frequency.
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
The department's new MSA Firehawk 4500 M7 breathing apparatus are now in service. This purchase replaces existing SCBA purchased in 1992 and provides state of the art breathing protection for firefighters. The MSA FireHawk 4500 M7 SCBA are compatible with other regional fire services, protect from cross contamination, have low relative repair and accessory costs as well as telemetry to monitor firefighters safety (man down alarm), air consumption and air supply electronically.
Firefighters have been provided with individual facepieces for personalized face-fit and breathing protection.
On behalf of the TFRS, the fire department administration would like to thank the town's Councilors, Mayor and CAO for their assistance and cooperation in providing the necessary funding to enable the timely replacement of these essential firefighting tools. Thank You!
Tecumseh Fire Rescue Services
Letter from the Chief
In 2011, the department will focus on the development of organizational competencies, continuous improvement and training and education, in order to enable personnel to confidently address emerging conditions. To this end, the department's administration will remain concentrated on preparedness for probable emergencies, while considering and preparing for less likely but highly significant events that may impact the town and its citizens.
A total quality management system's (TQMS) approach is used to systematically plan, review and improve the organization. While comprehensive adherence to the International Organization for Standardization or (ISO) is not planned, the principles by which ISO certified organizations operate are accepted. These include:
- a set of procedures that cover all key processes in the business (General Operating Guidelines or GOG’s);
- monitoring processes to ensure they are effective (Performance Measurement Benchmarking Systems or PMBS);
- keeping adequate records (Records Management System or Electronic RMS);
- checking output for defects, with appropriate and corrective action where necessary (feed-forward and feedback analysis);
- regularly reviewing individual processes and the quality system itself for effectiveness; and
- facilitating continual improvement (Total Quality Management System or TQMS)
On behalf of all of our personnel I want to thank Council, the Mayor and the citizens of Tecumseh for their continued support in the coming year. To all Tecumseh residents, this is your fire service, please feel free to drop by and learn more from our exceptional firefighters, your friends and neighbours.
Tecumseh Fire/Rescue Service provides firefighting protection for the lives and property of citizens of the Town of Tecumseh. Personnel respond to all calls for service and provide firefighting, rescue, emergency medical intervention (including defibrillation), vehicle extrication, shore-based water rescue and confined space entry rescue.
The Tecumseh Fire/Rescue Service is a composite fire service operating out of two stations, Stn.#1 has a complement of 20 partial-paid firefighters, while Stn. #2 has a complement of 18 personnel. The department services a population of 24,000 providing fire and emergency medical coverage to a 120 square mile area and responds to approximately 400 calls per year.
The Fire Department is supported by: