Who we are

Mission Statement

We are dedicated to:

  • Educating the community and youth to promote awareness, safety, and the prevention of fires,
  • Our I.M.P.R.E.S.S core values and,
  • Protecting our community through response to emergencies, while giving peace of mind.

Proud to be serving the community of Merritt since 1907.

The Merritt Fire Rescue Department plays a vital role in ensuring community safety through various means. Our primary objective is to respond to and handle emergency situations, effectively safeguarding lives, properties, and minimizing harm, damage, or loss. During non-emergency periods, we are committed to promoting fire and life safety through public education initiatives. Additionally, we prioritize legislative and bylaw compliance and continuously train our firefighters to maintain their skills and knowledge.

With a history spanning over 115 years, our Department has consistently evolved to address the ever-changing risks, threats, and challenges faced by our community. We hold a strong sense of pride in our ability to meet the needs of our community effectively. Rest assured that our dedicated firefighters are ready to assist you and your loved ones whenever the need arises, day or night.

We couldn’t do it without them!

Our Firefighters




Work Experience


Chief & Staff

We are passionate about our families, our members, and the safety of our community.

Did you know…

Our firefighters respond to a variety of emergency situations, over 900 annually, including;

  • Fire Suppression
  • First Responder Medical Response
  • Road Rescue, Motor Vehicle Incident
  • Response Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • Public Assistance

Beyond response, our firefighters also perform:

  • Safety Inspections and Fire Cause Investigations
  • Public Education and Community Relations
  • Municipal Emergency Program Management
  • Fire Service Work Experience Program

These broadening demands on the fire service have made it necessary for firefighters to continually upgrade their skills through professional development programs, to ensure that we continue to provide, and the citizens continue to receive, the courteous and professional service that they have been accustomed to.

I.M.P.R.E.S.S Core Values

Integrity: Conduct ourselves in an honest, fair, and sincere manner; one which instills trust in others.

Mentoring: Take time and effort to coach, mentor, and pass down knowledge.

People: Demonstrate leadership, fellowship, encourage growth, communication, training opportunities, and a fun working environment.

Response: Firefighters maintain a respectable call volume and attend training regularly.

Empathy: Show compassion and sympathy for the plight of others.

Service: Provide first-class service to the Citizens of Merritt and fellow firefighters.

Safety: Support and promote new and innovative ideas/programs to ensure the safest working conditions possible whether at emergency incidents or in the fire station.

Teamwork, compassion, loyalty, honesty, bravery, integrity, accountability, camaraderie, and the ability to react and adapt very quickly under stressful situations are all qualities our firefighters possess.

Our Fleet

The Merritt Fire Rescue Department maintains a fleet of two (2) Fire Engines, one (1) Ladder Truck, one (1) Tender, and one (1) Rescue truck, plus a utilitarian vehicle equipped to respond to both wildland and first responder emergencies. These assets are housed in a single fire station. The Department maintains two (2) administrative vehicles to carry out fire prevention, public education, training, inspection, and response duties. The City of Merritt funds a capital reserve annually to ensure that the fire fleet is not rendered obsolete over time.

The pride Merritt Firefighters have for the job extends to our fleet of fire apparatus – daily checks, inventories, and maintenance of each apparatus and its respective equipment are conducted to ensure that everything is operating as designed and is ready to be put into action.

Find Us


1799 Nicola Avenue, PO Box 189, Merritt B.C. V1K 1B8


Fire Chief, David Tomkinson

Fire Prevention Officer, Captain Stuart Milne

Firefighter, Robert Croasdale

Firefighter, Kodi Taylor

Training Officer / Work Experience Program Coordinator, Lieutenant Gareth Tilt

FireSmart Program / Prevention / Fire Technician, Lieutenant Steve Rempel