Fire & Life Safety Education Request
Community Education is the City of Markham’s first line of defense against fires in our community. The safest fire is the one that is prevented before it happens. By educating our residents on how to prevent fires, how to put out fires, and how to escape a fire quickly we eliminate dangerous situations before they occur.
Before proceeding with your request there are a few things you should know:
Notice: A minimum of 2 weeks’ notice is required to book a fire station tour or fire truck visit. This is to allow appropriate time for your request to be processed and considered.
We Are In Service: We do not have the capacity to take a fire station or fire truck out of service in order to accommodate a community event request, and may be called to respond to an emergency at any time. Therefore, we may be late, leave early, or be absent all together from your community event. Due to the nature of emergency response in these cases, you are not likely to receive advanced notice that your interaction with us has been cancelled. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
Minimum Age Requirement: Children must be a minimum of 4 years old to participate in group bookings of either a fire truck visit or a fire station tour. This age restriction ensures the safety of the children, ensures that our staff our ready and able to respond to emergencies, and allows us the best opportunity to have our fire safety messages from these presentations are brought home to educate the adults in our community.
Adult supervision: Adults must remain with the children at all times and are responsible for their supervision. We ask that you notify us in advance of any information concerning your group or individual group members that may affect the fire department interaction you are requesting. For the safety of your group, you are required to follow all directions given by on-duty Fire Dept. personnel at all times.
Booking A Fire Station Tour:
If you want to visit a fire station for your family, you may drop by your local fire station between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. You do not need to book your tour. If the truck is in station and available they will accommodate your request. If you have a group up to 25 people you may request a tour via the on line form. We cannot accommodate station tours for more than 25 people.
Station Tours: Station tours are booked on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays times: 10 – 11 am, 1:30 - 2:30 pm. and 7 to 8:00 pm.
Our tours are educational events and we do not offer our stations to accommodate parties, food or drink. This includes birthday parties. There must be 1 Adult accompanying your group for every 5 Children between the age of 4-12. Transportation must remain available on site as tours may be interrupted or cancelled on short notice due to an emergency response. In these cases, your group must exit the station immediately.
These station tours will not be booked between the months of July and August, during this time Markham Fire and Emergency Services personnel are actively engaged with other community events.
Booking A Fire Truck Visit:
You may request that a fire truck attend your event by completing the online form. Events must have a minimum of 25 people attending. The event site must provide a parking space that allow the fire truck to enter and exit quickly for emergency responses, as it will remain in service. Fire crews are generally be available at the event for a one-hour block. The spraying of water is subject to the discretion of the Captain attending.
Fire Truck Visits will not be booked between the months of July and August for private “Summer Camps”, during this time Markham Fire and Emergency Services personnel are actively engaged with other community events.
Fire crews will be able to provide the following at your event (while remaining near the fire truck).
- Fire and life safety information/ education
- Information on Markham Fire and Emergency Services
- Display of emergency-response equipment
MFES may be able to attend the following types of events:
- Community events (e.g. special events/ community awareness)
- School events (fun fairs, career days)
- Life-learning organizations (e.g. Boy Scouts & Girl Guides)
- Church events open to the community (e.g. Family days)
- Community fundraisers for charity or non-profit events.
- Community Parades (we must lead the parade as the vehicles will remain in service)
MFES is not able to attend the following:
- Birthday parties
- Store/business sales / grand opening etc.
- Private parties
- Political or religious services
MFES is not able to provide the following:
- Participation in actual event activities
- Foam for activities
- Water for pools or dunk tanks, etc.
- Rides in fire trucks
- Silent auction gift/bid or prizes
- Traffic / crowd control
- Event specific first aid functions