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VFRS Advisory Committee

The Vancouver Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) Advisory Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Fire Chief on matters related to the development of policy, operations and future directions of VFRS.

Interested in being on the committee?

We're looking for new members to support the Fire Chief and team in connecting the VFRS to the community.

We're looking for new, diverse perspectives and are seeking those with an interest or experience in public safety and education as well as stakeholder engagement and communication.

If you're interested, email charmaine.susanthan@vancouver.ca.

Terms of reference

The Committee shall review and make recommendations on:

  • The VFRS Mission and Vision Statements with a view to ensuring that the statements are responsive to community needs and are the guiding framework for the development of the VFRS
  • The VFRS Strategic Plan (5 MB) with a view to ensuring that it is consistent with the Mission and Vision and available resources
  • All matters referred for attention by the Fire Chief or the community including, but not limited to, diversity and recruitment and supporting safety and an informed community/public education

The Committee operates under the authority of the Fire Chief, further to the City of Vancouver Council resolution (144 KB) dated October 30, 2006.

Meeting frequency

The Committee meets regularly, on the third Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise approved by the Committee), except for July and August.

Special meetings may be called by the Chair or by request of two (2) or more members.

Subcommittees

The Chair on the advice of the Committee, may establish permanent and ad hoc subcommittees or task forces as required.

As required, there may be a Nominations Committee whose duty will be to recommend potential members for election to the Committee and will endeavour to have the membership of the Committee reflect the diversity of the community it represents.

Additionally, the Nominations Committee may recommend additional potential non-voting member representatives from other community organizations such as the Vancouver Board of Trade, Vancouver Volunteer Corps, or Neighbourhood Emergency Assistance Team.

Attendance requirement

Any Committee member who misses three consecutive meetings without notification may be requested to step down or assumed to have resigned.

Finance

The VFRS is responsible for Committee expenses, subject to prior approval of the Fire Chief.

Membership

The Committee consists of 10 voting members, including adult and youth members.

Non-voting members include the Fire Chief (or their delegate), a Deputy Fire Chief (Fire Department Liaison), or a representative from the City of Vancouver  under the mandate of the Fire Chief such as the Director of Emergency Management.

Adult members

Two or three adult members are elected or re-elected within the first year for a term of three years. In each of the two subsequent years, two or more adult members are elected for a term of three years. The cycle repeats every three years.

It is recommended that adult members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms, unless otherwise approved by the Committee. 

Adult members will be elected to the Committee by a simple majority vote of the remaining members with active terms.

Youth members

Youth members may be nominated from the community, including graduates of the VFRS Youth Outreach Academy, and may serve a maximum of one term of three years, unless otherwise approved by the Committee. 

Qualifications

To be considered for membership, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the City of Vancouver, or represent a firm that pays property tax to the City
  • Have professional, personal experience, or academic qualification relevant to the Mission and Vision of the VFRS
  • Not be subject to a real or perceived conflict of interest through any professional or other affiliation

Roles

The Chair and Vice Chair are elected annually by the Committee.

Chair

  • Sees that the Committee fulfills its duties and obligations
  • Chairs all regular and special meetings of the Committee
  • Works with the VFRS support staff to ensure that agendas with supporting documentation are circulated to all Committee members prior to meetings
  • Works with the VFRS support staff to ensure that proper minutes are kept of all meetings and that copies shall be forwarded to the Fire Chief and Committee members and posted to the website

Vice Chair

  • Acts as Chair where the chairman is unable to meet any standing obligations or is absent
  • Ensures that an annual report be submitted to the Fire Chief

Members

  • Mr. Raymond Greenwood
  • Mr. Ross Greenwood
  • Mr. Anthony Kupferschmidt
  • Mr. Dave Pasin
  • Mr. Geoff Pegg, Chair
  • Mr. Greg White, Vice Chair

2019 meetings and minutes

Date Minutes
March 19, 2019 Minutes

Previous meetings and minutes

Contact the VF&RS Advisory Committee

Charmaine Susanthan
Staff contact and meeting coordinator
Office of the Fire Chief
charmaine.susanthan@vancouver.ca
604-665-6059