Emergency Services


*** In Case of emergency contact 867-979-4422 ***

The department is overseen by a Fire Chief and Deputy supported by an Assistant Fire Chief.  The department has 20 full-time, 5 communications operators and 15 volunteer firefighters.

You can contact us at any time at 867-979-5650 (non-emergency).

Chief's Message:

Welcome to our service!  We are a proud, diverse, and busy service providing emergency response to this beautiful community. We all live and play here and have a deep desire to enhance our communities public safety.  Whether you are a full time resident, visiting worker, or a tourist we are here to provide you a caring response to your emergency.  Our work is done in coordination with the communities other emergency services including Municipal Enforcement, RCMP, Airport Fire, Office of the Fire Marshall, and various other City Departments. We are very active for our small size and manage the remarkably wide variety of challenges our services face from ever growing numbers of medical calls to fires, vehicle incidents, hazardous material spills, among many others. You can help up by being fire safe, pulling over for emergency vehicles with their lights and siren on, staying clear of workers and hazards during emergencies or perhaps considering joining our ranks.

Lastly, We ask you to make a personal commitment to the safety and resiliency of your family. Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and talk with your family about what to do if there is a fire or other emergency in your home.


VOLUNTEERING: The City of Iqaluit Emergency Services Department is interested to recruit new volunteer firefighters and junior members. If you're interested in learning more, please contact the department to find out about our next recruiting drive.


The benefits of being a member of your local Fire Department are many. Although they are not monetary, they are the type of benefits that will make you, your family, and your neighbors sleep better at night knowing that you and the rest of the department are there whenever needed!

Community Benefits:

  •          Helping in the reduction in loss of life, injury and property damage.  
  •          A stronger community built on the relationships resulting from involvement in the program.
  •          Opportunities to collaborate and develop partnerships with local businesses

Emergency Service Benefits:

  •          An abundant, diverse pool of trained personnel to perform a variety of roles
  •          Certified Training to personnel to respond to emergency calls
  •          Enhanced fire prevention and public education activities

Training is every Tuesday evening from 18:30 till 21:30 and some other scheduled training events. Volunteers regularly contribute over 300hrs a year giving back to the community.


FIRE & AMBULANCE - We provide suppression services and medical care and transportation to the community.  We also provide the medivac services between our partners and the Hospital. The city will post any career positions that become available at https://www.iqaluit.ca/careers  and for volunteer positions please phone (867) 979-5650 for more information.

ALARM MONITORING – Our Communications Centre provides alarm monitoring service to a number of businesses and buildings in the community. This can be for Fire Alarms, and Intrusion Alarms; the fees and conditions can be explained more by contacting our centre. Phone (867) 979-5650 for more information .

BURN PERMITS – A permit is required to commercially or have a larger burn in the community, it is always best to check with the department before lighting a fire and always be cautious of the fires size and wind conditions and the means you have to control the fire.  Phone (867) 979-5650 for more information or email dispatch@iqaluit.ca to inquire.

FIREWORKS – A permit is required to use any fireworks in the community.  There are two types of permits available under very strict provisions in our bylaw. Please review this bylaw before contacting us to see that your request will fit within the parameters required.  Phone (867) 979-5650 for more information.  The bylaw can be found here:  https://www.iqaluit.ca/sites/default/files/fireworks_by-law_no_795.pdf



Non emergency – For general Inquiries please contact us at:

                               Emergency Services Dispatch / Admin
                               phone: (867) 979-5650
                               fax: (867) 979-0680

Director of Emergency Services / Fire Chief
phone: (867) 979-5653
fax: (867) 979-0680

Deputy Director of Emergency Service / Deputy Fire Chief
phone: (867) 979-5657
fax: (867) 979-0680

Assistant Fire Chief - Training and Maintenance
phone: (867) 979-5662
fax: (867) 979-0680