Surrey Fire Chief Larry Thomas joined the Surrey Fire Service in 1989 and has worked in the ranks of Fire Fighter, Captain and Deputy Chief. In 2017, he received his designations for Chartered Manager (C. Mgr.) and Chief Fire Officer (CFO). In June of 2016, he was elected as Lower Mainland Zone Director of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of British Columbia and since 2018 has been the Vice President of the Greater Vancouver Fire Chiefs Association.
Goals & Objectives
The Surrey Fire Service’s goals and objectives help each division provide the best emergency response possible to our community.
Provide a timely response for all services through a highly trained, skilled, and efficient force.
Reduce the incidence of injury, loss of life, and property damage by providing public education programs, fire cause investigation, and prevention services to secure public safety and code compliance.
Conform to Government Acts, Regulations, City Bylaws, and policies thereby mitigating liabilities/losses to the City's assets attributed to personal, property or environmental litigations.
Be responsive to local and global economics so that our service model reflects the needs of the community we serve and the changing technologies that influence cost effective delivery of services to recognized standards.
Acknowledge and seek to balance the interest of private and corporate clients, employees, suppliers and the public at large, taking into account their differing social, cultural and economic characteristics.
Maintain the highest standards of integrity in the conduct of all phases of the Fire Service business.
Surrey’s vision is for a thriving, green, inclusive city –it is the second largest in B.C. and the 12th largest in Canada. We’re also one of the fastest-growing cities in the province and in our country, with hundreds of new residents moving here each month.
That kind of growth brings its own unique challenges. Surrey Fire Service aggressively tackles these challenges with a creative, modern approach that embraces best practices, evidence-led policy-making, long-range planning, and cooperation between departments and agencies.