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Emergency Rescue Operations

Saskatoon Fire Department - Emergency Rescue Operations

Saskatoon Fire Department responds to a wide scope of emergencies and is responsible for the frontline response to the citizens of Saskatoon.  

Firefighting Resources 

The Saskatoon Fire Department has twelve front line engines, two aerials, one heavy rescue truck, two tankers, two brush units, a host of auxiliary trucks, support vehicles, specialty trailers and a mobile command unit, along with two rigid hull boats and one inflatable boat. The department also has three reserve pumpers and one reserve aerial. 


Saskatoon firefighters respond to much more than fire emergencies. In fact, the majority of firefighters are trained in specialty rescue. Each Saskatoon firefighter is trained in one or all of the emergency rescue operations: 

Fire Suppression 

Fire suppression is the most known function of the Saskatoon Fire Department. Firefighters provide quick response to control the loss of property and life. 


Firefighters are trained as Primary Care Paramedics and Medical First Responders and play a role in pre-hospital medical emergencies. All Saskatoon Fire Department trucks are equipped with automated external defibrillators, donated by the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon. 

Technical Rescue

SFD’s Rescue Technicians are trained in five main areas of rescue, including vehicle extrication, rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench collapse rescue and structural collapse rescue. Each discipline requires advanced training to develop proficient skill sets specific to the type of rescue.

Water Rescue

The SFD has a trained team of Water Rescue Technicians that train in surface, dive and ice rescue to ensure the safety of citizens around large bodies of water year-round. The team operates the SFD’s underwater Sonar Search device that is an ideal tool for searching for drowning victims, missing evidence and submerged vehicles. 

Hazardous Materials (HazMat)

Firefighters are trained to respond to hazardous material situations such as chemical leaks, gas spills, carbon monoxide warnings, or accidents involving dangerous goods cargo.