• Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Training Chief Brian (Ret.), trumpet player, preparing for an official City of Vancouver event. May 2010.

    Brian

    Brian, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Chief Training Officer (Ret.) and trumpet player, preparing for an official City of Vancouver event.

  • Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Lieutenant Dan belts out a Frank Sinatra tune at an official City of Vancouver event, Spring 2010.

    Dan Sings Frank Sinatra

    Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Lieutenant Dan belts out a Frank Sinatra tune!

  • Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Band in rehearsal

    Rehearsal

    Trumpet section, plus the drummer, of the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Band, in rehearsal in Burnaby.

  • Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Band at Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2010

    Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2010

    Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Band, with Randene Neill of Global TV BC, at Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2010

  • Image of band, guests, and firefighters at the 2011 Fallen Firefighters' Memorial

    2011 Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial Ceremony

    2011 Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony

    A solemn occasion in which we honoured fallen firefighters in a ceremony held on the steps of the Legislature Building in Victoria, BC.

  • Band-Formal-Web

    Band becomes a unit of the VFRS

    As of Oct 22, 2012, the Firefighters Band is now a formal unit of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services!

  • The Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Band, official band for the City of Vancouver, performing for a special event in May, 2010.

    Band Banner

    Our brand-new banner, made especially for the 2010 Olympics Torch Relay!

  • The band with Vancouver City Manager, Dr. Penny Ballam, Olympic Torch Relay 2010

    Band at City Hall

    The band and official City and Olympics 2010 dignitaries gather on the steps of City Hall after the Olympic Torch Relay passed by.

  • Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Fire Engine No. 5, Metro Vancouver, BC.

    Fire Engine No. 5

    Fire Engine No. 5

    The kids especially love it when the band brings a fire truck or two along for the gig!

  • Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Band and Ladder Truck at the start of the 2009 Santa Claus Parade

    Santa Claus Parade 2009

    Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Band and Ladder Truck at the very start of the 2009 Rogers Santa Claus Parade, Vancouver, BC.

  • Herald Trumpets, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Band, performing for an official City of Vancouver event, May 2010.

    Herald Trumpets

    Herald Trumpets, performing for an official City of Vancouver event.

     

  • Fire Chief John McKearney, with Dan and Wayne sporting the band's new tubas, standing in front of Ladder 7, preparing for the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade, Vancouver.

    St. Patrick’s Day 2012

    The Fire Chief, John McKearney, with tuba players Dan and Wayne sporting their brand new instruments, in front of Ladder 7 before the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver.

Nov
18

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

One of our favourite times of the year is Christmas! One of our favourite events at Christmastime is the Bright Nights in Stanley Park Volunteer Appreciation Night.

Many (hundreds?) of firefighters volunteer their time to create a festive, sparkly Winter Wonderland by the Stanley Park Train, then invite families from the whole Lower Mainland to come and enjoy the scene. Even better, they start working on it in October! (Ever wonder how they get the Maple Leaf flag — made of […]

Nov
05

VIDEO: Tribute to Canada’s Veterans and Military Valour – BC Lions’ Game Halftime – Nov. 1, 2013

We were very proud to participate in this massed band tribute, led by the NADEN Band from Esquimalt, to honour our Canadian veterans and current-serving military personnel at this special half-time show during the final BC Lions’ Game of the season.

Nov
01

EVENT: Half-time show during BC Lions’ game, Nov 1, 2013

Looking forward to tonight: we’ll be performing during the BC Lions’ half-time show as part of a big massed-band (lots of bands playing together) to honour military and paramilitary personnel.

See you at the game!

Mar
17

EVENT: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Vancouver, March 17, 2013

Top ‘o the mornin’ to ye! ‘Tis a great day to be Irish, you can be sure.

See you at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Vancouver, March 17, 2013. The parade marches off at 11 am along Howe Street, and we’ll be there with our fire trucks and green hats.

On the lyre: It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, and McNamara’s band. Make sure you sing along as we walk by!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Feb
17

EVENT: Chinese New Year Parade, Feb 17, 2013

This year’s Chinese New Year in Vancouver’s Chinatown will be the biggest one ever in its 40-year history, and we’ll be there again this year, too!

Full details on the parade are here: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/mobileweb/2013/02/15/vancouver-chinese-new-year-parade-2013_n_2690382.html

Make sure you view the photo gallery from last year, too. Lots of amazing colours and costumes, and we even made the 14th frame! (Hint: we usually walk just in front of the fire trucks.)

Gung Hey Fat Choi!