Park Rangers provide information to the public, deliver park service education, aid in fire prevention, and monitor park spaces such as beaches, play fields and general park actitivies.
Park Rangers have an extensive knowledge of the Park Board's facilities and by-laws. Rangers respond to incidents in parks and if necessary dispatch the appropriate city department or emergency service. Rangers have working relationships with the Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, BC Ambulance Service, Vancouver Animal Control, Coast Guard, Lifeguards and other local agencies.
Park Rangers help to ensure that Vancouver parks are safe, enjoyable, and conserved for all.
Values: Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Adaptability, Professionalism, Resourcefulness
What do Park Rangers do?
* Act as Park ambassadors and educate visitors (including directions and general information)
* Provide assistance to homeless and connect people in need with social services
* They seek compliance and enforce the Parks Control (link to bylaw) and Smoking Regulations By-laws (link to bylaw)
* Rescue wildlife and help conserve natural habitats
* Patrol the Seawall and trails in all parks on bicycles
* Liaise with other city departments and stakeholders
* Provide standard first aid
* Assist in public safety (including fire watch, traffic control and on-scene management prior to emergency services)
* Monitor activities including field use, special events and filming
While many of us enjoy a warm, dry summer, this weather increases the fire hazard in our parks. Residents and visitors play an important role in fire prevention and detection. Here are some tips for keeping our parks fire safe in any season:
* Propane barbecues are permitted as long as they are 30 cm (1') off the ground
* Use designated picnic sites where you can place your barbecue on a picnic table
* Look for fire hazard signs in Stanley Park, Jericho Beach Park and Everett Crowley Park; watch for increases in fire hazard ratings and obey any posted notices
* When fire hazard ratings are extreme, stay on trails and do not use charcoal or wood burning barbecues, even at designated picnic sites
* Do not park on or right next to dry grass
* If you spot a fire, smell or see smoke, immediately call 9-1-1 and report your location
The following activities are prohibited in our parks and beaches: Smoking, Campfires.
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, Metro Vancouver, and the Vancouver Park Board work together in a coordinated approach to protect Vancouver's urban forest, especially heavily treed parks, through fire prevention, suppression, and preparation. With special equipment and protocols, comprehensive staff training, inter-agency strategic plans, improved communications, and a variety of public education tools, we hope to ensure that our parks stay open and safe for the public.
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