Police warn 'fake firefighter' entered Vancouver home

Dec 19 2017, 4:35 pm

The Vancouver Police Department have put out a warning about a man who posed as a firefighter to gain access to a private home.

On July 27, a man knocked on the door of a house near East 35th Avenue and Main Street claiming to be with the Vancouver Fire Department. He said he needed to inspect the entrances and exits of the home, including the bedrooms, but was turned away by the person who answered the door.

The suspect later returned and was given access by a relative who took the man through the house. The VPD were called and confirmed that the man does not work for the fire department and was likely casing the house for a planned burglary at a later date.

City Hall said the fire department does not conduct inspections of private homes unless requested by the owner.

The man is 6’1″ tall, white, medium build, 170 pounds, with short, curly blonde hair. He was wearing a navy blue t-shirt that said “fire department” on the left of his chest and was carrying a clipboard.

Emergency services personnel will always show ID and have a justifiable reason for entering your home, said the VPD in a statement.

“If a firefighter shows up at your door asking to enter your home, ask for proper identification,” said Constable Brian Montague.

“If you still have concerns, call 3-1-1 to confirm who they are.”