Emergency Services

Emergency management

Emergency Management Cowichan (EMC) provides the oversight and delivery of emergency preparedness planning, incident response, and recovery support within the Cowichan Valley Regional District, including North Cowichan. Formally established in 2023, EMC provides a strengthened, centralized approach to emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

Visit Emergency Management Cowichan to learn more.

Alertable notification system

The emergency notification service for the Cowichan Valley Regional District, including North Cowichan, is powered by Alertable. Sign up to get instant notification of major emergencies or disasters in the Cowichan region that may impact you. Subscribers may also opt to receive non-emergency notifications related to local government services. Signing up is easy and can be done from your mobile phone, tablet, or computer. There is no fee to sign up.

Fire protection

The North Cowichan Fire Department is a trained and dedicated team of on-call paid firefighters with four fire halls: Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay and South End. 


North Cowichan is served by a local detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Details on your local policing services can be found here.

North Cowichan - Duncan RCMP Detachment
6060 Canada Ave, Duncan, V9L 1V3
Non-emergency telephone: 250-748-5522


North Cowichan can experience flooding events, in particular during the spring and during atmospheric river (or 'pineapple express') rain events. Low-lying areas, areas adjacent to creeks, streams, and rivers, and river floodplains can all experience flooding that can impact roads, homes, and businesses. During and after a significant flood event, North Cowichan will provide up-to-date information on impacts and resources available.