Fire Services

North Cowichan Fire Department

Fire protection in North Cowichan is provided by a trained and dedicated team of paid-on-call firefighters. There are four fire halls throughout North Cowichan, namely: Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay, and South End. Each hall has its own Station Chief, Station Deputy Chief, Training Captains, Fire Captains and regular firefighters, all of whom are members of the North Cowichan Fire Department.

Would you like more information about becoming a firefighter?

North Cowichan Fire Department has four paid-on-call fire halls: Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay and South End. Each hall does its own hiring, with the Human Resources Department assisting with the application process.

Paid-on-call firefighters are paid for attending practices, call-outs and duty weekends. Practices are held once a week and usually last a few hours. On duty weekends, which happen once every four weeks, you are expected to remain in the area and in a condition fit for work. You are also required to spend a half day at the hall cleaning and maintaining equipment as part of your duty weekend.

If you are interested in joining the North Cowichan Fire Department, reach out to us or drop in during a practice night to learn more:

  • 250-746-3107 or
  • Meet the Station Chief of your local hall to learn more and have your questions answered:
    • Maple Bay, Thursdays 7-9pm
    • South End, Wednesdays 7-9pm
    • Crofton, Wednesdays 7-9pm 
    • Chemainus, Thursdays 7-9pm

Fire Halls

Fire Department Contact & Media Inquiries: 
Martin Drakeley, Fire Chief and Senior Manager of Bylaw Services
Office: 250.746.3266

Mailing Address:
7030 Trans-Canada Highway
Duncan, BC V9L 6A1

Fire Hall

Station Chief

Physical Address

Phone Number


Paul Windsor

9901 Chemainus Road,
Chemainus, V0R 1K0


Crofton Matt Ludvigson 1681 Robert Street,
Crofton, V0R 1R0


Maple Bay

Kelly Paddle 

1230 Maple Bay Road,

Duncan, V9L 5S1

South End

Brad Coleman

5851 Duncan Street,

Duncan, V9L 3W7


Backyard Burning and Fire Pits

For Burning and Air Quality information, including Recreational Fire Regulations and links to the BC venting index, please visit our Air Quality page. Download the Backyard Burning brochure.

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