Fire Services

Fire Hazards & Restrictions

Effective 12PM on September 16, 2021: 

The fire ban on open burning, including campfires/recreational fires, is rescinded within the Municipality of North Cowichan, consistent with the BC Wildfire Service’s Coastal Fire Centre. Read the full notice here


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.

North Cowichan Fire Department

Fire protection in North Cowichan is provided by a trained and dedicated team of on-call paid firefighters. There are four fire halls throughout North Cowichan, namely: Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay, and South End. Each hall has its own Chief, Deputy Chief, Captains, Lieutenants, Secretary, Treasurer, 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, you are required to meet with the Station Chief of your local hall first to find out more about the commitment required and to have your questions answered. 

Fire Halls

Fire Department Contact & Media Inquiries: 
Martin Drakeley, Fire Chief
Office: 250.746.3266

Fire Hall

Station Chief


Phone Number


Al Irwin

9901 Chemainus Road,
Chemainus, V0R 1K0

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

Mike Dunn

1230 Maple Bay Road,

Duncan, V9L 5S1

South End

Brad Coleman

5851 Duncan Street,

Duncan, V9L 3W7


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