Fire Services

Effective May 18, 2023 at 12pm, category 2 and 3 open fires are banned in North Cowichan. The ban also includes: Fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description; the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice); Air Curtain Burners.


Small, recreational campfires are still permitted at this time.


Full details at Open Burning Ban - May 18.

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:
    • Station 1 - Chemainus, Thursdays, 7-9pm
    • Station 2 - Crofton, Wednesays, 7-9pm
    • Station 3 - Maple Bay, Thursdays 7-9pm
    • Station 4 - South End, Wednesdays 7-9pm

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

Mailing Address:
North Cowichan Fire Department
7030 Trans-Canada Highway
Duncan, BC V9L 6A1

Fire Hall

Station Chief

Physical Address

Phone Number

Chemainus/Station 1   

Paul Windsor

9901 Chemainus Road,


Crofton/Station 2 Derek Lewis 1681 Robert Street,


Maple Bay/ Station 3

Kelly Paddle 

1230 Maple Bay Road,


South End/ Station 4

Brad Coleman

5851 Duncan Street,



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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