Fire Services

Fire Hazards & Restrictions

No current fire bans in place; backyard burning window is March 15-April 15 and September 15-November 30.

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, Deputy Station 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, you are required to meet with the Station Chief of your local fire 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 and Senior Manager of Bylaw Services
Office: 250.746.3266
Email: martin.drakeley@northcowichan.ca 

Fire Hall

Station Chief

Location

Non-Emergency
Phone Number

Chemainus

Al Irwin

9901 Chemainus Road,
Chemainus, V0R 1K0

250.746.3107

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

250.746.3107

Maple Bay

Kelly Paddle (Acting)

1230 Maple Bay Road,

Duncan, V9L 5S1

250.746.3107
South End

Brad Coleman

5851 Duncan Street,

Duncan, V9L 3W7

250.746.3107

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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