Fire Services

North Cowichan Fire Department

Fire protection in North Cowichan is provided by a trained and dedicated team of paid-on-call firefighters that respond to more than 1,250 calls a year. There are four fire halls throughout North Cowichan: 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.

The department has fire service agreements with Quw’utsun First Nation, which includes the Cowichan Tribes, the Halalt First Nation, the Lyackson First Nation, the Penelakut Tribe, and the Stz'uminus First Nation. It has mutual aid agreements with the Cowichan Valley Regional District, City of Duncan, Town of Ladysmith, and the BC Wildfire Service, regularly responding to calls in support of large events or wildfires. 

Become a paid on-call firefighter

North Cowichan's four fire halls are entirely staffed by trainied and dedicated paid on-call firefigthters. You can join our team if you are at least 19 years of age, a resident of North Cowichan, and have a Class 5 non-restricted driver's licence.

Fire Department Contact & Media Inquiries: 
Ron French, Interim Fire Chief 
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 Matt Ludvigson 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.

High risk fire activities

The B.C. government, under the Wildfire Act, regulates high risk industrial and commercial activities including land clearing, mechanical brushing, and more. Learn more at Wildfire prevention for industry and commercial operators.

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