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. 

Fire Department contact & media inquiries: 
Ron French, Fire Chief 
Office: 250.746.3266

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

Station Chief
Station Physical Address
Phone Number
Chemainus/Station 1   Paul Windsor9901 Chemainus Road, Chemainus250.746.3107
Crofton/Station 2Matt Ludvigson1681 Robert Street,
Maple Bay/Station 3Kelly Paddle 1230 Maple Bay Road, Duncan250.746.3107
South End/Station 4Brad Coleman5851 Duncan Street, Duncan250.746.3107

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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Become a paid on-call firefighter

Female Firefighters and Fire Prevention Captain







The Municipality of North Cowichan is the largest municipality in the Cowichan Valley with fire halls located in Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay, and South End staffed entirely by trained and dedicated paid on-call firefighters (POC).

  • North Cowichan recruits firefighters once each year in early fall.

Being a paid on-call firefighter is a rewarding but demanding role. POC firefighters are your neighbours and your coworkers, and represent all walks of life that respond 24/7 when paged to attend emergencies such as fires, motor vehicle incidents, and medical emergencies in our community.

  • Paid on-call firefighters are paid to attend weekly training at a one of North Cowichan’s four fire halls, and when called to respond to emergencies.


CUPE Collective Agreement

North Cowichan's paid on-call firefighters are unionized employees of the Municipality of North Cowichan represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 358.

View the Collective Agreement