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The regional district requests that you post your house number in a prominent location on your property so that our emergency service providers can find you. The best location is a visible spot where your private driveway meets the public road. If you require a house number, please contact the regional district office at 604 485-2260. There are no house numbers on Lasqueti Island.
The Powell River Regional District operates four fire departments. Each department is made up of a committed group of men and women who volunteer their time and energy to help protect their communities. Contact information for each fire department is listed below. Click on the name of the individual fire department for more information. None of our fire halls are manned. If you leave a message at one of the phone numbers below, someone will get back to you. If you require immediate assistance, contact the regional district office at 604 485-2260.
If you have an emergency, please dial 911 unless you reside on Lasqueti Island. To report a fire on Lasqueti Island, call the fire reporting number 250 954-4432 (paging system) and follow the prompts. Do not leave a voice mail message at this number as this is an emergency fire reporting number only. When this number is called, all Lasqueti Island fire department pagers are activated. A fire department dispatcher will call you at the number you entered into the paging system and gather your information. For medical emergencies on Lasqueti, call BC Ambulance at 250 248-3511. They will gather your information and activate the responding team.
IF YOU COME ACROSS THIS SIGN WHEN YOU ARE OUT DRIVING, PLEASE SLOW DOWN, WATCH FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL AND OBEY THEIR SIGNALS.
- Malaspina Volunteer Fire Department– Service area includes properties from the City of Powell River’s east boundary, south to 1.3 km past Roberts Road.
Fire Chief: Dave Keiver
Address: 9999 Hwy. 101, Powell River, BC V8A 0K3
Fire Department Office: Phone 604 487-9911 Fax 604 487-9912
- Northside Volunteer Fire Department – Service area includes properties from just north of Lund (north boundary of DLs 4194, 1615, 4204) south to Tla’amin Nation’s former reserve boundary and includes properties on the Malaspina Peninsula side of Okeover Inlet from Penrose Bay south. It does not include Sharpe’s Bay, Bliss Landing or Savary or Hernando Islands.
Fire Chief: Jim Brown
Address: 8540 Plummer Creek Road, Powell River, BC V8A 0E5
Fire Hall Phone: 604 483-7700
- Lasqueti Island Volunteer Fire Department – Service area includes all of Lasqueti Island.
Fire Chief: Richard Carlson
Address: General Delivery, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0
Home: Phone 250 240-4128
Work: Phone/Fax 250 333-8733
- Savary Island Volunteer Fire Department – Service area includes all of Savary Island.
Fire Chief: Gareth Jones
Address: PO Box 79, Lund, BC V0N 2G0
Cell Phone: 604 578-8006
If you are not sure if you are in a designated fire protection area, check the map of our fire service areas or call the regional district office 604 485-2260.
Fire Department Funding
Each department provides fire protection services to the properties in its service area and only properties in that service area pay taxes for that department. Properties lying outside of a service area do not pay for or receive fire protection services from the regional district.
Financial Contributions to Fire Department
All financial donations and gifts to any one of our volunteer fire department are gratefully accepted and donors can receive a tax receipt for their contributions.
Other Fire Protection Services In Our Region
City of Powell River: the city has its own fire department. For more information, please contact the city at 604 485-6291 or visit the city’s website.
Texada Island: on Texada, fire protection services are provided by Improvement Districts:
- Van Anda Volunteer Fire Department – Chief Mike Craggs, 604 414-3601
- Gillies Bay Volunteer Fire Department – Chief Doug Paton, 604 414-5121 (cell) or www.gilliesbayvfd.ca
Through the Wildfire Act, BC’s Wildfire Management has jurisdiction over all public and private land, except in areas where a local government has and enforces burning bylaws that can limit open fires. The Powell River Regional District has no bylaws restricting open burning on lands outside of the City of Powell River’s boundary, except for on Savary Island. Therefore, before you burn, please check with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for any bans or restrictions on open burning or campfires. Check the ‘Prohibitions’ page on the Ministry website bcwildfire.ca or phone the Fire Information line at 1-888-336-7378. The Powell River Regional District is part of the Coastal Fire Zone. If you reside within the City of Powell River boundary, please contact the city regarding any local bans or restrictions at 604 485-6291.
Anyone who wishes to conduct an open fire must also comply with the Environmental Management Act and Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. The Act requires individuals to check local venting conditions prior to ignition. You can check the venting index by calling 1 888 281-2992 or online at www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting/venting.html. Powell River is included under ‘Central Vancouver Island’. You must ensure that the venting index is “good” on the day you start the burn and forecast to be “good” or “fair” on the following day. See the regulation for further information and requirements.
Fire Protection Brochures & Links
- Home Owner FireSmart Manual: bcwildfire.ca/prevention/docs/homeowner-firesmart.pdf
- FireSmart: Protecting your Community from Wildfire: www.firesmartcanada.ca/resources-library/protecting-your-community-from-wildfire
- Protect Your Farm: www.bcwildfire.ca/Prevention/Property/FarmResources.htm
- Environmental Management Act and Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation: www.bcairquality.ca/reports/agttobsc.html
- Venting Index: www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting/venting.html
- Wildfire Management Branch: www.bcwildfire.ca/
- Office of the Fire Commissioner: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/fire-safety