Answers to frequently asked questions about fire services in Campbell River.
The City's professional firefighters meet legislative training and proficiency requirements. However, part-time firefighters can find these training requirements burdensome, which can impact service quality. Dedicated career firefighters are crucial for our community.
Having a professional fire service benefits the community by reducing insurance rates due to fire risk classifications that cannot be achieved with part-time services. Our community has experienced a 183% increase in total calls per year over the past 20 years, highlighting the need for a professional fire service to adequately meet this demand.
Reports can be requested through the City’s Legislative Services department and are provided as required by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA). The process and application form can be found at https://www.campbellriver.ca/your-city-hall/freedom-of-information
Information can be requested through the City’s Legislative Services department and are provided as required by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA). The process and application form can be found at https://www.campbellriver.ca/your-city-hall/freedom-of-information
An intermittent chirp usually means that your smoke alarm battery is low, or that your smoke alarm is expired and needs to be replaced.
If your smoke alarm is beeping steadily, it may have been set off by smoke or high heat. If you don’t know the cause of the beeping (such as burnt food on the stove), have everyone leave the home immediately and call 9-1-1.
If at any time if you are unsure about your smoke alarm or have questions, call the fire department’s non-emergency line, day or night, at 250-286-6266.
If your carbon monoxide (CO) alarm has a low battery, you will likely hear a short chirp every 15 seconds to one minute. Try replacing the battery and see if that fixes it. However, carbon monoxide can cause a serious health emergency. If you have any concerns, please contact the fire department, day or night, at 250-286-6266.
To warn of dangerous CO levels, most detectors will beep 4 or 5 times in a row about every 4 seconds. Do not mistake dangerous levels of poisonous gas for a detector with low battery! Even if no one in the building is experiencing symptoms, if there's a chance your detector is signaling carbon monoxide, get everyone outside to fresh air immediately and dial 9-1-1. Acting quickly is key. Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms include:
Please visit our recruitment page HERE where you’ll find more information about the process and minimum requirements to become a Paid-on-Call (POC) firefighter. There is a POC recruitment class approximately once per year.
The #1 Station (675 13th Ave) front counter is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday except holidays.
#2 Station is not open to the public.
In 2008, Council adopted a Clean Air Bylaw amendment which prohibits the burning of yard waste for all residents of area "A" in the City of Campbell River. Most properties fall under area “A.” Check the Clean Air Bylaw Schedule “A” map if you aren’t sure which area you are in.
Residents of area "B" are still permitted to burn their yard waste during April and October, however, they are encouraged to participate in the Yard Waste Curbside Collection program. Please see the Clean Air Bylaw for more detailed rules and regulations.
Clean Air Bylaw
Yes, recreational fires are permitted within the City of Campbell River unless there is a fire ban in place. Please check current fire restrictions before lighting any fire. Recreational fires must be:
The difference between recreational fires, category 2 and category 3 fires are explained HERE.
Typically, human-caused fires are more common in the spring due to field and debris burning. By issuing province-wide burning prohibitions, the BC Wildfire Service anticipates a reduction in human-caused wildfires.
Tours can be requested by calling the fire department’s non-emergency line at 250-286-6266. You can request a particular date and the captain on duty will get in touch with you to confirm the details. Please book at least 2 weeks in advance.
Every October as part of Fire Prevention Week, our Fire Prevention Officer visits the classrooms of all grade three students in Campbell River with our popular Fire Safety House. We also host an annual open house each May for the public to tour our #1 Fire Station, watch live demonstrations and learn about the services provided by the Campbell River Fire Department.
The Campbell River Fire Department provides a wide range of services that go far beyond firefighting. In addition to their crucial role in extinguishing fires, firefighters also act as emergency medical responders, are often the first to arrive at vehicle accidents and are specially trained to rescue people in various scenarios.
The fire department provides fire prevention education and investigates the cause of fires. Moreover, the fire department plays an important role in the overall development and building plan review process, as well as permitting.
301 St. Ann's Road, Campbell River, BC,
V9W 4C7 | Tel. 250-286-5700 |