Fire Services

The RDCK coordinates fire protection with 18 separate services. Of these services, six are contracts with municipal fire departments and one is with a neighboring Regional District. The remaining 12 fire services have 18 fire halls.

All RDCK fire departments are operated on a volunteer basis, 24-hours a day, 365-days a year. In addition to providing fire protection, Regional District of Central Kootenay firefighters are well known for their strong contribution to specialty services such as Jaws of Life extrication, First Responder programs, confined space rescue, swift water and still water rescue. Many of our volunteers have received recognition from the Federal and Provincial governments for Long Service and are also recipients of federal, provincial and international commendations for bravery, meritorious achievements and life saving.


To volunteer for service with any of our fire departments, please use the fire department listing to contact your local fire chief about the process.

Click here for details of becoming a volunteer firefighter.

We greatly value our volunteers for giving so generously of their time to the service, their neighbours and their communities.


To find out about CURRENT WILDFIRES

in our area visit BC Wildfire Services HERE 

or call 1-888-336-7378




To find out about local, up-to-date


please visit BC Wildfire Services HERE.



Guide to Open Burning

For a poster explaining our open burning regulations, and the differences between fire categories, click here.

Find out more about the venting index


Please remember, the BC government is taking a tougher stand to discourage behaviour that contributes to increased wildfire risks, to help protect communities, natural resources and infrastructure from wildfire damage.


There are now significantly increased ticket fines for 19 different violations under the Wildfire Act and for seven different violations under Wildfire Regulation.

For example, the fine for failing to comply with a fire restriction under the Wildfire Act is increasing from $345 (including a $45 victim surcharge) to $1,150 (including a $150 victim surcharge). This represents a 333.33% increase over the old fine for that offence.   Read more...


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The content on this page was last updated August 15 2016 at 4:27 PM