Fire Services

The RDCK coordinates fire protection with 16 separate services. Of these services, six are contracts with municipal fire departments and one is with a neighboring Regional District. The remaining 11 fire services have 17 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.


Fire Departments and Volunteering

To find out more or volunteer with any of our fire departments, please use the Staff Directory and contact your local fire chief who will be happy to answer any questions.

 Recruitment drive drive July 8, 2024 until August 26, 2024 noon.  Click here for details on becoming a volunteer firefighter.

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


Open Burning and Fire Conditions

Open Burning & Fire Conditions are handled by BCWildfire Services.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay does not have any burning restriction bylaws in place.
We encourage residents and visitors to visit the BC Wildfdire Service web page below to gather information regarding fire bans, permits and for reporting a fire. 

BC Wildfire Open Fire Regulations Information



in our area by visiting BC Wildfire Services        

or call 1-888-336-7378




Find out about local, up-to-date


by visiting BC Wildfire Services.

or call 1 888 797-1717 to register a burn.


The provincial government (not RDCK) sets burning restrictions through BC WILDFIRE SERVICE.  Below are links providing current information.

For a poster explaining 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.


The content on this page was last updated July 8 2024 at 6:47 AM