Following guidance from the province's Restart BC Plan and new health and safety regulations from WorkSafeBC, we are taking all necessary steps to protect public health and maintain the safety of our employees.
Our fire and rescue team
With over 140 staff at five strategically located fire stations, we serve the District's 160 square kilometers of urban and wild land, and our 82,500 residents.
On average, we respond to 4,200 calls for assistance each year, working closely with our partner agencies across the North Shore:
- City of North Vancouver Fire Department
- West Vancouver Fire Rescue
- BC Ambulance Service
- West Vancouver Police
- North Shore Search and Rescue
- North Shore Emergency Management Office
Our training and services
The unique geography of the District means we must be ready to respond to a variety of challenging firefighting, rescue, and emergency situations.
Our training and services are tailored to meet the distinct needs of the community.
Firefighting, rescues, and hazardous materials response
Our crews are trained to respond to a variety of fires, including structural, forest, interface, and marine fires. There are also prepared to perform a wide range of technical rescues, from trail and swift water rescues, to tower rescues, to tangled rope rescues, and more.
Public education, inspections, and investigations
We are proud to partner with local schools, library, and community groups to promote fire safety and fire prevention. We conduct routine fire inspections of all District commercial and multi-family buildings to ensure they meet the requirements of the BC Fire Code. We conduct preliminary investigations into all fires in the District to determine their cause and origin.
Our department has been accredited by the National Professional Qualifications System to provide certification in officer development, technical rescue, fires service instructor, and hazardous materials response.
Established in 1954, District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services had four fire stations, staffed with one person each and supplemented by a volunteer brigade.
In 1970, staffing at each fire station was increased to three full-time firefighters and in 1972 a fifth fire station was created.