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Fire Protection Services

This page was last reviewed on June 27, 2016.

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Cumberland Fire Rescue volunteers aerial ladder rescue training with Courtenay Fire Department in 2013.

Cumberland Fire Rescue provides fire prevention and protection services to the residents of Cumberland. It is a volunteer department with 24 active members and 4 junior members.

The Fire Department also issues

Cumberland Fire Rescue also coordinates the Village’s Emergency Program.

Recruitment, Training and Volunteering

Contact Fire Chief Mike Williamson at 250-336-2531 to inquire about volunteering.

Join the junior program for 16 and 17 year olds.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

The BC Fire Code requires that all dwellings have either hard wired or battery-operated smoke alarms installed. Ninety-five per cent of Canadian homes have at least one smoke alarm. This explains why far fewer Canadians die in house fires now than back in the 1970s. Please test your smoke alarm at least once a year. It’s easy to remember to do when the time changes each spring and fall.

A fire may build rapidly and spread toxic gases and blinding smoke throughout your home or it may start small and smolder slowly, all the while emitting deadly toxic gases. Most fatalities in house fires occur at night and are caused by breathing smoke and toxic fumes, rather than by burns. Smoke and fumes can quickly overcome residents, particularly if they are asleep. Your nose goes to sleep when you do. By detecting smoke, a smoke alarm gives an early warning of fires and sounds the alarm to wake you up.

The proper placement of smoke alarms is very important to achieve the best results and maximum protection. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions or call the Cumberland Fire Department for advice and assistance. For minimum protection, place detectors in hallways outside sleeping areas, and one alarm on each level, including the basement. A passageway or corridor between the living areas and the bedrooms is an ideal location. Homes with separate sleeping areas need extra alarms. You should have a smoke alarm within 5 m of each bedroom door.

How to Protect Your Home From Wildfire

Reduce the hazard of wildfire by taking preventative steps. The FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual can help you protect your home.

For information on evacuation due to wildfire, see Cumberland’s Emergency Program.


Call the Fire Department at 250-336-2531 for inquiries about

  • volunteering
  • land clearing fire permits
  • backyard yard waste burning permits
  • fire prevention programs
  • school and educational programs
  • smoke detectors

Recreational burning permits (for campfires) can be obtained from the Village office.

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