Contact the Colwood Fire Department

3215 Metchosin Road
Colwood, BC  V9C 2A4
Phone: 250-478-8321
Fax: 250-478-8032
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Fire Chief – John Cassidy
Email: jcassidy@colwood.ca
Phone: 250-478-8321

For emergencies, call:  911

For non-emergencies, call: 250-478-8321

Current Fire Rating: MODERATE

What does the fire rating mean for you? See the Fire Rating chart at the bottom of this page.

Open burning is not permitted in Colwood at any time.  Colwood Outdoor Burning Restriction and Regulation Bylaw No. 931, 2007

Outdoor wood burning appliances are permitted EXCEPT when the fire rating is HIGH or EXTREME.


Colwood’s Fire Department has been protecting Colwood residents since 1946 – we are the Westshore’s longest serving fire department.

The City of Colwood is well served by 40 dedicated and experienced firefighters who care passionately about their community. All of our 8 career firefighters and 32 volunteer members are dedicated fire suppression and rescue professionals trained and certified under the British Columbia firefighters training program.

The Fire Department provides key public safety services:

  • Emergency Fire Rescue Response
  • Fire Prevention/Education
  • Fire Safety Inspections
  • Firefighter Training
  • Fleet Maintenance
  • Administration
FIRE RATING REGULATION ACTION
LOW

NO: Open burning of wood
YES: Approved outdoor wood burning appliances
YES: BBQ’s – Charcoal/propane/natural gas
YES: Smokers – Electric/propane/natural gas
YES: Propane/natural gas fire pits

Practice fire safety
Actively supervise all approved burning activities
Have a means of extinguishment readily available
Wood burning between dawn and 10 pm only

MODERATE

NO: Open burning of wood fuel
YES: Approved outdoor wood burning appliances
YES: BBQ’s – Charcoal/propane/natural gas
YES: Smokers – Electric/propane/natural gas
YES: Propane/natural gas fire pits

Practice fire safety
Use caution
Actively supervise all approved burning activities
Have a means of extinguishment readily available
Wood burning between dawn and 10 pm only

HIGH

NO: Open burning of wood fuel
NO: Approved outdoor wood burning appliances
YES: BBQ’s – Charcoal/propane/natural gas
YES: Smokers – Electric/propane/natural gas
YES: Propane/natural gas fire pits

Practice fire safety
Use extra caution
Maintain manufacturer’s recommended clearance distances to combustibles
Have a means of extinguishment readily available
Use extra caution when discarding cigarettes
Follow FireSmart practices as applicable to your property

EXTREME

NO: Open burning of wood fuel
NO: Approved outdoor wood burning appliances
YES: BBQ’s – Charcoal/propane/natural gas
YES: Smokers – Electric/propane/natural gas
YES: Propane/natural gas fire pits

Practice fire safety
Use extreme caution
Maintain manufacturer’s recommended clearance distances to combustibles
Have a means of extinguishment readily available
Use extreme caution when discarding cigarettes
Follow FireSmart practices as applicable to your property