About Cowichan Bay Fire Rescue 

The Cowichan Bay Fire Rescue exists to provide fire, rescue, medical and other life safety services to those who reside, work, or travel through the Cowichan Bay Improvement District. Our calls for service range from, public assistance calls to significant events that threaten lives and property.

The Cowichan Bay Fire Rescue operates under the authority of the Cowichan Bay Improvement District. Our District covers approximately 104 square Kilometers with an area population of approximately 10,000. View our district map here. Cowichan Bay Fire Rescue responded to 171 emergency calls last year with 30 volunteers.

The Cowichan Bay Improvement District contains a range of property uses from commercial and residential to agricultural. Large areas of the District are not protected by Fire Hydrants and
therefore the Cowichan Bay Fire Rescue utilizes two large water tenders to supply water for fire fighting.

Dispatch

All 911 calls are routed to the RCMP Primary Answering Point 911 center in Nanaimo where the call is screened to determine the service required (Police, Fire or Ambulance) before being forwarded to FireComm Central Island Fire Dispatch Centre in Nanaimo, BC. Cowichan Bay’s Volunteer Fire Fighters are then notified of an emergency via pagers through a special tone alert paging system as well as through an email/text notification system.

 

Emergency Call Out Statistics

2013 – 171 Calls
2012 – 114 Calls
2011 – 117 Calls
2010 – 127 Calls
2009 – 202 Calls
2008 – 291 Calls
2007 – 235 Calls
2006 – 269 Calls
2005 – 236 Calls
2004 – 209 Calls
2003 – 214 Calls
2002 – 168 Calls
2001 – 194 Calls
2000 – 166 Calls
1999 – 177 Calls
1998 – 107 Calls
1997 – 95 Calls
1996 – 125 Calls
1995 – 99 Calls
1994 – 86 Calls
1993 – 81 Calls
1992 – 70 Calls
1991 – 56 Calls
1990 – 61 Calls
1989 – 77 Calls
1988 – 91 Calls
1987 – 102 Calls
1986 – 67 Calls
1985 – 75 Calls
1984 – 43 Calls
1983 – 38 Calls
1982 – 63 Calls
1981 – 43 Calls
1980 – 39 Calls