Electoral Area Fire Services
The SLRD presently delivers rural fire suppression services through six volunteer fire departments as well as through service extension agreements with member municipalities. In the northern region, fire services are dispatched by the Surrey Fire Communications Centre to Lillooet, Bralorne and Seton Valley. Fire Services for the south are dispatched by ECOMM to fire halls in Britannia Beach, Garibaldi, Birken, Pemberton, Whistler and Squamish.
The SLRD provides fire services to the following fire departments:
Birken Volunteer Fire Department (Birken Fire Protection Service; Electoral Area C)
The Birken VFD is operated by the Birken Fire Protection Society with financial contribution from the SLRD (Bylaw 684). The fire hall is centrally located within the service area which covers about 35 square kilometers.
Chief: Dave Moldofsky
Telephone: (604) 452-0123
Bralorne Volunteer Fire Department (Bralorne Fire Protection service; Electoral Area A)
The Bralorne Fire Protection Service was established by the SLRD in 1975. It is operated by the Bralorne Fire Protection Society with financial contribution from the SLRD (Bylaw 69 – 1975). Its jurisdiction is the town of Bralorne and its immediate surrounding area.
3155 Pioneer Highway
Chief: New appointment pending - Please contact SLRD Emergency Program Manager, Ryan Wainwright
Telephone: (604) 698-6442
Britannia Beach Volunteer Fire Department (Howe Sound East Fire Protection service; Electoral Area D)
Britannia Beach VFD provides structural fire suppression, vehicle fire response and interface fire assistance to a service area that extends from the southern boundary of the District of Squamish southwards to the northern boundary of the Village of Lions Bay. This service is provided directly by the SLRD under the authority of SLRD Establishing Bylaw 1032-2006. The department has been in existence in one form or another since 1904, recently celebrating its 112th birthday!
Box 184 – 360 Copper Drive
Britannia Beach, BC V0N 1J0
Chief: David Rittberg
Telephone: (604) 815-9393
Garibaldi Volunteer Fire Department (Garibaldi Fire Protection service; Electoral Area D)
Garibaldi VFD provides structural fire suppression, vehicle fire response and interface fire assistance to a service area which extends from the southern boundary of the RMOW southwards along highway 99 to the Ministry of Transportation salt sheds. The fire hall, located adjacent to the Black Tusk Village and Pine Crest strata developments, recently underwent a complete reconstruction. This service is provided directly by the SLRD under the authority of SLRD Specified Area Establishment Bylaw 97, 1976.
The Garibaldi Fire Protection Society is an active fundraiser for equipment and apparatus purchases.
192 Retta Lake Road
Whistler, BC V0N 1B1
Chief: David McCarthy
Telephone: (778) 866-4437
Gun Lake Fire Protection Society (Gun Lake Fire Protection service; Electoral Area A)
The Gun Lake Fire Protection Society was formed in 1999, Acting more as a fire brigade, the society offers limited fire suppression to residents of Gun Lake and Little Gun Lake through a financial contribution from the SLRD.
Seton Valley Volunteer Fire Department (Seton Portage / Shalalth Fire Protection service; Electoral Area B)
The Seton Valley Volunteer Firefighters Society operates this department under authority of the SLRD Bylaw 480 – 1982.
Chief: Frank Richings
Telephone: (250) 259-8239
Fire Services Review
The SLRD recently undertook a Fire Services Review to examine the operational readiness, governance, administration and sustainability of its rural fire services. More information about this review can be found on the Current Projects & Initiatives page.
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Municipal Fire Services
Municipalities are responsible for the provision of fire protection through their local fire departments.
The following "defined area" services have been established as a means of supporting the Lillooet and Pemberton Fire Departments, which in turn, are contracted to provide fire protection services to certain parts of Areas B and C.
- Lillooet Fire Protection (for one parcel of land that contains 10 mobile homes and 4 buildings)
- Pemberton Fire Protection (Pemberton Fringe)
- Pemberton Meadows Fire Protection (Pemberton Meadows)
- Pemberton Heights Fire Protection (Walkerville, Reid Road, Owl Ridge and environs)
Search and Rescue Services
The SLRD provides funding for the following rescue / search and rescue services:
- Pemberton Search & Rescue
- Lillooet Area Rescue Service (District of Lillooet, Area A and Area B)
Other Search & Rescue Services active within the SLRD: