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Emergency Services & Response Area

Powell River Fire Rescue provides a variety of emergency responses to our community.

  • Firefighting (structures, vehicles, beach, bush, forest, flammable liquids/gases)

  • First responder

  • Rescue (structures, vehicles, embankments, water)

  • Assessing and limiting exposure to hazardous material leaks and spills

Powell River Fire Rescue's primary response area is within the municipal boundaries of the City of Powell River. See the Response Area Map.

In addition, we aid fire or medical first responders within the qathet Regional District on Nootka Street, Myrtle Avenue, Claridge Road (including Paradise Valley Mobile Home Park), Tanner Avenue and Covey Street.

The department also provides support for our regional neighbours as per the Powell River Regional Emergency Assistance Agreement and Powell River Regional Fire Departments' Emergency Services Agreement.

Fire Prevention

The Fire Services Act mandates each municipal council to provide a system of fire inspections for public buildings. In addition to ensuring compliance with the BC Fire Code, the inspections provide a means for Fire Rescue personnel to familiarize themselves with the various buildings and occupancies. This knowledge will assist firefighters with specifics when responding to an incident.

Making sure buildings are free from fire hazards isn't just common sense - it's the law. As building owners and commercial tenants, you have a responsibility to fulfill certain requirements under the BC Fire Code. During these inspections, buildings are checked for:

  • the condition of the fire safety equipment (fire alarms, sprinkler systems, emergency lighting, extinguishers, etc.)

  • fire hazards

  • life safety issues, and

  • access for firefighting.

FireSmart – Wildland / Urban Interface Fire

The Powell River region has a FireSmart program that can help people protect their residences from fires. The program offers public information and education so residents can be proactive about fire prevention and make FireSmart changes to their homes and properties that will improve the likelihood that their home is safe from wildfires. FireSmart Coordinator Marc Albert is looking to help the public take effective steps to protect residences from fire. Albert can be reached at firesmartpr@gmail.com. For more details, read the pamphlet on the FireSmart program.

BroomBusters

BroomBusters Invasive Plant Society is a registered non-profit society in British Columbia. The mission is to educate and empower communities to contain the spread of Scotch Broom. The name BroomBusters and the organization’s slogan Cut Broom in Bloom and Cut the Bloomin’ Broom were created in 2006 by a grassroots group. BroomBusters is an umbrella organization working with many communities. For information on BroomBusting activities and events in Powell River, see our Broom Busters website.