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Fire Department

The Comox Fire Department provides a variety of preventive and emergency services to a population of over 18,000 in an area of 16 square miles. This includes the Town of Comox, the Comox Fire Protection Improvement District, the Bates Huband Local Service Area (Regional District of Comox-Strathcona), and the Comox Indian Band.

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View the Comox Valley Emergency Plan

Preventive Services Include:

  • regular fire safety inspections of public buildings and hazardous operations
  • enforcement of BC Fire Code requirements
  • permit process for underground storage tanks, open burning and fireworks
  • fire safety consultations for land clearing, development, building and occupancy issues
  • pre-incident emergency response planning (including lock-boxes)
  • free smoke alarm installation and testing
  • emergency preparedness education
  • fire and burn safety education (Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays)
  • support to Learn Not To Burn Program in local elementary schools
  • support to Comox Valley’s Fire Safety House

Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Comox Fire Chief Gord Schreiner would like to remind you that working smoke alarms really do save lives. A working smoke alarm could very well be the best investment you ever make to protect your family and property. Every second counts if a fire were to start in your home. Many homes have smoke alarms that do not work because the batteries are dead or have been removed.

Chief Schreiner states:
”It is always surprising to us how many homes do not have working smoke alarms. They cost very little and really can make a very big difference.”


Residents of Comox and the Comox Fire Protection District can contact our fire station to schedule an appointment to have their smoke alarm checked.
Firefighters will install a free smoke alarm if needed.

Call Comox fire Station: 250-339-2432
or email the fire Station

Emergency Services Include:

  • firefighting (structures, vehicles, beach, bush, forest, flammable liquids/gases)
  • rescue (structures, vehicles, embankments, water)
  • mutual aid with other local fire departments (CFB Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland, Oyster River), RCMP, BC Ambulance Service and BC Forest Service
  • first responder assistance to BC Ambulance Service and BC Forest Service
  • assessing and limiting exposure to hazardous material leaks and spills
  • assessing and reporting environmental emergencies
  • Comox Valley Emergency Plan responder to major emergencies and disasters

Comox Fire Rescue is staffed by five full time and forty-five paid-on-call employees. The fire station has six truck bays. Our fleet includes two engines, one ladder, two rescues, one fireboat, two trailers and three staff vehicles. Comox Fire Rescue also operates the Comox Fire Training Centre which delivers a variety of fire service training. The Training Centre includes two training towers, a live fire training centre, a cold smoke building, a confined space trainer, several gas props and two classrooms.

Our extensive training program provides a high density of employee certifications to the National Fire Protection Association Firefighter Level 2 certification as well, Fire Service Instructor, First Responder (with spinal management and AED), Emergency Vehicle Operations and Defensive Driving.

Comox Fire Department Mission Statement

Comox Fire Rescue is committed to protecting life, property and business from the effects of fire and disasters. Comox Fire Rescue will also assist with medical emergencies whenever it is called upon to do so. A significant portion of our Mission can be accomplished through fire prevention, education and emergency preparedness programs and when called upon, we will provide a safe, rapid and professional response to emergencies. We will show compassion for the victims of emergencies. We will minimize the adverse affects on the environment resulting from our responses whenever possible.

Comox Fire Department Vision Statement

A progressive, innovative and dynamic organization, committed to excellence in the delivery of all its services.


The organization operates under the direction of the Fire Chief who is responsible to the Mayor and Council through the Town of Comox Administrator.

In order to deliver the services needed to accomplish the above stated mission, the fire department is organized into two major divisions:

  • Operations and Training; responsible for the delivery of emergency services including fire, rescue and emergency medical responses. This division is also responsible for achieving and maintaining the skills and expertise required by the firefighters to deliver these services. Comox Fire Rescue responds to over 700 emergency calls per year.
  • Fire Prevention and Public Education; responsible for fire inspections, plan reviews, permits, investigation and public education. The fire department conducts property fire safety inspections and provides many hours of public education in a variety of areas. Through its fire prevention and public education division the department also manages a “Sound of LIFE” program whereas the department gives away about 200 free smoke alarms each year.


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Contact Information

Fire Chief: Gord Schreiner
Assistant Chief – Fire Prevention & Public Education: Jim Lariviere
Assistant Chief – Operations & Training: Rick Shelton
Telephone – Emergency: 911
Telephone – General Business: (250) 339-2432
Fire Station Address: Comox Fire Department 1870 Noel Avenue
Comox, B.C. V9M 2K9