Bowen Island Volunteer Fire Department

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Bowen Island Fire & Rescue is committed to providing professional and effective services to all residents and visitors of our community. Our mission will be accomplished through training, education and fire prevention.

When called upon we will:

  • Provide a rapid, professional response to any emergency;
  • Attempt to minimize loss of life and property from fire or disaster;
  • Show compassion for those involved;
  • Be committed to protection of the environment.

Contact Information

Read about the proposed New Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre

Restrictions based on fire danger level

What does the fire danger rating mean?

Current Fire Danger rating

The Fire Chief updates the Fire Danger Rating notice board in Snug Cove as conditions change. Please check Alerts and Advisories for the current fire danger rating.

What the danger class ratings mean

Low: Fires may start easily and spread quickly but there will be minimal involvement of deeper fuel layers or larger fuels.

Moderate: Forest fuels are drying and there is an increased risk of surface fires starting. Carry out any forest activities with caution.

High: Forest fuels are very dry and the fire risk is serious. New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts. Extreme caution must be used in any forest activities. Open burning and industrial activities may be restricted.

Extreme: Extremely dry forest fuels and the fire risk is very serious. New fires will start easily, spread rapidly, and challenge fire suppression efforts. General forest activities may be restricted, including open burning, industrial activities and campfires.


Be prepared: read Wildfire Prevention for Your Home and Community and Fire Safety

Burn Permits

Open burning is prohibited April 15 - October 15.

Burning Permits are required for yard burns and machine burns. Burn permits can be purchased at Municipal Hall. The Fire Chief will make a site visit if necessary.

Yard Burn $10
Machine $50
*Payment: Debit, Cash or Cheque

You must call the Metro Vancouver Air Quality Burning Index at 604-436-6777 on the morning of the planned burn. A recorded message is updated every day with information about air quality and whether burning is permitted.

Volunteer Fire Fighters Use their Hazard Lights when they are En Route to an Emergency Call

Please check your rear view mirror frequently when driving on local roads so you will notice if a fire fighter or first responder is driving behind you in their personal vehicle with hazard lights flashing. Our Volunteer Fire Fighters use their hazard lights to let you know when they are en-route to the fire hall to respond to an emergency call-out. All fire fighters have BI Volunteer Fire Department license plate borders on their vehicles. Please pull over when you feel it’s safe to allow our volunteers to pass – yielding could save somebody’s life.

Reference Documents:

Press Releases:

  • Campaign to Save Lives with Smoke Alarms here.


Ian Thompson, Fire Chief

Bowen Island Volunteer Fire Department
788 Grafton Road
981 Artisan Lane (Mailing Address)
Bowen Island, BC,   V0N 1G2
Tel: 604-947-9324 Fax: 604-947-0193

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