Duncan Volunteer Fire Department

Fire Dept Trucks

The Duncan Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2002. A book has been written about this dedicated fire department and its history throughout the years.

 The DVFD is dedicated to protecting the community and its visitors through public education, fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency rescue, disaster preparedness, and other services, and are first responders in the event of many emergency and non-emergency incidents. The DVFD also provides mutual aid to other fire departments in the Cowichan Valley. Fire Chief Mike McKinlay commands a department of 25 Firefighters, 8 line Officers and 3 Command Officers answering approximately 230 calls annually.

For further information, please contact the non-emergency phone number at 250-746-5211 or email chief@duncan.ca.

Fire Prevention

Statistics show that, on average, fire kills eight people each week in Canada, with residential fires accounting for 73% of these fatalities.

Check out our Home Safety Tips and Office Safety Tips for information on fire prevention.

Open Burning and Fireworks

All outside burning, including campfires, is prohibited within the boundaries of Duncan.

The sale, disposal or discharge of fireworks is also prohibited.  However, public displays of fireworks are permitted with written permission from the City.

Volunteer Recruitment

The Duncan Volunteer Fire Department is always accepting applications.  They can be picked up from the Fire Hall, 468 Duncan Street, on either Wednesday evenings between 7-9 pm or Sunday mornings from 9-11 am.  No qualifications are required, however any previous experience is an asset.  All training is provided through the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Academy (VIERA) and in-house.


The Duncan Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD), originally known as the Alderlea Fire Company, was formed in 1902 in response to the downtown Quamichan Hotel fire.  Equipment at that time consisted of buckets, fire extinguishers, axes and 3 ladders.

Today the equipment consists of 2 pumper trucks, 100′ platform, 3,500 gallon tender, rescue truck, command vehicle and a utility truck.

Fire Dept AntiquesThe Duncan Firefighters Historical Society (DFFHS) was formed in 2002, after the Duncan Volunteer Fire Department’s 100th anniversary. It was formed to promote, preserve and share the DVFD history. The book, ‘A Century of Service: History of the DVFD’, written by T.W. Patterson, captures the DVFD history for the first 100 years. More information can be found at Duncan Firefighters Historical Society website.

To purchase a copy of ‘A Century of Service: History of the DVFD’ contact Duncan City Hall at 250-746-6126, or phone the DVFD at 250-746-5211, or email chief@duncan.ca.