The Fort St. James Volunteer Fire Department (FSJVFD) has come a long way since then. Our dedicated firefighters still work hard to keep residents safe. FSJVFD is comprised of one paid Fire Chief, and 23 committed volunteers.
Find the Fire Hall in it's original location at:
- 374 Mason St. (downtown Fort St James)
- 11700 Sowchea Road.
The FSJVFD provides these services:
- Fire Prevention and education
- Ice Rescue
- Vehicle Extraction
- Fire Suppression
- Fire Inspection
- Burn Permits
- Emergency Operations Centre and Planning
- Fire Training
Want a backyard campfire? No problem!
Come into the District Office and pick up a free burn permit.
- Campfires MUST be contained
- Campfires MUST be supervised and MUST have water available at all times.
- Campfires MUST fully extinguished before leaving.
- Fires should not be lit when the weather conditions could cause smoke to be a nuisance to another person.
Please direct your burning questions to the District of Fort St. James Fire Department at 250-996-8670
Fort St. James has Partnered with the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako and the Province of British Columbia to provide FireSmart assessments to residences. Recent years have shown that wildfires pose a significant threat to our homes and livelihoods. Wildfires are a natural phenomenon in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, but the actions we take can drastically reduce the threat of wildfires to our communities. FireSmart is a federal, provincial, and community-based program that encourages the public to take simple, scientifically proven steps to increase wildfire resiliency. If you are interested in having your home assessed for FREE register here. For information on easy and inexpensive ways to FireSmart your home, download the FireSmart Homeowners Manual.
Smoke alarms play a key role in staying safe in your home. Smoke alarms allow you to get out quickly in the event of a fire.
Follow these fire safety tips:
- Everyone should have a fire escape plan for their home including a muster point.
- Smoke alarms should be installed inside AND outside every bedroom, and on every level.
- Test all smoke alarms every month
- Smoke alarms should be on the ceiling or high up on the wall
- People who are hard of hearing or deaf can use special alarms with strobe lighting
- Replace all alarms when they are 10 years old.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in an easy to access location in your home
Businesses need to be FireSmart too
The Fire Chief is responsible for conducting fire inspections of local businesses in accordance with the BC Fire Code. It is the responsibility of business owners to conduct an inspection of their place of work to ensure the business is operated as per the BC Fire Code. For more information please contact the Fort St. James Fire Department at 250-996-8670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.